Mayock: Revis is best ‘pure cornerback’ in NFL

Is Darrelle Revis the best cornerback in the NFL? Many, including Jets coach Rex Ryan, believe that to be the case.

Revis has held many of the NFL’s top receivers in check this season, and his reputation as a true shut-down corner continues to grow. The 2009 All-Pro will be tested Sunday when he matches up with Reggie Wayne and the other Colts receivers in the AFC Championship Game.

During his weekly live chat on NFL.com Thursday, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock examined why he believes Revis is the best in the game.

“He can play press-man coverage and shut down your best wide receiver,” Mayock explained. “He can play off-man coverage at the same high level. He understands zone concepts, and prioritizes the team when playing zone. He has great ball skills, and is a sure tackler, too. The majority of cornerbacks in the NFL would love to be great at one or two of those categories. Revis grades out at the highest level in every single category.

“They don’t move him around like the Packers do with Charles Woodson, but for my money he’s easily the best pure cornerback in the NFL. And oh, by the way, he can run with any receiver in the NFL.”

Mayock also discussed why he is picking the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, and ventured into some draft prospect discussion, including Tim Tebow’s decision to participate in the Senior Bowl. You can read the full chat transcript here.

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