Where have elite corners gone?

Coaches cite several factors for scarcity of shutdown defenders in NFL

Originally Published: July 16, 2013
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

Where have the elite cornerbacks gone? The stifling, shutdown, don't-throw-my-way defender has become a rare commodity in the National Football League.

Good corners? Sure. Those can be found, developed and taught. But the truly great ones, those with length, instincts, speed and reliable hands, those are much, much harder to find. Harder, in fact, than ever before.

That is why Tampa Bay gave up its first-round draft pick to the New York Jets to acquire ...

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