Top Ten Best Cornerbacks in NFL History

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The Top Ten

Deion Sanders
I could have put him at 1 but the 20 year career of green was hard to beat. Deion was the only corner I have ever seen that would 100% take out your best receiver to the point the QB was afraid to throw to him


What Lawrence Taylor was to the line backing position, Deion Sander's was to the cornerback position and more. The man made the CB position a glamour position. I have seen some great dB's in my time, but none has ever came with the swag that Deion brought. He was more PURE substance than hype. If Deion was playing today, He could still take out the best. Just ask Jerry Rice and Mike Irvin #21 prime time
Quarterbacks refused to throw to his side of the field. He was a poor tackler, but when you can take away half the field with your ball hawking abilities, that can be over looked. One of the best athletes in the history of sports.
[Newest]Deion Sanders is no doubt the best in the game. Ever

2Champ Bailey
Lined up against the best receiver around all parts of the field from his second year all the way through 2012. There is absolutely no other cornerback that has ever done that for that long. He also had the best ever season for a cornerback in 2006. If you had to pick a corner to start your franchise this would be him because no other corner did what he did for how long he did it. Rod Woodson had to move to safety much earlier and Deion was mediocre towards the end and couldn't tackle. Rod and Deion is their prime were equal but cannot compare to Champ's body of work and production over time. Like I said, that's because he line up against the best for 12 years, all by himself. Other corners can say they did that for maybe 5-6 years.
Top to bottom best all around corner. Deion can't tackle to save his life
not only can he defend and intercept passes amazingly he can also tackle, force fumbles and lead the team greatly


[Newest]Champ Bailey should have more votes

3Rod Woodson
He is the best corner back ever. He can cover man to man. He can play zone defense just as good as any corner back in NFL history. He's also very good at tackling. Not to mention he is a great safety. On top of all of that he's third all time in interceptions and in the Hall of Fame.
Rod was awesome at corner, I don't think I have ever seen a CB who could blitz/tackle like him and still outrun your best guy. Amazing hands and the ability to always be around the ball.


He was the complete corner, and could excel in today's NFL. Deion was one-dimensional, and ranks high only because of his flamboyance/popularity.
[Newest]Rod woodson got 71 interceptions in his whole career

4Darrel Green
Darrel Green was the best DB in NFL history. His speed made him very dangerous to quarterbacks. I still remember him catching dorsett just before the goal line in the playoffs. Awesome!


Played for 20 years and even when he was 35 he skunked Randy Moss in their first meeting.
Fastest player in nfl history great sight amazing coverage completely clutch and he would be number 1 but he couldn't catch for his life
[Newest]Darrell Green, even at 40, was still as fast as ever. 20 years a Redskin.

5Darrelle Revis
The only person to shut down recievers like Revis (or he shuts them down like they did) are darrel green and deion sanders. Different generations make them hard to compare but ill never forget the season reggie wayne had 111 receptions and peyton manning was on point with him and then revis shut down wayne for 1 catch for 1 yard (it was a screen so it shouldn't even count) in the AFC Championship
Revis, even though had Cromartie to help him out a lot along the way never really had a great pass rush, or even help from a decent safety and he managed to make the most out of what he had shutting down receivers like; Megatron, Reggie Wayne, Dez Bryant, Randy Moss (with the exception of once), Chad Johnson/Ochocinco, Roddy White, Greg Jennings, Julio Jones, Mike Wallace.. I think you get the point.. There isn't a single "#1" receiver that revis hasn't shutdown.
Revis dominates the best athletes on the opposing team on a weekly basis. Completely shutting down the best wide receivers in the NFL is something no one else can say. He makes them non factors.
[Newest]Darrelle revis my favorite player he has to be # 2 or 3

6Dick "Nightrain" Lane
Vicious tackler, great interceptor. Best corner of all time there is nothing on the field he couldn't do. If he was playing modern day, coaches would think twice before they threw or ran to his side
Maybe the best that ever played? I put him here because I wasn't around to watch him and all I have are films and from that you can see he was dominating at his position, again, lower on my list because I never saw him first hand (i'm 48)


Probably the greatest and toughest CB of all time. Everyone in that era was terrified of his control of the backfield. He makes Deion look like he's running through mud. Look him up.
[Newest]2#best of all time

7Mel Blount
The NFL had to make rule to prevent Mel Blount from killing wide outs. He has big, fast and physical and is far better than anyone else on this list.

How is Deion Sanders #1? That guy was afraid to tackle. I'm sure he'd excel in today's NFL where Roger Goodell doesn't allow DBs to hit anyone anymore. Deion is the #1 touch football corner. Real football though... Its all Mel Blount!
Please, please... This guy was simply the best ever. Defensive league MVP at CB! The league had to change rules due to his dominance... And he continued to be an all -pro! Could over match tight ends or run with the likes of Cliff Branch. Even stood up to Jack Lambert. Sound like a Deion?!
If it wasn't for Mel Blount, Deion probably would have been a special teams player because he couldn't tackle. Remember, they changed the passing rules because Blount was beating up people
[Newest]Changed the rules because of him, enough said!

