Welcome to the third installment of the defensive NFL Divisional power rankings by position groups.
So far this week we have ranked two position group.s
Last week’s offensive divisional rankings:
Today we focus on the cornerback groups. I will rank the divisions from 8 through 1. Focused on the top 3 linebackers within each team’s depth chart.
Let the rankings begin:
8. AFC WEST
Broncos: Isaac Yiadom, Bryce Callahan, A.J. Bouye, Duke Dawson Jr.
Chargers: Chris Harris Jr., Michael Davis, Casey Hayward Jr., Desmond King II
Chiefs: Bashaud Breeland, Rashard Fenton, Charvarius Ward, Chris Lammons
Raiders: Trayvon Mullen, Lamrcus Joyner, Prince Amukamara, Damon Arnette
I mean there are a few names that you make recognize within this group… Bouye, Harris Jr., Joyner, Amukamara… But, can any of them still play at an extremely high level? Bouye has moved around for a reason. Chris Harris moved from the Broncos to the Chargers but he is getting older and is not a #1. This group could not be ranked any higher than last.
7. AFC SOUTH
Colts: Rock Ya-Sin, Xavier Rhodes, Kenny Moore II, T.J. Carrie
Jaguars: Tre Herndon, D.J. Hayden, CJ Henderson, Rashaan Melvin
Texans: Gareon Conley, Lonnie Jonson Jr., Bradley Roby, Vernon Hargreaves III
Titans: Malcom Butler, Kristian Fulton, Adoree’ Jackson, Johnathan Joseph
Again, this group has a few guys that have a chance to be really good this season. Adoree’ Jackson is a beast. I really like the move of the Titans move to get Hargreaves and I loved the Jag’s draft pick of CJ Henderson, he is a day one starter. However, what does Malcom Butler have left? Xavier Rhodes went from shutdown to one of the worst corners n the league. However, this group does have the best name within NFL cornerbacks… Don’t mess with Rock Ya-Sin!
6. NFC SOUTH
Buccaneers: Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, M.J. Stewart
Falcons: A.J. Terrell, Kendall Sheffield, Isaiah Oliver, Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Panthers: Donte Jackson, Corn Elder, Eli Apple, Troy Pride Jr.
Saints: Janoris Jenkins, P.J. Williams, Marshon Lattimore, Patrick Robinson
This group has one of the best shutdown corners in the league with the Saints Marshon Lattimore… And, if Janoris Jenkins plays at a high level, look out for those two. Eli Apple stays in the division leaving the Saints for the Panthers, but he stinks. I really do like the Panthers drafting of Troy Pride Jr., watch out for the rookie. The rest of the division is… MEH!
5. NFC EAST
Cowboys: Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown
Eagles: Darius Slay, Raul Douglas, Sidney Jones, Nickell Robey-Coleman
Giants: DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal, James Bradberry, Corey Ballentine
Redskins: Kendall Fuller, Jimmy Moreland, Fabian Moreau, Ronald Darby
It seems to be a big thing for cornerbacks to move within division this offseason. Rondald Darby moving from Philly to DC the latest. The trade for Darius Slay was a huge win for the Eagles and I think he will help Sidney Jones reach his potential, and the addition of Robey-Coleman is extremely underrated. The Cowboys CB’s have a chance to be either very good or very mehh! They lost Byron Jones but the drafting of Trevon Diggs was a steal in the second round. I think this overall group has a chance to finish the season in the top 3.
4. NFC WEST
49ers: Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams, Ahkello Witherspoon, Emmanuel Moseley
Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, Kevin Peterson, Byron Murphy Jr., Robert Alford
Rams: Jalen Ramsey, Darious Williams, Troy Hill, David Long Jr.
Seahawks: Shaquill Griffin, Neiko Thorpe, Quinton Dunbar, Tre Flowers
Some huge names in this division. Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson, Jalen Ramsey, Shaquill Griffin. Ballers, all ballers. Yes Richard Sherman may have lost a step but he still gets the job done. I also think some of the “second tier” guys in this group are very good players, Quinton Dunbar, Tre Flowers and K’Waun Williams. This group also could make the leap into the top 3, or unfortunately fall back if some of the older guys take a step back.
3. AFC NORTH
Bengals: Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, William Jackson III, Darius Phillips
Browns: Denzel Ward, Terrance Mitchell, Greedy Williams, Kevin Johnson
Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith, Marcus Peters, Tavon Young
Steelers: Joe Haden, Mike Hilton, Steven Nelson, Cameron Sutton
Marcus Peters just straight dominated when he was traded to Baltimore last year, I think he had 47 pick 6’s. Joe Haden has been doing it for what feels like 20 years and is not ready to slow down yet. Trae Waynes heads to Cinci from the Vikings and is ready to ball out with Mackensie Alexander. Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams are a heck of a tandem in Cleveland… But watch they will get torched all season because… Cleveland.
2. NFC NORTH
Bears: Buster Skrine, Jaylon Johnson, Kyle Fuller, Artie Burns
Lions: Desmond Trufant, Darryl Roberts, Jeff Okudah, Justin Coleman
Packers: Jaire Alexander, Chandon Sullivan, Kevin King, Josh Jackson
Vikings: Mike Hughes, Cameron Dantzler, Jeff Gladney, Kris Boyd
Jaire Alexander has a chance to become a top 3-5 cornerback in the league this season, dude can shutdown anyone. And pairing him with King and Jackson makes their secondary a literal “no fly zone.” Yes, the Vikings lost Rhodes but I think Mike Hughes is ready to take the next step. Kyle Fuller I believe is one of the most underrated corners in the NFL and adds great depth to this division overall. Then the Lions lose Slay but add Desmond Trufant who has a huge chip on his shoulder… And, draft the top corner in the draft in Jeff Okudah is a day one starter
1. AFC EAST
Bills: Tre’Davious White, Taron Johnson, Levi Wallace, Josh Norman
Dolphins: Xavien Howard, Jamal Perry, Byron Jones, Noah Igbinoghene
Jets: Pierre Desir, Arthur Maulet, Blessuan Austin, Brian Poole
Patriots: Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Stephon Gilmore, Jonathan Jones
I will start out right away and say the Jets are the weakest in this division, now that is enough Jets talk. The AFC East has some of the best CB’s in the entire league. Tre’Davious White is a BAD man. Xavien Howard was already known as a shutdown CB and now he gets to play with Byron Jones on the other side of the field, those two are going to cause problems to any offense. Then there is Stephon Gilmore who I don’t think allowed a single catch last season, he was unreal. And then you can add in guys like Jason McCourty and Josh Norman who still have a lot to prove, and this division is no doubt #1.
Tomorrow we will rank the next level of the backend, safeties. That will conclude the position group rankings, but then look out for the overall rankings based on the divisions average rankings through this process.
Let us know what you think of these rankings.