Oct 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25) before the game against the Washington Redskins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
In some cases, the numbers never lie. In the case of Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr., they certainly don’t.
If there were any question to whether or not Harris is currently the best cornerback in the NFL, allow me to answer them for you. Harris currently leads the league by allowing just 37 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught. His 10 receptions allowed are tied for lowest in the league with Richard Sherman, but Harris has been thrown at 27 times compared to Sherman’s 20.
Harris is also tied for the league lead with Bradley Fletcher (Philadelphia Eagles) with seven passes broken up, and leads the league with a QBR against of 31.9.
What makes Harris such a unique player is his ability to play all over the field. All joking aside, we all know that Richard Sherman is a great cornerback, but he covers just one side of the field in Seattle’s scheme. Other corners might play both sides of the field, but not many elite, shut-down corners play inside and outside, up, down, and all around. Harris moves everywhere for the Broncos, and his value has never been greater.
It’s truly a remarkable story. Harris has risen from being an undrafted free agent out of Kansas (not exactly the top college powerhouse) to being a shut-down nickel cornerback to being what I feel is inarguably the best cornerback currently in the NFL. The numbers back that claim, the game tape backs that claim, and Harris Jr. himself will back that claim.
Setting up for a free agency run in 2015, Harris Jr. will cash in and we all hope it will be with the Broncos. He’s a phenomenal player and the type of guy you can build your defense around.