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The Top Ranked Defensive Backs of the 1980's

 

Notes:

The ratings on this page comes from AinsworthSports.com's own rating system.  The lower the rating the better.

Players had to complete at least one qualifying season to be included in this list.

A qualifying year is any year that a player participated in 60% of his teams games.

Player's ratings are penalized for every year under 5 qualifying years.

 

Rnk   Player Rating
1   Ronnie Lott 2.99289
2   Deron Cherry 3.37978
3   Kenny Easley 3.91629
4   Everson Walls 5.86900
5   Lester Hayes 6.12857
6   Joey Browner 6.19029
7   Gary Fencik 7.00000
8   Gary Green 7.76500
9   Nolan Cromwell 7.92613
10   Albert Lewis 9.13043
11   Mark Haynes 9.40022
12   Donnie Shell 9.76088
13   Mike Haynes 10.43650
14   Michael Downs 12.47825
15   Dwight Hicks 12.69167
16   Hanford Dixon 12.79656
17   Raymond Clayborn 13.44960
18   Louis Wright 13.75550
19   Gary Barbaro 14.51133
20   Dennis Smith 15.46838
21   David Fulcher 15.68550
22   Dave Brown 16.45360
23   Frank Minnifield 17.36000
24   Johnnie Johnson 18.45625
25   Mike Harden 18.59580
26   Vann McElroy 19.05471
27   Ken Riley 20.15475
28   John Harris 20.26900
29   LeRoy Irvin 20.43520
30   Dwayne Woodruff 21.05522
31   Terry Kinard 21.66486
32   Mark H. Murphy 21.97275
33   Eric Wright 22.77529
34   Dave Duerson 23.07417
35   Dennis Thurman 23.38900
36   Dave Waymer 23.90760
37   Darrell Green 24.04833
38   Glenn Blackwood 24.05600
39   Fred Marion 24.09500
40   Mark Kelso 24.64500
41   Kenny Johnson 25.84950
42   Kevin Ross 26.25883
43   Darrol Ray 26.86600
44   Lloyd Burruss 27.06488
45   Ronnie Lippett 27.35417
46   Keith Bostic 28.05417
47   Wes Hopkins 28.11840
48   Mark Lee 28.20090
49   Herman Edwards 28.22133
50   Louis Breeden 28.54625
51   Roynell Young 29.26150
52   Leonard Smith 29.30457
53   Steve Freeman 29.36000
54   Jerry Gray 29.69400
55   William Judson 29.74525
56   Gill Byrd 29.99114
57   Carl Lee 30.78929
58   Charles Romes 31.02943
59   Mel Blount 31.54250
60   Carlton Williamson 31.80483
61   Bobby Butler 32.93300
62   Vernon Dean 33.25957
63   Roland James 33.59220
64   Eric Harris 33.63825
65   Jerry Holmes 33.77600
66   Tim McKyer 33.93700
67   Mark Murphy 33.99338
68   Mike Richardson 34.09217
69   Tom Pridemore 34.27183
70   Beasley Reece 34.34000
71   Johnnie Poe 34.58571
72   Mike Reinfeldt 34.91333
73   Eugene Daniel 35.07567
74   Erik McMillan 36.11050
75   Bruce McNorton 36.25617
76   Perry Williams 37.25083
77   Vencie Glenn 37.67825
78   Frank Wattelet 38.75800
79   Harry Hamilton 39.28900
80   Nesby Glasgow 39.91060
81   Tom Hannon 40.07680
82   Steve Foley 40.24033
83   Randy Logan 40.25375
84   Mike Prior 40.50625
85   Willie Teal 40.56600
86   Rick Sanford 40.68280
87   Andre Waters 40.79317
88   Tim Lewis 41.47833
89   Mike Davis 41.55633
90   Benny Perrin 41.57933
91   Don Griffin 41.81925
92   Lionel Washington 42.35600
93   John Turner 42.70733
94   Cedric Mack 42.70971
95   Steve Brown 42.86043
