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Page of Fame: Cornerbacks

Khaled Elsayed | July 23, 2013

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Welcome to the Pro Football Focus Page of Fame for cornerbacks, where only the best overall regular season performances during our time grading (2008 to Present) are mentioned.
 
If this is your first visit to a “PFF PoF” then the rules are pretty simple. The highest grades from the regular season make the list, and at the end of every year we update.
 
Anything over a +18.0 grade for this position will get the recognition it deserves!
 
 
 
1. Charles Woodson, GB, 2009: +34.4
 
Pass Rush: +2.2, Coverage: +21.8, Run Defense: +13.9, Penalties: -3.5
 
As strange as it may be, this was the highest grade of any defensive back in 2009, yet Woodson found himself beaten out by another man on this list for our Defensive Player of the Year award. Nonetheless, this was a special year for Woodson and it was down to more than just the nine interceptions he picked up. A complete defensive player who made his impact felt on every down (as that run defense grade would indicate), this was something special.
 
2. Darrelle Revis, NYJ, 2009: +32.9
 
Pass Rush: 0.0, Coverage: +33.2, Run Defense: -0.8, Penalties: +0.5
 
This was the year a legend was born. In an NFL where law changes had seemingly swung the advantage to receivers, Revis set about showing everyone this wasn’t the case as he shutdown top receiver, after top receiver. Tracking a team’s top receiver like few could, he gave up a staggering 36.9% of balls into his coverage ,while intercepting six and deflecting another 23. Years like this just don’t come along all that often.
 
3. Antoine Winfield, MIN, 2008: +30.0
 
Pass Rush: +3.2, Coverage: +11.6, Run Defense: +10.8, Penalties: +4.4
 
Winfield is a fine cover-corner who excels at coming up to stuff short throws for little gain. However, what really propelled him to the highest grade of any cornerback in 2008 wasn’t his coverage. It was his work in the run game, where he finished with a stunning 17 defensive stops. That was the best of any cornerback and an indication of what a unique talent he is.
 
4. Corey Webster, NYG, 2008: +29.0
 
Pass Rush: +1.4, Coverage: +24.9, Run Defense: -0.1, Penalties: +2.8
 
In our first year of grading, Webster would earn the highest coverage grade of any cornerback. He was never quite at the level, but then that level is one few tend to reach. Giving up just one touchdown, he picked off three balls and broke up a staggering 21 more while allowing just 309 yards into his coverage all season. Stunning.
 
5. Antoine Winfield, MIN, 2012: +25.2
 
Pass Rush: +0.1, Coverage: +7.0, Run Defense: +14.6, Penalties: +3.8
 
As is often the case with Winfield, he’s not making lists on the back of his coverage alone. That’s not to say it was bad. Far from it, as he allowed no touchdowns and just 9.6 yards per reception into his coverage. Yet is would be wrong to say this grade wasn’t built on his work in other areas, where he finished with 26 defensive stops in the run game, 10 more than any other cornerback.
 
6. Richard Sherman, SEA, 2012: +25.1
 
Pass Rush: +0.9, Coverage: +26.4, Run Defense: -2.1, Penalties: -0.1
 
He’s brash, he’s **CENSORED**y and he’s not afraid to tell you what he thinks. He’s also extremely good. Sherman ended with the highest coverage grade of any cornerback in 2012, with five picks and 15 pass deflections backing up his talk. What’s more, he allowed just 47.1% of passes into his coverage all year. A fine rookie year was forgotten quickly by a sublime second.
 
7. Darrelle Revis, NYJ, 2011: +24.6
 
Pass Rush: -0.1, Coverage: +18.8, Run Defense: +4.0, Penalties: +1.9
 
After a 2010 disrupted by injury, there were some who wondered if Revis would be the same player. They needn’t have. Our top ranked cornerback in 2011, Revis was his usual self shutting down receivers as if it was going out of fashion. He gave up just one interception all year, while picking off four balls and deflecting another 16.
 
8. Charles Tillman, CHI, 2012: +23.8

Pass Rush: -0.2, Coverage: +18.9, Run Defense: +2.9, Penalties: +2.2
 
The 2012 year of Tillman was about a lot more than just forcing fumbles (though let’s not downplay how much of an achievement it was to force 10 in a year). No, Tillman was able to go toe-to-toe with Calvin Johnson, come up to support in the run game, and pick off three passes and deflect another 11. A special year.
 
9. Casey Hayward, GB, 2012: +23.2

Pass Rush: +-2.6, Coverage: +19.3, Run Defense: +3.5, Penalties: +3.0
 
An incredible rookie year from a player who spent most of the season in the slot. Teams went after him, but they shouldn’t have as he allowed just 44.6% of passes into his coverage to be completed, while intercepting six balls and deflecting another 12. That quarterbacks had a rating of 31.1 throwing at him should tell you all you need to know about how good he was.
 
