The NFL Power Rankings for players moves on to the defensive tackle position. How does each teams’ best stack up?
A dominant interior pass rusher is just one part of Gerald McCoy. He is an interior presence on any down. He has no mental or physical problems to speak of and now he’s under the guidance of Lovie Smith.
He would be #1 on the list but a torn ACL last season was enough to take him out of that spot. Provided he’s healthy, Geno Atkins is the best pocket collapser in football. He not only flushes the quarterback constantly, he knows how to finish for sacks. Lots of them.
Attitude and bad sportsmanship have sullied the reputation of a defensive tackle that could be the best in the NFL if he wanted Ndamukong Suh just can’t control himself. The late shots on quarterbacks all around dirty moments of play overshadow how impossible he can be to block for stretches in games.
Stats don’t tell near the story of what Brandon Mebane means to the Seattle Seahawks. His presence on the interior has made it difficult for opponents to run at while also possessing a keen sense of squeezing the pocket, allowing teammates to gobble up sacks or force turnovers. Highly overlooked and underappreciated.