Denver Broncos: An optimistic view on the loss vs. Oakland

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Dec 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) is brought down by Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Raiders won 15-12. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

5. Chris Harris Jr.

I could go on and on about the defense, but I’ll stop things here with Chris Harris Jr…How thankful are you to have a guy like this on the team, a seamless transition from one of the greatest of all-time in Champ Bailey?

The Broncos were blessed enough to find Harris as a UDFA, and he’s developed into one of the best shut-down coverage guys in the NFL. He’s almost perfect from the standpoint of his technique, ball skills, physicality, tackling ability, and ability to play every position.

On Sunday, he made sure Amari Cooper was silenced. Cooper didn’t have a catch. In fact, the Raiders had just six catches among their entire group of wide receivers. Harris is a huge reason why.

This is — in my opinion — the best cornerback in the NFL right now.