TEMPE, Ariz. -- Let the debate continue.
On Tuesday, former NFL coach and current ESPN NFL Insider Herm Edwards ranked his top 10 cornerbacks. It’s a common topic around the NFC West, which is home to Edwards’ top two. Depending on a fan’s regional residence, their opinion on the matter will swing to either No. 1 or No. 2.
Edwards listed Seattle’s Richard Sherman as his top cornerback in the league because of his ability to be a thorn in receivers’ sides in either man or zone coverage.
“His strength is getting his arms on receivers in bump-and-run and disrupting routes,” Edwards said. “He's also a good tackler in the open field.”
Second on the list was Arizona’s Patrick Peterson, renewing an argument about not just the best corner in the division but the best corner in the league.
One knock on Peterson, Edwards said, is that he is so athletic that sometimes he doesn’t use proper technique and lets receivers catch passes they shouldn’t.
“He'll also bait the QB a little too often into throwing it his way,” Edwards said. “But the bottom line is that he's a special talent. With his athletic ability and closing speed, the sky is the limit.”
Joining Sherman and Peterson at No. 3 New England’s Aqib Talib, No. 4 Cleveland’s Joe Haden, No. 5 Tampa Bay’s Darrelle Revis, No. 6 Chicago’s Charles Tillman, No. 7 Miami’s Brent Grimes, No. 8 Alterraun Verner, No. 9 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and sharing No. 10 Kansas City’s Marcus Cooper and San Francisco’s Tramaine Brock.
But there’s a catch in the rankings.
Sherman might be No. 1 for now, but that won’t last for long, Edwards said.
“I think he'll be No. 1 on this list before too long,” Edwards said of Peterson. “He probably has the best ball skills of any corner in the league.”