Revis vs. Asomugha: Who’s really the best?

Nnadmi Asomugha no doubt will command a high price as the gem of the 2011 free-agent market. While teams can’t make their pitches during the NFL lockout, it hasn’t stopped at least two (that we know about) players from openly recruiting the two-time All Pro cornerback.

First, it was DeSean Jackson on Philadelphia, and now Andre Johnson is up-selling Houston.

We don’t yet know where Asomugha fits in “The Top 100,” but there’s little debate about his status as one of the league’s best at his position. So how much — if any — separation exists between Asomugha and Jets CB Darrelle Revis, who’s widely considered the league’s best? Kurt Warner and Brian Baldinger have some thoughts.

“When you look at the whole (of the position), you have Revis, who sets himself apart,” Warner said. “But then who is next? Asomugha is one of those guys I believe you can put him on a team’s best receiver and he can shut them down and you feel comfortable running the rest of your defense. … (Revis) can disrupt you in a lot of different ways, and I think that’s the difference. He can play any receiver any way he needs to. Asomugha is more of a one-trick pony, but he’s really good at what he does.”

Baldinger believes Asomugha makes a defense “instantly better” even though he has a different style than Revis.

“There is ‘Revis Island’ for a reason,” Baldinger said. “He takes (the best) receivers out of the game because he’s so strong, he gets his hands on them and redirects them. Asomugha doesn’t get his hands on guys, but he likes to run with receivers, and he has the speed and the length to go stride-for-stride. Asomugha still disrupts receivers, simply because they really aren’t open because they can’t get separation.”

— Frank Tadych

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