Cornerbacks (14)

Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Ed Reed, Aeneas Williams.

Modern Positional Average

Cornerbacks: Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Ed Reed, Aeneas Williams.

*Note that in 2019, all Defensive Backs were grouped together, and were Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, Ty Law, Ed Reed and Aeneas Williams.  Now, Cornerbacks and Safeties are separated.  We are only using four for both Corners and Safeties to keep everything relatively modern.  Last year’s composite for Defensive Backs were 202.6 Games, 134 Approximate Value, 0.6614 AV/G, 8.8 Pro Bowls 3.4 First Team All-Pros, 48 Interceptions and 861.8 Tackles.

Stats

  • Games 203.5
  • Approximate Value 146.5
  • AV/G 0.7199
  • Pro Bowls 8.5
  • First Team All-Pros 3.5
  • Interceptions 53.5
  • Tackles 770.3
Peterson’s 2019 season saw him serve a six-game suspension, which was the catalyst for his eight-year streak of Pro Bowls ending.  In the ten games he did play, he wasn’t the same player, and his AV/G dropped by over .03.  With our split of the Cornerbacks and Safeties, Peterson is now barely ahead of the MPA of AV/G, and barring a return to elite status, he will likely fall below after 2020’s end. 

Stats

  • Games 138 (-65.5)
  • Approximate Value 100 (-46.5)
  • AV/G 0.7246 (+0.0047)
  • Pro Bowls 8 (-0.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (-0.5)
  • Interceptions 25 (-28.5)
  • Tackles 438 (-332.3)
In terms of name recognition, Richard Sherman is one of the most known defensive players of the past decade.  Earning an All-Decade spot, Sherman had a renaissance year, returning to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time.  That year, might be what puts him over.

Stats

  • Games 134 (-69.5)
  • Approximate Value 103 (-43.5)
  • AV/G 0.7687 (+0.0488)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-3.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (-0.5)
  • Interceptions 35 (-18.5)
  • Tackles 466 (-304.3)
Gilmore debuts on this list, but is really hard to rank.  Gilmore was not looking like a Hall of Famer as a Buffalo Bill, but he has been a First Team All-Pro the last two seasons, and he won the coveted Defensive Player of the Year last season.  Anyone who wins the DPOY will gain a Hall of Fame look, but he hasn’t done enough for that jacket yet.  He is no fluke, but he needs this peak to be more than two seasons.

Stats

  • Games 113 (-90.5)
  • Approximate Value 68 (-78.5)
  • AV/G 0.6018 (-0.1181)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-1.5)
  • Interceptions 24 (-29.5)
  • Tackles 374 (-396.3)
Don’t let Peters being on his third team in five years fool you.  Peters is an excellent Cornerback who is coming off his second First Team All-Pro and third Pro Bowl, and he is a three-time leader in Interception Return Yards.  He is just under the AV/G and is more than capable of climbing over it in 2020.

Stats

  • Games 118 (-85.5)
  • Approximate Value 77 (-69.5)
  • AV/G 0.7013 (-0.0186)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-1.5)
  • Interceptions 27 (-26.5)
  • Tackles 247 (-523.3)
Could Ramsey be the best Cornerback in the next five years?  The Rams hope so as they acquired him last year during the season from Jacksonville.  If Ramsey is the player that people think he can become than the sky is the limit, but this is has been said about hundreds of players before.

Stats

  • Games 60 (-143.5)
  • Approximate Value 40 (-106.5)
  • AV/G 0.6667 (-0.0532)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.5)
  • Interceptions 10 (-43.5)
  • Tackles 243 (-527.3)
Talib went to five consecutive Pro Bowls from 2013 to 2017.  A Free Agent as of this writing, last season only saw Talib play five games for the Rams.  This might be the end of the road for the Cornerback, and if it is, he hasn’t done enough.

Stats

  • Games 148 (-55.5)
  • Approximate Value 81 (-65.5)
  • AV/G 0.5473 (-0.1726)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-3.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.5)
  • Interceptions 35 (-18.5)
  • Tackles 453 (-317.3)
A part of Denver’s Super Bowl 50 win, Harris now joins the Chargers after playing nine years in Colorado.  Harris is now 30, and is last year in Denver was average at best.  This could be a now or never situation for the Cornerback.

Stats

  • Games 139 (-64.5)
  • Approximate Value 73 (-73.5)
  • AV/G 0.5252 (-0.1947)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-4.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.5)
  • Interceptions 20 (-33.5)
  • Tackles 518 (-252.3)
Fuller led the NFL in Interceptions with seven in 2018, where he was a Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro.  The Cornerback went to the Pro Bowl again last year, and he is entering his sixth season, all with Chicago.

Stats

  • Games 80 (-123.5)
  • Approximate Value 42 (-104.5)
  • AV/G 0.5250 (-0.1949)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-6.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.5)
  • Interceptions 18 (-35.5)
  • Tackles 325 (-445.3)
Slay’s last three seasons have been phenomenal, but it came after three average years, and a rookie year where he only played started four Games.  That latter half reflected a weak AV/G relatively speaking, but Slay’s profile has never been higher.  This is Slay’s first year in Philadelphia after playing for Detroit in his first seven seasons.

Stats

  • Games 103 (-100.5)
  • Approximate Value 46 (-100.5)
  • AV/G 0.4825 (-0.2374)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.5)
  • Interceptions 19 (-34.5)
  • Tackles 347 (-423.3)
After seven seasons with Minnesota, Rhodes joins the Indianapolis Colts, who appear to have a very good defense.  The seven-year vet was a Pro Bowler last year, and has gone to three in the last four years.

Stats

  • Games 104 (-99.5)
  • Approximate Value 46 (-100.5)
  • AV/G 0.4423 (-0.2776)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.5)
  • Interceptions 10 (-43.5)
  • Tackles 372 (-398.3)
White is here after having a spectacular season last year where he led the NFL in Interceptions (6) and had an Approximate Value of 18.  He has an AV/G even to the last batch of Hall of Fame Cornerbacks, but he is only three years in a career that realistically is one great year and two good ones.

Stats

  • Games 47 (-156.5)
  • Approximate Value 30 (-116.5)
  • AV/G 0.7199
  • Pro Bowls 1 (-7.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-2.5)
  • Interceptions 12 (-41.5)
  • Tackles 181 (-589.3)
Lattimore does his job well and he was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2017.  Having said that, Lattimore has never had a year where his Approximate Value of nine, nor has he had a First Team All-Pro.

Stats

  • Games 43 (-160.5)
  • Approximate Value 21 (-125.5)
  • AV/G 0.4884 (-0.2315)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-6.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-3.5)
  • Interceptions 8 (-45.5)
  • Tackles 168 (-602.3)
Haden went to his third Pro Bowl last year and is a ten-year NFL veteran.

Stats

  • Games 66 (-137.5)
  • Approximate Value 132 (-14.5)
  • AV/G 0.5000 (-0.2199)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-5.5)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-3.5)
  • Interceptions 27 (-26.5)
  • Tackles 525 (-245.3)