Colts Vontae Davis Ranked PFF’s 6th Best Player Overall


The popular advanced statistics and analytics website ProFootballFocus (PFF) has been counting down their “Top 101” players of 2014, and today revealed that Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis was their 6th best player overall:

"“Despite being targeted 92 times (again, including the post season) he allowed just 41 receptions (44.6%) and was beaten for an average gain of just 10.8 yards despite playing on the outside exclusively, where gains are usually longer than from the slot,” writes PFF’s Sam Monson. “Quarterbacks targeting him this season had a passer rating of just 41.2, a figure better than every cornerback other than Richard Sherman (39.8).”“Vontae Davis was one of the league’s most dominant players in 2014, and he only got better in the playoffs,” Monson adds. “Long gone is the inconsistent and at times unreliable defender from early in his career and in his place is an aggressive, unrelenting coverage specialist, difficult to shake and extremely stingy when it comes to giving up catches.”"

Jan 25, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Team Irvin cornerback Vontae Davis of the Indianapolis Colts (21) in the 2015 Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While Davis is often overshadowed by some of his bigger named cornerback contemporaries like the Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman and the New York Jets Darrelle Revis, he’s one of the best cornerbacks in football. He deserves to be mentioned with Sherman and Revis as an elite shutdown cornerback because he played at the kind of truly special level last season.

It’s nice to see PFF give him his due because the numbers simply don’t lie. In addition to his aforementioned stingy allowed passer rating of just 41.2 when targeted, Davis also had 4 interceptions which was tied for the 2nd most in the NFL among cornerbacks. Quarterbacks completed just 43.7% of their passes when targeting Davis, which was the second lowest percentage allowed of all cornerbacks.

Simply put, Davis had a phenomenal season last year for the Colts, and it was great to see him make his 1st career Pro Bowl as a direct result. However, if he can keep up his play from last season, he may be looking at All-Pro honors in his near future because he was downright dominant as a Colts cornerback last season.

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