* 'storage': 1, Sam Hubbard was more effective but had a massive 412 opportunities to rush the passer en route to 49 pressures. Share. Chicago’s defense is capable of accomodating that, but if it doesn’t, Quinn won't be at his best. However, the Bills have added plenty of pieces around Hughes, including veteran Mario Addison and second-rounder A.J. The Detroit defensive line is still trying to find its identity and consistency under Matt Patricia. Jabaal Sheard was let go after suffering a steep decline last season, but even that decline leaves 42 pressures walking away. that he graded at just 72.7 last year at LSU. Reader was an outstanding nose tackle for the Texans, with more quickness than you’d expect from a 6'3", 347-pounder. NFL Team Defense Rankings 2020. Once more, it’s difficult to see who the obvious source of edge rush pressure for this team will be, and that has been the Jets’ Achilles’ heel for the better part of a decade. The 49ers might not keep their second of two first-round picks, but San Francisco could land a foundational piece with the No. Outside of the players already mentioned, the Texans don’t have much in the way of impact players, with the likes of Charles Omenihu, Brennan Scarlett and Angelo Blackson likely to earn playing time but without much quality play on their resumes. Pro Football Network draft analyst AJ Schulte ranks the top-20 interior defensive linemen in the NFL for the 2020 season. Brandon Williams remains and needs to return to his best play after seeing his run defense grade drop 10 grading points in 2019. 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. attachDfpMoreSlotEvent(jQuery); Reader, who showed in Houston last season he can be more than just a run-stuffing nose tackle. Last season, Jones posted a pass-rush grade of 90.0, good enough to rank in the top five among edge rushers, and he pressured the quarterback 75 times. Listed as a defensive tackle on the Los Angeles Rams' roster, he also played a total of 338 snaps at left or right defensive end last season, per Pro Football Focus. Kyler Fackrell was also added to the mix, but again, his production has come in spikes and flashes at the NFL level, and he never managed to be a consistent threat during his time in Green Bay. That pairing is joined by free agent acquisition D.J. Collier had just one hurry from 86 pass-rushing snaps in an impressive lack of production. Allen notched 49 pressures as a rookie — though he had 388 rushes to get there — and his overall grade was more good than great. June 10, 2020 9:30 am Luke Kuechly was the best linebacker of his generation. The former first-rounder had only 30 total pressures from 412 rushes, which falls into the category of “good for a nose tackle” but some way short of dominant overall. The Vikings have taken several late-round shots on the defensive line over the past few seasons, but none have yet emerged to be positive role-players beyond Odenigbo. Isaac Rochell pegs Chargers' defensive line as best in NFL. His pass-rush grade of 91.4 trails only Donald. * DFP requires multiple purposes listed below: Meanwhile, injuries limited Ford, but when he was on the field, he backed up his breakout 2018 season. Another former Panther, Star Lotulelei, also returns, but he’s graded above 60.0 just one time since 2014. ... With that said, here are my rankings of the NFL’s best pass-rushing units for 2020: TIER 1: ELITE PASS-RUSHING DEFENSIVE LINES. The former Michigan star played just 244 snaps as a rookie and made little impact, earning a PFF grade in the 50.0s. Second-year edge rusher. Malik Jackson barely featured last season but will hope to prove he can be a significant addition and a situational pass-rusher, while the door remains open for Josh Sweat to continue to earn himself a larger role, particularly if Barnett isn’t able to make strides in his development. Whitney Mercilus rediscovering his best play would also go a long way to helping this unit. Maurice Hurst, Las Vegas Raiders He has topped 40 pressures for six-straight seasons. He is now in Arizona, leaving Romeo Okwara and his brother Julian to be the most likely candidates to bring some heat on the quarterback. Anfernee Jennings, on the other hand, is a classic power edge from Alabama who can contribute on early downs in the classic New England-hybrid role. 27. Whitney Mercilus, Houston Texans element(); He had just emerged as a really impressive force in 2018 before injuries started to derail his development, but if they can get that player back the team will be in good shape inside. Cox continues to be the best power-rusher in the NFL, generating more pressures over the past two seasons than any interior player not named Aaron Donald. 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. 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. 21. 25. Arik Armstead and Dee Ford give the 49ers depth and talent on the edge, and Armstead can kick inside and move around the line. It now relies on the development of the talent the team has earmarked over the past couple of drafts. Preseason Hall of Famer Steven Means may only have half the preseason games (at most) this year to state his case for regular-season snaps, but he has an absurd 41 total pressures over his last three preseasons. That group will earn the bulk of playing time, with Chris Wormley likely to see the majority of snaps at nose tackle in base defense, but replicating the level of play they all reached last season will be tough to do in 2020. 