2015 Top 5 Free Agent Defensive Backs
Teams will look to these guys to shutdown receivers and make plays in the secondary. Today I rank the top five defensive backs in free agency.
5. Chris Culliver
Bio: In his four seasons in San Francisco, Chris Culliver has shown the talent of an elite cornerback. In that time he recorded 127 tackles, 36 passes defended, and seven interceptions.
Bottom line: He hasn't been the most consistent player throughout his career and he previously suffered a torn ACL, but Culliver has loads of talent. He's coming off a strong season and has a high ceiling.
Possible landing spot: San Francisco
4. Kareem Jackson
Bio: Starting in 2012, Kareem Jackson began to show flashes of a great cornerback. Over his five seasons, he recorded 277 tackles, 10 interceptions, and a touchdown.
Bottom line: After struggling early in his career, Jackson has developed into a solid starter capable of playing inside and outside.
Possible landing spot: Philadelphia
3. Brandon Flowers
Bio: In his seven seasons between Kansas City and San Diego, Brandon Flowers has quietly had one of the most productive careers of a cornerback today. He recorded 426 tackles, 101 passes defended, 20 interceptions, four forced fumbles, and three touchdowns.
Bottom line: Flowers is looking down the barrel of age 30, is too often nicked up and has size limitations that will scare off some teams. On the flip side, he played at a high level in bounce-back season last year.
Possible landing spot: Miami
2. Byron Maxwell
Bio: After Brandon Browner was suspended, Byron Maxwell was forced into the lineup opposite Richard Sherman. In his four seasons, he recorded 82 tackles, three forced fumbles, and six interceptions.
Bottom line: He's the best option in a relatively thin cornerback crop. That makes him a candidate to be overpaid, but he'd fit well with former Seahawks assistants Gus Bradley or Dan Quinn.
Possible landing spot: Jacksonville
1. Devin McCourty
Bio: In his five seasons in New England, Devin McCourty proved to be elite playing cornerback and safety. In his career he has 388 tackles, seven forced fumbles, and 17 interceptions while being a two time All-Pro.
Bottom line: The converted cornerback is not only one of the NFL's best coverage safeties, but also a respected leader on the Super Bowl champions' defense. McCourt considers New England home and wants to stay, but he will be in high demand if he hits free agency.
Possible landing spot: New York Jets