8Charles Woodson
Total annihilation of the other teams passing game, that's what can happen if this guy gets on a roll, he can shut down your biggest wide receiver and force you to pass to the other hungry packer cornerbacks, watch the superbowl, the only time Pittsburgh's offense seemed to do anything is when this guy went out of the game
Look at his stats no way he is not at least top three all time top interceptions for a cornerback 27 force fumbles. Number 3 in int return TDs.
The best on every level he played

9Ty Law
Ty was an elite corner who never got as much credit as he deserved because he was on a great Patriot defense and was overshadowed by guys like Champ Bailey. This guy could shut down great recievers, and he was clutch. Just look at his playoff performances against Manning and in Super Bowls.
Underrated, tough smart player. He made the defense work, along with Rodney H. , another underrated great.
Ty law is the best cornerback of all time

10Richard Sherman
Couldn't agree more, the best in the game right now and could easily be in the top ten of all time by the end of his career.
A lot could happen where sherman ends up falling out (but that is unlikely). But if sherm keeps it up he will be top 3. And, to add a little icing on the cake, sherman can actually tackle. He's laid some people out. But, PrimeTime COULD tackle, he just didn't want to ruin his career hitting the big guys, He was a great tackler against people in his own weight class.
Sherman will be in the top 5 he's young and has a lot of potential he'll do great as long as he keeps a great attitude because attitude reflects leadership
[Newest]He should be 6 go Seahawks

The Contenders

11Ronde Barber
Only CB in NFL history with over 25 sacks and 40 interceptions and What a Tackler. Consistent, respected greatness for 16 years. He did it all with precision and tenacity. In my mind he is the complete Cornerback. Able to do more than just intercept a pass.
Ronde is tank same with tiki!
Ronde is the all time leader in picks, interceptions returned for touchdowns, sacks by a cornerback, 5 pro bowls, super bowl champion enough said

12Mike Haynes
Mike Haynes reminds me of the picture in the dictionary if you look up CB. Not the greatest athlete at the position but an absolute master of it.


The bump-run coverage was his specialty. Quarterbacks also stopped throwing to his side of the field because of his cornerback skills.
2# best cornerback of all time

13Charles Tillman
Best conner at least best conner to force fummbles no doubt about that one

14Nnamdi Asomugha
He had a season of only allowing 8 receptions in man coverage. To top it off the raiders are a horrible team/
Not even top 50 of all time
Quaterbacks were scared to throw at him in 08 so don't even

15Willie Brown
Willie was Deion before Deion, he would take your best guy and take him out of the game.


Willie brown is better than Deion Sanders
Old Man Willie! Picking off Fran Tarkenton and returning for a touchdown in the Super Bowl! On top of that he's a Hall of Famer! Vote for this legend!

16Ellis Hobbs

17Patrick Peterson
Beyond overrated. Sure, he's good, but he's pitifully overrated and has gotten roasted by middling wide receivers on more than one occasion.
Patrick Peterson is the 2nd best

18Asante Samuel
Not the best all time, but a really great corner that could be depended on. Unfortunately he missed a pick against Eli in Super Bowl 42 on the play before the helmet catch that would have sealed the game. That pick would have made him a more remembered figure.

19Herb Adderley

20Jimmy Johnson
SI's pick on their all-time team. Rafer Johnson's brother also an Olympian track star. Remember him shutting down a wideout when he had his arm in a cast!

21Antoine Winfield

22Lem Barney

23Terrence Newman

24Carnell Lake
Carnell should be on everybodys top 10, but I'm betting people forget him. One of only a few players I have ever seen who could line up at CB one week and Safety the next and he was in the same mode as Rod Woodson!


Cornel Lake was a strong safety his entire career. He played linebacker in college at UCLA.

25Dre Bly

26Marcus Trufant

27Joe Haden
Joe Haden is definitely the best in the league

28DeAngelo Hall

29Aeneas Williams
Some these guys ranked ahead of him aren't even in his league. Not a top five all time guy but at least top 15.

30Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

31Johnathan Joseph

32Corey Webster

33Stephon Gilmore

34Albert Lewis
Lewis played for 16 seasons. Standing 6-2 with 4.4 speed, Lewis had long reach and a big leap. 20 interceptions in his first 4 seasons. After that, opposing QBs avoided throwing the ball in his direction. He was named as the Chiefs MVP for the 1986 season, 4 - Pro Bowl selection (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990), 1st Team All-Pro (1989, 1990). Voted onto the Chiefs Hall of Fame, he was also a specialist at blocking kicks

35Patrick Surtain

36Sam Madison

37Aaron Glenn

38Frank Minnifield

39Bryant Westbrook

40Skip Thomas
I know just because he played for the Raiders he should not be up there

41Larry Wilson
Wilson defined the cornerback position and was one of the toughest players ever. He once played a game with casts on two broken wrists.

42Shawn Springs

43Brent Grimes

44Cortland Finnegan

45Lester Hayes
My first CB hero! Lester was everything a the position, he could swallow up the field with his range and speed and his ability to get interceptions (stick-um! ) was outstanding, great CB.


Before there was Deion and Regis there was my eminent domain. When you mention shutdown corner look at this man. He can tackle, play bump in run and cover. Remember Super Bowl 18 and the shutdown him and mike Haynes did on those redskin WR 's and lets not forget helping ground air coryel..
Brought bump-n-run to a whole new level... may be one of the most underrated players in history!

46Chris Hope

47Ike Taylor
Ike Taylor never really puts up great stats but the reason he is number 10 is because he's clutch and a great teammate. He is probably one of the biggest reasons Pittsburgh made the super bowl in 2010. Great CB.

Go Steelers!

48Tracy Porter

49Prince Amukamara

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