2013 Free Agent Breakdown: Cornerbacks

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Throughout the next two weeks, I'll be taking a look at each position to breakdown the possible free agents the Rams could target. They might not be marquee names, but the Rams don't have marquee money to toss around.

Adam Jones, Bengals

Yes, he of Pac-man legend. Jeff Fisher's original talented-yet-damaged cornerback prospect, Jones has finally put it all together. He very quietly put up a fantastic season last year. In fact, he's the highest rated cornerback on PFF's free agent list.

Considering how often the Rams found themselves with three corners on the field, it would be a good practice to have another veteran outside of Cortland Finnegan. The Rams only have three CB's on the roster, so there will be someone added to the position this off season simply out of necessity.

The real question is whether or not Jeff Fisher would be willing reunite with a player that had such a terrible stigma when he was with the Titans.

(626 Snaps Played) COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF INT PD
2012 Regular Season 40 33 7 1 1 0 9

PFF Grade: +11.1



Michael Adams, Cardinals

Adams is an undersized corner that spent the majority of his on the field time as the nickel back. He doesn't have top end speed, but he has good agility and is quick all around in terms of transitioning, hip turn, etc. He's never put up big numbers, but the Rams are looking for a 4th corner here.

With Greg Toler also hitting free agency, the Cardinals may not focus as much on Adams.

(77 Snaps Played)
COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF INT PD
2012 Regular Season 14
11
3
0
0
0 4

PFF Grade: +3.6



Christopher Owens, Falcons

Owens is a split image of Adams, but with the added connection of being a player Les Snead knew in Atlanta. He's also a nickel back with good quickness, but is known to react slowly to crossing routes.

Again, if you're looking for that second tier pickup, you're not going to be picking up dominant players, but Owens made the most out of his opportunities in 2012.

(176 Snaps Played)
COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF INT PD
2012 Regular Season 22
19
3
0
1
0 4

PFF Grade: +4.9



Darius Butler, Colts

Butler is a backup corner for the Colts who subs in mostly as a nickel back (are we noticing a trend here?). He's got top end speed and has great ball skills, but he has problems catching up to receivers once they've gotten a step on him.

He's bounced around the league, but had a knack for finding the ball last year- two of his four interceptions he took to the house.

(380 Snaps Played)
COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF INT PD
2012 Regular Season 31
22
9
0
1
4 8

PFF Grade: +5.5



Pat Lee, Lions

Lee was the only one to grade out negatively on this list (if only just), but he also has the relationship with new Rams DC Tim Walton. He has the size to play on the outside, unlike most others on this list. He's mostly a special teams player, but he is a powerful tackler.

Don't underestimate the strength of knowing a coach, even if it was only for half a season.

(380 Snaps Played)
COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF INT PD
2012 Regular Season 37
31
6
0
1
1 4

PFF Grade:-0.2

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