Earlier this week, Pro Football Focus ranked the top five cornerback trios in the National Football League. In what should come as a surprise to nobody that has been paying attention, the Los Angeles Chargers took the top spot. Casey Hayward, Desmond King, and Trevor Williams are as good as it gets at the cornerback position.
Hayward has been the top corner on the Chargers since he arrived in San Diego in 2016, and that has remained the case for three seasons. He has (per PFF) forced an incompletion on 24.6% of targets and allowed the fourth-lowest passer rating during that time.
There is an argument to be made that King, who was drafted by the Chargers a year after Hayward had signed in free agency, is ready to pass Hayward as the best cornerback on the roster despite primarily playing inside. King has been one of the NFL’s best slot corners and is well on his way to being considered the best slot cornerback in the league. Per PFF, nobody has allowed a lower passer rating (83.3) on slot targets.
One might be inclined to discount Williams after his lackluster 2018 performance, but he was dogged by an ankle injury all season and it is reasonable to believe that the “real” Trevor Williams was the one we saw the year before in 2017, the one that was one of the very best players at his position. By all accounts, Williams is back to 100% and although he will need to beat out Michael Davis in training camp to do so, he should be able to get back to where he was when we all thought the Chargers had unearthed another shutdown corner.