Cornerbacks: Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams
Marlon Humphrey is the real deal, folks. It took Humphrey just three seasons to get his first First-Team All-Pro selection and he’s nabbed seven interceptions in that time span. Humphrey is one of the NFL’s premier shutdown cornerbacks and he’ll lead what could be the league’s best secondary in 2020. Humphrey will turn just 24-years old before the start of the 2020 season and his best football days are ahead of him.
There hasn’t been a more unappreciated cornerback in the NFL during the 2010s than Jimmy Smith. Smith hasn’t earned a Pro Bowl nod up to this point in his career, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a shutdown corner. Smith is a model of consistency and if not for health concerns he might be more well-recognized across the league.
Another underappreciated cornerback, Lardarius Webb was on his way to dominance before tearing his ACL in 2012. His 2011 season was outstanding, recording five interceptions in the regular season and then tagging on three more in two post-season games. We’ll always wonder if he would’ve continued his upward trend before that knee injury, but he nonetheless was a vital part of the Baltimore Ravens secondary in the 2010s.
There were a couple of guys to consider for this fourth spot, but I ended up giving the nod to Cary Williams. Williams stepped up for Baltimore after Webb’s injury in 2012 and was counted upon heavily during Super Bowl XLVII. Williams wasn’t great, but he wasn’t terrible either. He was the perfect situational corner for the Ravens.