Top 10 Cornerbacks

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 6 years ago '11        #1
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Top 10 Cornerbacks
 

 

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A funny thing happened during the 2011 season: Teams started to challenge Darrelle Revis' reputation as a shutdown cornerback capable of consistently taking away the opponent's best wide receiver.

He was targeted 89 times, though he made plays on nearly a quarter of the balls thrown his way, with 21 passes defended. After not getting many balls thrown in his direction in 2010 — when he had no interceptions — he had four picks, including one returned for a touchdown, in 2011.

Still, some might say based on Revis' high standards that he had an off year. But considering he faced a significantly higher volume of throws, he naturally gave up more catches than usual.

The scary thing is that Revis, at just 26, remains the best in the league, and he'll be driven to prove his best has yet to come as an all-around corner.

"Even though he's at the top, he's still trying to get better every day," Jets coach Rex Ryan said of Revis last week. "That's why one day we know he'll be in the Hall of Fame, without question. He's working like he's as hungry as he was the first day he walked in here."

Revis has a few less years on him than the next two players on Sporting News' cornerback rankings for 2012, and that puts him a couple of notches ahead of Charles Woodson and Nnamdi Asomugha.







1. Darrelle Revis, New York Jets

In addition to setting an example for younger players with his work ethic, Revis puts on a coverage clinic with his technique. His excellent ability to use his hands and flip his hips allows him, at 5-11, to keep much bigger receivers in check. He complements that with the speed and quickness to stay with wideouts and take them out of plays downfield.

2. Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers

Woodson is game for a move to safety if the Packers need him there this season. At 35 and entering his 15th year, the former Heisman winner still has the athleticism to make big plays in coverage, as evidenced by seven interceptions in '11. But it's what he offers as a blitzer and run-support player that has transformed him into a transcendent performer with his second team.

3. Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles tried to work with too many moving pieces in Juan Castillo’s first season as defensive coordinator, and the lockout prevented Asomugha from getting settled as well as he would have liked. With Philadelphia making needed adjustments elsewhere in the back seven, Asomugha should re-establish himself as the dominant player who was rarely tested in Oakland. At 6-2, 210 pounds, his size and length are great a.ssets.

4. Johnathan Joseph, Houston Texans

While Asomugha was a higher-profile signing last year, the Texans’ addition of Joseph turned out to be the biggest corner coup in free agency. His shutdown coverage was key to the team’s big turnaround on pass defense. He was tested 85 times and had only a slightly lower rate of production (four interceptions, 15 passes defended) than Revis.

5. Champ Bailey, Denver Broncos

Bailey has always been a great athlete, and that has helped keep him near the top of his game. At 33, he still has the speed and quickness to handle No. 1 receivers. He also is technically sound, with the savvy and anticipation skills to get the better of less experienced receivers.

6. Carlos Rogers, San Francisco 49ers

Last season, he wanted to prove he was a better corner than former Washington Redskins teammate DeAngelo Hall, and he did that easily with a breakout year in a scheme that was ideal for him. He was physical and equally adept at working over receivers outside and inside. The result was his most durable season, a career-high six interceptions and a knack for making big plays when San Francisco needed them most.

7. Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns

The interceptions didn't come for Haden in his second year, but he had one more tackle (65), one more pass defended (19) and as many sacks (one) as he put up his rookie season. Even while he's still learning the nuances of NFL coverage, he's been very impressive. Opponents will quickly learn not to throw the ball often in his direction.

8. Cortland Finnegan, St. Louis Rams

Finnegan makes the cut for his feistiness — a welcome a.sset for a Rams' secondary that has lacked f!ght outside. He’s physical and fearless, and his 175 combined tackles over the past two seasons shows he’s not afraid to mix it up after the catch and vs. the run.

