Defensive Linemen (24)

Chris Doleman, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor.

Modern Positional Average

Defensive Lineman: Chris Doleman, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor.

*Note that this is the same as last year, as no modern era Defensive Linemen were inducted in 2020.

Stats

  • Games 203.4
  • Approximate Value 138.8
  • AV/G 0.6824
  • Pro Bowls 6.8
  • First Team All-Pros 2.8
  • Interceptions 5
  • Quarterback Sacks 118
  • Tackles 753.4
Injuries appear to be compiling on the body of J.J. Watt, and there is a good chance that he won’t make the accumulative MPAs.  That won’t matter, as we have a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and character wise, a former Walter Payton Man of the Year.  His 1.000 AV/G is sparkling, and while he might be in decline, he could easily have a lot more left.

Stats

  • Games 112 (-91.4)
  • Approximate Value 112 (-26.8)
  • AV/G 1.0000 (+0.3176)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 5 (+2.2)
  • Interceptions 1 (-4)
  • Quarterback Sacks 96 (-22)
  • Tackles 479 (-274.4)
Donald has only been in the NFL for six years, but no eligible player for the Hall of Fame has won the Defensive Player of the Year twice and not made it to Canton.  His AV/G is nearly one, and he has yet to have a season where he wasn’t named to the Pro Bowl.  Donald, is on a five-year First Team All-Pro streak, and he was named to the All-Decade Team.  As of this writing, Donald is arguably the best defensive player in the game.

Stats

  • Games 94 (-109.4)
  • Approximate Value 93 (-45.8)
  • AV/G 0.9894 (+0.307)
  • Pro Bowls 6 (-0.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 5 (+2.2)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 72 (-46)
  • Tackles 312 (-441.4)
Atkins is on a six-year streak of consecutive Pro Bowls but with our split of Defensive Linemen and Linebackers, he is now below the AV/G for the MPA.  Atkins recently was named to the All-Decade Team, and as we know every Cincinnati Bengal needs as much on their resume as they can get if they want to get inducted.

Stats

  • Games 153 (-50.4)
  • Approximate Value 104 (-34.8)
  • AV/G 0.6797 (-0.0027)
  • Pro Bowls 8 (+1.2)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-0.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 75.5 (-42.5)
  • Tackles 383 (-370.4)
Suh’s last Pro Bowl was in 2016 and his last First Team All-Pro was in 2014.  He is still a good player, and as he is remaining with the Buccaneers, the “vagabond” label might leave with it.   Suh was just names as an All-Decade player, and a return to the Pro Bowl will help him.

Stats

  • Games 158 (-45.4)
  • Approximate Value 106 (-32.8)
  • AV/G 0.6709 (-0.0115)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (+0.2)
  • Interceptions 1 (-4)
  • Quarterback Sacks 58.5 (-59.5)
  • Tackles 519 (-234.4)
A 12-year veteran, Campbell’s five Pro Bowls happened in the last six years, which includes all three seasons as a Jacksonville Jaguar.  Campbell, who recently won the Walter Payton Man of the Year, also was honored with an All-Decade Selection.  Campbell is 34, but is playing some great football and a great season with Baltimore in 2020 will be colossal for his chances.

Stats

  • Games 186 (-17.4)
  • Approximate Value 124 (-14.8)
  • AV/G 0.6667 (-0.0157)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 3 (-2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 88 (-30)
  • Tackles 696 (-57.4)
From 2012 to 2017, Gerald McCoy was chosen to the Pro Bowl, but his star diminished in 2018, and he had an average year in Carolina in 2019.  McCoy joined the Dallas Cowboys in the off-season, and he needs a return to greatness badly for any legitimate Hall of Fame shot.  That won’t happen this year, as he underwent season-ending knee surgery during training camp.  The Cowboys have subsequently cut him as per their rights in his contract.  He is now stagnant going into 2021.

Stats

  • Games 139 (-64.4)
  • Approximate Value 82 (-56.8)
  • AV/G 0.5899 (-0.0925)
  • Pro Bowls 6 (-0.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 59.5 (-58.5)
  • Tackles 334 (-419.4)
A Super Bowl Champion with the Eagles, Cox is on a five-year streak of Pro Bowls and he has a First Team All-Pro on the ledger.  His AV/G is just over the MPA, but three more years at this level should complete the mission, or put him close.

Stats

  • Games 125 (-78.4)
  • Approximate Value 88 (-50.8)
  • AV/G 0.7040 (+0.0216)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 48 (-70)
  • Tackles 367 (-386.4)
One of the more surprising All-Decades picks was Cameron Jordan, but it was not like he did not have a great decade.  Jordan is on a three-year streak of Pro Bowls with five in total, and his leadership and character have been raising his profile in recent months.  This can only help his Hall of Fame cause, especially considering he has yet to reach an AV/G.

Stats

  • Games 144 (-59.4)
  • Approximate Value 92 (-46.8)
  • AV/G 0.6388 (-0.0436)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-3)
  • Quarterback Sacks 87 (-31)
  • Tackles 463 (-290.4)
Wake played his first ten seasons with the Miami Dolphins, and he was with the Tennessee Titans last year.  Sadly, for Wake, he only played nine games in a reserve capacity, and was released after the year.  As of this writing, Wake is a Free Agent but is also 38 years old.  The window may be closed.

Stats

  • Games 155 (-48.4)
  • Approximate Value 89 (-49.8)
  • AV/G 0.5742 (-0.1082)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 1 (-4)
  • Quarterback Sacks 100.5 (-17.5)
  • Tackles 364 (-389.4)
Casey played the last nine seasons with the Tennessee Titans, and has been a Pro Bowler in the last five.  This season, Casey moves to Mile High, and a First Team All-Pro would do wonders for his resume.