10. Antoine Winfield, MIN, 2010: +23.0
 
Pass Rush: +3.1, Coverage: +10.9, Run Defense: +4.5, Penalties: +4.5
 
A classic year from Winfield, who delivered in every area of the game. Perhaps his strongest coverage year as he let little in behind him and limited receivers to just 7.8 yards per reception. That was a huge part of why he finished 2010 with the highest grade of all cornerbacks.
 
11. Darrelle Revis, NYJ, 2008: +21.8
 
Pass Rush: +1.8, Coverage: +14.3, Run Defense: +2.8, Penalties: +2.9
 
If you wanted a clue as to what type of player Revis was going to become, this was the year. Giving up just 510 yards into his coverage and allowing an NFL quarterback rating of 59.1, the evidence was already there that Revis was something special.
 
12. Leon Hall, CIN, 2009: +21.1
 
Pass Rush: +0.0, Coverage: +18.5, Run Defense: +2.0, Penalties: +0.6
 
A breakout year for Hall who truly delivered on his first-round potential for the first time in 2009. Keeping healthy and proving a top-notch corner in the process, Hall had himself six picks and 15 pass defenses.
 
13. Brandon Flowers, KC, 2010: +20.2
 
Pass Rush: +0.0, Coverage: +13.7, Run Defense: +5.0, Penalties: +1.5
 
The only disappointing thing about this year? That the second half of Flowers’ season couldn’t replicate the quite magnificent first. Nonetheless, he still finished second of all cornerbacks in 2010, giving up a 51% completion percentage on the year and deflecting 11 balls (in addition to his two picks).
 
14. Champ Bailey, DEN, 2010: +20.0
 
Pass Rush: +0.1, Coverage: +14.0, Run Defense: +3.0, Penalties: +2.9
 
In 2010 Bailey wasn’t getting any younger, but nonetheless he continued to deliver the goods. Finishing third of all cornerbacks, he proved capable of going toe-to-toe with the top receivers in the league as he allowed just 442 yards the entire year.
 
15. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, ARZ, 2009: +19.1
 
Pass Rush: -0.2, Coverage: +19.1, Run Defense: -3.1, Penalties: +3.3
 
The year by which every team has convinced themselves that “DRC” is worth a shot. An incredible talent, the Cardinal used his sophomore season to put himself into the bracket of the league’s top cornerbacks. So he didn’t quite delivered on that since, but in a year where he had 22 combined interceptions and pass break-ups, he really showed what he was capable of.
 
16. Chris Gamble, CAR, 2008: +18.9
 
Pass Rush: +1.1, Coverage: +12.0, Run Defense: +1.9, Penalties: +3.9
 
The Panthers’ Gamble stood out as the team’s left cornerback in 2008, matching-up with whatever was thrown at him. His healthy 13 pass defenses and three interceptions showed a nose for the football, while he allowed only 56.5% of balls into his coverage to be complete.
 
17. Brandon Flowers, KC, 2009: +18.5
 
Pass Rush: +2.0, Coverage: +11.8, Run Defense: +2.0, Penalties: +2.7
 
It didn’t take Flowers long to prove wrong those who passed on him in the 2008 draft. A fine second season saw him emerge as the top cornerback in Kansas City, allowing just 53.8% of passes into his coverage to be complete. This was the start of something special from the Chief.
 
18. Chris Harris, DEN, 2012: +18.5
 
Pass Rush: -2.9, Coverage: +10.5, Run Defense: +7.7, Penalties: +3.1
 
The former undrafted free agent was never ticketed for a starting role in 2012, but after an injury to Tracy Porter he made sure to make the most of his opportunity and to develop into more than just a slot cornerback. A fine all-around talent, he would finish second of all cornerbacks in terms of defensive stops in the run game, while allowing just 0.83 yards per snap in coverage from the slot (third lowest in the league).

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« #1 : July 25, 2013, 01:05:22 AM »

Good to see Mr Revis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers representing so well on that list.  Hopefully his 2013 season will top the list next year.


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« #2 : July 25, 2013, 05:29:52 AM »

Wow, that Winfield guy is pretty good and I think he was a FA.  Too bad Dim didnt look at him as a one year stop gap for that 2nd CB position


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« #3 : July 25, 2013, 08:39:47 AM »

Um, how many snaps has Khaled Elsayed played in the NFL? Him and PFF are clueless. They don't know how to evaluate players.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.

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« #4 : July 25, 2013, 08:42:24 AM »

Wow, that Winfield guy is pretty good and I think he was a FA.  Too bad Dim didnt look at him as a one year stop gap for that 2nd CB position

I've been saying that all along.   Dominik was blind not to go after Winfield.

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« #5 : July 25, 2013, 11:09:17 AM »

Wow, that Winfield guy is pretty good and I think he was a FA.  Too bad Dim didnt look at him as a one year stop gap for that 2nd CB position

I've been saying that all along.   Dominik was blind not to go after Winfield.

Me too! He's physical as well. Seemed like a perfect fit.
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