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2021 GZL Most Productive Cornerbacks (FINAL)
By Keith Van Wagner
Special to gzl-football.com

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 2021 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, though slightly higher.

Some interesting notes on the rankings. Briggs finished 1st overall with an amazing .500 rating. At the midpoint he had a .421 so not much of a let down there. Last yearís highest ranked CB Camden Pietarlia is ranked 19th overall. Not bad Ė still a number one Corner. But definitely a drop in production. Better than Commodore Bell, for example, who finished second overall last year but is 47st overall so far. In fact, of last yearís final Top 10, only Ambellina returns.

Usually, at least one team puts two CBs in the Top 10. This year is no exception. Two teams have CB tandems in the Top 10. St. Louis has Jeremy Briggs (1st overall) and Xavier Rhodes (5th) while the Bucs feature Bo Davis (2nd) and Claudio Ambellina (10th).

There were some high profile rookies taken at the position this year. First pick overall Rollo Salsbury finished 62nd overall, despite having a respectable 4 interceptions. His 57 catches allowed however was second most in the league. William Jackson, the 7th overall pick faired a little better, coming in 36th overall. The only other first rounder, Tampa Bayís Eli Apple didnít qualify, though given the strength of their corners, thatís not surprising. Of the second round CBs chosen, the work of Mackensie Alexander was noteworthy. Alexander was drafted 42nd overall and was arguably the best CB on a playoff-bound Panther team. Alexander finished 22nd overall.

Which CB had the worst efficiency? Detroitís Brian Hardison allowed 20 catches and deflected only 1 pass for an efficiency 20.000


Hereís the top 10:

1. Jeremy Briggs, STL (.421 efficiency)
2. Bo Davis, TB (.714)
3. Braylon Bender, NE (.796)
4. Richard Sherman, SD (.800)
5. Xavier Rhodes, STL (.837)
6. Sanders Commings, IND (.923)
7. Sylvester Spence, OAK (.947)
8T. Tyrone Booker, MIA (.976)
8T. Patrick Peterson, NO (.976)
8T. Claudio Ambellina, TB (.976)
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