All 32 NFL teams (including the Lions) ranked by their cornerbacks

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The Detroit Lions overhauled the cornerback room this offseason. After a disappointing 2023 campaign with Cam Sutton, Jerry Jacobs, Kindle Vildor and Will Harris as the primary outside corners, it was a very welcome and needed change.

Only Vildor is back on the outside and there’s no guarantee he makes the final 53-man roster. Detroit used its top two picks in the 2024 NFL Draft on cornerbacks Terrion Arnold and Ennis Rakestraw. The Lions also traded a third-round pick to Tampa Bay for longtime top-level starter Carlton Davis, while also adding veteran starter Amik Robertson in free agency. With Brian Branch projected back in the slot after a stellar rookie campaign, the cornerback room appears to be in much better shape now.

That’s certainly the finding in the cornerback room rankings from ESPN and analyst Mike Clay. After sitting in the 25-30 range for the first few years of the Dan Campbell era, Detroit now has one that is scraping the top five in the league.

Where do the Lions projected cornerbacks rank among the rest of the league? Here’s a look:


32. New York Giants

Oct 22, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants cornerback Deonte Banks (25) celebrates after an interception against the Washington Commanders during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Deonte Banks, Cordale Flott, Nick McCloud, Tre Hawkins III, Andru Phillips

31. Arizona Cardinals

Oct 7, 2022; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Max Melton (16) celebrates after an interception during the first half against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Murphy-Bunting, Max Melton, Garrett Williams, Starling Thomas, Elijah Jones

30. Washington Commanders

Jan 7, 2024; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders cornerback Emmanuel Forbes (13) runs onto the field with teammates prior to their game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Benjamin St-Juste, Emmanuel Forbes, Jartavius Martin, Mike Sainristil, Michael Davis

29. Las Vegas Raiders

Dec 25, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs (39) interacts with the crowd after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Hobbs, Jack Jones, Jakorian Bennett, Brandon Facyson, Decamerion Richardson

28. Atlanta Falcons

Oct 15, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) catches a pass in front of Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24) in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Terrell, Clark Phillips III, Mike Hughes, Antonio Hamilton, Dee Alford

27. Pittsburgh Steelers

Dec 23, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joey Porter Jr. (24) reacts against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Pittsburgh won 34-11. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Porter Jr., Donte Jackson, Cameron Sutton, Josiah Scott, Darius Rush, Ryan Watts

26. Los Angeles Chargers

Oct 2, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. (26) reacts as Houston Texans place kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn (7) misses a field goal during the first half at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Asante Samuel Jr., Kristian Fulton, Ja’Sir Taylor, Deane Leonard, Tarheeb Still

25. Minnesota Vikings

CINCINNATI, OHIO – NOVEMBER 12: Shaquill Griffin #0 of the Houston Texans celebrates after the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on November 12, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Byron Murphy, Shaquill Griffin, Mekhi Blackmon, Akayleb Evans, Andrew Booth Jr.

24. Carolina Panthers

Sep 19, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn (8) celebrates his first NFL interception against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Jaycee Horn, Dane Jackson, Troy Hill, Dicaprio Bootle, D’Shawn Jamison

23. Jacksonville Jaguars


Oct 9, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Houston Texans running back Dameon Pierce (31) breaks a tackle from Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell (32) in the fourth quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Campbell, Ronald Darby, Montaric Brown, Jarrian Jones

22. Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI, OHIO – NOVEMBER 12: Mike Boone #22 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball against Mike Hilton #21 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Paycor Stadium on November 12, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Cam Taylor-Britt, D.J. Turner, Mike Hilton, Jalen Davis, Josh Newton

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Oct 10, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Jamel Dean (35) intercepts a pass in the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Jamel Dean, Zyon McCollum, Tavierre Thomas, Christian Izien, Bryce Hall

20. Indianapolis Colts


Dec 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II (23) gestures to his coach to throw a challenge flag after he intercepted the ball against Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) in the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Kenny Moore II, Julius Brents, Dallis Flowers, Jaylon Jones, Darrell Baker Jr.

