Ranking the NFL’s Top 5 CBs

Top 5 Cornerbacks in the NFL

Top 5 Cornerbacks
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As the NFL becomes more and more pass-happy, the importance of being strong at the cornerback position will only increase further. This is certainly made evident when looking at the recent mammoth contract extensions for Joe Haden and Richard Sherman, two players who are indisputably among the league's best in the secondary. Let's take a look at the NFL's top 5 cornerbacks.

5. Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis
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5. Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis
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In 2011, Revis had the No. 1 spot locked up and buried seemingly beyond reach of anyone else. A torn ACL early in the 2012 season, however, has changed things. While Revis was very good with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, he wasn't quite the same player and no longer truly stood out above his peers. He will be healthier this year, of course, and could conceivably make a jump back into the top three.

4. Alterraun Verner

Alterraun Verner
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4. Alterraun Verner

Alterraun Verner
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Alterraun Verner made the leap to elite status in 2013, breaking up 22 passes and finishing the year with five interceptions. He's only 25, so the improvement might not stop there. Verner struggled badly against Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos in December but was consistently great otherwise. The Buccaneers signed Verner to replace the departing Revis.

3. Joe Haden

Joe Haden
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3. Joe Haden

Joe Haden
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Haden is exceptionally good against bigger, stronger receivers and has the agility to stick with smaller ones as well. Paired alongside just-drafted Justin Gilbert, Haden will be a part of one of the league's better secondaries for years to come.

2. Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman
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2. Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman
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Sherman's brilliance is well-documented. There is no cornerback better on the left side of the field and few (if any) can match his ball skills. Sherman has a ridiculous 16 interceptions in his last 32 regular season games and rarely gets beat even at short and medium distances. Still, he plays almost exclusively on the left side, which effectively allows the opposing team to choose the matchup. Sherman tends to face weaker talent as a result.

1. Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson
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1. Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson
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Regardless of the side of the field, Patrick Peterson is always matched up against the best receiver the opposing team has to offer. His numbers stack up comparably to Sherman's (albeit not quite as good), but he gets the edge due to facing more difficult competition. Peterson also gets less help over the top than Sherman does,and doesn't have Earl Thomas to cover up mistakes either. Peterson is the league's best cornerback by a hair.


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