ESPN named its top five corners, in order, as Jalen Ramsey (Rams), Marlon Humphrey (Ravens), Xavien Howard (Dolphins), Stephon Gilmore (Patriots) and Tre’Davious White (Bills).
Even names like J.C. Jackson (Patriots), Darius Slay (Eagles) and Denzel Ward (Browns) ranked higher than Bradberry.
Kind of surprised James Bradberry didn’t make this year’s Top 10 CBs. Guess he’s gotta do it again to earn the respect around the league.https://t.co/GC5Mvq6s94— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 8, 2021
ESPN makes its rankings by surveying more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts. Voters give their best 10 to 15 players at a position. ESPN compiles the results and ranks candidates based on the number of top-10 votes, composite average, interviews, research and film-study help from ESPN NFL analyst Matt Bowen.
The ranking did name Bradberry as an “honorable mention.” Here’s what one team scout said about the Giants defender:
“He had a really solid year. Can do a little bit of everything, can be a matchup corner and has better speed than you’d think. I just wonder if he’s a jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none.” — AFC scout
Giants fans may be surprised at the snubbing, particularly after Bradberry’s Pro Bowl 2020 season. The 27-year-old played in 15 games and made 54 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Pro Football Focus ranked Bradberry’s 2020 season as seventh-best in the NFL, earning a 79.8 ranking. That ranking was better than both Ramsey (ninth) and Humphrey (12th).
Bradberry signed a three-year, $45 million contract with the Giants in March, 2020.