19. Kansas City Chiefs

Jan 28, 2024; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Trent McDuffie (22) celebrates with Kansas City Chiefs safety Mike Edwards (21) against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Trent McDuffie, Jaylen Watson, Joshua Williams, Nic Jones, Ekow Boye-Doe

18. Houston Texans

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Derek Stingley Jr., Desmond King, Kamari Lassiter, Myles Bryant, Jeff Okudah, C.J. Henderson

17. Los Angeles Rams

Darious Williams

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Darious Williams, Tre’Davious White, Quentin Lake, Decobie Durant, Derion Kendrick

16. Denver Broncos

Nov 26, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II (2) stretches before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Surtain II, Levi Wallace, Ja’Quan McMillian, Damarri Mathis, Kris Abrams-Draine

15. New England Patriots

Sep 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Christian Gonzalez (6) lines up on Philadelphia Eagles safety Sydney Brown (21) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Gonzalez, Jonathan Jones, Marcus Jones, Alex Austin, Shaun Wade

14. Baltimore Ravens

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Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Stephens, Arthur Maulet, Nate Wiggins, T.J. Tampa

13. Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) is shown during organized team activities Tuesday, May 21, 2024 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, Keisean Nixon, Carrington Valentine, Corey Ballentine

12. San Francisco 49ers

Jan 7, 2024; Santa Clara, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua (17) catches a touchdown pass against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward (7) during the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Charvarius Ward, Deommodore Lenoir, Ambry Thomas, Renardo Green, Rock Ya-Sin

11. Seattle Seahawks

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Devon Witherspoon, Tariq Woolen, Michael Jackson, Tre Brown, Artie Burns

10. Philadelphia Eagles

Quinyon Mitchell

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Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Avonte Maddox, Quinyon Mitchell, Cooper DeJean

9. Buffalo Bills

Jan 21, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Rasul Douglas (31) reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2024 AFC divisional round game at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rasul Douglas, Christian Benford, Taron Johnson, Kaiir Elam, Daequan Hardy

8. New Orleans Saints

Oct 15, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) tackles Houston Texans running back Devin Singletary (26) during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Marshon Lattimore, Paulson Adebo, Alontae Taylor, Kool-Aid McKinstry, Ugochukwu Amadi

7. Chicago Bears

Nov 27, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson (33) returns an interception as safety Eddie Jackson (4) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylon Johnson, Kyler Gordon, Tyrique Stevenson, Terell Smith, Greg Stroman

6. Detroit Lions

Jan 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis III (24) gestures after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of a 2024 NFC wild card game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Carlton Davis, Terrion Arnold, Brian Branch, Ennis Rakestraw Jr., Emmanuel Moseley

5. Tennessee Titans

L'Jarius Sneed

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L’Jarius Sneed, Roger McCreary, Chidobe Awuzie, Tre Avery, Eric Garror

4. Dallas Cowboys

Aug 1, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) congratulates cornerback Myles Brooks (39) after a drill during training camp at Marriott Residence Inn-River Ridge playing fields. Mandatory Credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

Trevon Diggs, DaRon Bland, Jourdan Lewis, Nahshon Wright, C.J. Goodwin

3. Cleveland Browns

Nov 5, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) celebrates his broken up pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown (2) during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome II, Martin Emerson, Cameron Mitchell, Kahlef Hailassie

2. Miami Dolphins

Jan 13, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) during the second half of the 2024 AFC wild card game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Ramsey, Kendall Fuller, Kader Kohou, Nik Needham, Cam Smith

1. New York Jets

Dec 28, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Jets cornerbacks Sauce Gardner (left) and D.J. Reed (4) before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, D.J. Reed, Michael Carter II, Isaiah Oliver, Brandin Echols

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