Which NFL defense has the most dangerous weapons?
Which team has the most stacked defense in the NFL? Team rankings were determined based on NFL Top 100 player rankings, coaching, and the number of Pro-Bowl and All-Pro selections held by players on each team’s defensive roster.
5. New Orleans Saints
Three-time Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan leads the pass rush for New Orleans. He is now joined by DE Marcus Davenport out of UTSA, whom the Saints traded up to take in the first round of the 2018 Draft. Looking to the back end, the Saints’ secondary has a strong presence with Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore.
The “Legion of Boom” has lost Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, and Kam Chancellor. Unbelievably, the Seahawks defense still earns a spot on this list. Seattle retains Bobby Wagner, one of the league’s best linebackers and a three-time All-Pro. Once safety Earl Thomas (another three-time All-Pro) ends his holdout, the secondary resumes its identity.
There was absolutely a recent time when Seattle would have made #1 on this list. Note that this list isn’t necessarily ranking defenses as a whole, but rather their uniquely talented key pieces. Luckily for Seattle, Head Coach Pete Carroll has one of the best defensive minds in the league, and can mask the holes left by the aforementioned departures.
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3. Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota has one of the best defensive fronts in the league. Ninth-year defensive lineman Everson Griffen is still a top-five defensive end in the NFL. The defensive line also features Linval Joseph, a top-five defensive tackle. Both players are entering their ninth season and the two combine for five Pro Bowl selections.
The secondary is led by Xavier Rhodes, a two-time Pro Bowler who has played corner for Minnesota throughout his six-year career. This offseason, the Vikings drafted cornerback Mike Hughes out of UCF in the first round. Adding a talented rookie to a defense of proven veterans gives the Vikings one of the most exciting defenses to watch this season.
Los Angeles’ “Mob Squad,” led by three-time All-Pro DT Aaron Donald, is back and better than ever this season. With the acquisition of Ndamukong Suh (who also has three All-Pro selections), the Rams now have the two best defensive tackles in the league playing side-by-side.
The Rams also added two elite corners this offseason in Aqib Talib (five-time Pro Bowler, one-time All Pro) and Marcus Peters (two-time Pro Bowler, one-time All Pro). With the best pass rush duo and the best corner duo in the league, the Rams have virtually shut down the deep pass.
Six-foot-eight All-Pro Calais Campbell, the best defensive end in the league, came to Jacksonville in 2017. He is paired with another Pro Bowl DE in Yannick Ngakoue. The defensive front also features an elite linebacker in Pro-Bowler Telvin Smith and 2018 first-round draft pick Taven Bryan, a DT out of Florida. Long story short, the Jaguars’ front seven is a nightmare for quarterbacks and running backs alike.
As if that weren’t enough, the defense also boasts two top-five corners in All-Pro Jalen Ramsey and Pro Bowler A.J. Bouye. Jacksonville’s defense simply has too many impressive guys not to put them number one on this list. More importantly, these players run like a well-oiled machine. “Sacksonville” finished with the second-best total defense in the league in 2017.
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- Minnesota Vikings
- Los Angeles Rams
- Carolina Panthers
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