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PFF: Patriots cornerbacks rank 1st in division, 2nd best in the AFC

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The Patriots continue to field the best young talent in the entire league.

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The New England Patriots cornerbacks are some of the youngest in the league, but that doesn't stop them from being the best.

While veteran E.J. Biggers turns 29 next week, he's not projected to have a big impact on defense in 2016. Malcolm Butler is the old man in the room at 26 years of age, while Logan Ryan and Darryl Roberts are 25 years old. Second year corner Justin Coleman is 23 and rookie Cyrus Jones is 22. These players haven't even entered their prime and will be even better next year.

That should be scary for the rest of the league because according to Pro Football Focus, the Patriots already have the 4th best cornerbacks in the entire league. It's not going to be fair if New England gets any better.

Pro Football Focus (PFF) reasonably places the Patriots behind the Broncos, Cardinals, and Washington, and one spot ahead of the Bills. Butler had the 4th most passes defended last season with 14, while Ryan allowed a mere 78.8 passer rating in his direction.

The Jets rank an awful 18th, especially considering how much they invested into the position last offseason with the additions of Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie (since released), and Buster Skrine. The Dolphins rank a laughable 31st.

Butler and Ryan form one of the most promising young duos in the league, and the addition of Cyrus Jones should pay off down the road. After a long stretch of the Patriots failing to find and develop cornerbacks, it seems that head coach Bill Belichick has the team back on top.