Even after a “down year”, Pro Football Focus is giving Chris Harris Jr. the benefit of the doubt. He has been a lockdown cornerback his entire career, which is something you just don’t see at that position from very many players. It’s because it’s the hardest position to play well in and the easiest to make a mistake doing.
PFF gave their list of the Top 15 cornerbacks in the NFL heading into the 2018 season and Harris is considered by them as one of the best of the best.
3. CHRIS HARRIS JR., DENVER BRONCOS
At 83.5, 2017 was the lowest graded season of Chris Harris Jr.’s career since 2011, but his career body of work suggests that he is still one of the top cornerbacks in the game today. Since 2011, he as allowed just 58.1 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage to be caught, at just 10.3 yards per reception. Over that span, he has allowed just 15 touchdowns in coverage compared to 16 interceptions and 43 pass breakups.
Former Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib also made the list at the number nine spot, but no sign of Bradley Roby. He’ll finally have a chance to shine as one of the featured starting cornerbacks on the roster this season.