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. He was a first-round talent according to PFF’s Big Board and could be an impact player for Cleveland if he can maintain that level of play. A couple of years ago, the Jacksonville defensive line — a united that adopted the nickname “Sacksonville” — was among the very best in the game. Jones has been one of the best inside/outside defensive linemen in the NFL over the last few years, and he made a legitimate case for Super Bowl LIV Most Valuable Player with his pressures and deflections. 25. Second-year edge rusher Chase Winovich was impressive as a rookie but played fewer than 300 snaps in his first year. Simmons is hugely talented, and the team was confident enough in his ability to trade away stalwart defensive lineman Jurrell Casey for a throwaway late-round draft pick, but now is the time Simmons needs to prove them right. 22. Inside, Shelby Harris and Mike Purcell both graded well last season, and now Jurrell Casey, who has been one of the most consistently disruptive interior players over the past decade, joins them. He’ll have Ndamukong Suh playing alongside him this year again, and while Suh is coming off his worst PFF grade (69.6) since 2011, he still posted 39 pressures and graded well against the run. Combined, they were on the field for fewer than 750 snaps, and neither player graded particularly well, especially given their past performances. 13. Rasheem Green saw north of 500 snaps a season ago but had below-average grades in all facets of play and just 30 total pressures from 376 rushes. The 29-year-old did see a dip in his sacks, but he’s still one of the most talented and impactful interior defensive linemen in the league. 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. Perhaps it was an off-year, or he was dealing with unspoken injuries. Veterans Mike Daniels and Damon Harrison broke down with injuries and just weren’t the same players they had been in the past. VK. Ioannidis led the team in total pressures (55) and will look to maintain his role despite being surrounded by first-rounders. was the only consistently impressive member, earning an overall PFF grade of 83.0 and notching 63 total pressures. adds to the run-stuffing expertise along the Rams' line, while, saw almost 500 snaps last season and graded solidly across the board. 14. 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. Allen needs to show major improvement for the Cardinals to be anything more than reliant on the skills of Jones again in 2020. Edge rusher is the key to this team’s performance, as one of their young players needs to become a force offensive lines fear. Print. 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2021 draft class. Jones had 19 takedowns in 2019; he led the league with 17 in 2017; and he’s put up double-digit sacks every year since 2015. He had the best year of his career in 2018 and was on pace for his second-best season before injury shut him down. 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. 22. Addison has had at least 45 pressures in each of the last five seasons, while Epenesa is a powerful hands-winner who ranked in the top 32 on the PFF draft board. 2020 NFL Defensive Interior (DI) Rankings 1. Matthew Judon, Baltimore Ravens Henry Anderson had a down year in 2019 but has shown the ability to be solid across the board, and he will likely have to fend off competition from Nathan Shepherd and rookie Jabari Zuniga for playing time. Landry has flashed the potential to be a high-end rusher but now needs to show more than potential and the ability to pick off low-hanging fruit. Harold Landry is the other young player who needs to take a step forward. WhatsApp. And while he was more of a run defender than a pass-rushing force, he will hope to earn some playing time as a rotational body early on. Hicks' return should help with that. He has a real chance to contribute immediately even if he never quite put it all together in college. The biggest question mark for Denver heading into the season is whether Von Miller’s down year in 2019 was just a blip in a near-flawless career thus far, or whether it was the start of a decline that, at some point, is inevitable. He had 49 pressures and was on track to set a new career best by at least 11 by the end of the year. Last season the team experimented with deploying. The PFF unit ranking series moves to the defensive line as we look forward to the 2020 season. * @see https://support.google.com/dfp_premium/answer/7673898#personalized A healthy Hicks is a dominant run defender and power pass-rusher who can create space for Mack and pull attention away from him. The team spent back-to-back first-round picks on. Thorn: 2020 Defensive Line Pass Rush Rankings. Watt getting back to his best play would be a huge boost for this team, and in 2019 he threatened to do exactly that before a pectoral injury sidelined him for half of the regular season. This team is unusually well-stocked with run-defending nose tackles, with. Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson return as starters. Corey Peters offers the same type of impact, albeit a more proven version, and fourth-round pick Leki Fotu makes a trio of run-focused interior defenders. and certainly has the talent to provide pressure, even if he might need a situational role early. }); But this is a defensive front that will likely rely on the scheme and blitz to maximize its pressure rate again in 2020. The 49ers traded away DeForest Buckner, who had been the team’s most consistent interior force over the past few seasons, but they used the pick they acquired on his direct replacement — South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw. 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. There also wasn't much in terms of pressure coming from anybody other than Flowers. The Colts' defensive front will be anchored by their big offseason acquisition, DeForest Buckner, brought over from San Francisco in a trade that cost the team its first-round pick. Watch the best moments from the defensive line at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. Allen has been a rotational body for the majority of his career, but he will compete for snaps opened up by Shelton’s departure. TUNE IN to NFL Network for 2020 NFL Draft coverage He could give the Chargers a useful rotation if he improves further in Year 3. Simmons notched a sack, two hurries and three defensive stops in a performance that earned a PFF grade of 90.6 and set pulses racing, but he never quite hit those heights again over the remainder of the season. Sweat notched 27 total pressures last season on 274 pass-rush snaps. this offseason sees the best player from the group leave town. They said goodbye to Michael Pearce this offseason but replaced him with Calais Campbell — arguably the best run defender in football — for just a low-round draft pick. The team needs him to take a major step forward in 2020 if this unit is to be better than average. Vita Vea, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Allen has been a rotational body for the majority of his career, but he will compete for snaps opened up by Shelton’s departure. Miami also added Shaq Lawson, who also set a career high with a 68.7 pass-rush grade to go with 40 pressures last season. Bosa lost a bit of name traction to his younger brother Nick last season, but there was nothing invisible about his contributions to the Chargers’ defense in 2019. attachDfpMoreSlotEvent(jQuery); Gross-Matos is a classic example of a player whose traits have thus far been more impressive than his production or tape, but the Panthers will be hoping they can harness the things you can’t teach and develop the things you can. Inside, the former Alabama pairing of Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen should be a pair to be reckoned with, but they were actually outdone in terms of snaps by Matt Ioannidis, who had the best pass-rushing grade (76.6) of the unit. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams The best defensive lineman in the NFL, and the best defensive player on most Sundays. Outside of Williams, the defensive line is populated by solid players who largely defend the run better than they rush the passer. Athlon's player rankings are just one of the features that appear in the 2020 Pro Football magazine. At 6'3" and 314 pounds, Clark can win everywhere from nose tackle to five-tech end, but he’s especially effective between the guard and tackle as a penetrating, pass-rushing force. That doesn't look likely to change any time soon, and they have added multiple pieces over this past offseason. #washingtonfootballteam #chaseyoung #montezsweat #daronpayne #Jonathanallen #theherd #nfl #nfl2020 #undisputed #httr Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data. 1 player at his position on PFF’s Big Board because of it. 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. 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. Larry Ogunjobi, Cleveland Browns No other edge defender had more than Bosa in that last category. The best defensive lineman in the NFL, and the best defensive player on most Sundays. Meanwhile, the edge remains a problem for the Jets — as it has for a number of years. He produced a 73.7 pass-rush grade that ranked 28th in the league, and he’ll be counted on to lead the pass rush once again in 2020. Year after year, his name is rarely mentioned when it comes to naming the top players at his position. 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. Outside of Jones, Terrell Suggs was the team’s best-graded pass-rusher up front, and his grade was just 66.9. If Garrett can hit 2020 with the same form he had in 2019, he will be one of the game’s best defenders and a force to be reckoned with for the Browns. The one name who could surprise is Vincent Taylor, who has performed well when given an opportunity but has only seen the field for 437 snaps in his three-year career. 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. 