Pro Football Focus ranked the best cornerback groups in the NFL heading into 2016 and the Denver Broncos 'No Fly Zone' is reigning supreme. The NFL is a passing league, which means you need elite coverage guys in order to have a defense that can make plays.
The Broncos are one of a couple of teams that boast three elite cornerbacks. In fat, the Broncos big three all graded within the top thirty grades by PFF for the 2015 season.
1. Denver Broncos
Top CBs: Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., Bradley Roby
Key stat: All three earned top-30 grades last season among NFL CBs.
Self-anointed as the “No-Fly Zone,” the Broncos’ secondary is led by this terrific trio of cornerbacks. The Broncos were the only team to place their top three corners in our 30-highest-graded in the NFL last season, with Harris leading the way once again. Harris surrendered less than 1 yard allowed per snap in coverage (0.88 during the regular season) for his fourth straight season, the only cornerback to do so since he became a full-time starter in 2012.
The group had their best game of the year against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, but they were dominant all season long outside of a single regular season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Although Aqib Talib recovering from a gunshot wound, he should be ready to go come Week 1 of the regular season. This unit is poised for another fantastic year.
T.Kothe, a member here at Mile High Report, wrote up a FanPost on these PFF rankings also, with several notes regarding some of the Broncos chief AFC rivals.
The AFC West has some good cornerbacks. A fact probably due to Peyton Manning having dominated the division for four seasons. The San Diego Chargers are ranked 6th, the Oakland Raiders 12th, while the Kansas City Chiefs fall all the way to 19th after losing Sean Smith.
But hey, that Raiders defense is suddenly going to grab the third seed in 2016 according to PFF. So take these rankings with a grain of salt, PFF clearly has credibility issues.