This slideshow is going to highlight the top two cornerbacks in the NFL and what makes them so dangerous. So lets begin.
Darelle Revis is 25 years old, 5 ft 11 in, and weighs in at 198 pounds. On the other hand Nnamdi Asomugah is 29 years old, 6 ft 2 in, and 210 pounds. The physical comparison here is very interesting because Nnamdi is taller and than Revis making it easier for him to run with those tall (6' 3" or 6' 4" receivers). But Revis has the age edge on Asomugah. He is four years younger than Nnamdi which would give him more versatility and overall speed at the position.
In terms of the draft, Revis was drafted higher overall than Asomugah in Round one at pick 14 in 2007. Nnamdi was drafted in Round one at pick 31 in 2003. Taking a look at these two and where they were drafted makes sense for an in depth analysis. Revis was selected earlier in the draft and the consensus on him was that he would fill a position of need on the Jets team, in other words a safe pick. Asomugah was labeled by draft experts as another Al Davis reach. So in this section of comparison it is smart to look who has shed his draft label. Revis, the safe pick or Asomugah the reach?
Now here are the stats of these two shutdown corners. While looking at the stats we need to keep in mind that years in the league will inflate certain stats, as well as bad years.
Nnamdi Asomugah- has 291 tackles, 2 sacks, and 11 interceptions. (7 years in the league).
Darelle Revis- has 199 tackles, 1 sack, and 14 interceptions. (3 years in the league).
Here is the thing with stats. They can be skewed to prove a point in many different cases. The fact of the matter here is that Revis has an incredible statistical profile for only three years in the league. Asomugah on the other hand has some inflated stats just because of years in the league. But it all comes down to opportunities. Last season Nnamdi had four pass deflections to Revis' 31. What you are seeing here is that Darelle Revis is getting many more chances to showcase his abilities. Nnamdi isn't given very many opportunities to display his skills because quarterbacks rarely challenge him by throwing his way.
Now this is all subjective, but with Asomugah in training camp and working with his teammates and Revis holding out for a ridiculous contract things the stats could even out for Nnamdi, in terms of interceptions and passes deflected. Now this is all contingent on when Revis signs with the Jets. Being that he is pretty much the consensus number one shut down corner in the league you would expect money to be no object for a man who is playing for a Super Bowl contender. Nnamdi is there at training camp working out on the defensive side of the ball, as well as helping out young receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. If Heyward -Bey can beat Nnamdi there are many other corners, with maybe the exception of Revis that he could beat.
So who would give you nightmares?? Beware of both: Revis Island and Nnamdi Land.