Wide receiver Tim Brown #81 of the Oakland Raiders tries to go around defensive back Dale Carter #34 of the Chiefs – Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport
Number 5: Dale Carter
Dale Carter was drafted as a corner back by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1992.
Other than Hall of Fame corner, Emmit Thomas, you could argue that Carter was the best defensive back to wear the red-and-yellow. Though he did have several off the field issues, there is no denying the impact he had on the Chiefs very stingy defense of the 90’s.
He played a total of 7 seasons in Kansas City, collecting 21 interceptions and earning a trip to four straight Pro-Bowls (1994-97). He was a premier “shutdown” corner of that generation but I’m sure you can attribute some of that to an excellent pass rush and front seven.
Carter went on to sign a mega contract with the Broncos in 1999, making him the highest paid defensive back in NFL history. It didn’t pan out. Carter had a miserable first season in Denver and failed his fourth drug test in 2000, suspending him for an entire season. The Broncos eventually parted ways with him and he became a journeyman, signing with New Orleans, Minnesota, and Baltimore before retiring in 2005.