Best NFL cornerback versus each route type - Eliot Crist
Talib led the league in QB rating against on hitches and comebacks, at 15.4. He was targeted on 16 such passes, allowing seven catches for 63 yards, only 9 of which came after the catch. Talib had the third-most interceptions, with two, behind only the Chargers’ Casey Hayward and the Bills’ Stephon Gilmore, who each had three.
5 free agents about to get overpaid - Sam Monson
Cyprien showed his potential in the 2016 season, finally reconciling the NFL player with the first-round draft status his college career earned him. The trouble is, though, that the NFL isn’t struggling to find that type of player. Closer to the line of scrimmage, Cyprien was excellent this past season, trailing only Giants S Landon Collins in defensive stops, with 38. Cyprien’s coverage has been a problem in the NFL, though, and he will struggle if asked to play deeper off the line.
The 10 best edge defenders set to hit free agency - Matt Claassen
Over the first few years of his career, Ingram was not a game-changer that the Chargers had hoped he would be after selecting him in the first round of the 2012 draft. It’s taken him a while but the last two years he has significantly improved his game as a full-time player. Ingram was tied for the third-most total pressures among edge defenders in 2016 with 72, the same amount he tallied in his first three seasons combined. The biggest area of improvement this past year was his run defense, where he had a career-high 19 run stops after previously grading as marginally above-average during his first four seasons.
Top 10 safeties set to hit free agency - William Moy
Addae graded well as a rookie in 2013 and then followed that season up with lackluster performances in 2015 and 2015. Addae missed much of this past season but came back in Week 12 and was superb to close out the season. Addae had 13 total stops from Week 12 through the end of the season (the sixth-most among safeties over that period) while allowing just a 56.8 QB Rating as the primary defender in coverage, the 11th-lowest among the 45 safeties who were targeted at least 10 times over that period.
PFF scouting report: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan - PFF Analysis Team
Davis can be a Day 1 starter opposite a true primary receiver who he can complement. Initially he will heavily need to rely on his sharp route-running as he is unlikely to outmuscle or outrun defensive backs in the early stages of his career. He is also capable of making big plays by using double moves and exploiting open holes in zone coverage.
Top 10 interior defenders set to hit free agency - John Kosko
Guy was a solid producer on a Ravens defense that graded extremely well vs. the run, but his lack of a consistent pass rush hurt the Ravens and his market this offseason. Guy didn’t miss a single tackle in 2016 and played about 46 percent of his team’s snaps the past two seasons. He’ll provide any team quality depth and his ability to stop the run will have some teams interested.