After naming the Denver Broncos front seven the best in the league, Pro Football Focus has ranked the NFL secondaries from best to worst. You won't have to scroll down very far to find the No-Fly Zone at the very top of their list.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p...Between the lock-down cornerback trio of Chris Harris, Aqib Talib, Bradley Roby and the pain-inflicting safety duo of Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward, the Denver secondary allowed just one touchdown pass in three playoff games against elite quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, and NFL MVP Cam Newton.
PFF took notice, ranking the Broncos defensive backs as the best in the league, ahead of other elite secondaries like that of the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, and the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom.
Here's what they had to say:
Projected starters: CB Aqib Talib, CB Bradley Roby, SCB Chris Harris Jr., S T.J. Ward, S Darian Stewart
Other names to know: CB Kayvon Webster, CB Lorenzo Doss, S Shilo Keo, S Justin Simmons, S William Parks
Key stat: All five Denver starters ranked among the top 30 players in overall grade at their respective positions last season, the only team to do so.
Not only do the defending Super Bowl champions boast thetop front-seven, but they also possess the league’s best secondary. Denver’s top three cornerbacks are thebest trio of corners in the league, with all three finishing among the top 30 at the position in the NFL last season. Harris continues to be one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks, and excels in the slot. With Ward and Stewart at the safety positions, it’s tough for quarterbacks to find a weakness anywhere in the Broncos’ secondary.
It's hard to argue against Talib, Roby, Harris, Ward, and Stewart all starting for the second year in a row. Each player excels at a different facet of pass coverage and run support, making mismatches incredibly difficult to come by for offenses.
Another thing that sticks out is GM John Elway's foresight to draft safeties Justin Simmons and Will Parks to possibly succeed the incumbent Stewart and Ward, knowing that their contracts expire in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
The unfortunate monkey wrench is, of course, the Talib situation. After being shot in the upper right thigh in Dallas last month, Talib appears to be rehabbing well. But if the long arm of Roger Goodell passes down a multi-game suspension to Talib, it'll be up to fourth-year cornerback Kayvon Webster to fill in on the outside.
Until then, the Broncos' No-Fly Zone still (according to PFF) reigns supreme.
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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.