Analysis of Cornerbacks taken in Round 1 of the Draft 2000-2009

Part IV continues with an analysis of the Cornerbacks that were taken in Round 1 of the Draft from 2000-2009.

Thus far, we have recapped:
Defensive Tackle
Linebacker
Safety

 

Year Player Pick Starts Tackles INT  PBowls Wonder’s Grade
2000 Deltha O’Neal 15 85 386 34 3 3
  Ahmed Plummer 24 68 241 12   4
2001 Nate Clements 21 128 622 30 1 1
  Will Allen 22 124 484 15   4
  W Middlebrooks 24 2 74 0   7
2002 Quentin Jammer 5 114 557 16   3
  Phillip Buchanon 17 76 339 18   2
  Lito Sheppard 26 70 284 19 2 3
2003 Terence Newman 5 101 410 23 2 2
  Marcus Trufant 11 103 507 19 1 3
  Andre Woolfork 28 12 131 3   4
  Sammy Davis 30 32 173 3   5
  Nnamdi Asomugha 31 85 291 11 2 1
2004 DeAngelo Hall 8 79 359 26 3 3
  Dunta Robinson 10 79 393 13   2
  Ahmad Carroll 25 28 127 3   4
  Chris Gamble 28 88 413 24   4
2005 Pacman Jones 6 34 146 4   3
  Carlos Rogers 9 56 245 6   4
  F Washington  23 50 191 6   4
2006 Tye Hill 15 24 112 5   4
  Jason Allen 16 12 140 5   4
  Antonio Cromartie 19 39 165 15 1 2
  Jonathan Joseph 24 46 230 11   3
  Kelly Jennings 31 30 167 1   6
2007 Darrelle Revis 14 44 199 14 2 1
  Leon Hall 18 42 214 14   3
  Aaron Ross 20 25 104 6   4
2008 Leodis McKelvin 11 9 43 2   3*
  D.R-Cromartie 16 27 92 10   2*
  Aqib Talib 20 17 87 9   3*
  Mike Jenkins 25 18 68 6 1 2*
  Antoine Cason 27 4 115 4   4*
2009 Malcolm Jenkins 6 6 55 1   3*
  Vontae Davis 25 9 51 4   4*
            0.5 3.3

* too early, these grades are still moving. 

So let’s recap.. 

 

Position PBowls Rating
LB 0.9 3.2
CB 0.5 3.3
S 1.4 3.8
DT 0.6 4.1

Note how Wonder was not so easy on his grading out of these CBs.  Ross a 4? Well, you can argue he is a 3 but he has been replaced by Thomas and did not get his job back at the end of the year.  Guys like O’Neal, Sheppard and (DeAngelo) Hall who made the Pro Bowl should be ‘entitled’ to a 2 rating, but only got 3′s because their careers did not maintain that high level of play.  I just think back to the way Hall was easily undressed by the Giants; he’s an opportunist who tries to victimize a QB but gets burned too often against better teams … a 3 suits him to a tee.  The summarized point is that CB getting a 3.3 is not charity.  The position holds its own against the other 3 defensive positions graded so far.

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