Green With Envy: How Darrelle Revis Has Become The Best Cornerback In The NFL

Bill YadlonContributor IOctober 17, 2008

During the 2007 draft many people questioned the New York Jets trading their 1st, 2nd and 5th round picks to move up 11 spots to the 14th pick. When the Jets used that pick to select Pittsburgh CB Darrelle Revis, fans and media personalities alike again questioned if perhaps Leon Hall, out of the much more prestigious University Michigan should have been the pick instead. A team with such a storied history of botching draft picks year after year could ill afford yet another bust. But the brain trust in New York had targeted their man, for quite some time and this time it seems to be paying off.

A mere 21 games into his professional career Darrelle Revis has established himself as the best and most complete cornerback in the league. Despite a very long holdout, which is uncharacteristic of Jets first rounders, the Pittsburgh product Revis quickly got acclimated to the NFL’s style of play. Despite not flashy interception numbers, Revis consistently showed incredible skills in man coverage on some of the game’s elite wide outs. Uncharacteristic of young corners, Revis showed exceptional skills as an open field tackler, making him a force in Run Defense as well.

Now in his 2nd year, Revis has already matched his total of 3 picks last year through just 5 games, including a game saving one handed interception in week 1 against Miami, and 1 returned for a touchdown against Arizona in week 4. Revis has established himself as one of a few, pure shutdown guys in the game. Giving up only 22 yards to Randy Moss, and 27 to Chris Chambers reflects that.  His ability to also return punts and kicks only makes him more valuable. With Champ Bailey and Chris McCallister in decline and many of the NFL’s other top corners like Antonio Cromartie, DeAngelo Hall, and Al Harris all very inconsistent week to week, I don’t know if there is a guy in the league you’d want covering the opponent’s top receiver more than Darrelle Revis, the game’s best corner.