Photos of NFL.com's 101 best free agents expected to hit the market on March 10. (Note: this list includes players that were franchise tagged on Monday, March 2)
5. Chris Culliver, 49ers – CB (No. 35 overall)
After serving as a rotational player for the first three years of his career, Culliver stepped in as a starter for the 49ers in 2014. In 14 games he had 45 tackles and intercepted four passes. Culliver missed the 2013 season with a torn ACL and served as San Francisco's nickelback in 2012.
4. Kareem Jackson, Texans – CB (No. 27 overall)
Jackson has been a reliable starter in Houston for the past five seasons. He has started at least 13 games in each of his seasons in the NFL and is coming off the best season of his career. Jackson recorded 57 tackles in 2014, a career-high, and intercepted three passes, the second-most of his career.
3. Brandon Flowers, Chargers – CB (No. 25 overall)
Flowers is a seven-year veteran who has been playing his best football as of late. In 2013 with the Chiefs, he was named to his first Pro Bowl. The following season, he was signed by the Chargers and intercepted three passes in 14 starts. He has recorded 50 tackles or more in all but one of his NFL seasons.
- Byron Maxwell, Seahawks – CB**(No. 13 overall)
Maxwell has been a key contributor for Seattle's Legion of Boom over the course of the past two seasons, helping the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. He is widely considered to be the top free agent cornerback in this year's class. In 2014, as the Seahawks' No. 2 corner behind Richard Sherman, he started 12 games and intercepted two passes. In 2013 he stepped in as a starter when Brandon Browner was suspended and picked off four passes.
1. Devin McCourty, Patriots – S (No. 6 overall)
McCourty is by far the highest-rated free agent safety expected to hit the market on March 10 and is the only safety considered among the top five free agent defensive backs. He has been a full-time starter for five seasons, dating back to his rookie year. McCourty began his career at cornerback and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2010 at that position before making the move to safety in 2012.> TOP 5 FREE AGENT QUARTERBACKS> TOP 5 FREE AGENT RUNNING BACKS> TOP 5 FREE AGENT WIDE RECEIVERS> TOP 5 FREE AGENT TIGHT ENDS