96   Eric Allen 42.87750
97   Burgess Owens 43.09433
98   Willie Tullis 43.33786
99   Ken Schroy 43.43000
100   Ricky Reynolds 44.17167
101   Rod Woodson 44.60933
102   Bobby Watkins 44.64200
103   Rod Perry 45.48050
104   Pat Thomas 45.51833
105   Nate Odomes 45.65300
106   Ray Ellis 46.39800
107   James Hasty 46.41250
108   Bill Thompson 46.86700
109   Vestee Jackson 47.09650
110   Robert Jackson 48.07067
111   Ron Fellows 48.07125
112   Thomas Everett 48.51467
113   Eugene Robinson 48.54060
114   Tim Fox 48.85217
115   Johnnie Gray 48.98600
116   Scott Case 49.20500
117   Felix Wright 49.49000
118   Tim McDonald 49.49300
119   Curtis Jordan 49.52250
120   Eric Thomas 49.99600
121   Terry Taylor 50.00583
122   Gerald Small 50.47980
123   Alvin Walton 50.55575
124   Bill Simpson 50.87133
125   Mark Collins 51.56575
126   Russell Gary 51.84217
127   Clarence R. Scott 51.89400
128   Cedric Brown 52.48733
129   Terry Jackson 52.68160
130   Tony Peters 52.80300
131   Keith Simpson 53.17317
132   Ken Stills 53.25750
133   Leslie Frazier 53.99460
134   Robert Moore 54.14125
135   Mike Washington 54.24225
136   Ray Horton 54.29671
137   Bobby Kemp 54.49457
138   Mario Clark 54.62080
139   Todd Bowles 55.05025
140   Wayne Smith 55.25200
141   Lewis Billups 55.30275
142   Jeff Donaldson 55.67133
143   Eric T. Williams 55.68567
144   Kenny Hill 56.10871
145   James Griffin 56.20114
146   Terry Hoage 56.25700
147   Patrick Allen 56.36417
148   Bob Glazebrook 56.61575
149   Jeremiah Castille 57.35900
150   Bobby Humphery 57.42375
151   Don McNeal 57.51589
152   Dextor Clinkscale 58.11540
153   Jimmy Allen 58.88600
154   Lyle Blackwood 59.01417
155   Elvis Patterson 59.02483
156   Bobby Jackson 59.29225
157   James Hunter 59.38900
158   Neal Colzie 59.59100
159   Al Gross 59.75933
160   Bill Bates 59.77871
161   Joe Lavender 59.96133
162   Vince Newsome 59.96817
163   Kurt Knoff 60.02867
164   Danny Walters 60.43267
165   Liffort Hobley 61.00500
166   Terry Schmidt 61.06460
167   Aaron Kyle 61.07233
168   Paul Lankford 61.84375
169   Todd Bell 61.85533
170   Lee Nelson 62.72450
171   Barry Wilburn 63.15550
172   Carl Carter 63.28175
173   Brenard Wilson 63.28463
174   Charlie Waters 63.83500
175   Alvin Hall 64.49860
176   Jarvis Williams 64.69350
177   Michael Stewart 64.74200
178   Willie Buchanon 64.91033
179   Ray Oldham 65.04500
180   Martin Bayless 65.44000
181   Jeff Fuller 65.45325
182   Bennie Blades 65.65300
183   Stacey Toran 65.83180
184   Ken Greene 66.86200
185   Bill Currier 66.86725
186   Vernon Perry 66.99350
187   Mike C. McCoy 67.09867
188   Bruce Laird 67.49850
189   Demetrious Johnson 67.57425
190   John Holt 68.03371
191   Ron Bolton 68.07700
192   Lonnie Young 68.55880
193   Bret Clark 68.63250
194   Gene Atkins 68.88300
195   Mark Cotney 69.39225
196   Paul Moyer 69.57557
197   Greg Stemrick 69.84675
198   Clinton Burrell 69.87200
199   Wymon Henderson 69.96033
200   Bud Brown 70.53840
201   Rod Jones 72.11925
202   Derrick Burroughs 72.67475
