Sunday, July 14, 2024
HomeSportCurrently the best defensive lines in the NFL

Currently the best defensive lines in the NFL

NFL games are often won in the trenches, so it’s good to know the top defensive players for 2023 before the season begins.

Even compared to other football positions, it can be difficult to win without good defensive players on the roster. Who are the best defensive players in the NFL right now?

Ranking the top 10 defensive players in the NFL in 2023

Identifying the NFL’s best defensive players isn’t easy. Some are insiders who never seem to get enough credit, while others are frontier workers who always enjoy getting credit.

We’ve done our best to put these two positions together in a list of the 10 Best Defensive Linemen of 2023.

10. Max Crosby

As he enters his fifth season in the league, Maxx Crosby looks ready to take another step forward and prove he belongs among the NFL’s elite players. Remember, he had 10 sacks as a rookie in 2019.

While he failed to match that feat for the next few years, Crosby broke through again in 2022 with 12.5 sacks and 88 tackles. He doesn’t necessarily fit the profile of an elite runner, but the numbers speak for themselves. Crosby has been invited to the Pro Bowl for the past two seasons, a trend that will likely continue into 2023 and beyond.

9. Darron Payne

Almost out of nowhere, Daron Payne burst onto the scene in 2022, racking up 11.5 sacks and throwing five passes. The former first-round pick has averaged just 9.5 sacks over the last three seasons, giving him a big step up in 2022. The Chiefs rewarded him with a four-year extension worth $90 million, making him one of the richest defensive players in the league. Now it’s up to him to prove he can be one of the best defensive players in the NFL for many years to come.

8. Dexter Lawrence

Dexter Lawrence made the Pro Bowl and was named a second-team All-Pro for the first time last season, and the Giants expect even more from him in 2023.

The Giants actually gave him a four-year extension earlier this offseason, so they anticipate that last season will be just the beginning for Lawrence, ranked among the NFL’s best defensive tackles. Keep in mind that Lawrence was a five-star prospect in high school and an elite college player, so his success should come as no surprise. The 25-year-old may still be scratching the surface of his full potential.

7. Brian Burns

There’s nothing like a 12.5 break season to show you’re one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Certainly, Brian Burns was on the right track during his four seasons in the league. But now, with 38 career sacks and back-to-back Pro Bowl invitations, it’s clear that Burns is quickly becoming a household name recognized for being one of the best pass rushers out there.

Keep in mind that Burns is a former first-round pick, so he’s just making good on his promises. With free agency fast approaching, he will likely have another big year in 2023.

6. Quinn Williams

The Jets are expected to be stout on defense this year, and Quinnen Williams is a major reason for that. In 2022, he enjoyed a breakout season with 12 sacks and a career-high 55 tackles.

As the third overall pick in the 2019 draft, he was able to tap into his full potential for the first time. Coming off his first Pro Bowl selection and a first-team All-Pro selection, Williams is a safe bet to be among the top players on the 2023 defense.

5. Jeffery Simmons

Jeffery Simmons is a great example of a linebacker who has improved year after year and is now among the best defensive players in football through 2023. The league has noted that Simmons made the Pro Bowl in two consecutive seasons.

The Titans also called attention to it by giving him a four-year, $93 million contract extension earlier this year. As a quarterback, the sack numbers won’t always be there and won’t always tell the whole story for a player like Simmons. However, 16 of his 21 career sacks have come in the last two seasons, so Simmons is finding a way to get into the backfield and wreak havoc from the defensive tackle position.

4. Chris Jones

The Chiefs haven’t won two of the last four Super Bowls because of their defense, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had some good players on that side of the ball. Chris Jones has been arguably the star of Kansas City’s defense in recent years. Even from his inside position, Jones racked up 14.5 sacks last season and two more in the playoffs.

That shows the potential Jones has in the trenches. Finally, last season he earned his first First-Team All-Pro honors and was also selected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth consecutive year. Jones is still in the prime of his career, so he won’t be giving up anytime soon.

3. Aaron Donald

Not only is Aaron Donald likely to be one of the best defensive players in 2023, he’s already one of the greatest defensive linemen in NFL history. After being named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2014, Donald has been named Defensive Player of the Year three times. His resume speaks for itself, including the fact that he was in the Pro Bowl for all nine seasons of his career.

Last season, Donald’s injuries limited him to just 11 games and five sacks. But in the last five years through last year, he averaged 14 sacks a year. It’s a safe bet that Donald can bounce back and perform at his best again in 2023.

2. Myles Garrett

The Browns have made a lot of mistakes over the years, but drafting Myles Garrett early overall is not one of them. He’s shaping up to be the elite pass rusher the Browns envisioned when they drafted him. Garrett might not be the best pass rusher in the league because the guy across from him is just ridiculous.

However, he has accumulated 16 sacks in two consecutive seasons and earned First Team All-Pro honors both years. He has now been to the Pro Bowl in four of the last five years and has had at least ten sacks in five consecutive seasons. So there’s no doubt he’ll be one of the NFL’s best defensive players again this year.

1. Nick Bosa

Let’s not pretend it’s anyone on Nick Bosa’s level right now. He was the Defensive Player of the Year last season after leading the league with 18.5 sacks.

Playing just two games in 2020 due to injury, Bosa has amassed 34 sacks over two seasons, not counting the four sacks he had in the playoffs over the past two years. He has a lot of support in his excellent defense in San Francisco.

But part of that is Bosa’s performance and the fact that opposing teams have to pay a lot of attention to him. Keep in mind that Bosa is only 25 years old as of the 2023 season and already has 43 career sacks, putting him on track to become one of the greatest rushers of all time.

RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells Videos Rells CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO "> CEO">