When the last name Grimes is mentioned to fans and pundits you get two completely opposite reactions. If the first name is Miko some fans appreciate her in-your-face approach, while others are over her crude delivery and the way she throws shade at some Miami Dolphins players.
Similar to his wife, Brent Grimes has been a dividing rod in the media lately, not for his words, but because of his plays. There are some who think Grimes is an elite cornerback, even the NFL network put him as the number 38 player in NFL top 100 players list for 2015 (The players are the ones who vote for this list). While others do not believe he is elite, some even say he is average. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, who had high praise for Grimes in 2014 tweeted this about Grimes’ prospects in 2015:
This film analysis was completed by Matthew Knowles. Follow him on Twitter: @blueflamespcl
Miller ranked Grimes as the number 61 corner back in his article B/R NFL 1000: Ranking the Top 101 Cornerbacks from 2014. Other writers have read similar tea leaves for Mr. Grimes and have said the cliff is coming soon if it hasn’t come already.
So is Brent Grimes an elite cornerback or just an echo of the past?
To me, the truth lies somewhere in between. Brent Grimes will turn 32 (July 19th) while I am writing this article, Happy Birthday! Turning 32 isn’t a death sentence for most cornerbacks, but there can be a drastic decrease in athleticism.
I think Grimes is a very good cornerback and a solid number 1 but is not an elite cornerback. Grimes' size and lack of being a physical corner may make him scheme dependent, but he does shine in the off man scheme in a defense that rarely plays in Cover Zero (no safety over the top). And while he shines in the off man scheme, he is scheme dependent which in my opinion means he cannot be considered elite.
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