Buffalo Bills 2000s All-Decade Team: Cornerback No. 1

The Buffalo Bills have had a penchant for drafting cornerbacks in the last 11 years. Antoine Winfield, Nate Clements, and Leodis McKelvin were all first-round picks of the Bills during that time. They and their counterparts at cornerback have had a lot of success in Buffalo. Two have gone to the Pro Bowl in a Bills uniform, while another went after joining a new home. There is no denying the talent at this position.

Antoine Winfield
With the No. 23 overall selection in the 1999 NFL Draft, the Bills selected Ohio State cornerback Antoine Winfield. In the 2000s, Winfield started 56 games for Buffalo, and was always great in run support. In 2003, he had 94 tackles to come in just behind team leader London Fletcher. In total, he collected 253 tackles in his four years of the decade as a Bill, four interceptions, averaged ten pass breakups per season (the stat wasn't kept before 2001), forced three fumbles and recovered two, and added a sack. In 2008, he made the Pro Bowl as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

Nate Clements
Clements was drafted two years after Winfield with the No. 21 overall selection. He started 91 straight games for the Bills after entering the starting lineup in the sixth game of his rookie season. He had 23 interceptions with 87 passes defended, five interceptions returned for touchdowns, 12 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, and 353 tackles before leaving to join San Fransisco. His 353 tackles rank him tenth all-time for Bills, and he was named to the 2004 Pro Bowl squad. He is tied with Booker Edgerson and Steve Freeman with the seventh-most interceptions in team history, and his five interception returns for a touchdown are the most of any Bill.

Terrence McGee
A fourth-round selection by the Bills in the 2003 NFL Draft, McGee established himself as a very good cornerback early on in his career. In fact, a driving force in not re-signing Winfield was the emergence of McGee. The injury-plagued corner has started 81 games, but never played a full season, coming the closest in 2007 with 15 starts. He has compiled 17 interceptions, one of which went back for a score, 93 passes defended, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, a touchdown return, and three sacks. In 2004, he joined Clements in the Pro Bowl as a return specialist. His 397 tackles rank him eighth all-time in Bills annals, and are tops amongst the CBs on this list.

Jabari Greer
Greer played in Buffalo for five seasons and started the majority of the games in his last two. In all, he tallied 26 starts in a Bills uniform and 70 games total. He picked off four passes and returned two of them for touchdowns, defended 28 passes, forced a fumble and recorded two QB sacks and 129 tackles.

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