These 24 cornerbacks were taken before Richard Sherman in the 2011 NFL Draft
Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals selected Peterson with the No. 5 overall pick. The first-team All-American posted freaky numbers at the NFL Combine, with a 4.34 40-yard dash at 219 pounds. It didnt' take long for Peterson to establish himself in the NFL -- he was named a first team All-Pro in his rookie season. Peterson struggled n 2014, but it was later revealed that he was suffering from a blood sugar deficiency and that it was affecting his play. He has returned with a vegenance in 2015 -- he has allowed 29 receptions, 335 yards and one touchdown in coverage, per Pro Football Focus.
Prince Amukamara, New York Giants
The Giants were ecstatic when Amukamara fell to the No. 19 overall pick in the first round -- they had him rated much higher on their draft board. Amuakamara has flashed shutdown cover skills at times, but injuries have limited him to 54 games in five seasons. The Giants did not pick up his fifth-year rookie contract option this past offseason, and Amukamara seems likely to hit free agency this coming offseason.
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Jimmy Smith, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens selected Smith at No. 27 overall in the first round after pre-draft concerns stemming from his off-field actions caused his stock to fall. With excellent game tape, size (6-foot-2) and speed (4.47 40-yard dash), Smith has evolved into an excellent cornerback for the Ravens. He signed a four-year, $48 million extension this past offseason, but has not been his normal self while playing through injuries in 2015 -- like most of Baltimore's roster.
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Ras-I Dowling, New England Patriots
The Patriots selected Dowling with the No. 33 overall pick and the first selection in the second round. The University of Virginia product had an excellent college career and better numbers at the NFL Combine, but he turned out to be one of New England's biggest draft busts in the Bill Belichick era. The Patriots waived Dowling prior to the 2013 season and he has since resurfaced only briefly with several teams. He has not played a snap in 2015.
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Aaron Williams, Buffalo Bills
The Bills selected Williams with the No. 34 overall pick after he turned in only average NFL Combine results to follow up a strong collegiate campaign. After struggling at times at cornerback at the NFL level, the Bills moved Williams to safety before the 2013 season. Williams has evolved into a strong contributor at safety and he signed a four-year contract extension prior to the 2014 season. Williams suffered a major neck injury while attempting to make a tackle in Week 2 of the 2015 season, and only made it back briefly in Week 5. Due to the severity of his injury, his future in the NFL is uncertain.
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Marcus Gilchrist, San Diego Chargers
The Chargers selected Gilchrist with the No. 50 overall pick. Gilchrist initially started off as the team's nickel cornerback before moving to safety full time prior to the start of the 2013 season. This past offseason, Gilchrist's rookie deal was up and he signed with the Jets in free agency. In his first season with the team, he has emerged as a strong, but not dominant safety in Todd Bowles' defensive scheme.
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Brandon Harris, Houston Texans
The Texans selected Harris with the No. 60 overall pick, and he was the last cornerback taken in the second round. The former Gatorade Player of the Year in high school and Miami Hurricane never lived up to his talent in the NFL. Harris was released by the Texans before the 2014 season and late resurfaced with the Titans, but he did not make the active roster in 2015. He is currently out of the NFL.
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Chris Culliver, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers selected Culliver with the No. 80 overall pick in the third round. Culliver immediately showed promise and eventually emerged as the 49ers' top cover cornerback. After his rookie contract played out this past offseason, he was rewarded with a four-year contract that could pay up to $32 million by the Washington Redskins. Culliver's 2015 was marred by injury before a separate freak injury in practice sent him to injured reserve.
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Demarcus Van Dyke, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders selected Van Dyke with the No. 81 overall pick in the third round. Van Dyke was the second Miami Hurricane cornerback to be drafted, and his career lasted less timer than Harris, who was drafted before him. Van Dyke was released in early September 2012, in just his second season. In typical Raiders fashion, Van Dyke was all flash and little substance -- his ridiculous 4.25 40-yard dash took him from late-round flier to a third-round pick.
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Johnny Patrick, New Orleans Saints
The Saints selected Patrick with the No. 88 overall pick in the third round. Patrick was supposed to bring speed to the Saints' secondary, but he struggled with injuries and never established himself. He was released shortly after the 2013 season and resurfaced with the Chargers. He ended up playing a key role as their nickel back in 2013, but he struggled with the opportunity. Patrick is no longer in the NFL.
