Sep 29, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (23) intercepts a pass in front of Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (84) in the first quarter of their game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

FanSided Debate: All-AFC South Cornerbacks

As posted earlier, NFL team editors around the FanSided network are getting together and compiling All-Division teams for an epic 32 team tournament to decide the most talented division in the NFL. Regarded by some as one of the worst divisions in all of football, the AFC South has some work to do to put together a team that can go far in the bracket.

We’ve already locked in on a quarterbacktight end running backwide receiversoffensive linedefensive line, and linebackers, so let’s take a look at the cornerback position.

The AFC South once had an abundance of riches at the cornerback position with guys like Rashean Mathis, Cortland Finnegan, and Alterraun Verner making pro bowls, but the defensive backfield has recently become a question mark for every team in the division. Choosing the 2 cornerbacks for our All AFC South team was not a trivial process.

Arguably the best cornerback in the AFC South in 2013, Vontae Davis of the Indianapolis Colts came up fairly often in our discussion of who to slot on the outside. Davis has been inconsistent for most of his career, but he played well enough last year to earn a four-year, $39 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. He may not be worth such an exorbitant contract, but the Colts basically had to give it to him with so few alternatives available.

We handed our 2nd cornerback spot to Johnathan Joseph mainly on reputation. Joseph was outstanding when he first arrived in Houston, but his play suffered significantly in 2013 as be battled through a nagging toe injury. He’s getting up there in age, but he should continue to be a solid starter if he comes back healthy.

Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments below.

 

– Daniel Lago

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