203   Derrick Hatchett 72.75467
204   Rolland Lawrence 72.82600
205   Steve Wilson 72.89011
206   Tim Gordon 73.05767
207   Eddie Anderson 73.42800
208   Johnny Lynn 73.81100
209   Antonio Gibson 74.41700
210   Randy Robbins 74.45800
211   Tom Myers 75.34900
212   Brett Maxie 75.66920
213   Andre Young 75.71733
214   Lemar Parrish 75.75100
215   Carnell Lake 75.75500
216   Mike H. Williams 75.78467
217   Paul Tripoli 75.85600
218   Sam Seale 76.36000
219   Ray Griffin 76.61375
220   Bubba McDowell 77.16900
221   Rick Woods 77.48720
222   Russell Carter 77.59850
223   Brian Washington 77.67400
224   Glen Edwards 77.67400
225   Jim Burroughs 77.77300
226   Rufus Bess 78.46629
227   Devon Mitchell 78.58100
228   Maurice Hurst 78.58300
229   Maurice Harvey 78.63860
230   Tyrone Braxton 79.28800
231   Issiac Holt 79.56780
232   Mark Robinson 79.66900
233   Evan Cooper 79.72940
234   William Graham 80.21420
235   Don Bessillieu 80.29800
236   Carter Hartwig 80.33540
237   Jeris White 80.36333
238   John Swain 80.66533
239   Doug Plank 80.75250
240   Jeffery Dale 80.96933
241   Tom Flynn 81.10825
242   Delton Hall 81.97933
243   Kim Anderson 82.21925
244   Najee Mustafaa 82.45067
245   Cornell Gowdy 82.52000
246   Chris Rockins 82.69900
247   Robert Massey 82.82500
248   Carl Allen 83.15767
249   Ron Johnson 83.18360
250   Rich Miano 83.22925
251   Ted Watts 83.36540
252   Tony Lilly 83.63325
253   Mel Jenkins 83.79733
254   Odis McKinney 83.97117
255   J.T. Thomas 84.20133
256   Myron Guyton 84.23900
257   Lawrence Johnson 85.24400
258   Elbert Foules 85.28440
259   Duane Galloway 85.44900
260   Ivory Sully 85.78738
261   Ken Coffey 85.91833
262   J.C. Wilson 86.53700
263   Robert Williams 87.29867
264   Harvey Clayton 87.67325
265   Steve Atwater 87.77400
266   Larry Braziel 88.01933
267   Kirk Springs 88.15280
268   Mike Wagner 88.17800
269   Van Jakes 88.35480
270   Mike Kozlowski 88.90020
271   Benny Barnes 88.94833
272   Reggie Sutton 89.18600
273   Bobby Futrell 89.21350
274   Bryan Hicks 89.21767
275   Kerry Justin 89.58983
276   Raphel Cherry 89.68900
277   William Frizzell 89.94575
278   James Britt 90.22350
279   Roger Wehrli 90.29500
280   Bo Eason 91.15550
281   Ron Francis 91.30500
282   Rod Kush 91.33450
283   Tiger Greene 91.50600
284   Shaun Gayle 91.64740
285   Thom Darden 92.06450
286   Estus Hood 92.15240
287   Mark Harper 92.84950
288   Anthony Young 93.43000
289   Donald Dykes 93.63000
290   Mike Fuller 93.66167
291   Anthony Washington 93.75850
292   Tom Holmoe 93.93000
293   David Greenwood 94.13700
294   Terry McDaniel 94.13700
295   Lucious Smith 94.49560
296   Vince Albritton 94.51600
297   Preston Davis 94.53900
298   Ken Stone 94.64200
299   Monte Jackson 94.73900
300   John Hendy 94.84400
301   Pete Shaw 94.89960
302   James Davis 95.04117
303   Don Rogers 95.34700
304   Ricky Smith 95.52600
305   Leonard Coleman 95.61433
306   Greg Bright 96.25800
307   Ricky Churchman 96.25800
308   Patrick Hunter 96.30875
309   Tate Randle 96.53580
310   Thane Gash 97.11450
