The NFL's Top 10 Corners

Zach VroomContributor IDecember 3, 2008

1) Champ Bailey (Broncos)

All NFL fans alike felt this coming, and while the Champ tweaked his groin while playing against the New England Patriots, he is a lock in for No. 1. The speedster out of the University of Georgia has blossomed into one of the best shutdown corners in NFL history, since he was traded to the Broncos for Clinton Portis, running back for the Washington Redskins.


2) Nnamdi Asomugha (Raiders)

Perhaps the closest thing to a Champ Bailey in the NFL comes Asomugha, an underrated speed demon, who just keeps getting better and better. After drawing comparisons to Ty Law for his athletic play in his first couple seasons, look for him to take over the art of shutting down a star wide out long after Bailey has retired.


3) Charles Woodson (Packers)

Some might say this is too high for the  savvy vet, who played nickel back with the bad boy Raiders, however with his size, and athletic ability, he is known across the NFL as a veteran who deserves respect.

With people overlooking him playing across from team captain Al Harris, he has recorded an interception in each of the past 10 seasons, an impressive stat for an 11 year vet.


4) Asante Samuel (Eagles)

Asante has been the NFL's interception leader for the last two years combined, and is a flat out shut down. His above average ball skills make up for his late of man-to-man coverage, and while his speed isn't going to blow away Hester, he can keep up stride for stride with the games very best.


5) Marcus Trufant (Seahawks)

Trufant is a very pesky corner that seems to make the big plays when it really counts. Coming out of Washington State, Marcus took a recent "Hometown" deal, which translates into a six-year, $50 million contract.

With this kind of money, and Trufant being the team player he is, he will continue to produce, and with his athletic ability's (He lettered/captained Football, Track, and Basketball in HS) he is a very promising corner that will only continue to get better.


6) Chris McAlister (Ravens)

This savvy vet was earned his creds by sitting as the best corner on arguably the best defense of this ear. Known for their big mouths, and their dirty trap plays, and with Ed Reed and Ray Lewis patrolling the seconadary, it's easy to over look McAlister.

However, little does everyone know that he was quietly racked up nearly 30 interceptions, as well as nearly 100 passes defensed.


7) Terence Newman (Cowboys)

No one will argue over the fact that Newman is arguably the best cover corner in the NFL today. His 4.35 40-time at the 2003 NFL combine was top among corners in at the combine.

He has also proven himself very versatile, as he was a three sport letterman, in Track, Football, and Baseball. To add to hes career record, he also was the winner of the Jim Thorpe award, as the nation's best defensive back in 2002.


8) Antonio Cromartie (Chargers)

Along with being the predominant leader of the Chargers' shut down defense in the 07-08 season, Cromartie bought himself a ticket to  Honolulu as the leader in the NFL in picks, as well as passes defended.

We all remember his one-handed pick against Peyton Manning and the rival Colts, but plays like this, such as his 108 interception return to seal the deal against the raiders, one of the games makes him one of the biggest play maker on the opposite side of the ball, as well as one of the premier shut down corners as of now.


9)  Ellis Hobbs (Patriots)

A lot of people overlook the fact that Hobbs played on the most winingest teams in NFL history, but not only did he do that, he also accumulated arguably the sealing deal of the perfect season by intercepting Eli Manning's late fourth-quarter drive, right near the Patriots' 40-yard line.

His injury in that Super Bowl has not haunted him, and he continues to be versatile, able to average about 30 yards a return on kick offs, as well as playing as the number one corner on the Patriots defense.


10) Nathan Vasher (Bears)

After leading college football in picks, as well as being the starting number one corner on the Bears run stopping defense, he is a smart corner, who some have said lack athleticism, but he knows the ropes, and puts in a good effort each game.

After missing the most of the 2007 NFL season, he came back strong in 2008, accumulating three picks. However, he needs to be more durable, as he is often seen on the questionable injury report each week.