VK. He’s still one of the best leverage tackles in the NFL, able to get under the pads of centers and guards and move them where he wants. The issue is that Flowers had very little help. He has earned PFF grades in the 60s over the past two seasons, 20 full grading points lower than his best seasons of 2015-2016. * 'personalization': 2, Nobody doubted his dominance and ability, but there were questions as to whether he could be an effective enough pass-rusher at the next level to justify a high first-round pick. }); is also in the midst of a contract standoff with the team, and while he is still only 25 years old, he hasn’t been a genuinely elite edge-rusher since his 2017 season. He broke a record that had stood since 2011 — by 16 pressures, no less — and that doesn’t even count the fact that he still had his foot on the gas by the time the Super Bowl rolled around. That unit has since been chipped away at, though, and the departure of Calais Campbell this offseason sees the best player from the group leave town. Barrett isn’t as good as the 20-sack season would suggest, but he has constantly been very good pass rusher for his entire career and more importantly did post 82 total pressures. 1 player at his position on. Most of the personnel on the roster are more run-focussed, which likely leaves the Okwara duo to take advantage of their pass-rushing snaps and prove they can hurry the quarterback. The Baltimore Ravens continue to make smart personnel decisions that should make a significant impact on their team. The BEST Defensive Line performances from the Combine! Onyemata saw his PFF grade drop more than 25 points and his pass-rushing grade sink from 75.8 to 61.7. Still, at times he was a liability in the run game and has seen his playing time decrease in each season in the league. Fletcher Cox – Philadelphia Eagles If you’re looking at the Mt. The Bears need the best version of Mack possible given what they gave up to acquire him, and the key to finding that player might be surrounding him with a better supporting cast. Kyle Van Noy was the best-graded member of the group a season ago but will now be plying his trade in Miami in 2020, while Danny Shelton has moved on to the Detroit Lions. His PFF pass-rush grade through 10 games was 91.6, tied for the best mark in the league and by far the best of his career to date. The Packers will also look for a major step forward from Rashan Gary, last year’s first-round pick. That pairing is joined by free agent acquisition, Reader was asked to play more snaps and rush the passer more than in any previous year of his career (due to injuries), and he responded with a career-best PFF grade and a dozen more total pressures than he had in any previous season. Kenny Clark has developed into the modern-day prototype for NFL nose tackles. Christian Wilkins, Miami Dolphins The Chargers will look for Jerry Tillery to show signs of life and avoid being labeled as a total bust. JPP — like Suh — may be in decline but will still bring a valuable presence against the run and chip in with pressure. Meanwhile, Julian was the No. The Los Angeles Chargers still have one of the NFL's best pass-rushing duos in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Larry Ogunjobi likely makes up the other starting member of the defensive line, but he will be pushed for playing time by Andrew Billings on base downs, while rookie Jordan Elliott hopes to earn playing time rushing the passer. Reader should provide the team with the impact alongside Atkins that, Simmons is hugely talented, and the team was confident enough in his ability to trade away stalwart defensive lineman, The Falcons have one of the best defensive linemen in the game in the shape of. Both players are run-focused nose tackles without the pass-rushing versatility to play alongside each other. Jabaal Sheard was let go after suffering a steep decline last season, but even that decline leaves 42 pressures walking away. He will move back inside for the Ravens, where he should prove to be an upgrade over Pearce. 16. Pinterest. The Panthers doubled down on the defensive line in the second round, adding Yetur Gross-Matos to play outside of Brown. Houston had a top-10 pass-rushing grade (81.9) and generated 60 total pressures on the year despite playing nearly 150 fewer snaps than the year before and 300 fewer than the season before that. Montez Sweat will have a chance to take a step forward and potentially supplant Kerrigan, along with Young, if he can improve on his rookie performance. He flashed occasionally but ended up with just 10 pressures on 94 rushes. 14. 