Top 10 NFL Starting Cornerback Duos: Newman, Jenkins Rank Third
A gigantic reason for the Cowboys’ defensive success in 2009 was the outstanding play of starting cornerbacks Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins. We provided Newman with a “B+” overall grade and Jenkins with an “A-” overall grade, putting them at 10th and 8th on the team in our overall rankings, respectively.
Those who are into sports betting and the NFL seem to agree with that assessment, ranking the duo as the third-best in the league. Only the Cincinnati Bengals (Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph) and New York Jets (Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie) were rated ahead of the Cowboys.
Dallas Cowboys Times Starting Cornerback Duo Rankings
10. New England Patriots: Leigh Bodden, Darius Butler
Bodden has played remarkably well in New England after a mediocre stint in Detroit. Butler will likely be thrust into the starting lineup in 2010.
9. Atlanta Falcons: Dunta Robinson, Brent Grimes
Houston was unwilling to dish out big-time money to Robinson, so he fled to Atlanta. He takes a lot of chances but is capable of making big plays.
8. Kansas City Chiefs: Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr
Flowers and Carr probably wouldn’t be on the lists of many others, but they are the most underrated cornerback duo in the NFL. Flowers in particular is already one of the league’s best.
7. Miami Dolphins: Vontae Davis, Sean Smith
Rookie cornerbacks tend to struggle, but not this duo. Davis and Smith played incredibly in their rookie seasons and should improve in 2010.
6. New York Jets: Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie
Revis Christ all the way down at No. 6? Yes, but it has nothing to do with him. We think he is the league’s second-best cornerback (No. 1 is a little higher on the list), but Cromartie may be the NFL’s most overrated player. He gambles too often and misses way too many tackles.
5. Green Bay Packers: Charles Woodson, Al Harris
Harris is getting a little long in the tooth, but he and Woodson make up the league’s best tackling cornerback duo (by far).
4. New Orleans Saints: Jabari Greer, Tracy Porter
Porter gained notoriety for his game-breaking Super Bowl interception, but Greer is the reason this tandem is rated so high. Greer allowed just a 46.9% completion rate–4th in the NFL–and may just be a top five NFL cornerback.
3. Dallas Cowboys: Terence Newman, Mike Jenkins
We talked about Newman and Jenkins above, and Cowboys fans know how important they are to the team.
2. Oakland Raiders: Nnamdi Asomugha, Chris Johnson
The Raiders are at No. 2 because Asomugha is that good. Revis is the popular pick among fan’s as the NFL’s top cornerback, but league insiders will tell you Asomugha is better. The stats don’t lie. The most telling statistic of all. . .Revis got thrown at 111 times in 2009–third most in the NFL. Asomugha? 28 times.
1. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonathan Joseph, Leon Hall
Joseph and Hall are both Pro Bowl-caliber players with lockdown coverage ability and excellent run support skills to boot.