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Old 05-26-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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The cornerback position will always feature some of the NFL's top athletes, but the position is evolving. Speed will continue to be the calling card, but teams are looking for that same speed in bigger corners who can compete with the size and quickness of today's wideouts and support the run.

RealScouts, Sporting News' team of former NFL scouts, rank their top 20 cornerbacks for '09:


1. Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders. Asomugha is the best cover corner in the league and just entering the prime of his career. He's a fantastic athlete with outstanding speed whose skills are featured in the Raiders' man cover scheme.


2. Cortland Finnegan, Titans. Finnegan started out hot in 2008 and then teams stopped throwing his way. He can turn and run with receivers, closes quickly on the ball in zone coverage and is a scoring threat with the ball in his hands.


3. Champ Bailey, Broncos. Until last year's groin tear, Bailey was a model of durability in his 10-year career. He's scheduled to be back at full health this year, but he'll also be 31. Expect him to be tested early in the season, but his instincts and natural cover skills will keep him among the elite.


4. Asante Samuel, Eagles. Samuel didn't set a career high in interceptions in his first year in Philly, but he broke up a personal-best 24 passes and was extremely active in the Eagles' aggressive scheme. Philadelphia had one of the best pass defenses in the second half of the season and will be better this year.


5. Nate Clements, 49ers. Clements' numbers were down in 2008, but he is still one of the best all-around corners. In addition to outstanding cover skills, he's an excellent tackler who is strong against the run and can play any position in the secondary.


6. Darrelle Revis, Jets. Revis flashed a lot of talent in his first two seasons. He's a ballhawk who displays good technique, size, instincts and toughness and will excel in Rex Ryan's zone coverage schemes.


7. Antonio Cromartie, Chargers. He was criticized heavily for his poor play in 2008, then it was revealed he had played the entire season with a fractured hip. Coordinator Ron Rivera runs an aggressive scheme, which will help Cromartie in coverage. There is some talk he might not start, but if the Chargers put him on the field and he's healthy, he'll make big plays.


8. DeAngelo Hall, Redskins. Attitude and off-field persona aside, Hall can flat-out play. He revived his career with the Redskins after bombing in Oakland, and his ball skills and cover ability in man and zone schemes will help him excel behind an improved front.


9. Antoine Winfield, Vikings. Winfield is an aggressive, physical corner who loves to mix it up at the line of scrimmage and knock receivers off their routes. He is also an excellent tackler and run-support player.


10. Rashean Mathis, Jaguars. Injuries have stolen much of the past two seasons from Mathis, who needs to stay healthy and play within the scheme. He has a host of physical tools and natural talents, but has tried too hard to make things happen and his overaggressiveness has led to mistakes in coverage.


11. Marcus Trufant, Seahawks. He can shut down the top receivers with his ability to cover long and close quickly on shorter routes. Those skills will play well in the Seahawks' cover 2 looks under new coach Jim Mora. Trufant has good hands, is a dangerous runner after the catch and will be helped by a renewed pass rush.


12. Terence Newman, Cowboys. Newman is explosive and athletic and shows great speed and agility. He can be overaggressive in coverage at times but has been playing with more maturity and better technique recently.


13. Dunta Robinson, Texans. He has great athletic ability but needs to stay healthy. He has shutdown ability and can make big plays all over the field.


14. Charles Woodson, Packers. As age and injury work against him, Woodson may make a move to safety at some point. But he's still an excellent bump-and-run corner who plays tight man coverage but is also comfortable in zone schemes. He led all corners in interceptions last season and is a willing tackler against the run.


15. Leigh Bodden, Patriots. Bodden is big and fast and a strong player near the line, both as a press corner and in run support. Though he struggled last year in Detroit, he'll be a superior player in Bill Belichick's system.


16. Kelvin Hayden, Colts. Hayden has good range and speed, closes quickly and makes plays on the ball. He's an excellent fit in the Colts' cover 2 system.


17. Bryant McFadden, Cardinals. McFadden has some serious big-game experience to go with excellent ball skills and tackling ability. Best of all, he's only 27. A broken arm in 2008 hurt his free-agent value, but he is a good all-around player and will be a good fit in a much-improved Arizona secondary.


18. Al Harris, Packers. Harris is an excellent press corner, even at 34. However, he won't be as quick as Woodson to adjust to the zone schemes the Pack will play in their new 3-4. Harris will have to adjust to playing off receivers or the Packers may have to alter the scheme to fit his skills.


19. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cardinals. As a rookie, Rodgers-Cromartie flashed impressive athletic ability and rare ball skills. He has a unique combination of size and speed and adjusts well to the ball in the air. With McFadden in the lineup and a year of experience under his belt, Rodgers-Cromartie should be better in 2009. He just has to prove 2008 wasn't a fluke.


20. Eric Wright, Browns. Wright is fast and athletic, willing in run support and aggressive getting to the ball. He has also shown the ability to make plays with the ball in his hands. Opposing quarterbacks shied away from him last season when they found an easier target in Brandon McDonald, but Wright is an improving young talent.


http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn...c.php?t=553164


I'll bet you dollars to donuts that Darrent Williams would have made this list....

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Old 05-26-2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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Darrent trying to play thru that groin injury was heroic, but he never should of started. he was injured,not hurt.

Hopefully, they got the right guy, not a fall guy.

I certainly would not rate Champ #3 untill he's proven healthy.
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Darrent who?
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They put the wrong Charger CB on this list.

The Sporting News ranking follies continues...
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HAHAHA!!! They have Deangelo Hall on the list!!!
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HAHAHA!!! They have Deangelo Hall on the list!!!
Yep. That right there is the kiss of death for this list, especially since he's in the top ten.
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Darrent who?
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:20 PM   #9
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That is a pungent heap of dung.
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Champ is still top 5, we just haven't seen it for almost 2 years since he's been hurt. If he comes back healthy this year he'll be great.
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