Editor's note: This is the 14th installment in Bleacher Report's NFL 1000 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through April 24, with NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the NFL 1000 page for more rankings.
Richard Sherman or Darrelle Revis? You might think you know the answer, but what if you truly broke down every play of the 2013 season to see which player was better? Are Sherman and Revis the best, or does Patrick Peterson or Desmond Trufant belong in the conversation?
So who is the best of the best at cornerback?
That’s what the NFL 1000 aims to identify. Throw out the narratives and the fantasy football stats, and dig into the film. Then we’ll see who is the best.
The B/R 1000 metric is based on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance on a 100-point scale.
Potential is not taken into consideration. Nor are career accomplishments.
Cornerbacks are judged on coverage (80 points), run defense (10), tackling (10) and all of the technique, athletic ability and football intelligence needed to play the position.
In the case of ties, our team asked, "Which player would I rather have on my team?" and set the rankings accordingly.
Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
Each player was scouted by me and a team of experienced evaluators with these key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study from our team.