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NFC West Position Rankings – Defensive Backs

NFC West Position Rankings – Secondary

In today’s modern passing game defensive backs play a huge role in defending the opposing team’s wide receivers, tight ends, or a running back split out wide. Charged with pass coverage and run support they are the fastest and quickest members of the defense. DB’s have to communicate well with each other and adjust to offense in motion or changing formations in order to be in the best position possible for any given play.

Defensive back stats consider several factors including interceptions, return yards, tackles, assists etc. which gives a ranking. There is no distinction between being a safety or a corner; they have all been lumped together in NFL.coms listing. The stats used here are for 2012 regular season and I threw in 40 yard dash times (NFL Scout.com) to see if there was a correlation between player speed and ranking. The answer to that question is no - there is no correlation between speed and defensive ability.

I used an average of player rankings and speed and you will see that speed is useless as far as determining the overall effectiveness of a good secondary.

These are my ratings per ranking stats as a secondary.

1. STL RAMS: Average rank is 131.75 with average speed of 4.50.

STL RAMS

PLAYER

POS

TIME

RANK

Finnegan, Cortland

CB

4.36

6

Jenkins, Janoris

CB

4.41

49

Johnson, Trumaine

CB

4.5

169

McGee, Brandon

CB

4.37

R

Steeples, Robert

CB

4.54

R

Thomas, Drew

CB

4.57

R

Woodard, Darren

CB

4.54

R

Martin, Andre

DB

4.48

R

Pointer, Quinton

DB

4.47

303

Smith, Cannon

DB

4.67

R

Unamba, Don

DB

4.62

R

AVERAGE

4.50

131.75

2. San Francisco 49ers: Average rank is 138.3, speed of 4.46.

SF 49ers

PLAYER

POS

TIME

RANK

Asomugha, Nnamdi

CB

4.45

94

Brown, Tarell

CB

4.45

87

Cooper, Marcus

CB

4.46

R

Culliver, Chris

CB

4.36

118

Morris, Darryl

CB

4.35

R

Rogers, Carlos

CB

4.44

90

Rose, Lowell

CB

4.57

R

Brock, Tramaine

DB

4.54

232

Cox, Perrish

DB

4.58

209

AVERAGE

4.46

138.3

3. Arizona Cardinals: Average ranking of 146.3 and an average speed of 4.50.

CARDINALS

PLAYER

POS

TIME

RANK

Arenas, Javier

CB

4.6

77

Bethel, Justin

CB

4.52

253

Cason, Antoine

CB

4.45

0

Fleming, Jamell

CB

4.43

198

Hill, Josh

CB

4.69

R

McCann, Bryan

CB

4.35

272

Peterson, Patrick

CB

4.31

94

Powers, Jerraud

CB

4.51

130

Yell, Ronnie

CB

4.67

R

AVERAGE

4.5

146.3

4. Coming in last is the Seattle Seahawks: Average ranking of 208.3 with a speed of 4.50.

SEAHAWKS

PLAYER

POS

TIME

RANK

Browner, Brandon

CB

4.63

123

Lane, Jeremy

CB

4.52

238

Maxwell, Byron

CB

4.43

244

Parker, Ron

DB

4.35

326

Shead, DeShawn

DB

4.56

346

Sherman, Richard

CB

4.54

68

Simon, Tharold

CB

4.51

R

Thurmond, Walter

CB

4.53

316

Winfield, Antoine

CB

4.41

6

AVERAGE

4.49

208.3

Of course this is based on 2012 and with all the rookies listed there are sure to be some surprises when the regular season begins. As of right now it looks as though Seattle is around 50 points behind the top 3 NFC West secondary’s. Maybe it will be a showdown between St. Louis and Arizona throwing the ball vs. San Fran and Seattle using the read option QB’s. I guess we will find out what approach works out the best, by the time the 2013 season ends.

I know…everyone thinks Seattle has the best secondary in the NFC West. With Sherman and Winfield ranking out at numbers 68 and 6, I give you Jenkins and Finnegan at 6, and 49. So what about DB’s for Seattle? Namely Shead and Parker, well they rank out at 326 and 346 based on 2012 regular season stats. Stat wise the Rams two best DB’s still on the roster are Pointer (303), and because the other three DB’s are rookies I’ll use Johnson (169).

So in terms of production based on stats, it looks like the Rams are better than any other secondary in the NFC West. I’m sure some of you won’t agree, but hey that’s okay with me.

Thanks for reading!

OCR

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