Alterraun Verner doesn’t have his own island like Darrelle Revis, and the Tennessee Titans‘ cornerback also doesn’t talk as much trash as Richard Sherman. With that being said, it’s Verner who deserves the tag as the NFL‘s best defensive back — here are some stats that will absolutely blow your mind:
First and foremost, Verner has four interceptions this season — Revis and Sherman have combined for three. While the interception stat is often a misleading one, it’s becoming more and more obvious that Verner has matured into an All-Pro cornerback at just 24 years old. In addition, Verner has been able to turn his defensive prowess into points as the Tennessee defensive back already has already taken an interception back for a touchdown.
If you’re not a fan of the interception category, then let’s take a look at how opposing quarterbacks are faring when throwing No. 20’s way.
Quarterbacks have throw at Verner 23 times this season, but have only eight of those passes have gone as completions. In addition, opposing signal-callers have a 12.9 QB rating when throwing to a Verner-covered wide receiver which is by far the best mark in the league. All in all; Verner is putting on a clinic and it hasn’t been easy keeping Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub and Philip Rivers at bay.
So, while narrow-minded NFL fans drool over Revis, Sherman and other overrated defensive backs; Verner has quietly cemented himself as the best cornerback of 2013.