There may be some disagreements with this selection, but I will tell you why he is No. 1 in my top defensive players.
Champ Bailey was first drafted No. 8 in 1999s draft by the Washington Redskins, then through the Blockbuster Clinton Portis deal the Broncos obtained Champ Bailey and a second round draft pick that was later used to get Tatum Bell.
Champ Bailey is a future hall of fame player and many people consider him the best corner in football today, he has accomplished many great things, and he has been an assassin on his side of the playing field.
One particular play that comes to mind is the play against New England, now many of you already know of this play. It was the fourth quarter and Tom Brady was inside of Denver's 20 yard line, it was looking like the Patriots were going to score. Tom drops back, the blitz is coming and he throws one up for his receiver. Champ snatches it down and races 100 yards down the field before he gets tackled. This play alone sums up his career, he makes things happen and he can change the game in an instance.
Some may consider Nnamdi Asomugha as the best corner in the NFL, but he can not do everything that Champ can do. He can not play zone like Champ, actually he does not even play zone, and he can not read plays as effective as Champ.
Champ bailey is as what I like to say the messiah of corner backs, when healthy he can shut down anyone, just ask Randy Moss last year when Champ was still healthy Moss did not catch one pass.
Over his career Champ has put up some impressive numbers, shockingly they would have been much more impressive if QB actually threw to his side. During his career Champ has 671 tackles, an amazing 173 passes defended, two sacks, seven forced fumbles, an amazing 43 interceptions and counting, and four touchdowns.
When it comes to Denver's best defensive players Champ Bailey is definitely number one and should be in the Hall of Fame when he retires.