New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is a singular talent at the top of his game. Of all the great defensive players at the top of our list, Revis is the one who has done the most to define defensive football the last few years.
To put it another way: The gap between Revis and the next best cornerback is far bigger than at any other position in the league. At safety, Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu are past their apex. The identity of the best pass rusher in the league changes every year. No interior defensive lineman consistently dominates, either.
Revis is the lone shutdown cornerback in a league where few players can match up against the opposition's best.
It's hard for any cornerback to make an impact comparable to quarterbacks like Rodgers and Brady. But Revis is dominating his position like no one since Deion Sanders.