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Cornerback Coverage Grade Plus: Final 2021 Rankings

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CBCG+ is a new statistic that gives a fresh perspective on the cornerback position. You can read my inspiration for creating the statistic by clicking here. With a full season’s worth of play now calculated by CBCG+, let’s check out the results with a bigger sample size.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 12: Cornerback Patrick Surtain, Jr. #2 of the Denver Broncos reacts to a play in the Denver Broncos vs New York Giants game at MetLife Stadium on September 12, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

Introduction to Cornerback Coverage Grade Plus: CBCG+ 

Using three advanced statistics and weighting them differently, I have created Cornerback Coverage Grade Plus. CBCG+ is based on the following three stats. 

  • Completion percentage allowed on targets 
  • Yards per time targeted 
  • Passer rating allowed when targeted 

These three stats truly show how dominant a cornerback is on a down-to-down basis. They show how often corners allow targets to become completions and demonstrate how many yards they are allowing. They also take into account overall quarterback play when targeting specific cornerbacks. 

The combination of these three statistics paints the best possible picture of the cornerback position in today‚Äôs NFL. CBCG+ is still an imperfect method as it still can not take into account things like non-targeted plays and who the cornerback is covering. However, it does give the best available way to rate cornerbacks based on their entire body of work. 

It focuses on play-to-play consistency using advanced data. That makes it completely statistic-based and objective. I hope CBCG+ can help fans better judge the cornerback position as a whole. A CBCG+ under 40 is considered elite, while 45-55 is the average range, where the bulk of the players fall. Without further ado, here are the CBCG+ rankings for the entire 2021 NFL season.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 22: Rasul Douglas #29 of the Green Bay Packers breaks up a pass to Brandon Aiyuk #11 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 22, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 49ers defeated the Packers 13-10. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

CBCG+ Leaderboard 2021

*Updated for complete 2021 NFL Season 

*Minimum 50 targets 

*Ranked in order of CBCG+ (lowest is best) 

Player, Team | Targets | CBCG+
1. Rasul Douglas, GB 64 |33.3
2. J.C. Jackson, NE 106 |34.0
3. Jamel Dean, TB 66 |34.4
4. AJ Terrell, ATL 86 |38.6
5. Tre’Davious White, BUF 64 |38.9
6. Trevon Diggs, DAL103 |39.0
7. Patrick Surtain II, DEN 96 |39.3
8. D.J. Reed, SEA 88 |40.4
9. Adoree’ Jackson, NYG73 |42.0
10. Eric Stokes, GB 97 |42.0
11. Emmanuel Moseley, SF 55 |42.6
12. Kristian Fulton, TEN 72 |43.2
13. Xavien Howard, MIA 93 |44.0
14. Cameron Dantzler, MIN 74 |44.5
15. Greedy Williams, CLE 67 |45.3
16. Taron Johnson, BUF 69 |45.4
17. Levi Wallace, BUF 81 |45.5
18. Jalen Ramsey, LAR 98 |45.6
19. Charvarius Ward, KC 76 |45.8
20. Anthony Brown, DAL 122 |46.2
21. Chidobe Awuzie, CIN 91 |46.2
22. Darius Slay, PHI 85 |46.5
23. Anthony Averett, BAL 101 |46.8
24. Robert Alford, ARZ 57 |47.2
25. Patrick Peterson, MIN 76 |47.2
26. Denzel Ward, CLE 78 |47.5
27. Amani Oruwariye, DET 77 |47.9
28. Ronald Darby, WAS 70 |48.6
29. Nik Needham, MIA 63 |48.6
30. Carlton Davis, TB 70 |48.8
31. Michael Davis, LAC 86 |48.9
32. Isaiah Rodgers, IND 65 |49.3
33. Brandin Echols, NYJ 75 |49.7
34. Sidney Jones, SEA 77 |50.2
35. Eli Apple, CIN 78 |51.5
36. Greg Newsome II, CLE 62 |51.6
37. Donte Jackson, CAR 67 |52.1
38. Tavon Young, BAL 58 |52.1
39. Casey Hayward Jr., LV 56 |52.2
40. Brandon Facyson, LV 81 |52.3
41. Marshon Lattimore, NO 106 |52.7
42. Rashad Fenton, KC 54 |52.8
43. Marlon Humphrey, BAL 84 |53.4
44. Kenny Moore II, IND 121 |53.4
45. Byron Murphy Jr., ARZ 98 |53.5
46. Chris Harris Jr., LAC 55 |53.6
47. Paulson Adebo, NO 89 |53.8
48. James Bradberry, NYG 115 |54.0
49. Darious Williams, LAR 92 |54.8
50. Desmond King, HOU 100 |55.4
51. Xavier Rhodes, IND 61 |55.4
52. Mike Hughes, KC 61 |55.6
53. Chandon Sullivan, GB 67 |55.7
54. William Jackson, WAS 66 |55.7
55. Asante Samuel Jr., LAC  58 |55.7
56. Joe Haden, PIT 55 |55.8
57. L’Jarius Sneed, KC 80 |56.0
58. Sean Murphy-Bunting, TB 54 |56.1
59. Janoris Jenkins, NO 90 |56.1
60. Avonte Maddox, PHI 74 |56.2
61. Byron Jones, MIA 90 |56.2
62. Tyson Campbell, JAX 81 |56.3
63. Jaylon Johnson, CHI 72 |56.5
64. Kendall Fuller, WAS 113 |56.8
65. Jourdan Lewis, DAL 76 |56.9
66. Jalen Mills, NE 65 |58.2
67. James Pierre, PIT 53 |58.2
68. Elijah Molden, TEN 61 |58.8
69. Bryce Hall, NYJ 109 |59.1
70. Mike Hilton, CIN 85 |59.8
71. Cameron Sutton, PIT 72 |60.1
72. Nate Hobbs, LV 62 |60.3
73. AJ Parker, DET 55 |60.3
74. Bashaud Breeland, MIN 88 |60.5
75. Steven Nelson, PHI 72 |61.0
76. Michael Carter II, NYJ 73 |61.2
77. Fabian Moreau, ATL 88 |61.7
78. Josh Norman, SF 60 |62.1
79. Tevaughn Campbell, LAC 61 |62.3
80. Shaquill Griffin, JAX 66 |62.5
81. Kyle Fuller, DEN 67 |64.1
82. Keith Taylor, CAR 51 |64.1
83. Mackensie Alexander, MIN 70 |64.7
84. Marco Wilson, ARZ 74 |66.3

Thanks for reading my article on my new statistic CBCG+, updated for the entire 2021 NFL season!

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