311   Norris Thomas 97.54580
312   Kirby Jackson 97.67200
313   Mike Dennis 98.05100
314   Mossy Cade 98.17500
315   Rodney Bellinger 98.20667
316   Sam Washington 98.34133
317   Deion Sanders 98.37900
318   Jeff Fisher 98.64433
319   Domingo Bryant 98.88200
320   Travis Curtis 98.94733
321   Milton Mack 99.38500
322   Bill Kay 99.38925
323   Toi Cook 100.02467
324   Don Wilson 100.09400
325   Ernest Gibson 100.22250
326   Len Walterscheid 100.49800
327   Solomon Wilcots 100.59700
328   Wendell Cason 101.00300
329   Jeff Griffin 101.10200
330   Barney Bussey 101.15675
331   Reuben Henderson 101.30400
332   Ron Pitts 101.56075
333   Freddie Robinson 101.60900
334   David Croudip 101.63650
335   Reggie Phillips 101.71225
336   Lupe Sanchez 101.74167
337   Herb Christopher 101.97733
338   Rickey Dixon 102.01300
339   Fulton Walker 102.07250
340   Dana McLemore 102.23220
341   Maurice Douglass 102.51600
342   Kevin Porter 102.66950
343   William White 102.97250
344   Mickey Sutton 103.05050
345   Chris Goode 103.12200
346   Greg Williams 103.70700
347   Louis Oliver 104.03500
348   Blane Gaison 104.48975
349   Mark Kafentzis 104.56967
350   Carl Howard 104.67640
351   A.J. Johnson 104.74200
352   Wayne Davis 104.75720
353   Rod Hill 104.90633
354   Mike Zordich 105.24300
355   Mike Whitwell 106.05300
356   Roger Jackson 106.11833
357   Richard Blackmore 106.33300
358   Gregg Johnson 106.47420
359   Larry Griffin 106.48867
360   Greg Hill 106.51460
361   George Radachowsky 106.55600
362   Dwayne Harper 107.16400
363   Jim Bowman 107.20140
364   Sherman Cocroft 107.60540
365   Herb Welch 107.97000
366   Rod McSwain 108.30250
367   Richard J. Johnson 108.50450
368   Craig Swoope 109.18400
369   Jeff Delaney 109.58600
370   Tim Collier 109.59025
371   Dwight Drane 109.89325
372   Victor Scott 110.04250
373   J.C. Pearson 110.52867
374   Durwood Roquemore 110.59800
375   Keith Taylor 111.10500
376   John Simmons 111.10525
377   Stefon Adams 111.68600
378   Dwayne O'Steen 111.70700
379   Keith Lee 111.92820
380   Ken Taylor 112.31500
381   Kerry Glenn 112.85167
382   Keith Nord 112.88533
383   Manny Hendrix 112.94850
384   Michael Ball 113.22400
385   Craig Curry 113.72900
386   Earl Jones 114.13525
387   Johnny Ray Smith 114.43600
388   Izel Jenkins 114.78950
389   Tory Nixon 114.97267
390   Paul Dombroski 115.52400
391   Brad Edwards 115.85200
392   Larry Flowers 116.27120
393   Darryl Holmes 116.58867
394   Chet Brooks 116.60750
395   Jimmy Turner 116.63500
396   Sheldon White 116.96100
397   Brian Carpenter 117.61750
398   Walt Williams 117.77125
399   Kevin Clark 118.27600
400   Larry Anderson 118.64233
401   Eric Everett 118.82950
402   Bobby Johnson 118.85700
403   Don Dufek 119.41667
404   Vito McKeever 119.58900
405   Donnie Elder 120.04375
406   David Tate 120.24350
407   Judson Flint 120.29200
408   Odie Harris 120.39500
409   Chuck Cecil 120.70000
410   Audray McMillian 120.75075
411   Hector Gray 120.90000
412   Jack Tatum 121.30600
413   Charles Johnson 122.11400
414   Neal Guggemos 122.51600
