Let me just start by saying that more so now than ever, I am going to start watching for wide receiver matchups. After seeing how Denver went after the shutdown corner they were looking for in Champ Bailey, and seeing how they are going to use him this year, it has opened my eyes. Normally a receiver can move around, line up in the slot and do something to get away from a match up, but Champ was with a tight end the entire game! It makes perfect sense, but it still blows my mind... I have never seen that before.
So what I would like to do is ask everyone's opinion on who they believe are true shutdown corners. What I have done is come up with the list of pro bowl corners from last year and a couple of other (very obvious) things I have noticed.
pro bowl corners (both afc and nfc) - Vincent, Bly, Champ, McAlister, Law and Surtain
stud corners not listed - Bobby Taylor, Charles Woodson, Terance Newman
Seattle acquired Bobby Taylor and have Marcus Trufant on the other side
Baltimore already has McAllister and has Fuller and now Deion in the secondary
The only true shutdown corners I see out of these names are Champ and a healthy Charles Woodson, but I would think twice about starting a second-third tier wr against Baltimore. I think Seattle is getting there, but is Bobby Taylor the corner that he used to be? Who am I missing?