A few years ago, Falcons fans only talked about the potential Brent Grimes had. As an undrafted rookie in 2007, the name didn't exactly spark too much excitement.
At 5-foot-9 and hailing from Shippensburg University, Grimes didn't exactly arrive in the NFL with too much fanfare.
But after two straight banner seasons, the veteran cornerback is finally starting to get some notice. USA Today put together a panel of staffers to vote on the best cornerbacks in the league, and Grimes came in at No. 9 on their list.
Of course, the ever-popular names of Darrelle Revis and Nnamdi Asomugha topped the list, but Grimes beat out some pretty talented cornerbacks in the vote, including former Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and current teammate Dunta Robinson.
The panel was comprised of eight USA Today NFL staffers, who ranked their top 10 cornerbacks individually. First place votes were worth 10 points, second-place votes were nine points, and so on. Grimes earned 12 points, enough to put him in front of Tampa Bay's Aqib Talib.