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. He barely featured for the team in the regular season but impressed in the preseason. But he’s developed from a “run-around guy” to one of the better speed rushers in the league, with a sneaky-great bull rush and run-stopping abilities. in back-to-back rounds. Shelton is primarily a run-stuffing force, and for added insurance in that area, the team also drafted Utah’s, The Las Vegas Raiders begin life in a new city still trying to replace what they had in. The return of a fully-healthy Sheldon Rankins would be a huge boost to the Saints. Joseph’s impact as a pass-rusher has slipped over the past couple of years, but of more concern is that his run defense — which was virtually peerless at his best — also slipped to merely above-average in 2019. } Reader in free agency. 20. 28. He perfectly fits the mold of a defense that is excellent at putting players in a position to succeed rather than fail, and he could hit the ground running in terms of pass-rush production. He is still just 30 years old. There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to this group, but there is a very believable scenario where the talent comes together quickly and makes them a very formidable unit to contend with. } Last year, he notched 21 total pressures and even made a couple of plays in coverage. Ben Banogu was the team’s second-round pick a season ago, but his rookie year was ugly, resulting in a grade of just 49.0 and seeing him register only 17 total pressures on 181 pass rushes. }); When it comes to ranking the best defensive linemen in the NFL entering the 2020 season, it's important to point out that the position assigned to individuals doesn't necessarily tell the whole story. The 2020 draft class brought a seemingly infinite variety of defensive players into the NFL, primed to help in every way imaginable. 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. Meanwhile, Julian was the No. April 1, 2020 3:59 pm. : 2020 #NFLCombine continues 2PM ET on NFL Network Watt ended the season with the highest pass-rushing grade (91.7) of any edge rusher in the league in addition to racking up 81 total pressures. 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. The Panthers doubled down on the defensive line in the second round, adding Yetur Gross-Matos to play outside of Brown. While it was tough for Barrett to find his place alongside Von Miller and Miller’s bookends, Barrett was the perfect speed end in Todd Bowles’ Buccaneers defense. Peter Schrager says Washington's defensive line will be NFL's best in 2020 Zachary Neel 1 day ago. * 'ad_selection': 3, The Giants are short on interior players who can truly pressure the passer and instead will rely on just squeezing the pocket. Derek Barnett’s playing time increased last season, even with some time missed due to injuries, but he didn’t take a corresponding step forward as a player. Derek Wolfe brings plenty of experience and solid play to the table. $(document).on('dfpMoreSlotAdded', function () { Share this article 64 shares share tweet text email link Gavino Borquez. Second-year player Anthony Nelson graded extremely well against the run in limited snaps as a rookie and could be in line for an expanded role as the only option to have any significant snaps last season. ReddIt. Depth is a concern along this defensive line, with little in the way of proven quality or even players who have shown well across limited snaps. Robert Quinn, Chicago Bears The Giants have a group of solid options but don’t have much in the way of proven players who can get after the quarterback in a league that has never been more pass-happy. Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles In 2019, he put up a career-high 7.5 sacks, with 46 pressures and 40 run stops. After an injury-plagued 2018 campaign, he bounced back nicely with 11.5 sacks, 71 total pressures, and 49 run stops. Having a good defense in the NFL is extremely … 27. Few players were as divisive as Brown in the pre-draft process. 29. The Dolphins have plenty of question marks hovering over the pass rush, though they’ve accumulated a strong group of run-stoppers up front. 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. Armstead posted an overall PFF grade just below 90.0 last season after a career year where he racked up 62 total pressures. Davidson could provide a second pass-rushing threat inside, but he will be transitioning to that role and may take some time to develop. 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. Reader should provide the team with the impact alongside Atkins that Andrew Billings never quite could. The issue is that Flowers had very little help. 0. 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. Veteran edge rusher Justin Houston was quietly back to something like his best last season for the Colts, aided by a reduced role that helped keep him healthy and let him focus on getting after the passer. His defensive stops dropped by a third, and he didn’t make the same impact as in years past. His 70 total pressures ranked 10th and his PFF pass-rushing grade (81.3) ranked 13th. 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 team has a series of useful role players that grade solidly but nobody consistently making a difference and scaring opposing offenses. Lawrence — all 342 pounds of him — had the best pass-rush grade of the four, but it was just 64.5. Onyemata saw his PFF grade drop more than 25 points and his pass-rushing grade sink from 75.8 to 61.7. 