415   Mark D. Jackson 122.51800
416   Cris Dishman 122.76850
417   Jeff Allen 122.92000
418   Steve Luke 122.92200
419   John Sciarra 123.17475
420   Reyna Thompson 123.27575
421   Davlin Mullen 123.99533
422   Aaron Mitchell 125.14200
423   Mike Nelms 125.19960
424   John Booty 126.15400
425   Allan Ellis 126.35400
426   Darrell Fullington 127.06100
427   Robert Sowell 127.32833
428   Chris D. Brown 127.36600
429   Bruce Plummer 127.42933
430   Roy Bennett 127.91950
431   Roy Green 127.91950
432   Jim Bob Morris 127.97200
433   Gary Hayes 128.00167
434   Donnell Woolford 128.07300
435   Darryl Pollard 128.37400
436   Brian Davis 128.52550
437   Lemuel Stinson 128.98000
438   Bobby Bryant 129.38600
439   Rodney Lewis 129.48500
440   Donald Brown 129.48700
441   Cliff Hicks 129.53550
442   Daniel Hunter 130.29100
443   Charles Dimry 130.69700
444   Monty Hunter 131.00200
445   Bill Hurley 131.80800
446   Oliver Davis 132.51300
447   Rodney L. Thomas 132.51500
448   Daryll Jones 133.42600
449   Jim Perryman 133.72700
450   Mike Jolly 133.79233
451   Ray Brown 135.04200
452   Bill Jackson 135.24400
453   Ken McAlister 135.24400
454   David Kilson 135.85000
455   Trent Bryant 135.89850
456   Chris Williams 136.10050
457   Allen Lyday 136.88967
458   Kenny Daniel 139.02950
459   Donovan Rose 139.33250
460   Mike Kennedy 139.33250
461   Anthony Newman 139.53450
462   Bill Whitaker 139.98900
463   Adrian White 140.09000
464   Bob Gregor 140.09200
465   Johnnie Jackson 140.09200
466   Kendall Williams 140.09200
467   Lorenzo Lynch 140.09200
468   Tracey Eaton 140.09200
469   Ricky Ray 140.59500
470   Terry Wright 140.69800
471   Dennis Woodberry 141.90800
472   Clarence Vaughn 142.66550
473   Reggie Pinkney 143.27150
474   John Baylor 143.62700
475   Gary Woolford 143.93000
476   Lynn Thomas 144.02900
477   Dennis Price 144.33400
478   Kirk Collins 144.58450
479   Charles Cornelius 144.73800
480   Fred Acorn 144.94000
481   James Jefferson 145.04100
482   Tim Morrison 145.59450
483   Greg Lasker 146.15000
484   Jesse Johnson 146.25100
485   Ray Rhodes 146.35400
486   Victor Heflin 146.75800
487   Will Hill 146.75800
488   Ed Taylor 147.16200
489   Martin Mayhew 147.16200
490   Anthony Blaylock 147.56400
491   Stephen Braggs 147.66500
492   Dick Jauron 147.97000
493   LeCharls McDaniel 147.97000
494   Todd Krumm 149.18200
495   Cedrick Brown 149.78800
496   Kenneth Johnson 149.78800
497   Chris Sheffield 151.09900
498   Nate Wright 151.20200
499   Will Lewis 151.25050
500   Roland Mitchell 151.90700
501   Perry Smith 152.41200
502   Autry Beamon 152.46250
503   Wyatt Henderson 152.81800
504   Herb Williams 153.42400
505   Michael Adams 153.42400
506   Rick Gervais 154.03000
507   Mike Spivey 154.43200
508   James Washington 154.63600
509   Kenny Gamble 154.63600
510   James Marshall 155.24200
511   Luther Bradley 155.64600
512   Greg Cox 155.69450
513   John Krimm 155.84800
514   Norman Jefferson 156.45400
515   Don Schwartz 156.85800
516   Mike Smith 157.05800
517   Al Latimer 157.06000
