We recently finished the offensive and special teams All-Decade Team, and we've nearly completed the defensive team, already having awarded the defensive line and the linebackers. Today we're talking secondary.
I'm again going to have to keep this post fairly short due to being very busy at the moment. That's unfortunate, because if there's any position at which Carolina has been lucky enough to have some very talented players, it's secondary. We Carolina fans like to refer to USC as DBU, and not without good reason. Over the past decade, the following talented DBs have graced USC's rosters:
At safety, I'm going with Simpson (the best of the group) and Cook, with Cook narrowly edging out Culliver. Cook's tackling skills separate him from Culliver, IMO. Although Cook left us with a bad taste in our mouths, he was a great player, one of the best safeties in the nation in 2008, in fact.
Cornerback is a bit harder, considering all the great players we've had at the position. Brown is an obvious choice; he's one of the all-time Carolina defensive greats. However, any of the others could vie for the second spot. The two that really jump out at me, though, are Goodman and Joseph. I'm picking Joseph, mainly on the strength of his exemplary 2005 campaign.
It's worth noting that there's a solid chance that Gilmore will have supplanted all these guys by the end of this season. One can hope, right?