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Broncos All-Time Roster: Who is the best cornerback?

Jul 22, 2021, 3:45 PM
Champ Bailey...
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The Denver Broncos have seen a plethora of talented players since the merger of the American and National Football Leagues in 1970.

While it may be easy for Broncos Country to explain why a particular quarterback or running back is the best of his generation, this list is here to tackle which Broncos players are the best of all time.

Every Fan host was tasked with ranking top Broncos players’ skillsets to come up with the greatest Broncos roster.

This all-time roster will have a few no-brainers on it, but ultimately the Fan hosts decided who was the best of the best.

Here is the Broncos’ all-time roster at cornerback.

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Top Three:
1. Champ Bailey
2. Aqib Talib
3. Chris Harris

Honorable Mentions:
4. Louis Wright
5. Ray Crockett
6. Mike Harden

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Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey played with the Broncos for 10 seasons. He came into the league as a first-round pick in 1999 and played four years in Washington before getting traded to Denver.

Washington traded Bailey to the Broncos in exchange for running back Clinton Portis and a second-round pick in 2004.

In 215 career regular-season games (212 starts), Bailey has totaled 983 tackles (837 solo), 52 interceptions (464 yds.), 235 passes defensed, three sacks (26 yds.), nine forced fumble and five fumble recoveries.

Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib signed with the Denver Broncos in 2014 after playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. He played four seasons in Denver, totaling 11 interceptions.

Talib won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos following the 2015 season and his six interceptions returned for touchdowns rank first in franchise history.

In his career, Talib totaled 446 tackles, 35 interceptions and 10 touchdowns.

Chris Harris Jr.

Chris Harris Jr. arrived in Denver in 2011 as an undrafted free agent and spent nine years with the team.

Harris was key in the “No Fly Zone” alongside Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, Darian Stewart, and Bradley Roby. He made the Pro Bowl in three consecutive seasons from 2014-16, was named a second-team All-Pro in 2015 and added a first-team All-Pro selection in 2016.

In 2019 Harris recorded his 20th interception, becoming just the 10th Bronco to reach that milestone. He finished his Denver career tied with Ring of Famers Randy Gradishar and Tom Jackson in that category.

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