The Miami Dolphins’ best cornerback by far is Xavien Howard, but how do they rank behind him? It’s a very slim unit if we’re being honest.
If we’re being honest, and we were when we looked at unit depth last month, the Dolphins are pretty thin at cornerback. There is a lot of youth and inexperience but if there are positives, there are also talents with potential.
There’s no debating that Howard sits at the top. His play for the past few years has been near the top of the NFL and he’s shaping up to be the best player in the position statistically for Miami.
With Howard at number one, we can safely say that Byron Jones is number two.
Jones isn’t a flashy corner who gets all those big accolades and interceptions that make for the best times, but he’s still good. His calm nature makes him underrated. You don’t hear him complaining, you don’t see him throw his helmet or talk nonsense on the field. He goes out and does his job. In many ways, it’s refreshing.
Jones will make a few mistakes from time to time, but he’s been consistent in being good, better than good in many cases and that’s why the Dolphins have invested in him. Fans want INTs but Jones is a CB who can handle No. 2 receiver or No. 1 without worry.
There are 11 corners or defensive backs listed on the Dolphins roster. By the end of camp, that number will drop to about 6. Of those 11, two are rookies. Elijah Hamilton and Kader Kohou. Needless to say, they rank low given their NFL experience. Here’s how I would rank the remaining CBs.
- Elijah Campbell – 1 year
- D’Angelo Ross – 1 year
- Trill Williams – 1 year
- Noah Igbinoghene – 2 years old
- Keion Crossen – 4 years old
- Quincy Wilson – 4 years old
- Nik Needham – 3 years old
Crossen could be ranked higher, but his value to the team is more on special teams and we’ll have to see how he does as a corner. Noah Igbinoghene must have a banner year in 2022 or it will likely be his last. Miami can’t wait that long and there’s no way their 5th year option will go through.
Nik Needham is probably the closest player ready to step in if needed. He’s been constantly improving year on year and if he can have a good year in 2022, he’ll get a longer deal which might be overdue.
Despite entering his 6th season in the NFL, Wilson has only played four seasons. He has 11 starts, including one in 2020 when he was with the Jets.
If we look at these ranked players we can clearly see that the depth of the Dolphins is not impressive and honestly I think Williams can have a better future than three of the top four on this list only behind Needham but we need to see him more to be sure.