this is a snippet from an article off ESPN insider: As was the case with the receivers, this metric review measures medium (11-19 yards), deep (20-29 yards) and bomb (30-plus yards) pass attempts on a yards-per-attempt basis. Because cornerbacks tend to see fewer passes than wide receivers, I lowered the qualifying-attempt mark to 24. The yardage totals once again include "pass in the air" penalty attempts and yards (i.e., pass interference, defensive holding, illegal contact, etc.). Now that we have the rules out of the way, here are the top 10 vertical cornerbacks from 2007: Player Team Vert Att Vert Yds Vert YPA Fred Bennett Houston 24 67 2.8 Quentin Jammer San Diego 35 159 4.5 Deshea Townsend Pittsburgh 35 178 5.1 Charles Tillman Chicago 34 199 5.9 Fred Smoot Washington 32 197 6.2 Terrence McGee Buffalo 44 271 6.2 Eric Wright Cleveland 46 300 6.5 Antonio Cromartie San Diego 29 202 7.0 Sheldon Brown Philadelphia 40 279 7.0 Will Allen Miami 30 211 7.0 Fred Bennett might be the best young cornerback in the NFL. He not only posted a phenomenally low vertical YPA but also gave up only six completions in those 24 attempts, none of which were at the deep or bomb level. Bennett's overall YPA of 4.7 was third-best among cornerbacks last season, which is another reason I think he might be only one full season as a starter away from being a serious Pro Bowl candidate. --- interesting.