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PFF Rankings: Top 25 cornerbacks through Week 17

As the NFL celebrated its 100th season, 31 of the 32 teams validated the league's reputation as a pass-first outfit by utilizing the air game more than their rushing attack.

The job of an NFL cornerback has become increasingly more difficult in an environment rich with golden-armed quarterbacks and speedy wide receivers. Add to the mix obscure pass interference rules, and you have all the ingredients for a near-impossible job where the faint of heart need not apply.

As we evaluate the league’s top cornerbacks, we will examine their specific role within the team’s defensive scheme. We will also go beyond the box score to reveal how consistency in pass coverage is more valuable than inconsistent play buoyed by high-interception totals.