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Horse Tracks: Broncos have best center and two best cornerbacks in all of the NFL

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According to Pro Football Focus, the Denver Broncos have the NFL’s best center in Matt Paradis and the NFL’s two best cornerbacks in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr.

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It seems every week we learn about how awesome a few guys are according to the grading system that Pro Football Focus run. This week, they rolled out their Top 25 NFL offensive lineman and number two on the list was Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis.

2. Matt Paradis, C, Denver Broncos (91.0)

The development of Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis has been one of the stories of the season, albeit one that’s getting virtually no coverage. A year ago, Paradis was okay, but showed little to suggest that he would become the best center in the game in 2016. His highs were good, but three of his five best performances came in a three-game stretch featuring two bad defensive lines. This season, he has only really recorded one below-average game (against Atlanta), and has otherwise been excellent. Paradis has surrendered just eight total QB pressures, and been responsible for his quarterback hitting the turf just once.

Clearly he was the only offensive lineman from the Broncos to make the list, but he was graded out as the best overall center in the entire league through twelve weeks. That’s with him playing on two bad hips mostly.

Not bad, Paradis!

PFF also tweeted out a screenshot of the top graded cornerbacks in the NFL and two familiar names graced the very top of the list. Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr.

Got to love that no fly zone! Give a tweet out to congratulate them on being the elite players they are.

On to the day’s news!

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