Cordrea Tankersley

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Cordrea Tankersley
No. 23 – Miami Dolphins
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-19) November 19, 1993 (age 24)
Beech Island, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Aiken (SC) Silver Bluff
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2018
Total tackles: 31
Forced fumbles: 0
Fumble recoveries: 0
Pass deflections: 7
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Cordrea Tankersley (born November 19, 1993) is an American football cornerback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson.

Early years[edit]

Tankersley attended Silver Bluff High School in Aiken, South Carolina. He played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back in high school.[1][2] Tankersley also attended Hargrave Military Academy in 2012. He committed to Clemson University to play college football.

College career[edit]

As a true freshman at Clemson in 2013, Tankersley recorded 13 tackles over 12 games.[3] As a sophomore in 2014 he played in 13 games and had 12 tackles. Tankersley became a starter his junior year in 2015. He started all 15 games and had 60 tackles and a team-leading five interceptions.[4][5][6] On January 9, 2017, Tankersley was part of the Clemson team that defeated top-ranked and previously undefeated Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship by a score of 35–31. In the game, he had five total tackles and one pass defended.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Tankersley was one of 60 collegiate defensive backs to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed all of the combine drills and finished fifth among all defensive backs in the 40-yard dash.[8] On March 16, 2017, Tankersley attended Clemson's pro day, but opted to stand on his combine numbers and only performed the vertical jump (30½") and positional drills. Team representatives from all 32 teams attended, including head coaches Mike Tomlin (Steelers), John Fox (Bears), Mike Mularkey (Titans), and Jim Caldwell (Lions).[9] He attended private workouts and visits with multiple teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.[10] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, he was projected to be a second to fourth round draft pick by NFL draft experts and analysts. Tankersley was ranked the 11th best cornerback prospect in the draft by[11]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
199 lb
(90 kg)
32 14 in
(0.82 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
4.40 s 1.56 s 2.60 s 4.32 s 7.00 s 29 12 in
(0.75 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
13 reps
All values from NFL Combine[12]


The Miami Dolphins selected Tankersley in the third round (97th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[13] He was the 16th cornerback selected in 2017.

On May 5, 2017, the Miami Dolphins signed him to a four-year, $3.17 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $706,288.[14]

Tankersley competed against Alterraun Verner and Walt Aikens for the role as the third cornerback on the depth chart after Tony Lippett tore his ACL during training camp.[15] Head coach Adam Gase named Tankersley the fifth cornerback on the Dolphins' depth chart, behind Xavien Howard, Byron Maxwell, Alterraun Verner, and Bobby McCain to begin the regular season.[16]

Tankersley was inactive as a healthy scratch for the first two games (Weeks 2-3) of the regular season. On October 1, 2017, he made his professional regular season debut and first career start after he surpassed Byron Maxwell and Alterraun Verner on the depth chart due to poor play exhibited by both. He recorded a season-high five combined tackles and deflected a pass during the 20-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. As a rookie in his debut, Saints' quarterback Drew Brees targeted Tankersley as he was matched up with Michael Thomas. He allowed just four of seven completions for 36-yards and congratulated by Drew Brees for his play. Head coach Adam Gase stated Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley would remain the starting outside corners moving forward with Bobby McCain remaining as the starting nickelback.[17] In Week 10, Tankersley recorded a season-high six combined tackles during a 45-21 loss at the Carolina Panthers. On December 3, 2017, he collected two solo tackles and sustained a shoulder injury in the first half. He left after suffering an ankle injury in the second half as the Dolphins routed the Denver Broncos 35-9.[18] The injuries sidelined him for the next three games (Weeks 14-16).[19] He finished his rookie season with 31 combined tackles (27 solo) and seven pass deflections in 11 games and 11 starts.[20]


  1. ^ "Finding a home at corner, Cordrea Tankersley's stock is rising".
  2. ^ "Silver Bluff QB Tankersley is major weapon".
  3. ^ Speedy sophomore Cordrea Tankersley put to the test as potential starting CB
  4. ^ "Clemson CB Tankersley out to prove last year was no fluke".
  5. ^ Brenner, Aaron. "Top 10 Tigers 2016, No. 8: Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley was Clemson's greatest thief in years".
  6. ^ "Cordrea Tankersley the rock for new-look Clemson secondary".
  7. ^ "College Football Championship - Clemson vs Alabama Box Score, January 9, 2017". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  8. ^ Jon Benne (March 6, 2017). "NFL Combine results 2017: Full numbers for defensive backs". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Dan Hope (March 16, 2017). "Tigers work out for NFL evaluators at Clemson Pro day". Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Tom Downey (April 5, 2017). "Here Are The 18 NFL Draft Prospects Visiting The Cowboys This Week". Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Cordrea Tankersley, DS #11 CB, Clemson". Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Cordrea Tankersley". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  13. ^ Poupart, Alain (April 28, 2017). "Dolphins Select Cordrea Tankersley In Third Round".
  14. ^ " Cordrea Tankersley". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Costly camp: Add CB Lippett to Dolphins' long injury list". Associated Press. August 14, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  16. ^ Antwan Staley (September 12, 2017). "No big changes to Dolphins' Week 2 depth chart". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  17. ^ Barry Jackson (October 3, 2017). "Tankersley impresses Dolphins, Brees in first NFL start". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "NFL Player stats: Cordrea Tankersley". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  19. ^ Chris Perkins (December 11, 2017). "Dolphins' Bobby McCain starts in place of injured cornerback Cordrea Tankersley". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "NFL Player stats: Cordrea Tankersley (career)". Retrieved February 14, 2018.

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