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Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby just miss Top 5 CB Duos

Buffalo's duo just missed out on being named a Top 5 duo.

Stephon Gilmore was recently named a Top 3 outside cornerback and Ronald Darby finished as the runner-up in the Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. It's safe to say that entering 2016, the Buffalo Bills have one of the top cornerback duos in the league, but just how good is this duo? According to Ike Taylor, Gilmore and Darby just miss the cut at being one of the league's Top 5 duos.

Gilmore and Darby are the first duo listed on Taylor's just missed list, so he may have the cornerbacks as the sixth best duo in the NFL. The top five duos included Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. (Broncos), Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu (Cardinals), Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones (Bengals), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins (Giants), and Kyle Fuller and Tracy Porter (Bears).

Looking at the list, it's hard to argue with the top two duos listed by Taylor, but what about the other three duos listed? Here's a look at how they all fared in 2015.

Player Passes Defensed INTs Defensive TDs

Dre Kirkpatrick

(16 GP)

16 0 0

Adam Jones (14 GP)

12 3 0


(15 GP)

13 3 1

Janoris Jenkins 

(15 GP)

16 3 0

Kyle Fuller

(16 GP)

9 2 0

Tracy Porter

(14 GP)

12 1 0

Stephon Gilmore

(12 GP)

18 3 0

Ronald Darby

(15 GP)

21 2 0

There's more to playing cornerback than just passes defensed, but Gilmore and Darby's 39 passes defensed tops the list. The Bears duo recorded 21 passes defensed in 2015, the new Giants duo had 21 passes defensed, and the Bengals CBs finished with 29 passes defensed. Gilmore and Darby finished second on the list in terms of overall interceptions with five. Rodgers-Cromartie and Jenkins topped the list at six. 

You can judge cornerback on a lot more than passes defensed and interceptions, but Buffalo's duo certainly seems to hold their own against Taylor's best cornerback groups.


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