518   Clarence Chapman 157.66600
519   Jeff Nixon 157.86600
520   Darryl Meadows 158.06800
521   Tom Morris 158.32050
522   Ray Crockett 159.88800
523   Jay Taylor 161.30200
524   Markus Paul 161.30200
525   Mike McLeod 161.30200
526   Dave Edwards 161.45150
527   Bud Hebert 162.51400
528   Don Anderson 162.51400
529   Greg Best 162.71600
530   Danny Wagoner 162.86550
531   Miles McPherson 163.11800
532   Jeff Colter 163.72600
533   Scott Woerner 164.13000
534   Zeph Lee 164.83700
535   Billy Owens 164.93800
536   Larry Brune 164.93800
537   Vic Minor 164.93800
538   Wylie Turner 164.93800
539   Jo Jo Heath 165.49150
540   Darryl Henley 165.54400
541   Garcia Lane 165.54400
542   Steve Gage 165.54400
543   David Hollis 166.29950
544   John Bostic 166.75400
545   Greg Jackson 167.66500
546   Elbert Shelley 167.71350
547   Kevin Gray 169.18000
548   Greg Lee 169.78600
549   Jitter Fields 169.78600
550   Kerry Parker 170.39200
551   George Schmitt 170.49300
552   Irvin Phillips 170.49300
553   John Sullivan 170.49300
554   Saladin Martin 170.49300
555   Jerome Dove 170.59400
556   D.J. Johnson 171.20000
557   Danny Copeland 171.20000
558   Darren Carrington 171.20000
559   Ed Berry 171.20000
560   Johnny Holloway 171.20000
561   Kip Corrington 171.20000
562   Sid Justin 172.81600
563   Danny Reece 173.01800
564   William Cesare 173.32100
565   Steve Trimble 173.42200
566   Fred Bohannon 174.63400
567   George Floyd 174.63400
568   Von Mansfield 174.63400
569   Marcellus Greene 175.84600
570   Ken Houston 176.25000
571   Kevin Guidry 176.45200
572   David Evans 177.56300
573   Calvin Loveall 177.66400
574   Ronnie O'Bard 178.27000
575   Sidney Johnson 178.27000
576   Stan Petry 178.27000
577   Gary Thompson 179.68400
578   Myron Dupree 179.68400
579   Wilbur Myers 179.68400
580   Kyle Kramer 180.39100
581   Vaughn Williams 180.69400
582   D.D. Hoggard 181.80500
583   Kevin Wyatt 181.80500
584   Gary Richard 181.90600
585   Gene Profit 181.90600
586   Sonny Gordon 181.90600
587   Hal Stringert 182.71400
588   Frank Duncan 183.52200
589   Charles Washington 183.92600
590   Chris Hale 183.92600
591   J.B. Brown 183.92600
592   Ricky Easmon 183.92600
593   M.L. Carter 184.63300
594   Marcus Turner 187.46100
595   David Arnold 188.87500
596   Sammy Lilly 188.87500
597   Don Harris 189.17800
598   Kevin J. Williams 190.28900
599   Eddie Lewis 191.60200
600   Sean Thomas 191.70300
601   Rick Byas 192.41000
602   Scott Perry 192.41000
603   Terry Lewis 192.41000
604   Howard Feggins 193.11700
605   Mike Lush 193.11700
606   Johnny Thomas 193.82400
607   Leander Knight 193.82400
608   Jerry L. Reese 194.02600
609   Dave Becker 194.83400
610   Steve Haworth 195.23800
611   Tim Moresco 195.64200
612   Rodney Rice 195.94500
613   Prentice McCray 196.45000
614   Tom Tutson 196.65200
615   Zac Henderson 197.25800
616   Dan Land 197.35900
617   Jonathan Hoke 198.87400
618   Roland Solomon 198.87400
619   Doug Beaudoin 200.49000

 


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