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Derek Cox v. NFL's Top CBs: Side-by-Side Stats

Apologies in advance if this or something similar has been shared before, but after my Twitter dispute with Alfie today regarding Derek Cox, I decided to do a little research on how Cox compares to other top CBs in the league. Here's a breakdown ProFootballFocus gives of Cox's last 12 games relative to the last 12 games of the 5 CBs in the league in 2011 who had the highest coverage rating under PFF's coverage rating system.

PlayerTACatchesCatch RateYardsYards/CatchTDINTPD
Derek Cox 59 23 39.0 305 13.3 1 2 6
Lardarius Webb 62 31 50.0 393 12.7 0 6 9
Darrelle Revis 74 32 43.2 470 14.7 1 3 15
Brent Grimes 63 32 50.8 330 10.3 3 1 12
Johnathan Joseph 65 38 58.5 462 12.2 2 3 9
Richard Sherman 84 39 46.4 493 12.6 3 4 9

Of course, there's no analysis of the receivers/quarterbacks/etc. each played against, and one may fairly dispute that these CBs represent the "top 5" in the league. But Cox compares quite favorably on the raw numbers. And I stand by my positions that Gene Smith properly evaluated Cox as being a 2nd round talent and that only a handful of CBs in the league are better than a healthy Derek Cox.

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