Following the Patriots' decision to place cornerback Leigh Bodden on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN researcher Keith Hawkins dissected the latest projected depth charts from Ourlads Scouting Services and found the Patriots are likely to have the youngest starting tandem in the NFL.
Projected starters Devin McCourty (2010 first-round pick) and Darius Butler (2009 second-round pick) have a combined five starts between them, all from Butler last season.
Thanks to Tim Graham, who covers the AFC East for ESPN.com, here is the breakdown of the NFL's youngest projected cornerback tandems on opening day (with combined seasons, games, starts):
1. Butler and McCourty (Patriots): one season, 14 games, five starts
2. Glover Quin and Kareem Jackson (Texans): one season, 15 games, 12 starts (all from Quin)
3. Sean Smith and Vontae Davis (Dolphins): two seasons, 32 games, 25 starts
4. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Greg Toler (Cardinals): three seasons, 45 games, 25 starts
5. Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson (Jets)*: four seasons, 64 games, 39 starts (all Cromartie)
6. Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers (Chiefs): four seasons, 63 games, 60 starts
7. Cortland Finnegan and Jason McCourty (Titans): five seasons, 76 games, 50 starts
* Projected starters would change if Darrelle Revis's holdout ends.