Friday Round-Up: Is Richard Sherman The NFL's Top Cornerback Heading Into 2016?
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, April 1 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Richard Sherman Ranked No. 1
At NFL.com, Bucky Brooks, a former regional scout for the Seahawks who played defensive back for five different teams through five NFL seasons, has a column detailing why there are no true shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL today. At the end of his assessment, which is worth a read, Brooks outlines who he believes to be the game's Top 5 cornerbacks today. At No. 1, Brooks names Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who has 28 career interceptions (regular season and postseason combined) since entering the League in 2011. Brooks writes:
"Say what you want about Sherman thriving in the Seahawks' Cover 3 scheme, but there isn't a cover corner playing at a more consistent level than the three-time first-team All-Pro. As a long, rangy defender with exceptional patience and awareness, Sherman rarely misses jams at the line and his accurate hand placement prevents receivers from running straight lines down the field. He complements his physicality with outstanding instincts, anticipation and awareness, which allows him to make breakups and interceptions on vertical routes and back-shoulder fades along the boundary. After being chastised for years for only playing on the left side of the field, Sherman silenced his critics when he "traveled" in 2015 to match up with WR1s in key showdowns. Considering his consistency, playmaking and production, Sherman remains the gold standard at the position."
Brooks rounds out his Top 5 with Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson at No. 2, Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib at No. 3, Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman at No. 4, and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters at No. 5.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we share a quote from Thomas Rawls, the Seattle running back whose promising rookie season ended early with an ankle injury. Rawls, speaking at a Boy Scouts of America luncheon, let the audience know he'll be "running soon," seeming to reaffirm what Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has said on multiple occasions this offseason: that Rawls should be ready for the start of the 2016 season.
Tony Drovetto | seahawks.com | April 1, 2016