The secondary was supposed to be fixed this offseason after a really bad postseason showing last season. Kyle Arrington was to be a studly budget add, Lardarius Webb was finally going to be healthy for once, and Jimmy Smith was back to reprise his shutdown role. Shareece Wright was added to stop the bleeding after the first few dismal weeks.
Only about one of these things came true. That would be the very latter one. Shareece Wright has come in and been more than just a fill-in guy, he's actually been the team's best cornerback.
Despite being absolutely roasted by his former team in his first game as a Raven, Wright has come back with a vengeance. He's been surprisingly good, and has far outperformed the expectations and small salary given to him.
In fact, Pro Football Focus is willing to call him one as one of the league's better cornerbacks.
Every Cornerback ranked from best to worst this season. Best: Josh Norman Worst: Brandon Browner pic.twitter.com/df4X1OBQ8Z— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 4, 2015
The agency dropped their cornerback rankings on Twitter this week, and Wright is the only Raven in the top 40. Now while PFF ratings are oft over glorified, they are still good benchmarks when it comes to evaluating a player.
Shareece's rating puts him right around some of the better cornerbacks the league has to offer. Aqib Talib, Richard Sherman, and even Darrelle Revis are all within just a handful of rating points. Fellow Raven Lardarius Webb placed at spot 41, right in the company of Vontae Davis. The other two Baltimore corners, Kyle Arrington and Jimmy Smith, are in spots 88 and 90, respectively.
With Wright being only 28 and in the prime of his career, the Ravens might just find a way to keep him around when his contract expires this offseason.