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Best Cornerback Tandems -- NFC Edition
By Keith Van Wagner
Special to rzl-football.com

We all know having a good Cornerback is essential in the RZL. And having two good CBs is, after a good QB, the biggest key to sucess.

So who has the best CB tandem? We can debate it all we want, but at the end of the day, the numbers don't lie. Below is a ranking of the top CB Tandems in the NFC, based on a proprietry methodology used in the Panther front office to evaluate draft prospects in the secondary.

Now, this article is published knowing full well that about the only thing RZL owners will debate more than whose player is best is who has the biggest dick. Most of you won't like the answer (to either question), but these rankings are based on empirical data. Don't like it? Make your own list!


A few notes on the rankings:
I won't divulge the full methodology, but the factors considered are: speed, awareness, agility, acceleration, catching, tackling, height, and production over the past 3 seasons.

These values are used in a weighted calculation.

The final rankings are based on the CBs attributes as they currently are. It's not about potential or regression. It's about how good the CB is right now.

I ranked each CB individually and then tallied the scores for both. So in other words, New Orleans' CB McClain is one of the best in the league (total points: 1034.17), but the Saints rank below the Rams as the Rams two corners have a higher combined score.

Lastly, I'm not sure who the starter is for some, so forgive me if I've grabbed the wrong guy. I can change it based on new information, but if I wasn't sure I used my best guess.


Below are the best NFC Cornerback Tandems:

1. Bears
Suggs 1019.92
Dotson 1023.25
TOTAL PTS: 2043.17

2. Panthers
Yang 1020.42
Wilson 1010.92
TOTAL PTS: 2031.33

3. Cowboys
Cox 1007.33
Daugherty 1007.25
TOTAL PTS: 2014.58

4. Rams
Macy 1017.75
AOA 988.33
TOTAL PTS: 2006.08

5. Falcons
Lewis 1006.33
Gonzalez 978.17
TOTAL PTS: 1984.50

6. Saints
McClain 1034.17
Van Dyke 942.00
TOTAL PTS: 1976.17

7. Packers
Poston 993.50
Claiborne 943.25
TOTAL PTS: 1936.75

8. Bucs
Lynch 974.00
Williams 950.83
TOTAL PTS: 1924.83

9. Giants
Saunders 1037.83
Heyward 885.25
TOTAL PTS: 1923.08

10. Redskins
Cabe 964.83
Anderson 956.08
TOTAL PTS: 1920.92

11. Seahawks
Horowitz 962.42
Crawford 949.67
TOTAL PTS: 1912.08

12. Eagles
Barnes 961.50
Cook 945.08
TOTAL PTS: 1906.58

13. Lions
Bowie 949.92
Coyne 950.42
TOTAL PTS: 1900.33

14. Cardinals
Correa 978.75
Kirkpatrick 918.00
TOTAL PTS: 1896.75

15. 49ers
McFadden 972.25
Chekwa 883.50
TOTAL PTS: 1855.75

16. Vikings
Shields 967.42
Clark 868.50
TOTAL PTS: 1835.92
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