HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09:  Sean Smith #21 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates his interception against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The Kansas City Chiefs won 30-0 over the Houston Texans. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Ranking impending free-agent cornerbacks

With free agency approaching as the 2016 NFL offseason kicks into full gear, we’re taking a look at how top-tier impending free agents rank at some of the hottest positions. This time, we break down the cornerbacks.

1. Sean Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: The 28-year-old isn’t a big playmaker but is superb in coverage and would be a No. 1 cover man in most cities.

2. Janoris Jenkins, Los Angeles Rams: The 27-year-old isn’t perfect in coverage but he has a knack for making big plays. He probably has a higher ceiling than anyone else on this list.

3. Patrick Robinson, San Diego Chargers: The 28-year-old former first-round pick really excelled in coverage during his first year in San Diego and should be viewed as a solid No. 2 corner in his prime.

4. Leon Hall, Cincinnati Bengals: The 31-year-old edges out teammate Adam Jones because he’s a little younger and coming off a stronger year in coverage.

5. Adam Jones, Cincinnati Bengals: However, it was Jones — not Hall — who wound up in the Pro Bowl. The 32-year-old really has his life together these days and is coming off his third straight three-interception season.

6. Prince Amukamara, New York Giants: Can he stay healthy? If so, the 26-year-old former first-round pick could flourish in a new setting.

7. Casey Hayward, Green Bay Packers: The 26-year-old was held without an interception in 2015 and lacked consistency in coverage. But with his slot skills, he’d be a great nickel corner anywhere.

8. Jeremy Lane, Seattle Seahawks: The 25-year-old has started just five games in four years but has big-game experience and had some great mentors in Seattle. He’s coming off a season in which he intercepted two passes despite being targeted only 28 times. Could be a nice bargain signing as a No. 3 corner.

Brad Gagnon

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at CBSSports.com, Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.