2011 NFL Draft Aftermath: Ranking the Top 5 Cornerback Tandems in the NFL
The dust has settled, the players picked.
The 2011 NFL draft is officially closed.
Now that Patrick Peterson, Prince Amukamara and their draft-class counterparts all have new homes, it is time to rank the top cornerback tandems in the NFL.
Because they are impending free agents, and although they may well return, we are going to respectfully exclude Antonio Cromartie, Jonathan Joseph, Aqib Talib, Brent Grimes and Nnamdi Asomugha from list consideration.
Without further ado, the top five cornerback tandems in the NFL.
5. New England Patriots
The Patriots got a steal in Devin McCourty in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.
McCourty went on to be a Pro Bowler.
He also garnered consideration as a finalist for the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Adding second-rounder Ras-I Dowling on his other side only makes McCourty more lethal going into 2011, and gives the Patriots the fifth-best cornerback duo in the NFL.
4. New York Giants
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The Giants had an average secondary coming into the 2011 NFL draft, but got fantastic value at the 19th pick with Prince Amukamara.
Adding Amukamara alongside Corey Webster, an above-average cornerback in his own right, gives the Giants the fourth-best cornerback tandem in the NFL.
The Giants vastly improved their cornerback duo by adding Amukamara and are rewarded for it here.
3. San Diego Chargers
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Certainly, the Chargers aren't the flashiest pick here, but San Diego's fantastic statistical output in 2010 can't be ignored.
Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason are talented veterans at the position, and the two helped the Chragers rank first against the pass in 2010.
Neither corner has great big-play propensity, but the two are fantastic at holding to their assignments and minimizing yards gained through the air.
The two are a top cornerback duo in the league, and in an AFC West division becoming more and more pass-friendly, the Chargers can still hold their heads above water because of their superior cornerbacks.
2. Arizona Cardinals
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The Cardinals selected Patrick Peterson with the fifth overall pick in the draft and have now assembled one of the most dynamic one-two punches at cornerback in the NFL.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has built a reputation as a game-changer at the position, and fortunately for the Cardinals, Peterson will bring the same capability to Arizona.
The Cardinals' cornerback duo is young, fast and should be lights-out from the start.
With Peterson in the fold, Arizona will once again contend for the NFC West title.
1. Green Bay Packers
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The best cornerback tandem in the NFL belongs to the Green Bay Packers.
Charles Woodson put together a fantastic campaign in 2009 and followed up well in 2010, helping the Packers to a Wild Card spot.
Woodson needed someone to step up as his capable counterpart, and Tramon Williams did so in a big way by intercepting three postseason passes, one of which sealed the game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Packers needed two shut-down cornerbacks if they wanted to run the radical blitz packages they did.
The presence of Woodson and Williams allowed the Packers to rush a crazy number of defenders, and as such, Green Bay won the Super Bowl.