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
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Brice McCain, CB, Steelers (NFL) — After dropping a game at home to Tampa Bay last week, Pittsburgh was in danger of losing two in a row to lowly Florida teams before McCain stepped up against Jacksonville on Sunday. His 22-yard interception return for a touchdown off rookie QB Blake Bortles turned a one-point Steelers lead in the fourth quarter into a more comfortable 17-9 tally that turned out to be the final score.
Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss (NCAA) — The senior cornerback made the biggest play in the biggest college football game of the weekend, ending Alabama’s final drive and sealing Ole Miss’ 23-17 upset victory on Saturday. The 5-foot-9 Golson had position on 6-foot-6 Crimson Tide receiver O.J. Howard, securing his interception with one hand while managing to get one foot inbounds. The play was so close that officials originally said Golson was out of bounds, but reversed the call after a replay review. Continue reading
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