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PFF: Chargers cornerbacks rank 2nd in division, 6th best in the NFL

The Chargers' biggest strength remains their cornerbacks.

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The San Diego Chargers have one of the finest groups of cornerbacks in the National Football League.

Third-year player Jason Verrett is one of the best players in the league at his position or otherwise. Newly-signed free agent Casey Hayward is one of the NFL's better slot corners. Brandon Flowers is coming off a rather poor season, but he has historically been a good-to-great player, so there is at least a reasonable expectation that he could bounce back. Fourth-year corner Steve Williams has shown progress since his first few seasons and is going into a contract year.

Pro Football Focus (PFF) writes about the Chargers cornerbacks:

Top CBs: Jason Verrett, Casey Hayward, Brandon Flowers

Key stat: Verrett has played 965 snaps over the past two seasons.

As one of the few strengths on this Chargers’ roster, a full season from Verrett would only push this unit higher; a combined 965 snaps over his first two seasons was bettered by 26 corners in 2015 alone. The addition of Hayward ensures that Brandon Flowers will see less action in the slot this season, which could push him back to his best form that we last saw in 2014 after his arrival from Kansas City.

The only cornerback groups that place ahead of the Chargers are the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, and Buffalo Bills. It's difficult to argue that any of those groups aren't better than the Chargers'.

The Oakland Raiders, led by Sean Smith, ranked 12th. The Kansas City Chiefs come in at 19th with a group of Marcus Peters, Phillip Gaines, and KeiVarae Russell.

What do you think about the rankings? Are the Chargers too high/low?