If a cornerback’s main responsibility is to cover receivers, there are plenty that have your teams well-covered in the NFL these days.
From the big, brash Richard Sherman at the top of our list to a crafty veteran like Darrelle Revis to those cornerbacks still in the prime of their career, quarterbacks are finding it hard to see through the ever-thinning openings in the windows with some of the best cornerbacks in coverage.
Tharold Simon on the other side and Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor at safety and it’s easy to see why the Legion of Boom had the No. 1 pass defense in 2014.
New England Patriots, but Aqib Talib seems to get more recognition than his Denver teammate Harris. But the numbers say it should be the other way around, at least last year. Harris was best in the NFL last year among cornerbacks playing 75 percent of the snaps with quarterbacks having only a 47.8 passer rating against him, receivers averaging only 7.7 yards gained against him, and he was the only cornerback in that playing-percentage range that didn’t give up a touchdown, according to PFF, all while snagging three interceptions. It’s time Harris gets his due and we’re giving it to him with a top-five ranking that appreciates performance over reputation or name recognition.
Tashaun Gipson at safety helped the Browns to a No. 8 ranking in pass defense last year.
Honorable mention: Aqib Talib, Brent Grimes, Patrick Peterson, Desmond Trufant, Josh Norman.
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