20. Miller has been arguably the best pure edge rusher of his generation, and if he can’t return to that form, it’s a tough thing for Denver to replace. Harrison Phillips’ strong run defense is back in the equation after being limited to just 77 snaps last season, and Vernon Butler has been added to the mix after the former Panthers first-rounder peaked with a 68.7 overall grade in 2017. Joseph has been one of the best nose tackles in the NFL during his career with the Giants and Vikings but is coming off his lowest PFF grade (69.5) since 2011. And that strategy that could work if they had plus play on the edge — the problem is that they don’t have that proven commodity yet. That frees up plenty of opportunities for players to earn time, particularly to replace Van Noy. The Giants are short on interior players who can truly pressure the passer and instead will rely on just squeezing the pocket. He is now in Arizona, leaving, to be the most likely candidates to bring some heat on the quarterback. window.addEventListener('load', function () { NFL defensive linemen ranked in NFL Top 100 for 2020: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams (No. Outside of that duo, the situation is a little less encouraging. 27. 21. The Panthers evidently believed he can be, and whether they were right will go a long way to determining how good this group can become. Epenesa. He has a real chance to contribute immediately even if he never quite put it all together in college. Others will say he’s the best defensive tackle, and some will say he’s best utilized at the end of LA’s line. Before his season was brought to a self-inflicted premature close last season, Myles Garrett was on track to be the most dominant edge rusher in the league. Allen needs to show major improvement for the Cardinals to be anything more than reliant on the skills of Jones again in 2020. ... With that said, here are my rankings of the NFL’s best pass-rushing units for 2020: TIER 1: ELITE PASS-RUSHING DEFENSIVE LINES. Reader, who showed in Houston last season he can be more than just a run-stuffing nose tackle. Atkins had 4.5 sacks, 53 total pressures, and 28 run stops, and he should be helped tremendously by the addition of ex-Texans nose tackle D.J. The issue is that Flowers had very little help. Weatherly has three seasons of more than a couple of snaps, and all three saw him post a pass-rushing grade in the 50s. Outside of Williams, the defensive line is populated by solid players who largely defend the run better than they rush the passer. Watt’s PFF grade over the past two seasons is almost back to where it was before injuries first started to derail a Hall of Fame career. } Fowler recorded 67 total pressures and 15 sacks playing alongside Aaron Donald, but his PFF pass-rushing grade was just 73.3 thanks largely to how much of a factor Donald was in those pressures: 33 of Fowler’s pressures (49.3%) were either unblocked, clean-up or pursuit plays and not true “wins.” And while Jarrett is an elite player in his own right, he is not Aaron Donald and likely won’t give the same boost to Fowler’s numbers. Van Noy set career highs in pass rushes (464), pressures (60) and pass-rush grade (72.1) last season, while also dwarfing his career best with an 83.7 grade against the run, fourth-best among edge defenders. The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and six-time All-Pro is a difference-maker wherever he lines up. Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims runs an official 4.38 40-yard dash at 2020 combine. John Simon was solid in 2019, grading at 73.3 overall on just under 500 snaps, but it's unlikely that he has the upside to replace Van Noy’s production. The other side of the line is more of a question mark. The Jaguars also add first-rounder K’Lavon Chaisson, who has the highlight reel of a first-rounder with incredible burst and flashes of power, though it’s a concern that he graded at just 72.7 last year at LSU. He carried over his college profile of being better against the run than the pass, and he must improve his 58.6 pass-rush grade to justify his price tag. Tampa Bay placed the franchise tag on Barrett after stealing him in 2019 with a one-year, $4 million contract. Veterans Mike Daniels and Damon Harrison broke down with injuries and just weren’t the same players they had been in the past. Lawson and Hubbard have the clearest path to doing that, but players such as Renell Wren or rookie Khalid Kareem could force their way into contributing roles. ConsentManager.registerPurposeHandler(['storage', 'personalization', 'ad_selection', 'measurement'], function() { Last season, including the playoffs, no interior defensive lineman had more quarterback hurries than Clark’s 58, and only Aaron Donald had more total pressures than Clark’s 69. All four players earned a PFF run-defense grade above 70.0 last season, but none was a difference-maker as a pass-rusher. He also forced eight fumbles and had two interceptions. was the only consistently impressive member, earning an overall PFF grade of 83.0 and notching 63 total pressures. 5. The questions for this group reside in the depth beyond that trio. Watch the best moments from the defensive line at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. 24. Last season, the Dolphins' defensive line earned the lowest pass-rush grade in the NFL, at just 57.6. Graham still notched an impressive 67 total pressures and graded well against both the run and pass, so he will likely be a strong starter in 2020. It now relies on the development of the talent the team has earmarked over the past couple of drafts. 