More than 50 defensive backs were selected in this year’s NFL Draft — 52 to be exact, if you include Washington-bound linebacker/safety hybrid and second-round pick Su’a Cravens. That figure is up from 46 the previous year.
Seven DBs were taken in this year’s first round; up from five a year ago. And while the first DB drafted last year wasn’t called until the 11th overall pick (Vikings CB Trae Waynes), three DBs went in the top-11 this year: No. 5 Jalen Ramsey to the Jaguars, No. 10 Eli Apple to the Giants, and No. 11 Vernon Hargreaves III to the Buccaneers.
With each (no pun intended) passing year, it would appear defensive backs are becoming more valuable in the NFL. Just look at the salaries that the league’s best veteran DBs command in free agency, and look at how many rookies DBs are popping up on the draft tracker. Continue reading
In the 80-year history of the NFL Draft, only once has a defensive back been taken with the No. 1 overall pick. That was all the way back in 1956, when the Pittsburgh Steelers took safety Gary Glick out of Colorado A&M (now known as Colorado State). Glick, who was also a kicker, played seven years in the league with the Steelers, Colts, Chargers and Washington. He finished his career with 14 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries.
Six decades later, 2016 was shaping up to be the year in which a defensive back went No. 1 in the draft again.
The league was ready for it. Continue reading
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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Team Irvin (NFL): In the summer before my freshman year of high school, I went to a football camp run by Eric Metcalf, a Seattle native and NFL running back who just happened to be my favorite football player ever. On the final day of camp, each age group played a scrimmage game that was either flag or two-hand touch — I can’t remember. I do vividly remember that I got two interceptions in that game and was awarded a trophy at the end for basically being the defensive MVP. Doesn’t sound like much now, but it was that camp and that scrimmage that erased any doubt I had going into high school about my ability to play defensive back at a level higher than Little League. So I’m not going to downplay Rodgers-Cromartie’s efforts as the most impactful defensive player in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, which was essentially a two-hand touch affair in the fourth quarter. DRC, who plays for the New York Giants in his day job, had two interceptions for Team Irvin in their 49-27 victory over Team Rice. Continue reading