Cordrea Tankersley
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-19) November 19, 1993 (age 28)
Beech Island, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Aiken (SC) Silver Bluff
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:38
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Pass deflections:7
Player stats at

Cordrea Tankersley (born November 19, 1993) is an American football cornerback who is a free agent. He has played for the Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Early years

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

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

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
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+14 in
(1.86 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]

Miami Dolphins


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]


On November 2, 2018, Tankersley was placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in practice.[21][22]

On August 31, 2019, Tankersley was placed on the reserve/PUP list to start the season while recovering from the torn ACL.[23]

Tankersley was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Dolphins on July 27, 2020.[24] He was activated from the list seven days later and waived from the team the same day.[25] He was re-signed to the Dolphins practice squad on September 16, 2020.[26] He was released on November 2.[27]

Minnesota Vikings

On November 9, 2020, the Minnesota Vikings signed Tankersley to their practice squad.[28] He was elevated to the active roster on December 19 and January 2, 2021, for the team's weeks 15 and 17 games against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[29][30] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings on January 4, 2021.[31] On March 5, 2021, he was released by the Vikings.[32]


  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 October 19, 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". Archived from the original on May 2, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  14. ^ " Cordrea Tankersley". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Costly camp: Add CB Lippett to Dolphins' long injury list". Associated Press. August 14, 2017. Archived from the original on August 27, 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.
  21. ^ "Dolphins Activate Jake Brendel, Place Cordrea Tankersley On IR". November 2, 2018.
  22. ^ Alper, Josh (November 2, 2018). "Cordrea Tankersley out for year with torn ACL". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  23. ^ "Dolphins Announce Roster Moves, Set Initial 53-Man Roster". August 31, 2019.
  24. ^ "Miami Dolphins Awarded Javaris Davis, Make Roster Moves". July 27, 2020. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  25. ^ "Dolphins Waive Sunahara, Tankersley". August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  26. ^ Crabbs, Kyle (September 17, 2020). "Miami Dolphins add two players to 2020 practice squad". Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  27. ^ Crabbs, Kyle (November 2, 2020). "Dolphins cut one, activate WR Antonio Callaway onto practice squad". Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  28. ^ "Vikings Sign Cordrea Tankersley to Practice Squad". November 9, 2020. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  29. ^ "Vikings Elevate CB Cordrea Tankersley to Active Roster, Sign K Taylor Bertolet to Practice Squad". December 19, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  30. ^ White, Jack (January 2, 2021). "Vikings elevate Eddie Yarbrough, Tae Hayes and Cordrea Tankersley to the active roster". Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  31. ^ "Vikings Sign 9 Players to Reserve/Future Deals". January 4, 2021.
  32. ^ Simmons, Myles (March 5, 2021). "Vikings release Tae Hayes, Cordrea Tankersley". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.