We can always count on our friends over at Pro Football Focus to get us hyped about a Kansas City Chiefs player. As Steve_Chiefs noted in the FanShots over the weekend, PFF ran a story looking at which cornerbacks are closest to hitting Darrelle Revis' level.
Grouped into the veterans, young contenders and youngsters, PFF picked nine total players, including Brandon Flowers, a young contender.
Brandon Flowers is one of the league's most underrated players, and has been since before he was drafted. While most of the draft world was going nuts over Leodis McKelvin or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, NFL Network's Mike Mayock was telling people that Brandon Flowers was the best corner in that draft class. A few years later he looks to be right. Flowers started out shaky in Kansas City, but improved each year until a rocky start to his 2011 season that saw him cough up five touchdowns in the first two games (more than twice as many as he allowed in the entirety of 2010). He righted the ship and still finished the year as our fifth-graded cornerback, allowing only 53.5% of targets to be caught.
Two things I barely remember -- Flowers' start last year and Mike Mayock hyping Flowers. We were worried about him for a while last year but luckily that didn't last very long. And Mayock probably was right about the draft. The cornerbacks picked ahead of Flowers: Bills' Leodis McKelvin (11), Cardinals' Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie (16), Bucs' Aqib Talib (20), Cowboys' Mike Jenkins (25) and Chargers' Antoine Cason (27). Flowers was the 35th pick.
And in case you missed it, a related link ranking every team's set of cornerbacks.