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AFC East's best: No. 2 Darrelle Revis

By Tim Graham

RevisMugThe countdown of my top 25 AFC East players continues, one weekday at a time ...

The choice

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is one of the NFL's greatest players at any position. He's considered the best player at perhaps the second-most important position in today's game.

Revis placed fifth on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2012 list. Another cornerback didn't appear on the list until Charles Woodson at No. 36.

If the naked eye isn't enough, had Revis atop its cornerback rankings based on statistical analysis. PFF said opposing quarterbacks completed only 41.2 percent (best among all regulars) and registered a 42.3 passer rating when throwing into Revis' coverage.

PFF's data also showed Revis allowed one touchdown on 1,036 snaps. Only one cornerback -- Tim Jennings -- gave up zero touchdowns and played more than 1,000 snaps.

Revis has been voted to four straight Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-Pro three straight seasons.

Fast fact

The Jets traded their 25th overall draft pick, one of their two second-round picks and a fifth-round pick to move up nine spots and nab Revis.

How acquired

Selected in the first round (14th overall) in the 2007 draft.

Hint about No. 1

You don't need a hint about No. 1.

Picks to date

2. Darrelle Revis, Jets cornerback
3. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots tight end
4. Nick Mangold, Jets center
5. Wes Welker, Patriots receiver
6. Mario Williams, Bills defensive end
7. Vince Wilfork, Patriots nose tackle
8. Jake Long, Dolphins left tackle
9. Logan Mankins, Patriots left guard
10. Cameron Wake, Dolphins outside linebacker
11. Fred Jackson, Bills running back
12. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets left tackle
13. Kyle Williams, Bills defensive tackle
14. Sione Pouha, Jets defensive tackle
15. Jairus Byrd, Bills safety
16. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots receiver
17. Stevie Johnson, Bills receiver
18. Reggie Bush, Dolphins running back
19. Jerod Mayo, Patriots inside linebacker
20. Randy Starks, Dolphins defensive lineman
21. Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots right tackle
22. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots tight end
23. Marcell Dareus, Bills defensive tackle
24. Antonio Cromartie, Jets cornerback
25. Eric Wood, Bills center

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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