NFL Cornerback Rankings

Jake DeWitt

Tier 1

Much has been debated over the last several years about who the best shutdown cornerback is in the NFL. Sometimes it simply depends on how often a particular corner is targeted by the opposing team. Sometimes it depends on how many interceptions a cornerback tallies (if so, Marcus Peters should be in the top three!!!). In this case, I’m looking at the cornerback I would least want to face on a week-to-week basis with the cornerback aided by the standard league average pass rush and pass defense.

Because of his unique versatility, Tyrann Mathieu is the ONLY player to appear in multiple positional rankings. Yes, he’s our top overall safety. Here that hurts him because he does not line up at cornerback 100% of the time, but he’s clearly one of the best defensive backs in all of football.

1. Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals)
2. Chris Harris Jr. (Denver Broncos)
3. Richard Sherman (Seattle Seahawks)
4. Jason Verrett (San Diego Chargers)
5. Tyrann Mathieu (Arizona Cardinals)
6. Desmond Trufant (Atlanta Falcons)
7. Josh Norman (Washington Redskins)
8. Darrell Revis (New York Jets)
9. Darius Slay (Detroit Lions)

Tier 2

10. Malcolm Butler (New England Patriots)
11. Marcus Peters (Kansas City Chiefs)
12. Stephon Gilmore (Buffalo Bills)
13. Vontae Davis (Indianapolis Colts)
14. Joe Haden (Cleveland Browns)

Tier 3

15. Adam Jones (Cincinnati Bengals)
16. Delvin Breaux (New Orleans Saints)
17. Aqib Talib (Denver Broncos)
18. Logan Ryan (New England Patriots)
19. Sam Shields (Green Bay Packers)
20. Sean Smith (Oakland Raiders)
21. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (New York Giants)
22. Casey Hayward (San Diego Chargers)
23. Bashaud Breeland (Washington Redskins)
24. Ronald Darby (Buffalo Bills)
25. David Amerson (Oakland Raiders)
26. Jonathan Joseph (Houston Texans)

Tier 4

27. Janoris Jenkins (New York Giants)
28. Orlando Scandrick (Dallas Cowboys)
29. Trae Waynes (Minnesota Vikings)
30. Kyle Fuller (Chicago Bears)
31. Brent Grimes (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
32. Jason McCourty (Tennessee Titans)

Tier 5

33. Tramaine Brock (San Francisco 49ers)
34. DeAngelo Hall (Washington Redskins)
35. Tracy Porter (Chicago Bears)
36. Xavier Rhodes (Minnesota Vikings)
37. Jimmy Smith (Baltimore Ravens)
38. Davon House (Jacksonville Jaguars)
39. Buster Skrine (New York Jets)
40. Jeremy Lane (Seattle Seahawks)

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