Auburn DB coach Marcus Woodson is high on his corner tandem for 2019.

Although the Tigers lost starter Jamel Dean — drafted in the third round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Woodson feels that returners Javaris Davis and Noah Igbinoghene are the best duo in the country.

“I really do feel like we have the best duo of corners in the country in (Igbinoghene) and Javaris Davis,” Woodson told Thursday before speaking to the Monroe County Auburn Club in Monroeville.

Igbinoghene started opposite Dean last season, as Davis played more Nickel than anything. In 2019, Davis will move back outside to play corner. Igbinoghene recorded 50 tackles and 11 pass breakups last season, which led the team. Opponents were less eager to attack Dean on the outside; so, they attacked Igbinoghene. He held up his end of the bargain as a first-year starter at the position.

“Man, I tell you what, he set a high bar and a high standard for himself,” Woodson said of Igbinoghene. “I knew day one, based on physicality and his aggressiveness and his competitive drive, that he was going to make a really good corner…. You know, Noah has the ability and the potential to play this game for a really long time.”

No doubt Igbinoghene and Davis bring impact and experience, but the best tandem in the nation? If that happens — and given the strength of Auburn’s defensive line, the Tigers defense could be downright nasty.