In his series on potential cornerback additions, Ty Schalter evaluates Baltimore's Josh Wilson.
This is part two of a multi-part series evaluating Detroit's need for a cornerback in free-agency, and potential options.
Part One: Assuming the team doesn't make the big move for Nnamdi Asomugha, and (possibly) re-signs Chris Houston, Ty breaks down the potential additions using data from Pro Football Focus, beginning with Baltimore's Chris Carr.
Part II: Josh Wilson
is another Baltimore Raven free-agent-to-be, one of four who played at least 500 snaps last year. Other than Carr, though, none played more than 600 snaps. Fabian Washington
and Ladarius Webb
were in contention to start once Domonique Foxworth
went down—but Carr and Wilson took the jobs from them, and finished as one of the best-graded corner tandems in the league. But with both Carr and Wilson likely to be unrestricted, and with the addition of notoriously talented first-round pick Jimmy Smith
, divining which corners the Ravens will keep around is nearly impossible.
Wilson's 2010 was as incredible as it was unusual. A part-time depth guy until Week 10, he turned in a ridiculous back half of the season, with positive grades almost across the board (save a -1.4 vs. PIT, and -0.9 vs. CIN). He graded out as the fifth-best cornerback in the NFL, plus-13 overall. By turning in a nearly-as-good-as-Nnamdi plus-9.6 in coverage, plus a much-better-than-Nnamdi plus-1.8 in run support, Wilson’s grades looked fantastic.
Wilson was thrown at 64 times in over 550 snaps; he was the 17th-most-picked-on cornerback in the NFL. He allowed just 46.9% of those balls to be caught—plus he picked off three, and defended nine. His passer-rating-allowed was 67.8, nearly identical to Carr’s and just one rank better.
The caveat to all this is that Wilson, a former second-round pick of the Seahawks, hasn’t ever seen full-time starter duty until now. Further, he’s practically the twin of Alphonso Smith: both are 5’-9”, 190 pounds, 25 years old, and former second-rounders who’ve been traded once in their careers. If Baltimore lets either of these guys go, the Lions should target them. But if both are let go, I believe Carr would be the better fit.
Next: Johnathan Joseph
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Ty Schalter is a professional geek and family man He regularly converts his undying fandom into words and numbers both for RoarReport com, and his Detroit Lions blog, "The Lions in Winter"