NFL Execs, coaches, and scouts rank Falcons’ CB absurdly low

Aug 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24) on the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24) on the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

If you subscribe to ESPN+ then you might have seen some articles where ESPN polled NFL executives, coaches, and scouts on the top ten players at each position, and when it comes to the cornerback rankings, the Falcons’ star corner was severely overlooked.

You would think that these high-ranking NFL people would know the players better than anyone, but apparently, that is untrue and it explains why they are not the ones who select players to the All-Pro team each year because at least the Associated Press and others considered A.J. Terrell to at least be among the top four at his position.

NFL people rank Falcons’ star CB hilariously low on their top ten CB list

As previously mentioned, ESPN surveyed 50 different NFL employees on who they think are the best players at each position and somehow they failed to give the Falcons’ best player the praise he deserves.

Here are the complete rankings and to be honest this list is a joke:

  1. Jalen Ramsey – Los Angeles Rams
  2. Marshon Lattimore – New Orleans Saints
  3. Jaire Alexander – Green Bay Packers
  4. Xavien Howard – Miami Dolphins
  5. J.C. Jackson – Los Angeles Chargers (previously New England Patriots)
  6. Denzel Ward – Cleveland Browns
  7. Patrick Surtain II – Denver Broncos
  8. Marlon Humphrey – Baltimore Ravens
  9. A.J. Terrell – Atlanta Falcons
  10. Trevon Diggs – Dallas Cowboys

Yes, you read that right, they consider the leader in many CB statistics to be the ninth-best player at his position……

Where do you even start with this list?

A.J. was the best corner in the league last year when you consider everything but Jalen Ramsey being atop this list is not surprising, he has played exceptionally well for years, and this is the one that many will have the least problem with.

Marshon Lattimore should not be that high, simple as that. When you compare him to Terrell it makes that obvious, he allowed over four times the yards, allowed more touchdowns, and had just as many interceptions.

Alexander, Howard, Jackson, and Ward are all great players but are not in the same vicinity as Terrell.

When you first look at this list you might start trying to come up with reasons why they would not give Terrell the credit he deserves and the only thing valid reason is maybe it is because he has only had one good year so far, but that quickly that becomes dispelled by the fact that Patrick Surtain, a rookie last year, ranks higher than A.J. Patrick Surtain had a great rookie year but still allowed well over twice as many yards as the Falcons’ CB. It is simply crazy.

Let’s continue this madness, Marlon Humprey had a season-ending injury in week 13 but still allowed over three times the yards A.J. did but ranked one spot higher.

There were honorable mentions as well which included Tre’Davious White, Darius Slay (how was he not in the top ten?!), and Carlton Davis.

And then they listed other players who received votes and they were Jaycee Horn, L’Jarius Sneed, Kenny Moore II, and Stephon Gilmore. That means at least one person voted for Jaycee Horn who has played in a total of three games in his NFL career, that sums up this list in a nutshell.

ESPN is obviously not going to release the names of those who voted but it would be easy to assume there were very few, if any, Falcons personnel who were included.

A.J. Terrell should have been in the top two on this list, no debate.

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