The secondary is the most athletic part of the defense. You have to be – you’re oftentimes running with receivers who can go forty-yards in 4.4 seconds. The cornerbacks cover the receivers and try to take away passing lanes from the quarterback, while the safeties play deep to clean up any mistakes that might be made across the defensive front. Let’s check out the NFL All-Money unit.
Cornerbacks: Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams ($21M per year average); Tre’Davious White, Buffalo Bills ($17.25M per year average)
Jalen Ramsey just became the highest-paid cornerback in the league, and he’s well-deserving of it. Ramsey just might be the best cornerback in the game of football. Ramsey doesn’t get thrown at very often, he has an incredible knack to intercept footballs and take them for explosive plays, and that respect that he gets allows him to focus on other things – like make outside run tackles by shoring up the boundaries.
Tre’Davious White is an incredible cornerback in his own right. He was my favorite cornerback in the 2017 draft class, and I thought he would be very, very good. I knew that the Bills got a steal in the second round. Last season, he intercepted a league-high six passes and broke up 17 other throws, and was established as a shutdown cornerback in his own right.
Free Safety: Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears ($14.6M per year average)
Eddie Jackson is a ball hawk. In his first three seasons in the NFL, Jackson has intercepted 10 passes and scored three interception-return touchdowns. Not only is he a ballhawk, but Jackson also provides great tackling in the back-end, and takes excellent angles on players. He’s an outstanding safety.
Strong Safety: Landon Collins, Washington Football Team ($14M per year average)
I’m having a hard time understanding why Landon Collins is in this spot. This is the first real head-scratcher that I’ve seen in this. Collins is a run defending safety, and that’s what he primarily does. On the back end, Collins isn’t too great at coverage and oftentimes has gotten burned, especially in the last couple of years. However, it is worth noting that Collins led Washington in tackles last season, 117 and nine for loss.