NFL: Top 10 Cornerbacks Heading into the Season
Some cornerbacks are bigger than others, but they need to have the speed and physicality to keep up with some of the best receivers in the NFL. They are the last line of defense on the defensive side of the ball. Who are the Top 10 cornerbacks entering the 2019 NFL season?
10. Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns
Ward is ready to take on the role of being a number one cornerback for the Cleveland Browns. He is physical at the point of attack. Not only does Denzel Ward do a solid job on shutting down wide receivers, but he also does a solid job of playing the run game. Ward had 53 tackles last season along with 14 pass deflections, three interceptions, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.
9. Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ramsey opened up his mouth a lot last season and he got burned often. However, Jalen Ramsey is still one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL because of his talent. Hopefully, he has learned his lesson and maybe Ramsey will just play. He went to the Pro Bowl again last season. Jalen Ramsey recorded 65 tackles, 16 pass deflections, and three interceptions. It is still very dangerous to throw to his side of the field.
8. Darius Slay, Detroit Lions
Detroit doesn’t have a very strong defense, but Slay is their bright spot on the defensive side of the ball. He is one of the most underrated cornerbacks in all of football. Darius Slay plays his position very well because he has very good technique. Slay had 43 tackles, 20 pass deflections, three interceptions, and one pick six.
7. Donte Jackson, Carolina Panthers
Jackson is only 23 years old and he has the potential to be even better next season. Donte Jackson recorded 73 tackles, one sack, broke up 14 passes, picked off four passes, and forced one fumble last season.
6. Chris Harris Jr., Denver Broncos
Even though Aqib Talib left the Denver Broncos last offseason, Chris Harris Jr. held his own in the secondary. Harris Jr. plays his man effectively and he also has a nose for the football. Even though Chris Harris Jr. was the number two cornerback when Talib was around, Harris Jr. is a true number one cornerback. He recorded 49 tackles, one sack, 13 pass deflections, three interceptions, and one pick six.
5. Josh Norman, Washington Redskins
If Josh Norman was not in the Washington Redskins secondary, it would be one of the worst in the league. When opposing teams don’t throw to his side, they pick the other Washington corners a part. Norman recorded 64 tackles, broke up 12 passes, recorded three interceptions, forced three fumbles, and recovered one fumble.
4. Richard Sherman, San Francisco 49ers
This was Sherman’s first season in a San Francisco 49ers uniform. He didn’t show up a lot in the statistical categories, but his low stats is just an indication of how good Richard Sherman actually is. Teams do not want to even think about throwing to his side because he will either break up the pass or pick it off. Sherman only had four pass deflections last season, one sack, and one fumble recovery. He did not record an interception last season.
3. Aqib Talib, Los Angeles Rams
Even though Aqib Talib missed half of the season, he needs to be on the list because Talib was an anchor in the secondary and teams picked on Marcus Peters and other cornerbacks a lot and it was not pretty. Aqib Talib will follow the best wide receiver and he usually contains him. Talib had five pass breakups, one interception, and one forced fumble. He also had 23 tackles.
2. Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins
Howard has developed into one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL because of his ability to follow his wide receiver and he also knows how to read the quarterback as well. Xavien Howard only had 35 tackles last season, but that is because teams rarely threw to his side. He had 19 pass deflections, seven interceptions, and one fumble recovery.
1.Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears
Fuller has developed into the best cornerback in the game right now. He recorded 55 tackles last season, broke up 28 passes, and recorded seven interceptions. Kyle Fuller is 27 years old and he is continuing to grow for the Chicago Bears. Fuller also has a tremendous technique and he rarely gets beat.
Other cornerbacks I thought about putting on this list: Tre Boston who is currently a free agent, Prince Amukamara of the Chicago Bears, Malcolm Butler of the Tennessee Titans, and Gareon Conley of the Oakland Raiders.
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