MOBILE, Ala. -- Just a day after Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made a statement on the field, NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt made one off it. And it was music to the ears of Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
Sherman, of course, declared himself the best cornerback in football after breaking up a pass and helping create an interception of San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick for a pivotal play late in the NFC title game. At 6-foot-3, Sherman has a length advantage in coverage that most cornerbacks can only dream about.
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Brandt sees Jean-Baptiste in much the same light. Wrote Brandt:
Jean-Baptiste, for his part, embraced the praise when told of Brandt's comparison Monday after the Senior Bowl North squad finished its first practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
"For him to compare me to Richard Sherman, that's something big. I appreciate that. I believe he's doing really good right now. He's showing everybody in the NFL why he's the best," Jean-Baptiste said.
The Cornhuskers standout had a huge season for Nebraska, intercepting four passes for 134 return yards, and breaking up a team-high 12 passes. Jean-Baptiste said he already has been interviewed by the Saints, Falcons, Dolphins, Bears, Packers and 49ers, among other clubs.
Taller cornerbacks are always in short supply on draft day, and clubs in search of one won't have many to pick from.
"I'm physical, I'm fast, I cover a lot of ground, and I can be good with run fits," Jean-Baptiste said. "The advantage for me is I can take them (receivers) out of their game. I've got long arms and I can put it on them."
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