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Wednesday Round-Up: Ranking The Top 10 Free Agent Cornerbacks This Offseason

Jake Levin of NBC Sports Boston looks at the top free agent cornerbacks for 2022.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, March 9 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Ranking The Top 10 Free Agent Cornerbacks This Offseason

With the new league year beginning on March 16, just one week away, free agency talk is starting to heat up around the NFL. As teams prepare for the new year, fans and pundits alike make their rankings of the top players who are set to hit the market.

Yesterday we looked at NBC Sports Boston's rankings of the top 10 free agent safeties, with our own Quandre Diggs coming in at number five.

Recently, Jake Levin of NBC Sports Boston also ranked the top 10 free agent cornerbacks this offseason. Topping the list was J.C. Jackson of the New England Patriots, who earned a Pro Bowl berth and Second Team All-Pro selection in 2021 with eight interceptions and a league-leading 23 passes defensed.

Coming in at number four on the list was our own D.J. Reed. "Reed had his best season as a pro for the Seattle Seahawks in 2021," Levin said. "He's only 5-foot-9, but limited opposing quarterbacks to a 47.7 completion percentage and 67.8 passer rating when targeted."

Ever since being activated to the Seahawks' active roster midway through the 2020 season, Reed has been an anchor in the Seahawks' secondary. He recorded a career-high 78 tackles and 10 passes defensed in 2021, aided by a mid-season switch from left to right cornerback. "It's kind of funny because I didn't think it would be much of a difference, but playing left corner felt different to me than playing right corner," Reed said at the time.

Both of Reed's interceptions in 2021 came in the same game, arguably his best of the season — the Week 17 win against the Lions in which he also recorded seven tackles and received a grade of 92.2 from Pro Football Focus.

"I'm proud of what I put on tape this year," Reed said in January. "I feel like through the whole year, most of the year, I've been really consistent. Just with my technique, not being targeted because teams don't want to throw my way. And when I am targeted I feel like I've made plays on the ball … So I'm proud of myself for showing myself, most importantly, that I can put together a whole year of good tape."

Click here to see where Levin ranks the league's other top free agent cornerbacks.

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