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NFL Week 7 cornerback rankings: Washington's Kendall Fuller jumps five spots, Lions rookie Brian Branch remains in the top five

2T28HFC Washington Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) lines up during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023, in Atlanta. The Washington Commanders won 24-16. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

Kendall Fuller bounces back: After a disastrous Week 5 game lining up across D.J. Moore, Fuller bounced back in a big way against the Falcons, nabbing an interception, forcing an incompletion and recording three defensive stops en route to an 84.7 grade in coverage. 

Brian Branch to return in Week 7: Branch has sat out the past two weeks due to the ankle injury he suffered in Week 4 vs. the Packers. He’s been excellent when he's been on the field, though, and is expected to return in Week 7 against the Ravens.

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If quarterback is the most important position on the football field, then limiting the effectiveness of that player is the most important thing a defense can do.

A team can do this in two ways: It can pressure the passer to disrupt his timing, rhythm and accuracy, or it can shut down the opposing receivers.

Each week, after every NFL game is graded and reviewed, PFF will check in on the top cornerbacks of the 2023 season. These rankings will drastically change over the first month, as one interception, one missed tackle or one deep completion can dramatically alter a player's grade when the sample size is small. But as snap counts rise, the grades will stabilize, and we'll get a clearer picture of the league's best corners.

These rankings will combine PFF coverage grades with our Successful Coverage Over Expected (SCOE) data, which looks at how well each coverage defender performed on non-targeted coverage snaps, as we grade every coverage defender’s ability to prevent separation whether they are targeted on the play or not.

Here are the top 32 cornerbacks for the 2023 season through Week 6. For more grades and statistics on the league's best cornerbacks, check out PFF Premium Stats.

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