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PFF Record Books: Cornerback signature stats

2M9JGT0 Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs defends during an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Asante Samuel Sr.‘s 2006 season leads the way: Samuel owns the honor of being the only corner to ever break into the 93.0 grading threshold.
  • Trevon Diggs‘ turnover-fuelled 2021: Diggs' 11 interceptions that season are still the most by a CB in the PFF era.
  • Alterraun Verner‘s 2014 represents best season defending the run: In his first season in Tampa, Verner overtook Charles Woodson’s 2009 (92.4) by 1.3 grading points to grab this record.
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The PFF database is a vast expanse of grades and statistics encompassing nearly two decades' worth of NFL action. The goal has always been to help better understand the game of football and bridge the gap between the past and present generations.

PFF data goes as far back as 2006, which may be a small sample size of the game’s entire history but serves as a tremendous asset in determining which performances truly stand the test of time.

These are the official PFF records for cornerbacks signature stats.

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Overall: Asante Samuel, New England Patriots (2006) – 93.1

Since 2006, a number of elite corners have tried and failed to overtake Samuel’s record, including Richard Sherman (92.5; 2012), Chris Harris Jr. (92.2; 2014) and Darrelle Revis (92.1; 2009). Additionally, Samuel owns the honor of being the only corner to ever break into the 93.0 grading threshold.

Slot: Brandon Boykin, Philadelphia Eagles (2013) – 92.4

The PFF coverage grading record from the slot belongs to Boykin’s 2013 campaign in Philly. In his second season as a professional, Boykin set the mark from the slot with an impressive 92.4 coverage grade, finishing as the only qualifying corner to ever earn above a 91.5-plus grade. That season ranks more than 1.2 grading points above the next highest graded season – Leon Hall’s 91.2 that same season. 

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