23. He has been an impact pass-rusher and run defender at multiple alignments along the Falcons' defensive front and should be a force in 2020 once more. In 2019, he put up a career-high 7.5 sacks, with 46 pressures and 40 run stops. Cameron Jordan is the star of this group and one of the most underrated players in the league despite near-universal agreement that he is an excellent lineman. 17. Za’Darius led the league last season in total pressures (93), while even a relatively quiet season from Preston saw him pressure the quarterback 55 times. By any measure, Donald is by far the best pass-rusher in football, owning the best pressure rate, pass-rush win rate and PFF grade of any player at any position over more or less any period of time since he entered the league. [Editor’s Note: PFF’s advanced statistics and player grades are powered by AWS machine learning capabilities.]. His college career suggested he was a reach in the first round, despite his athleticism, so his development is a salient factor for this defensive front. T.J. Watt took another step forward in 2019, playing at a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year level. Brown had back-to-back seasons in college with a PFF grade above 90.0, and he has the kind of power and strength that few other players have. Last year’s second-round pick Trysten Hill was a project at the time and saw just 121 snaps as a rookie, but he could also earn more playing time if he can demonstrate development. 19. The tape shows a series of unimpressive plays on those sacks. Watch the best moments from the defensive line at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. And that strategy that. Cameron Heyward was the best interior defender in the league outside of Aaron Donald; Javon Hargrave had a big season after taking over for the injured Stephon Tuitt; and Bud Dupree had career-highs in pressures, overall grade, run-defense grade and pass-rush grade. He’s an every-gap defender and could probably put up double-digit sacks as a pure end. Armstead posted an overall PFF grade just below 90.0 last season after a career year where he racked up 62 total pressures. Derek Wolfe brings plenty of experience and solid play to the table. His defensive stops dropped by a third, and he didn’t make the same impact as in years past. An increasingly effective rotational inside-outside pass rusher during his four years with the Ravens, Smith turned his play up several notches after the Packers gave him a four-year, $66 million contract and set him loose in Mike Pettine’s multiple fronts. Gerald McCoy, Dallas Cowboys The depth on the defensive line has been an issue, and the Bengals would dearly love for one of their young players to take a big step forward and provide a consistent impact alongside the proven commodities they expect to be difference makers in 2020. * @see https://support.google.com/dfp_premium/answer/7673898#personalized So much of what the Jets expect from their defensive front relies on the development of Quinnen Williams, who was the Jets’ top pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. And in each of his three seasons, the 6'4", 252-pound speed rusher has been an outstanding run stopper. Nick Bosa enters Year 2 of his NFL career after setting the rookie record for most total pressures in a season (80). This team is unusually well-stocked with run-defending nose tackles, with. Watt has just become better from there, with 52 pressures in 2018 and 81 in 2019. 27. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams The best defensive lineman in the NFL, and the best defensive player on most Sundays. Ifeadi Odenigbo flashed potential on the edge, with 25 total pressures and at least three high-end games, but he now needs to take a step forward as an every-down starter. However, the Bills have added plenty of pieces around Hughes, including veteran Mario Addison and second-rounder A.J. If Williams can show why he was such a coveted prospect and become a force as a pass-rusher in Year 2, he has the potential to transform this unit single-handedly. had the next highest pressure total, at 43. . Shelby Harris, Denver Broncos 17. Reader should provide the team with the impact alongside Atkins that Andrew Billings never quite could. In particular, Uche was one of the most efficient pass-rushers in college football, but he is undersized and has never been deployed as a full-time edge rusher. Other hybrid linebackers include Vince Biegel, who led the team with 34 pressures a year ago, and Curtis Weaver, a fifth-round pick with first-round tape. 1 player at his position on PFF’s Big Board because of it. This defensive front likely relies on finding somebody beyond Trey Flowers to be a consistent force, particularly when it comes to generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Twitter. The New England defensive front has undergone some significant turnover this offseason. Jurrell Casey, Denver Broncos Tarell Basham, Jordan Jenkins and Kyle Phillips all topped 500 snaps in 2019, but none of them were able to generate more than 40 total pressures or earn a pass-rushing grade north of 70.0. 