Maybe Kansas City knew what it was doing when it cut star corner Brandon Flowers.The former Chief – now a San Diego Charger – recently said on an interview with the NFL Network “I’m the best corner in football… don’t let my injuries fool you and take my name from that top list.” He then went on to give some praise to Darrelle Revis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and threw some love out to Kansas City fans.
It’s the type of confidence you want from a top cornerback, but the numbers don’t bear it out. Here’s Flowers’ stat line from 2013 (at bottom), matched up against other top corners in the league…
So clearly, Richard Sherman is the best corner in football right now, even if having great teammates in Seattle helps to pad his stats a bit. Even comparing Flowers with Tillman is interesting… the Bears’ top cornerback defended the same number of passes in five fewer games! Flowers has the most tackles, of the group, but that may be because all the others on this list aren’t thrown at… and Flowers is.
All in all, it might be a BIT too early to call yourself the best corner in the NFL, Brandon.