9. Brandon Browner, Seattle Seahawks

What a find for Pete Carroll, whose Pac-10 knowledge paid off in turning this Oregon State product from a Calgary Stampeder to a Pro Bowl Seahawk. It's unusual for a corner with Browner’s size (6-4, 221) to be so fluid in coverage. In starting every game last season, he racked up a league-leading 23 passes defended and six interceptions (including two returned for touchdowns). If he comes through with another big year in Carroll's scheme, he will shoot up this list.

10. Brandon Flowers, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs lost their other cornerback named Brandon — Carr — to the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent, but Flowers will continue to provide quality play. Flowers is a smart, steady, physical corner who has been very consistent over his first four years. He edged out players such as Carr, Baltimore's Lardarius Webb and New Orleans' Jabari Greer for the 10th spot and has room for a significant jump in 2012. The big thing is he must cut down on the seven touchdown catches he allowed last season.


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 NFL rankings: Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey have it covered - NFL - Sporting News




out of all the list ..this is the one i can agree with the most so far ..tho i would swap a couple guys positions..and i could be a homer argue for ladarius webb but he was mentioned so ill leave it alone

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 06-04-2012, 03:09 PM         #2
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webb should be top 10 off of last year.. 0 TDs given up.
 06-04-2012, 03:11 PM         #3
Ca$h Out 
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why is charles woodson #2???

 6 years ago '07        #4
LynchingO-Lines 43 heat pts43
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Nnamdi who got burnt by victor cruz?

Woodson who played for the worst secondary in the league and got shat on by the giants recievers in the divisional?



I see you my n*gga Browner
 6 years ago '09        #5
ill 800 64 heat pts64
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another reason why i hate lists
 06-04-2012, 03:13 PM         #6
Ca$h Out 
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julio sh*tted on brandon browner...

 6 years ago '10        #7
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Nice list.

I wanted the Jets to go after Jonathan Joseph instead of tryna overdo it and go after Nnamdi

Oh well.....Cro is good enough.

Edit:Woodson shouldn't be that high...
 6 years ago '07        #8
TH35 103 heat pts103
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why is charles woodson #2???

Should be one
 06-04-2012, 03:18 PM         #9
Flacco Da Gawd 
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 6 years ago '06        #10
ThaShark316 86 heat pts86
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 6 years ago '06        #11
banga 8 heat pts
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charles woodson is so overrated.
 6 years ago '12        #12
iSpeakGenius 1 heat pts
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Joe Haden rarely gets the ball thrown to his side, and his offense is was so terrible, teams were running the ball from the 2nd quarter on cause they were up 3 scores. Glad to see him at #7 but next year he should be top 5
 6 years ago '04        #13
regularjoe 58 heat pts58
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If this was purely coverage based, there is no WAY Woodson should be number 2.
 6 years ago '11        #14
eliwood 143 heat pts143
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Browner moving up, good to see these low profile players playing well
 6 years ago '07        #15
ttime236 38 heat pts38
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6. Carlos Rogers, San Francisco 49ers

Last season, he wanted to prove he was a better corner than former Washington Redskins teammate DeAngelo Hall, and he did that easily with a breakout year in a scheme that was ideal for him. He was physical and equally adept at working over receivers outside and inside. The result was his most durable season, a career-high six interceptions and a knack for making big plays when San Francisco needed them most.

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 6 years ago '07        #16
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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This list is cheeks
 6 years ago '04        #17
glennrobinson31 
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No Asante joke
 06-04-2012, 03:55 PM         #18
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 banga said:
charles woodson is so overrated.
 6 years ago '05        #19
drama_kiNg 62 heat pts62
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where's corey at
 6 years ago '07        #20
TH35 103 heat pts103
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 banga said:
charles woodson is so overrated.
Woodson is game for a move to safety if the Packers need him there this season. At 35 and entering his 15th year, the former Heisman winner still has the athleticism to make big plays in coverage, as evidenced by seven interceptions in '11. But it's what he offers as a blitzer and run-support player that has transformed him into a transcendent performer with his second team.
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