Ravens: Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters ranked as top-10 CBs

Ravens, Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
Ravens, Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens have been known for defense over the course of their 25-year franchise history.

When players like Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen are in the AFC, it’s no surprise to see that Baltimore values the defense and more importantly its cornerbacks.

Patrik Walker of CBS Sports compiled a list of the top 10 cornerbacks in the NFL for 2021. On the list, Walker has Ravens cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters featured among the top 10.

The Ravens have two of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters have solidified that notion over the years.

Marcus Peters intercepts his way to No. 8

Since joining the Ravens in Week 7 of the 2019 season, Peters has constantly found himself as a key contributor on the team.

The four-time Pro Bowler has given opposing quarterbacks nightmares since being drafted back in 2015.

Walker has Peters as the No. 8 overall cornerback. He recognizes the mistakes that Peters will make in certain situations, but that he cancels them out with highlight plays.

"“He’s a gifted risk-taker whose physical traits often delete some of his mistakes, as in he’ll give up the big play a time or two but he’ll probably also intercept the ball twice in that very game.”"

In 2020, Peters played in 14 games and managed four interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and a sack.

Marlon Humphrey ‘punches’ his way onto the list

Humphrey, known to many around the league as “Fruit Punch” earned the nickname by being the best at knocking out the football from an opponent’s clutch.

Walker has Humphrey as the No. 6 cornerback on the list. It’s surprising that Humphrey is not ranked higher considering the season he had in 2020.

Humphrey has emerged as the team’s undisputed No. 1 cornerback. He did so by not only showing his ability at defending the pass, but what he could do if a player had the football tucked away.

Humphrey entered an AFC North matchup against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14 with six forced fumbles on the year. He surpassed former Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (7) early in the first half for most forced fumbles by a player in franchise history with eight.

In 2020, Humphrey finished the season making his way to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season. He earned his spot by playing in 15 games, having 2.5 sacks, one interception, and eight fumbles forced.

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The two-time Pro Bowler has risen up as the leader at the cornerback position and is rightfully recognized as one of the best in the league.