Ranking the Room: NFC North Cornerbacks

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Kyle Fuller
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Kyle Fuller /
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1.Minnesota Vikings: Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Terence Newman, Mike Hughes, Marcus Sherels, Mackenzie Alexander

As good as Fuller and Amukamara were last seasons, Xavier Rhodes was arguably the top cornerback in the NFL last season. Marvin Jones beat him a couple of times, but he had a very strong overall season.

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While Trae Waynes would rank below Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara it is worth noting that the former first-round pick started 16 games for the first time just last season. He graded out as an average NFL starter, but entering year four it feels as though he could be starting to get it figured out.

Nonetheless, the depth of the Minnesota Vikings helps edge them out as well. Mike Hughes is a first round pick and a rookie. He may be eased along, but he has the perfect description to see slot snaps next season. Terence Newman has extended his career in a big way by being versatile in and out of the slot and Alexander has slot experience as well, so the team should be set there.

Marcus Sherels is a similar player to Sherrick McManis with their special team’s ability. The Bears and Vikings could arguably go head to head all day. Rhodes and Hughes have the higher upside at their respective spots and give them the slight push.