Ok, ok, I’ll entertain the idea that he may not be the number 1 corner..but I do think he will be, very soon.
Notable Player: Darrelle Revis. I think Revis is primed to come back strong and make a case to be considered the best corner but he has a lot stacked against him. Only time will tell on how he can return to the field and be productive.
Lets look at some of the top corners in 2012: Tim Jennings, Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson, and Asante Samuel.
Have to start with the league leader in interceptions (9). Tim Jennings had a big year also racking in 105 returning yards off interceptions as well as 60 tackles. This is an impressive feat for a guy on the smaller side (5’8″). Tim had a great year, but getting the most interceptions doesn’t make you the best corner, you have to do more.
As much as it pains me to say it because I can’t stand the guy, Sherman was the best corner (based on last years stats). The Seahawk ended the year with 1 sack, 8 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 64 tackles, and 11 assists. It will definitely be interesting to see how he does this year.
Alright, I have paid my respect to a rival player in the same division, now it’s time to get to business. Patrick brought in 7 interceptions (4th in 2012), 3 assists, and 55 tackles for the Cardinals. He certainly is one of the best corners in the NFL, and honestly he is only going to get better. Cardinals fans have seen and heard how well he is doing this year in camp and is even giving Fitzgerald problems at practice. NFL get your cameras ready.
Asante had a solid year for the Falcons with 5 interceptions, 110 return yards, and 36 tackles. Toward the end of his career, Samuel is still showing he has what it takes to make a play.
Statistics found from NFL.com