The last two seasons Iíve put together articles ranking CB production based on a simple formula I developed tracking their pass defensive skills.
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.
I didnít have a hard and fast rule as to who qualified in the evaluation. Generally, I looked at players with at least 2 interceptions or at least 20 pass deflections or 20 catches allowed. In total, I ranked 73 CBs.
Some interesting notes on the rankings. Cortland Finnegan has 8 interceptions and is tied for the lead, but is ranked ranked 3rd in overall production. Prince Amukamara has 0 picks on the year, but leads the league in deflections and is ranked 4th overall. Heís the only player in the top 45 without a pick. Perrish Cox of Indy is ranked #11, and has done the most with the least. He has 3 picks, with only 3 deflections and 9 passes allowed. Heís the only player on the list with under 10 deflections and catches allowed. Joe Haden of the Browns is 7th overall in picks, but ranked 32nd overall with 17 deflections and 33 CTHA.
The worst CB who qualified? San Franciscoís Jayron Hosely with a 5.00 (Note that the top 61 CBs are all below 2.00). The rookie CB has no picks, 5 deflections and 25 CTHA. Other noteworthy bad seasons include Gunner Recall, DAL, with 3.80, Cary Williams, CAR, with 3.00, Nigel Malone, HOU, 2.727, and Patrick Peterson, SEA, 2.688 (ranked 70th overall)
Hereís the top 10:
1. Dominique Cromartie, KC -- .639
2. Johnathan Joseph, SD -- .784
3. Cortland Finnegan, TN -- .842
4. Prince Amukamara, NYJ -- .903
5. Chris Gamble, PIT -- .929
6. Aqib Talib, TB -- .939
7. DeAngelo Hall, WAS -- .958
8. Leodis McKelvin, BUF -- .960
9T. Bruce Johnson, NYG -- .969
9T. Marquis Robinson, KC -- .969
A final note, following up on last yearís top CBs. Lardarius Webb, the most productive CB last year, is ranked 37th in 2014. Sean Smith went from 2nd best in 2013 to 39th. Corey Webster, the 3rd best last year, didnít qualify as he was moved to SS. The 4th best in 2013, Mike Jenkins was a respectable 12th this year. Rounding out the top 5 from last year, Leodis McKelvin is the only player to return to the top 10.