The search for bigger cornerbacks
April, 9, 2014
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN.com
As the NFL continues to trend toward being more of a passing league, wide receivers have never been as transcendent as they are today. Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, AJ Green, Demaryius Thomas and Alshon Jeffery, a group that could be mistaken for a basketball lineup, are creating nightmares for defensive coordinators trying to match up with downfield.
Historically, any trend that begins on one side of the ball -- offensively or defensively -- coordinators always seem to have an eventual answer to try and counter that trend. In speaking with talent evaluators in the past year, it seems the longer and more physical press cornerbacks are in vogue. Teams are starting to sacrifice a little in terms of fluidity and top-end speed for size that can hold up with the bigger receivers when on an island.