Posted on: November 15, 2008 4:43 pm

defensive positional rankings! jus my opinion...

you may care or agree with my opinions on who the top five players are at each defensive position but im bored so might as well... im includin OLB's from 3-4 defenses as OLB's even though many are just glorified DE's. and i will only have one category for the safety position, rather than having a free safety and strong safety category.. heres goes nothing...

 Defensive ends:
1. John Abraham, Atlanta
2. Mario Williams, Houston
3. Justin Tuck, NY Giants
4. Richard Seymour, New England
5. Dwight Freeney, Indianapollis

Honourable mentions: Jared Allen (Minnesota) and Patrick Kearney (Seattle)

Defensive Tackles
1. Albert Haynesworth
2. Shaun Rodgers
3. Kevin Williams
4. Tommie Williams
5. Darnell Dockett

Honourable mentions: Marcus Stroud (Buffalo) and Casey Hampton (Pittsburg)

1. Patrick Willis, San Francisco
2. Brian Urlacher, Chicago
3. Jon Beason, Carolina
4. Ray Lewis, Baltimore
5. Barrett Ruud, Tampa Bay

Honourable mentions: DeMeco Ryan (Houston) and Lofa Tatupu (Seatle)

1. DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
2. James Harrison, Pittsburg
3. Julian Peterson, Seatle
4. Joey Porter, Miami
5. Shawne Merriman, San Diego

honourable mentions: Lance Briggs (Seattle) and Thomas Howard (Oakland)

1. Troy Polamalu, Pittsburg
2. Ed Reed, Baltimore
3. Bob Sanders, Indianapollis
4. Tanard Jackson, Tampa Bay
5. Adrian Wilson, Arizona

Honourable mention: O.J. Otogwe (St. Louis) and Kerry Rhodes (NY Jets)

1. Champ Bailey, Denver
2.nmadi Osumagha, Oakland
3. Charles Woodson, Green Bay
4. Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay
5. Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee

Honourable Mentions: Antoine Winfield (Minnesota) and Terrence Newman (Dallas)
   Team Count:

Arizona: 2 (Wilson and Dockett)
San Francisco: 1 (Willis)
St. Louis: 1 (Otogwe)
Seattle: 3 ( Tatupu, Kearney and Peterson)

Carolina: 1 (Beason)
Tampa Bay: 3 (Ruud, Jackson and Barber)
New Orleans: 0
Atlanta: 1 ( Abraham)

Chicago: 3 (Harris, Briggs and Urlacher)
Minnesota: 3 ( Williams, Allen and Winfield)
Green Bay: 1 (Woodson)
Detriot: 0

NY Giants: 1 (Tuck)
Philly: 0
Dallas: 2 ( Ware and Newman)
Washington: 0

New England: 1 (Seymour)
NY Jets: 1 (Rhodes)
Buffalo: 1 (Stroud)
Miami: 1 (Porter)

Ravens: 2 (Lewis and Reed)
Cleveland: 1 (Rodgers)
Pittsburg: 3 (Harrison, Hampton and Polamalu)
Cincinatti: 0

Tennessee: 2 (Hanyesworth and Finnegan)
Houston: 2 (Williams and Ryan)
Jacksonville: 0
Indy: 2 ( Freeney and Sanders)

San Diego: 1 (Merriman)
Kansas City: 0
Oakland: 2 (Osumagha and Howard)
Denver: 1 (Bailey)

thats all, might do offensive or special team positional rankings sometime, dunno when though.. thanks and appreciate any feedback..
Category: NFL
Tags: Defense, NFL, Rankings
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