Free Agent Cornerback Rankings

It has been awhile since the Minnesota Vikings have gone into a season with the talent and depth at cornerback that they currently have.  Still, they could use some help at the position, and there are a ton of potential free agents to choose from if they want to dip into that pool.

Antoine Winfield is a possible cap casualty, although it seems unlikely, and A.J. Jefferson is a restricted free agent.  Thus, there are no pressing vacancies at the position at this point, but an NFL team can never have too many good cornerbacks and should never stop looking for upgrades.

Top Tier

Despite the lengthy list of free agent cornerbacks, I am not sure that any belong in this category, but I feel most strongly that Leodis McKelvin out of Buffalo has the highest ceiling.  Plus, he is the most likely to actually hit the open market since Buffalo has so many pending free agents.  He has been pretty solid as a spot starter and provides excellent skills on special teams, and I think he could compete for a starting job across from Chris Cook while also helping out the special teams unit.

Keenan Lewis was very solid for Pittsburgh as a starter in 2012 and could start for most NFL teams, including the Vikings.  Meanwhile, Miami’s Sean Smith underachieved for most of last season, but there is little doubt he still possesses the ability to play at a very high level in this league.

Second Tier

4.  Aqib Talib, NE

5.  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, PHI

6.  E.J. Biggers, TB

7.  Greg Toler, ARI

8.  Captain Munnerlyn, CAR

9.  Derek Cox, JAC

10.  Chris Houston, DET

11.  Brent Grimes, ATL

12.  Kyle Arrington, NE

13.  Antoine Cason, SD

Third Tier

14.  Jerraud Powers, IND

15.  Will Middleton, JAC

16.  Jacob Lacey, DET

17.  Michael Adams, ARI

18.  Bradley Fletcher, STL

19.  Adam Jones, CIN

20.  Ryan Mouton, HOU

21.  Mike Jenkins, DAL

22.  Stanford Routt, HOU

23.  Tracy Porter, DEN

24.  Darius Butler, IND

25.  Chris Owens, ATL

26.  D.J. Moore, CHI

27.  Pat Lee, DET

28.  Cary Williams, BAL

Third Tier

29.  Terence Newman, CIN

30.  Sheldon Brown, CLE

31.  Joselio Hanson, OAK

32.  Chris Johnson, BAL

33.  Kelvin Hayden, CHI

34.  Zack Bowman, CHI

The Rest

35.  Elbert Mack, NO

36.  Marcus Trufant, SEA

37.  Marquice Cole, NE

38.  Chris Carr, SD

39.  Bruce Johnson, NYG

40.  Derrick Martin, NE

41.  Justin King, PIT

42.  Nate Clements, CIN

43.  Justin Tyron, NYG

44.  Rashean Mathis, JAC

45.  Drayton Florence, DET

46.  Brandon McDonald, TB

47.  Brice McCain, HOU

48.  Quentin Jammer, SD

49.  Will Allen, NE

50.  Antwuan Molden, JAC

51.  Brian Witherspoon, NYG

52.  Shawntae Spencer, OAK

53.  Alan Ball, HOU

54.  Michael Coe, DAL

55.  Cedric Griffin, WAS