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. Jarrett earned an overall PFF grade above 90.0 last season, and he racked up 40 defensive stops as well as 46 total pressures, but the next closest PFF grade among Falcons linemen who played more than 100 snaps was 71.7, and the player who earned that grade, The Falcons also drafted Auburn’s Marlon Davidson in the second round of the draft, a player who ranked 44th on. He did notch 23 total pressures across 232 pass-rushing snaps, however, and could be a candidate to step into a larger role. And while Maxx Crosby looked impressive as a rookie, a significant portion of his hype stems from the fact that he outperformed fourth overall pick Clelin Ferrell. Rookie Larrell Murchison was a fifth-round pick who has solid but not spectacular grades over the past two seasons at NC State. The team spent back-to-back first-round picks on Josh Allen and Taven Bryan, but both have yet to become impact players. 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. The Bengals’ defensive line remains anchored by the best players it has featured over the past decade — Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap — but the team does have some more interesting pieces in 2020. 16. 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. Overall, the Jets defensive line is not swimming in high-end talent, but the one player who was supposed to possess that in abundance could break out and change the entire dynamic of the group. 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. He added nine quarterback hits, 46 QB hurries and 39 run stops, and he was unquestionably a force multiplier in San Francisco’s Super Bowl defense. 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. Few franchises have undergone more change this offseason than the Carolina Panthers, and that extends to their defensive line. Devon Kennard had the next highest pressure total, at 43. Others will say he’s the best defensive tackle, and some will say he’s best utilized at the end of LA’s line. was impressive as a rookie but played fewer than 300 snaps in his first year. Denico Autry, Al-Quadin Muhammad and Grover Stewart all return, but the highest PFF grade amongst the group in 2019 was Autry’s 71.0. How does every 2020 NFL offense stack up? 12. Ryan Kerrigan has been consistently excellent for Washington, but he posted the lowest pressure total (37) and PFF grade (63.1) of his career in 2019, and at 32 years old by the time the season starts, he may have his best days behind him. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham remain and are likely still the unit's best two players, though Graham's 2019 PFF grade and pressure total were each the lowest he's had in a season since 2015; he may be starting to show signs of slowing down at 32 years old. Likewise, it's just as important to separate the edge rushers who make their money outside most of the time, whether that's a defensive end or an outside linebacker. Bruce Irvin returns for a second stint with the team that drafted him in the first round back in 2012, but Irvin hasn’t earned a pass-rush grade north of 70.0 since his second season in Seattle. His college tape is very inconsistent, but he was dominant during the showcase bowls. Chicago's defensive front is still led by Khalil Mack, but he was something of a one-man band in 2019 — Akiem Hicks was limited to just 191 snaps of action, and nobody else was able to consistently dominate. The Philadelphia Eagles have had one of the strongest defensive lines in football for years — not just blessed with top-end talent, but with incredible depth. Jurrell Casey, Denver Broncos The Seahawks' defensive line was hugely dependent on Jadeveon Clowney in 2019. 14. Watch the best moments from the defensive line at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. The team’s problem has been assembling a supporting cast capable of helping Donald maximize his impact. Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims runs an official 4.38 40-yard dash at 2020 combine. Jarran Reed, Seattle Seahawks. Tied for the NFL lead in sacks (five), Garrett is an especially potent threat to opposing offenses because he can rush equally well from either side of Cleveland's defensive line. The questions for this group reside in the depth beyond that trio. His overall PFF grade for the season was just 63.0, and even those playoff performances were more flash than substance — he had five sacks across three games but did not earn a grade above 70.0 in any of them. Both players are run-focused nose tackles without the pass-rushing versatility to play alongside each other. Add Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. 4 Houston police officers involved in fatal shooting of Nicolas Chavez are fired . Both figures were new career highs for a player whose progression has been steady and inexorable in the NFL. His coaches, teammates, and opponents understand his value, though. Once again, the weight falls on the shoulders of J.J. Watt for the Houston Texans' defensive front. If he can’t make a sizeable leap forward in 2020, it’s difficult to see where the pressure will come from. That wasn’t the best season Flowers has ever had, but it’s probably a fair return in his first year as their big-money free-agent acquisition. 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