Eagles' star cornerback, Darius Slay, sparked an online frenzy with his appearance on the podcast "2nd Wind," hosted by Jarvis Miller and James Wah. In a conversation that drew fans from all corners, Slay was prodded to list his top five cornerbacks in the NFL.
Slay on Top NFL Cornerbacks
Slay initially hesitated, showing reticence to single out a limited number of top-performers. "Given the media's lens, it's always challenging to pin down a top five," he commented. Names like the Cowboys' Stephon Gilmore and Trevon Diggs, Marshon Lattimore from the Saints, and Dolphins' duo Jalen Ramsey and Xavien Howard were all thrown into the mix.
"I consistently observe these athletes excel in their games, making it strenuous to establish a distinct top five," Slay reflected. However, in a twist that had fans buzzing, Slay endorsed 23-year-old Broncos' star Patrick Surtain II as the current top cornerback in the league.
This commendation came as a surprise to many, especially given the Broncos' rocky 0-3 start to the season. Additionally, Slay spotlighted Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner as a burgeoning force among cornerbacks, mentioning, "Sauce is ascending rapidly.
He's one of the young talents making waves." However, Slay also emphasized the league's plethora of talent, suggesting that narrowing down to a top 5 might be an impossible task. FOX Sports has since weighed in, adding fuel to the fire of this debate.
Henry McKenna, a prominent FOX Sports writer, dubbed "Sauce" Gardner of the New York Jets as the league's prime cornerback for 2023, attributing his success to exceptional coaching and robust support. Meanwhile, Ben Arthur highlighted Patrick Surtain II's proficiency, noting his standout stature and prowess in the cornerback role.
Not to be forgotten, Green Bay Packers' Jaire Alexander, after a phenomenal 2022 season marked by 5 interceptions and a mere 2 touchdowns allowed, is being recognized as Pro Bowl material.