28. Melvin Ingram III, Los Angeles Chargers that he graded at just 72.7 last year at LSU. Check out 2020's best, updated weekly. What those teams missed, and what the Falcons gained, was Jarrett’s ability to fire off the ball with alarming speed and use strength and leverage to win the down. if (typeof element === 'function') { Short missed almost all of last season but was playing the best football of his career before that point, while Burns flashed pass-rush skills as a rookie. Hargrave proved last season that he could step into an expanded role when Stephon Tuitt went down, generating career-bests in PFF grade (83.4), pass-rushing grade (76.9) and total pressures (49). Justin Jones and Damon Square both saw significant playing time last season and return to the team, but neither graded better than average. He had 47 total pressures last season, but it took him 591 pass-rushing snaps to get them, and 33 of those pressures were just hurries. Brandon Thorn // Jul 6, 2020 2020 Draft Kit, Best Ball, Re-draft. of most of his second season after such a strong showing as a rookie, but he is a player who could still feature heavily. That doesn't look likely to change any time soon, and they have added multiple pieces over this past offseason. On the edge, Carl Lawson’s play regressed last season, and he earned a career-low PFF grade (55.5) while notching just 35 total pressures on 268 pass-rushing snaps. Suh’s days as a dominant force may be gone, but he is still a very solid contributor. Whitney Mercilus, Houston Texans He had his most defensive stops in a season since 2014 and ended the year on fire with 30 pressures in his final five games. It’s important to note that all interior defensive linemen and edge defenders have been grouped together for this exercise, so teams that run a base 3-4 will include their outside linebackers (edge defenders) in this writeup, and they will not be featured with the linebackers. , who has the highlight reel of a first-rounder with incredible burst and flashes of power, though. */ While Quinn has the talent to more than replace the pressure that Floyd generated (just 39 total pressures last year), he is less versatile in terms of alignment and stance than Floyd is and needs to be deployed with his hand in the dirt to effectively get after the quarterback. The Vikings' defensive line has undergone significant changes this offseason, with the departure of arguably their best two players from the unit over the past few seasons in the shape of. Atkins’ great play was lost in Cincinnati’s 2–14 season and in a defense under Lou Anarumo that didn’t always have the right players in the right places. Athlon's player rankings are just one of the features that appear in the 2020 Pro Football magazine. Hurst earned a pass-rushing grade of 77.8 last season and racked up 38 total pressures in the process. Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul both return as the team’s primary pass-rushers, with Barrett agreeing to sign his franchise tag recently. in back-to-back rounds. Emmanuel Ogbah adds depth on the edge after he posted the best grade of his career, a 70.1 overall mark last season with the Chiefs. The Falcons also drafted Auburn’s Marlon Davidson in the second round of the draft, a player who ranked 44th on PFF’s Big Board. Davidson could provide a second pass-rushing threat inside, but he will be transitioning to that role and may take some time to develop. Tennessee's Darrell Taylor, the team's second-round pick this year, was a similarly underwhelming prospect but represents a significant investment they will likely expect to contribute. 24. Alongside Cox inside, the team added former Steeler Javon Hargrave, giving them an incredibly powerful interior duo. The Dolphins have plenty of question marks hovering over the pass rush, though they’ve accumulated a strong group of run-stoppers up front. Campbell may be the best run defender in football and has been playing his best football — in multiple positions — since turning 30. He is by far the team’s best pass-rusher and should be among the league leaders in pressures again in 2020. Romeo had 34 total pressures on 377 pass rushes last season, and his PFF pass-rushing grade was actually below average (58.2). Elliott had the highest PFF pass-rushing grade of any interior defender in the SEC last season, ahead of first-round talents such as Javon Kinlaw and Derrick Brown. The interior of the Chargers' line has been the issue in recent seasons, and they will be hoping that Linval Joseph helps shore up that group. After being knocked down by the Derrick Henry Titans in the playoffs, the Ravens decided to improve their defensive line during the offseason. Pro Football Network draft analyst AJ Schulte ranks the top-20 interior defensive linemen in the NFL for the 2020 season. Jarrett lasted until the fifth round of the 2015 draft because teams were concerned that he wasn’t big enough. Clark came into the NFL as a fairly one-dimensional player, but he has developed into a true every-down force. Depth is a real concern for this defensive front, which has few consistent threats and nobody outside of the players already mentioned who posted a pass-rushing grade north of 65.0 in 2019. 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