Two of the best cornerbacks in professional football just engaged in a debate over who THE best cornerback in professional football is. Over the weekend at AFC Pro Bowl practice, Los Angeles Chargers CB and two-time Pro Bowler Casey Hayward plead his case to Jags rookie sensation Jalen Ramsey on why he believes he’s the best in the game.
“He follows the No. 1 [receiver], I follow the No. 1,” Hayward says. “My completion [percentage] was better than his, my QBR was better than his, I had more pass breakups than him. What is he talking about? We both followed the No. 1 and everything was better than his … We did the same exact thing, he’s just taller than me and he can run faster. I’m a football player, man.”
As SB Nation points out, Hayward has a point. On top of being the highest graded CB on Pro Football Focus, Hayward held opposing quarterbacks to a completion percentage of 42.7 and a passer rating of 58.6 with 22 pass breakups. Ramsey held quarterbacks to a 51.0 percent completion rate with a rating of 63.9 and had 17 pass breakups.
Over the past two seasons, Hayward has recorded 83 total tackles while reeling in 11 interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Right when the conversation was hitting its peak, five-time Pro Bowler Aqib Talib chimed in with a quip to Hayward:
“Y’all didn’t even make the playoffs,” Talib says.
“You didn’t either,” Hayward replies.
And we all go on living our merry lives.
[h/t SB Nation]