Cornerbacks are easy to admire due to an incredibly difficult job on virtually every play. They are often left on an island—isolated—and one slip-up or momentary loss of concentration usually results in a huge play for the offense.
It's not as if cornerbacks can hide from their mistakes either; those big plays are remembered by every person in the stadium and show up in every highlight reel.
In recent seasons, it has become even easier to appreciate the job cornerbacks have to do. First, there are the blitzkrieg tendencies that have taken over the majority of defensive philosophies.
With all of the the pressure packages, fire zones and overload blitzes being dialed up around the league, the burden on cornerbacks has only increased.
Then there is the tremendous difference in size between cornerbacks and prototypical wide receivers in the NFL today.
In the 21st century, the common standard for an NFL flanker has been in excess of 6'2" in height, and 220 pounds in weight. There are not many starting corners who stand as tall as 6'2" however, and any defensive back weighing in the 220-plus range usually faces a conversion to safety or a role as a hybrid nickel and dime package linebacker.
Whenever there is talk of the finest cornerbacks in the game, the discussion usually centers on the ultra-aggressive Darelle Revis of the New York Jets, and the Philadelphia Eagles' Nnamdi Asomugha.
The conversation usually begins and ends with these two names, but there are a number of other cornerbacks who excel on a weekly basis. These unheralded cover men could hold their own in any era.
Here are the 10 best corners not named Revis or Asomugha.