Where will Revis rank?
Revis, in my opinion, will be ranked #4 in the Top 100 Players of 2012. That would make him the Top defensive player on the list. Quarterbacks are typically the focus of attention, so I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about Rodgers, Brady, and Brees—and why they would be ranked #1, #2, #3.
With the NFL becoming such an open passing league nowadays, shutdown corners are valued like gold. If you really think about it, there are similar pass rushers to DeMarcus Ware. Terrell Suggs, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mario Williams, and James Harrison come to mind. Some are better than others, but the difference isn’t substantial. As for Darrelle Revis, it’s the complete opposite. The only cornerback that has the talent that’s close to Darrelle’s is Charles Woodson. But he’s a playmaker, not a shutdown corner. The next best corner is debatable, but its foolish to say that any of them are even CLOSE to how good Darrelle is. Therefore, Revis is without question, the best player in the league at his position.
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal had a similar opinion… in regards to Darrelle Revis, and the way he dominates at his postion:
To put it another way: The gap between Revis and the next best cornerback is far bigger than at any other position in the league. At safety, Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu are past their apex. The identity of the best pass rusher in the league changes every year. No interior defensive lineman consistently dominates, either.”
Revis may just be the best cornerback since Deon Sanders, and I think his peers recognize/respect that.
Jets Coach Rex Ryan certainly does:
“Nobody has a better percentage defending routes, than Darrelle Revis…. and he’s going against the best receiver.”
–Rex Ryan on NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2011