Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Polamalu secondary to Revis on DB list
By Tim Graham
General consensus says Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is the NFL's best defensive player.
He was voted The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year. ESPN.com's Power Rankings panel made him the unanimous choice when voting on the best defenders last month.
But in a segment for the NFL Network, a pair of opinionated and decorated veterans didn't rate Polamalu even the best defensive back in the game.
New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper and Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber assembled their top-10 list of the greatest defensive backs. With one safety and one corner compiling the order, there was no positional bias.
This is what Sharper and Barber came up with:
- Darrelle Revis, Jets cornerback
- Troy Polamalu, Steelers safety
- Ed Reed, Ravens safety
- Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders cornerback
- Charles Woodson, Packers cornerback
- Champ Bailey, Broncos cornerback
- Nick Collins, Packers safety
- Adrian Wilson, Rams safety
- Devin McCourty, Patriots cornerback
- Aqib Talib, Buccaneers cornerback
I believe Revis is the best cornerback in the NFL, but it's a little strange to see him rated higher than Polamalu, who's coming off such a great season.
That's also an impressive showing for McCourty after one NFL season. Sharper and Barber ranked him the fifth-best cornerback ahead of guys like Asante Samuel, Antoine Winfield and Tramon Williams.