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    started a topic Sporting News : Top NFC Corners

    Sporting News : Top NFC Corners

    http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn...c.php?t=216164



    1. 49ers
    Nate Clements will be the team's first shutdown corner since the mid-1990s. Walt Harris is a tough ball hawk with solid coverage skills. Nickel back Shawntae Spencer would start for many teams.

    2. Cowboys
    Coaches want Terence Newman to take the final step toward stardom. Anthony Henry (6-1, 208) is big with good ball skills. Nickel back Aaron Glenn is solid but struggles on deep balls.

    3. Eagles
    Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown complement each other. Sheppard is a gambling playmaker; Brown is a solid cover corner and a punishing tackler. William James replaces Rod Hood at nickel back.

    4. Packers
    Al Harris is great in bump-and-run coverage. Charles Woodson isn't that fast anymore but has great ball skills. In an unproven pool of backups, Will Blackmon has the most talent.

    5. Buccaneers
    Ronde Barber and Brian Kelly are Pro Bowl-caliber starters. After that there's a big drop-off to Phillip Buchanon and Sammy Davis.


    6. Bears
    Coming off his finest season, Charles Tillman (6-1, 196) has the size to shut down big receivers. Nathan Vasher is a ball hawk on the right side. Ricky Manning is comfortable in the nickel role.

    7. Vikings
    Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin are physical, but Winfield's status is in question after he skipped most offseason activities. Dovonte Edwards and rookie Marcus McCauley will compete for the nickel spot.

    8. Panthers
    Ken Lucas has the skills to be top-notch in coverage but must make tackles consistently. Though Chris Gamble makes big plays, he gets beat too often on deep passes. Richard Marshall could challenge for a starting spot.

    9. Falcons
    Lewis Sanders and rookie Chris Houston are two adequate options to start opposite Pro Bowl corner DeAngelo Hall. Sanders has been a starter, and Houston locked down top college receivers last season.

    10. Redskins
    Shawn Springs is an elite corner when he's healthy and happy. Carlos Rogers can be a solid starter but must bounce back from a sub-par second season. Nickel back Fred Smoot is back after two seasons with the Vikings.

    11. Seahawks.
    Marcus Trufant could emerge with better safety help. Kelly Jennings is talented but unproven. Rookie Josh Wilson is more explosive than Jennings and could push for a starting job.

    12. Saints.
    Mike McKenzie, Fred Thomas and Jason Craft gave up too many deep passes and didn't make enough big plays in 2006.

    13. Rams
    Tye Hill must improve his tackling. Fakhir Brown has experience and good cover skills. Nickel back Ron Bartell showed big-play ability late last season.

    14. Cardinals.
    Key for this group is the development of Antrel Rolle and Eric Green, who were inconsistent in their first two seasons. Rod Hood will compete with Green for a starting job.

    15. Giants
    Sam Madison has lost a step, and Corey Webster struggled in his first two seasons. Nickel back R.W. McQuarters is a playmaker but doesn't have Webster's speed or Madison's instincts.

    16. Lions
    Coaches aren't sure who will start, which doesn't bode well. Among the candidates -- Fernando Bryant, Stanley Wilson and Travis Fisher -- none has blazing speed, but each supports the run well.

  • sodar21
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    Washington with a healthy Shawn Springs has a pretty good CB group.

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  • BlindSite
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    Yeah, but at the end of the day, the player with the ball in their hands makes the decision.

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  • draftguru151
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    I recall Fox saying that the play was called and it wasn't Gamble's decision.

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  • BlindSite
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    Originally posted by d34ng3l021 View Post
    Didnt Gamble make a dumb decision, that pretty much lost them a game this year?
    Yes and no. He shouldn't have lateralled on a punt return, but the guy he was lateralling to should have been looking for the ball.

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  • Vikes99ej
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    The Vikings' spot surprises me. I thought we would be lower than that since some people wrongly believe that the horrendous pass defense is their fault.

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  • dcarey20
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    I agree with the Niners at 1. Clements is up there as one of the best, Walt Harris was great this past year, and Shawntae Spencer is a rock solid nickel. The Panthers should be #2 though. Lucas, Gamble, and Marshall are money.

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  • d34ng3l021
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    Didnt Gamble make a dumb decision, that pretty much lost them a game this year?

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  • BlindSite
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    Agreed, I don't know why Lucas isn't noticed for being the good player he is, even before he got injured, he had a couple of game sealing INTs in the playoffs but still all the talk was about Gamble.

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  • Shiver
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    Originally posted by keylime_5 View Post
    Chris Gamble is pretty underrated IMO. He's the best corner on that team from what I've seen, but Lucas is really awesome. Chicago and Tampa are great CB units, and Dallas is far too high on that list.
    You have that backwards. Gamble is overrated, Lucas is underrated.

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  • keylime_5
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    Chris Gamble is pretty underrated IMO. He's the best corner on that team from what I've seen, but Lucas is really awesome. Chicago and Tampa are great CB units, and Dallas is far too high on that list.

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  • Moses
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    Originally posted by Smokey Joe View Post
    Bears should be around that 3-5 range. The Packers and Bucs are both too high, IMO. And the niners at no. 1 is laughable... Basically, it seems like I am repeating what my man 51 said.
    Hard to argue against Harris and Woodson. Not many better duos in the league than that. Obviously the nickelback position is a big weakness right now.

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  • Smokey Joe
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    Bears should be around that 3-5 range. The Packers and Bucs are both too high, IMO. And the niners at no. 1 is laughable... Basically, it seems like I am repeating what my man 51 said.

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  • Addict
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    Originally posted by DMWSackMachine View Post
    um......where have you been, dude? You don't actually think that I made that up, do you?
    watcha mean by 'where have you been'? and I'm hoping you didn't make it up.

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  • DMWSackMachine
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    Originally posted by Addict View Post
    That is the worst word EVER. EVER!
    um......where have you been, dude? You don't actually think that I made that up, do you?

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