Stats

  • Games 139 (-64.4)
  • Approximate Value 85 (-53.8)
  • AV/G 0.6115 (-0.0709)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 51 (-67)
  • Tackles 493 (-260.4)
Clowney went to three straight Pro Bowls (2016-18) with the Texans but his season last year in Seattle was not spectacular and was a clear regression.

Stats

  • Games 75 (-128.4)
  • Approximate Value 46 (-92.8)
  • AV/G 0.6133 (-0.0691)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-3.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 1 (-4)
  • Quarterback Sacks 32 (-86)
  • Tackles 236 (-517.4)
Heyward has been one of the top five Defensive Ends in football the last three years, but he will be 31 this year and has to keep his newfound peak at a relatively advanced age.

Stats

  • Games 134 (-69.4)
  • Approximate Value 74 (-64.8)
  • AV/G 0.5522 (-0.1302)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-3.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-0.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 54 (-64)
  • Tackles 397 (-356.4)
Possibly the most recognized Charger, Joey Bosa was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2016, and he is a two-time Pro Bowler with 40 Sacks.  His AP/G is close to the MPA, and it is believed that Bosa has an ever higher level in him.  We think he does.

Stats

  • Games 51 (-152.4)
  • Approximate Value 34 (-104.8)
  • AV/G 0.6667 (-0.0157)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-4.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 40 (-78)
  • Tackles 201 (-552.4)
Griffin’s relatively low AV/G is largely based on him being a back-up for his first four seasons.  The Defensive End played ten years with Minnesota, and he joins Dallas this season.

Stats

  • Games 147 (-56.4)
  • Approximate Value 71 (-67.8)
  • AV/G 0.4830 (-0.1994)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-2.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-3)
  • Quarterback Sacks 74.5 (-43.5)
  • Tackles 355 (-398.4)

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JPP hasn’t been to the Pro Bowl since 2012 and a neck injury kept him to ten Games in 2019.  His best days seem like a lifetime ago.

Stats

  • Games 137 (-66.4)
  • Approximate Value 74 (-64.8)
  • AV/G 0.5402 (-0.1422)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-4.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-3)
  • Quarterback Sacks 79.5 (-38.5)
  • Tackles 517 (-236.4)
Ingram has played all eight of his years with the Chargers, and he had been to the Pro Bowl in the last three, which was what landed him on this list.

Stats

  • Games 106 (-97.4)
  • Approximate Value 57 (-81.8)
  • AV/G 0.5377 (-0.1447)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-3.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-3)
  • Quarterback Sacks 49 (-69)
  • Tackles 350 (-403.4)
Buckner played his first four seasons with San Francisco and he joins the Colts this year.  While he has only been a Pro Bowler once, he is trending in the right direction.

Stats

  • Games 104 (-99.4)
  • Approximate Value 46 (-92.8)
  • AV/G 0.6191 (-0.0633)
  • Pro Bowls 1 (-5.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 28.5 (-89.5)
  • Tackles 372 (-381.4)
Lawrence went to the Pro Bowl in both 2017 and 2018, and while his 2019 was down from the two years before, he is easily capable of a bounce-back season.

Stats

  • Games 80 (-123.4)
  • Approximate Value 44 (-94.8)
  • AV/G 0.5500 (-0.1324)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-4.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 1 (-4)
  • Quarterback Sacks 39 (-79)
  • Tackles 242 (-511.4)
Dunlap was named to the Pro Bowl in both 2015 & 2016, and realistically his slim chances rely on Sacks and playing well into his mid-30s.

Stats

  • Games 148 (-55.4)
  • Approximate Value 72 (-66.8)
  • AV/G 0.4865 (-0.1959)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-4.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-3)
  • Quarterback Sacks 81.5 (-36.5)
  • Tackles 472 (-281.4)
Quinn’s last Pro Bowl might have been in 2014, but he is still a decent player who has an AV/G higher than .5.  He joins Chicago this year, and his an above-average pass-rusher.

Stats

  • Games 125 (-78.4)
  • Approximate Value 66 (-72.8)
  • AV/G 0.5280 (-0.1544)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-4.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 80.5 (-37.5)
  • Tackles 290 (-463.4)
Garrett has a huge upside and while his 2019 ended abruptly die to a suspension, this rank is based more on potential…which is a lot!  All he has to do is leave the helmets of Steelers Quarterbacks on their heads.

Stats

  • Games 37 (-166.4)
  • Approximate Value 23 (-115.8)
  • AV/G 0.6216 (-0.0608)
  • Pro Bowls 1 (-5.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 30.5 (-87.5)
  • Tackles 104 (-649.4)
Following a contract dispute with his original team (Jacksonville), Ngakoue joins the Minnesota Vikings.  He has 37.5 Sacks in four years and he has a shot to get to 50 this year.

Stats

  • Games 63 (-140.4)
  • Approximate Value 35 (-103.8)
  • AV/G 0.5556 (-0.1268)
  • Pro Bowls 1 (-5.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-3)
  • Quarterback Sacks 37.5 (-80.5)
  • Tackles 122 (-631.4)
Jarrett went to his first Pro Bowl last year, and is beginning to his stride.

Stats

  • Games 77 (-126.4)
  • Approximate Value 34 (-104.8)
  • AV/G 0.4416 (-0.2408)
  • Pro Bowls 1 (-5.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 21.5 (-96.5)
  • Tackles 248 (-505.4)