Packers: Kevin King in ‘Future Five’ of 2018 cornerback rankings

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Kevin King /
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10. Malcolm Butler (Tennessee Titans)

The Titans have greatly improved their secondary by adding Malcolm Butler. His benching in Super Bowl LII showed just how important he was to the New England secondary, and losing him could have a huge impact on that team.

The addition of Butler will also have a positive impact for the Titans, especially for Adoree Jackson, who will have a lot less pressure in his sophomore season compared to what he faced in his rookie year.

9. Stephon Gilmore (New England Patriots)

Losing Butler will hurt the Patriots secondary, but having a cornerback as talented as Stephon Gilmore will at least allay that issue a tiny bit. The Patriots made a great decision poaching Gilmore from a division rival (that’s a pretty typical thing for the Patriots front office to do by the way). The fact that the Patriots often get undervalued players from rivals is a underrated secret to their success.

8. Marcus Peters (Los Angeles Rams)

Peters is a great talent but his off-field concerns really rub me the wrong way. If he matures as a player he could easily be in the top five of these rankings next year. The cornerback tandem of Peters and Aqib Talib has a lot of boom-or-bust potential. I tend to think it will boom.

7. Chris Harris Jr. (Denver Broncos)

Harris Jr. is a key reason why the Broncos defense has been the juggernaut that it has been for most of the past few seasons. He is a great cornerback in the slot, and I considered putting him higher on this list. Ultimately I didn’t, but he has a strong case to be considered a top five cornerback.

6. Marshon Lattimore (New Orleans Saints)

Lattimore was a rookie sensation who helped rebuild the Saints’ defense last year. There’s no reason why he won’t be in several Pro Bowls throughout his career. Lattimore may already be one of the best cornerbacks in the league, which is extremely impressive considering he is only 22. I strongly doubt that he will experience a sophomore slump.