We talked about it for much of the season — Green Bay Packers cornerback [intlink id=”82″ type=”category”]Tramon Williams[/intlink] has developed into one of the league’s best cover corners.
Now, the hardcore football geek statistics have validated the statement.
Williams appears near the top of Football Outsiders cornerback charting stats for 2010.
He’s fourth in success rate, which is the percentage of passes that don’t manage to get at least 45 percent of needed yards on first down, 60 percent of needed yards on second down, or 100 percent of needed yards on third down.
His 66 percent success rate trails only the [intlink id=”69″ type=”category”]New York Jets[/intlink] Darrelle Revis and the [intlink id=”35″ type=”category”]Minnesota Vikings[/intlink] Antoine Winfield, who are at 70 and 67 percent, respectively. Williams is tied with the Oakland Raiders Stanford Routt at 66 percent, but Routt presumably ranks higher because of his 92 targets, compared with Williams’ 83.
Williams also ranks ninth in yards per pass, at 5.5. Winfield leads that list with 4.2 yards per pass.
If Tramon has a weakness, it’s giving up yards after the catch. Williams gave up an average of four yards after the catch in 2010.
By comparison, the leader in that category, the [intlink id=”374″ type=”category”]Philadelphia Eagles[/intlink] Joselio Hanson, gave up only 1.5 yards after the catch.