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Shareece Wright, San Diego Chargers
The Chargers selected Wright with the No. 89 overall pick in the third round. Wright was forced into action throughout his career with the Chargers, largely due to their struggles as the cornerback position. He quickly became a whipping boy for the team's poor pass defense. After finishing out his rookie contract with the Chargers, he signed with the 49ers, but was late released in October. He has since signed with the Ravens. Due to Baltimore's injury situation, Wright has played 437 defensive snaps in 2015, including startrs in his past three games, and he is currently playing the best football of his career.
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Curtis Marsh, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles selected Marsh with the No. 90 overall pick in the third round. After putting together some excellent game tape at Utah State, he was never able to make the transition to the NFL. The Eagles released him prior to the start of the 2013 regular season. He has since resurfaced briefly with several teams, but he has not played a snap since the 2013 season.
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Curtis Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers selected Brown with the No. 95 overall pick in the third round. The Texas product finished out his collegiate career strong, but he was never able to transition to the NFL. The Steelers released him shortly after the 2013 regular season and he hasn't resurfaced for more than a few weeks at a time since.
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Brandon Hogan, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers selected Hogan with the No. 98 overall pick in the fourth round. Just one season prior to landing now All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman as a day three pick, the Panthers swung and missed with Hogan. The Panthers released him just a few weeks into the 2012 regular season. He has since resurfaced in the CFL.
Da'Norris Searcy, Buffalo Bills
The Bills selected Searcy with the No. 100 overall pick in the fourth round. Like Williams, who was also selected by the Bills earlier in this draft, Searcy made his impact at the NFL level after switching to safety. Searcy's breakout season came at the end of his rookie contract. This past offseason, he signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Titans. He has started almost every game in 2015 and he has made a positive impact on the Titans' pass defense.
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Chimidi Chekwa, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders selected Chekwa with the No. 113 overall pick in the fourth round. Judging by Chekwa's blazing 4.38 40-yard dash, it's clear the Raiders weren't finished targeting speed freaks at the cornerback position. Chekwa appeared in 32 games and made four NFL starts, but he never emerged as a consistent player at the position. He has not played an NFL snap in 2015.
Jalil Brown, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs selected Brown with the No. 118 overall pick in the fourth round. He didn't last long -- the Chiefs released him prior to the start of the 2013 season. He has since resurfaced with a few teams, including the Colts, and he even played in the first four games of the 2015 season with the Colts before being waived.
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Rashad Carmichael, Houston Texans
The Texans selected Carmichael with the No. 127 overall pick in the fourth round. Carmichael didn't last long. After a productive collegiate career at Virginia Tech, the transition to the pros proved overwhelming for the Hokie. Carmichael is not currently playing in the NFL.
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Cortez Allen, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers selected Allen with the No. 128 overall pick in the fourth round. Allen played at the Citadel, which played a factor in his late-round draft status, but it didn't take him long to transition to the pro game. Allen played in multiple games his rookie season and became a fixture on the defense -- he signed a five-year, $26 million contract prior to the start of the 2014 season. However, he struggled mightily throughout the 2014 season and his 2015 season was ended after Week 1 with a knee injury. He could be a candidate to be released this offseason.
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Davon House, Green Bay Packers
The Packers selected House with the No. 131 overall pick in the fourth round. The lengthy cornerback with 4.44 wheels was expected to be a project after playing his college ball at New Mexico State. House became a fixture for the Packers in their nickel defensive package in 2013, and after the 2014 season, the Jaguars signed him to a lucrative free agent contract.
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Buster Skrine, Cleveland Browns
The Browns selected Skrine with the No. 137 overall pick in the fifth round. After struggling during the 2012 season when he emerged as a full-time player, Skrine evolved as a cornerback through the end of his rookie contract in 2014. This past offseason, he leveraged his improved play to a lucrative multi-year contract offer from the Jets.
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Brandon Burton, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings selected Burton with the No. 139 overall pick in the fifth round -- just 15 selections before Sherman. Burton was released by the Vikings prior to the start of the 2013 regular season, and he has found a difficult time sticking to any roster since.
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Josh Thomas, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys selected Thomas with the No. 143 overall pick in the fifth round. Thomas was waived before he ever saw his first regular season game. He was promptly claimed off waivers by the Panthers. He would later go on to play in many games with the Panthers in 2012 and 2013, and he has since bounced around the NFL. He has played in five games this season with the Colts.
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Rod Issac, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars selected Issac with the No. 147 overall pick in the fifth round. He was the final cornerback selected before Sherman. Issac was released by the Jaguars prior to the start of the 2012 season, and he later bounced around a few practice squads before taking his talents to the Arena Football League.