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Today's Best Cornerbacks and Their Throwback Comparisons
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Is Seattle's Richard Sherman the best cornerback in the NFL? Can we talk?

Welcome to the 11th installment of our throwback series where we take a look at the different positions around the NFL and draw comparisons to standouts of years gone by.

We are now down to the home stretch, which means the last line of defense. That means some of the greatest cornerbacks and safeties in the game today and whom they remind us of from another generation.

How exactly do we come up with these comparisons? The criteria are multi-faceted, and one legend doesn’t fit all. We are talking style as much as anything because after all the eye test is still the best pop quiz ever. But other factors will be taken into account when making comparisons.

One very big reminder: This is not a ranking of the six best cornerbacks in the league. For instance, performers such as Joe Haden (Cleveland Browns), Alterraun Verner (Tennessee Titans), Antonio Cromartie (New York Jets) and Tim Jennings (Chicago Bears) could be found in this year’s Pro Bowl but not on this list despite their outstanding play.

All told, these are simply some of the best players at their position and whom they remind us of from the distant or not-too distant past.

Finally, here is a big “thank you” to the people at Pro-Football-Reference.com, NFL.com and Pro Football Focus (subscription required) for their outstanding statistical assistance.

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