The Miami Dolphins have a stellar group of cornerbacks but does any singular player stand out as the best of the unit? It comes down to two guys.
There should be some really good competition at cornerback for the Dolphins this year. Miami, for now, has 11 players listed as corners but they also have Jason McCourty who is listed as a DB. We ranked him in our safeties review which you can read from the link below.
Miami will likely carry nine corners this year and that means that two or three of these guys won’t be around in September depending on how they shuffle the backfield. We will have our early roster predictions piece out later this week but for now, let’s take a look at how they stack up against each other.
Jaytylin Askew, Javaris Davis, Tino Ellis, and Trill Williams: Ellis has no NFL experience and like Askew, will have a lot to prove. Davis has no NFL experience but can at least boast the fact that he is cousins with Vernon and Vontae Davis.
Terrell Bonds: After spending his rookie season with the Ravens, the undrafted rookie joined Miami this off-season. He played in four games last year and started one. He posted six tackles. The in-game experience is good but he remains on the outside.
Jamal Perry: Like Needham, Perry continues to improve and both will enter their third season in the NFL this year. Perry has 7 starts in 27 games and 84 total tackles. He has one interception.
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Noah Igbinoghene: Igbinoghene has a lot to prove in this second season. The Dolphins took a shot at someone who could be great last year with their 3rd first-round pick in the 2020 draft. Now, after a rather dull first year, Igbioghene needs to step up in whatever role he is given.
Nik Needham: Needham was re-signed this offseason to a one-year deal. He has had some good games and some bad but overall has improved and continues to get better. Needham has 17 starts and 112 tackles in 28 games. He has two interceptions.
Justin Coleman: Coleman is a journeyman corner who has been with three teams. New England, Seattle, and Detroit. He has spent two seasons with each club and enters his 7th year in the NFL. He has 211 tackles, four fumble recoveries, and four interceptions. He is a depth addition.
Byron Jones: It really all comes down to Jones and Xavien Howard. Everyone mentioned above is distant in terms of production and performance. Jones is the highest-paid player on the Dolphins roster and showcases the Dolphins’ commitment to the position.
Xavien Howard: No one is better at their craft than Xavien Howard and his craft isn’t as a shutdown corner. Howard baits quarterbacks into making throws to receivers that look like they are open. Howard has great closing speed and special hands. His 10 digit interception total last year should have won more votes for DPOY.