Richard Sherman dethroned Darrelle Revis in Wednesday's Madden NFL 15 cornerback rating reveals, but what about some of the top named who did not make the cut?
As perhaps the most difficult position to evaluate in the NFL, the fine folks at EA Sports did a superb job with the top five, but fans are left wanting more. As a barometer for the rest of the field, here is what ratings guru Donny Moore had to say about Sherman's 99 overall:
The Madden NFL 15 cover athlete is the top-ranked CB in each of the following categories: Strength (72), Catching (82), and Man Coverage (98). He's also ranked second in Zone Coverage (96), AWR (94), AGI (96), Play Rec (95), and Jumping (98). Now do you see why he is rated 99 overall?
With that in mind, let's take a stab at rounding out the top 10 after a look at the original five EA Sports has released.
|Richard Sherman||Seattle Seahawks||99|
|Darrelle Revis||New England Patriots||97|
|Joe Haden||Cleveland Browns||95|
|Patrick Peterson||Arizona Cardinals||93|
|Vontae Davis||Indianapolis Colts||92|
6. Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins
All right, so this is kind of cheating, but Brent Grimes is already confirmed to be in the vicinity:
Rightfully so. At 31 years of age, Grimes is an amazing comeback story after appearing in just one game in 2012. With a new team, he showed no worse for wear and ranked as the No. 2 overall cornerback in the NFL over at Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
More importantly, according to those advanced metrics, he allowed no touchdowns.
So yes, Grimes tops the list of those on the outside looking in at the top five.
7. Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals
That's right, the Arizona Cardinals have two corners in the top 10 this year, should Moore and Co. agree, of course.
Tyrann Mathieu is tricky, though, as his versatility allows him to line up at multiple spots. It will be interesting to see where the developers throw him, but for now he is at corner.
Regardless, the LSU product had an incredible rookie season in which he notched 68 total tackles, a sack and two interceptions while ranking as the No. 3 overall cornerback at PFF.
His violence against the run, ability to man multiple spots and developing coverage skills despite sitting at 5'9" and 186 pounds make him a shoo-in for a top rating.
8. Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos
After two fruitful years in New England, Aqib Talib has taken his talents west to play with Peyton Manning, an everyday practice encounter sure to keep his skills sharp and his Madden rating high.
Talib not only excels in coverage and allowed just three scores a year ago, he is active against the run and has more than 40 tackles in each of the past two seasons.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks recently provided a superb breakdown:
After allowing a host of off-field issues to overshadow his game early in his career, Talib has emerged as a standout player at the position. The veteran thrived as a No. 1 CB in New England's complex scheme, showcasing his athleticism, versatility and ball skills on the perimeter. Additionally, Talib displayed the grit and toughness to challenge receivers and tight ends in the slot with his aggressive tactics. Signed to a monster contract this offseason to play a similar role in Denver, Talib will have plenty of opportunities to show the football world he deserves consideration as the game's premier cover corner.
9. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants
An experienced journeyman, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie produces no matter where he goes.
Last year, DRC spent his season in Denver and had little issue with the high altitude, coming in as PFF's No. 6 overall corner with 12 passes defensed.
Now 28 years of age, DRC will not be leaving the Big Apple anytime soon thanks to his five-year commitment.
10. Alterraun Verner, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It is no fun to be pegged as the man to replace Revis, but Alterraun Verner is more than up to the task across from Johnthan Banks.
Verner allowed just two touchdowns last season in Tennessee and subsequently ranked as the No. 13 overall corner at PFF—ahead of $70 million man Patrick Peterson.
The former UCLA star is also a dual-threat corner in that he routinely delivers bone-jarring hits to ball-carriers. He tallied 57 tackles last year, has 47 or more in each of his four years as a pro and has a career-high 101, a tally worthy of a starting linebacker.
A more complete package at the position is hard to find.
|Desmond Trufant||Atlanta Falcons|
|Chris Harris Jr.||Denver Broncos|
|Lardarius Webb||Baltimore Ravens|
|Captain Munnerlyn||Minnesota Vikings|
|Jason McCourty||Tennessee Titans|