At 32 years old, Richard Sherman still is among the NFL's elite cornerbacks. In fact, Pro Football Focus only ranks one cornerback ahead of him going into the 2020 season.
New England Patriots star Stephon Gilmore tops Sam Monson of PFF's list of the 25 best corners in football, but Sherman, who is entering the final season on his three-year contract with the 49ers, is right behind him.
"Sherman allowed just 373 yards and one touchdown all season long, including the playoffs," Monson wrote on Sherman. "Passes thrown his way resulted in a passer rating of only 45.3, or barely better than if the quarterback had just thrown the ball away every play instead."
It seemed Sherman's career could spiral downhill after he tore his Achilles as a member of the Seattle Seahawks in 2017. That has been far from the case, though. The veteran star showed just how great he is when fully healthy last season.
Sherman is the biggest name in the 49ers' defensive backfield, but he isn't the only star. Slot corner K'Waun Williams deserves our attention, and he definitely has Monson's. The 29-year-old is ranked as Monson's No. 21 overall corner in the game.
"Williams has the kind of speed and quickness underneath to thrive in the slot, where two-way go routes are a major threat to corners," Monson wrote. "And he is another player who thrives at keeping things in front of him, giving up an average of just 7.7 yards per catch in 2019."
Williams had a career-high two interceptions and four forced fumbles last season. He also added one sack and four QB hits.
The NFL is a passing league, and the 49ers have a top player at his position, both on the outside and the inside. Sherman will get the headlines, but Williams should, too.