Most Productive Cornerbacks - 2017 (End of Season)
The last few seasons Iíve put together articles ranking CB production based on a simple formula I developed tracking their pass defensive skills. This article tracks the most productive Corners through the end of the 2017 season.
Here is what I used in my formula: Interceptions, deflections and catches allowed. I decided not to use tackles, sacks etc because, one, they aren't the CBs main duties, and two, they seem more the result of scheme and other players on the field (for example, a CB may have a lot of tackles, but it could be because the front seven are very bad).
To easily get the raw numbers below, I simply multiplied INTs x 2, added that number to the total deflections (reasoning an INT was twice as good as a deflection). Then I divided the total catches allowed by the INT/deflection number.
So for example, if someone has 5 INTs, 20 deflections and 30 catches allowed, I added 10 (5 INTs x 2) + 20 and divided 30 by 30, coming up with a score of 1.00. The lower the score the better.
To qualify, I normally look at players with at least 20 pass deflections or 20 catches allowed. Iíve tweaked this over the years, but I feel like this captures most, if not all, of those who should qualify. In total, I ranked 78 CBs, which is in line with the average number I look at towards the end of the year. At the mid-point I looked at 83 CBs.
Some interesting notes on the rankings. Joe Haden was ranked 1st overall after 8 games, but dropped off completely and did not qualify. Matthew Diaz was ranked 3rd thru 8 games, but fell to 28th. There were two sets of CBs from single teams that cracked the Top 10. Baltimoreís DeMarcus Milliner and Eric Victorino were 5th and 6th, respectively. While Seattleís Steven Yates and Tyrann Mathieu also made the list. When you factor in Patrick Petersonís 7 picks (2nd in the league), you start to wonder how the Seahawks finished 7-9. Patrick Robinson and Aquib Talib both would have made the Top 10 but didnít qualify.
There were some high profile rookies taken at the position this year. Richard Sherman went first overall but ended up ranked 64th with a 1.778 rating and zero picks on the year. Demarius Stonewall was 68th at the midpoint but rebounded in the 2nd half of the season. He ended up being ranked 24th amongst all CBs. Justin Gilbert who went 13th overall didnít qualify. Darqueze Dennard did qualify, but is near the bottom, ranked 54th with a 1.600 rating, though he vastly improved as the season wore on. Vontae Riggins was ranked 80th at the midway point, but did not qualify for the whole seson.
The worst CB who qualified? Cyrus Nicholson III, the 2nd rounder for the Eagles. CNIII had only 1 pick and 9 deflections but allowed 35 catches for a less than respectable 3.182 rating.
Here are the top 10 most efficient CBs from 2017:
1. Steven Yates, SEA (CB Efficiency: .567)
2. Greg Toler, CHI (.738)
3. Nigel Malone, HOU (.816)
4. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, DAL (.844)
5. DeMarcus Milliner, BAL (.848)
6. Eric Victorino, BAL (.860)
7. Tyrann Mathieu, SEA (.875)
8. Claudio Ambellina, TB (.917)
9. Derek Cox, MIN (.933)
10. Zackary Bowman, ARI (.947)