1. Darrelle Revis, CB, NY Jets
Darrelle Revis, widely regarded as one of the greatest cornerbacks of all time, played for the Jets from 2007 to 2012 and returned for a second stint in 2015 and 2016.
Revis Island, as it became known, was a place where opposing receivers struggled to make an impact. His exceptional coverage skills, technique, and football IQ made him a nightmare for quarterbacks.
Drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft from the University of Pittsburgh, Revis became an instant playmaker on the defense. In that rookie season, Revis started all 16 games, intercepting three passes and breaking up 17 more. He also added a fumble recovery, 88 tackles, and two quarterback hits.
His run with the team from 2008-2011 is arguably the pinnacle of cornerback play in NFL history. In those four seasons, Revis made four Pro Bowls, was voted to three AP All-Pro first teams, and came in second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2009. The Jets would make the AFC Championship Game in both 2009 and 2010 on the back of Revis and the defense.
Revis tore his ACL during Week 3 of the 2012 season, marking the end of his time with the Jets. He would then bounce around to Tampa Bay and New England in 2013 and 2014, where he would make two more Pro Bowls, another All-Pro team, and win the Super Bowl in 2014 with the Patriots, something many fans might still not forgive him for.
When he returned to the Jets after the Super Bowl win, he was a shell of his former self. Despite making his seventh and final Pro Bowl in the 2015 season, Revis never returned to his All-Pro form with the Jets, fizzling out completely in the 2016 season.
He finished his Jets career with 25 interceptions, three interceptions for touchdowns, 112 pass breakups, 10 fumble recoveries, and 388 tackles. He made the All-2010s team and was recently inducted as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
His career stats are dampened by the fact other quarterbacks would avoid throwing to Revis' side of the field over the entire course of games. I can still remember watching games thinking how good Revis was that other teams avoided him — I'd never seen anything like it.
With that said, Darrelle Revis tops our top 10 cornerbacks list as not just a Jets great but an all-time great cornerback.