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Most Productive Cornerbacks -- All-Time
By Keith Van Wagner
Special to gzl-football.com

You guys getting tired of these articles? I guess I kinda am. Still, have long wanted to do one where I look at CB Efficiency for more than one season. Biggest issue has been sorting the data so that Safeties and Linebackers don't get pulled in. Just went through and did this pretty much by hand (let me know if you see any stragglers) to produce a list of the best CBs in GZL history, based on my CB Efficiency formula.

Not a rigorous set of qualifying criteria for this list -- to create it I simply pulled in the top 100 in pass deflections in league history, and then tried to weed out all the non-CBs. So this isn't based on a hard and fast number of deflections or interceptions, but I still think it manages to capture all the relevant pass defenders we'd want to look at. In all, I ranked 73 CBs.

No big surprises at the top of the list. Dominique Cromartie, the league's leader the past two seasons in CB Efficiency, is tops overall. His sub-1.000 rating is pretty impressive -- it's basically saying the ratio of good things happening on a pass play is better than bad things. He's the only one in league history to have that through his career.

Interesting to note that the GZL's career interception leader, Antoine Cason, is not just about flashy picks -- he's ranked 8th overall. Joe Haden, tied for 2nd all-time in interceptions is ranked a respectable, but surprising, 30th overall. One surprise in the Top 10 is Ellis Hobbs, a journeyman CB who only picked off 12 passes in his 4 year career, but managed to keep opposing WRs from making catches at a highly efficient rate.

The worst qualifying CB? Statistically, it's AJ Jefferson of the Chiefs. Jefferson has 6 interceptions in 6 seasons, but has allowed 184 catches allowed and only made 71 deflections. His 2.217 CB Efficiency is bar far the worst. That being said, my personal favorite for worst CB has got to be Philadelphia’s Justin King. King has more catches allowed than anybody (299) but has managed only 8 picks in his career. King looks like a stud – on paper. But his 1.738 CB Efficiency (68th overall) suggests otherwise.

Here are the All-Time CB Efficiency Rankings:

1 . 0.995 - Dominique Cromartie
2 . 1.012 - Nnamdi Asomugha
3 . 1.013 - Zackary Bowman
4 . 1.063 - Ellis Hobbs
5 . 1.082 - Sean Smith
6 . 1.083 - Johnathan Joseph
7 . 1.087 - Chris Gamble
8 . 1.094 - Antoine Cason
9 . 1.105 - Camden Pietarila
10 . 1.110 - Terence Newman
11 . 1.115 - Jason McCourty
12 . 1.135 - Lardarius Webb
13 . 1.146 - Antonio Cromartie
14 . 1.167 - Bruce Johnson
15 . 1.177 - Mike Jenkins
16 . 1.178 - DeAngelo Hall
17 . 1.185 - Jimmy Smith
18 . 1.190 - Leodis McKelvin
19 . 1.195 - Tracy Porter
20 . 1.209 - Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
21 . 1.221 - Bernard Stevens
22 . 1.233 - Aqib Talib
23 . 1.236 - Brandon Flowers
24 . 1.239 - Cary Williams
25 . 1.240 - Cortland Finnegan
26 . 1.243 - Greg Toler
27 . 1.253 - Stephon Gilmore
28 . 1.273 - Kelvin Hayden
29 . 1.279 - Vontae Davis
30 . 1.280 - Joe Haden
31 . 1.288 - Darrelle Revis
32 . 1.298 - Adam Jones
33 . 1.298 - Domonique Foxworth
34 . 1.300 - Rashean Mathis
35 . 1.310 - Stanford Routt
36 . 1.323 - Patrick Robinson
37 . 1.326 - Ike Taylor
38 . 1.341 - Asante Samuel
39 . 1.347 - Marquis Robinson
40 . 1.356 - Aaron Williams
41 . 1.371 - Eric Wright
42 . 1.374 - Leon Hall
43 . 1.380 - Aaron Ross
44 . 1.382 - Ras-I Dowling
45 . 1.393 - Prince Amukamara
46 . 1.411 - DeAngelo Smith
47 . 1.429 - Alan Morris
48 . 1.432 - Devin McCourty
49 . 1.447 - Marcus McCauley
50 . 1.450 - Matthew Diaz
51 . 1.465 - Dunta Robinson
52 . 1.468 - Cortez Allen
53 . 1.475 - Chimdi Chekwa
54 . 1.475 - Sam Shields
55 . 1.500 - Terrell Thomas
56 . 1.513 - Derek Cox
57 . 1.526 - Patrick Peterson
58 . 1.541 - Chris Houston
59 . 1.543 - Davon House
60 . 1.574 - Shareece Wright
61 . 1.593 - Jonathan Wilhite
62 . 1.597 - Richard Marshall
63 . 1.604 - Morris Claiborne
64 . 1.640 - Chris Cook
65 . 1.688 - Dre Kirkpatrick
66 . 1.702 - Clarence Mitchell
67 . 1.723 - Antwaun Molden
68 . 1.738 - Justin King
69 . 1.770 - Jalil Brown
70 . 1.777 - Darius Butler
71 . 1.816 - Pat Lee
72 . 1.957 - Cletis Gordon
73 . 2.217 - A.J. Jefferson
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