Football Outsiders has their 2012 almanac out (must buy for any hardcore football fan) and one thing I found interesting was their look at 1st Round Cornerbacks. They looked at two categories, Success Rate and Adjusted Yards Per Pass. Success Rate is the percentage of time the opponent didn't have a successful play throwing at the corner. So an incomplete pass, interception, 3rd down completion that doesn't pick up a 1st down, etc. Last year Jenkins was our best corner in this category with a 56% success rate that was good for 26th in the league. Newman was our worst at 43% success rate that was "good" for 73rd in the league Adjusted Yards Per Pass is their measure of yards gained on plays on which this defender was the listed target, adjusted for the quality of the receiver covered. Jenkins was again our best with a 7.2 YPA that was good for 35th. Newman was again our worst with a 10.0 YPA that was 76th. Between 2005 and 2011, 26 cornerbacks were drafted in the first round. The best of those as a rookie was Joe Haden, who finished 14th and 13th respectively in the two stats. And he is a clear outlier of the group, with almost all of the players being better than 2011 Newman but not a whole even being on par with 2011 Jenkins. I think he will be a very good player for our team for many years, but in 2012 Claiborne could have a great season for a rookie and that may be no better than the guy he was drafted to replace.