Defensive Linemen (16)

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.

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
Too soon to be in our top ten?  We don’t think so as he has a sick 1.0384 AV/G and anyone who has that over seven seasons is an incredible and dominant football player.  Watt also is a Walter Payton Man of the Year (this does matter) and is still in his prime.

Stats

  • Games 104 (-99.4)
  • Approximate Value 108 (-30.8)
  • AV/G 1.0384 (+0.356)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 5 (+2.2)
  • Interceptions 1 (-4)
  • Quarterback Sacks 92 (-26)
  • Tackles 455 (-298.4)
Donald has only been in the NFL for five 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.  He is also on a four-year streak for First Team All-Pro Selections and already has the MPA for his position.

Stats

  • Games 78 (-125.4)
  • Approximate Value 74 (-64.8)
  • AV/G 0.9487 (+0.2663)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 4 (+1.2)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 59.5 (-58.5)
  • Tackles 263 (-490.4)
Atkins is on a five-year streak of consecutive Pro Bowls and has been the star for the Bengals defense for years.  He has already met the MPA for Pro Bowls and is barely above the AV/G.

Stats

  • Games 137 (-66.4)
  • Approximate Value 95 (-43.8)
  • AV/G 0.6934 (+0.011)
  • Pro Bowls 7 (+0.2)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-0.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 71 (-47)
  • Tackles 341 (-412.4)
Suh’s last Pro Bowl was in 2016 and his last First Team All-Pro was in 2014.  He is still a good player, but this season will certainly test whether is Pro Bowl days are behind him, which it appears to be.  He is however holding on to his AV/G and if he can maintain that, he has a shot. #34.

Stats

  • Games 142 (-61.4)
  • Approximate Value 98 (-40.8)
  • AV/G 0.6904 (+0.008)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (+0.2)
  • Interceptions 1 (-4)
  • Quarterback Sacks 56 (-62)
  • Tackles 481 (-272.4)
After nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, McCoy joins the Carolina Panthers and if he has a bounce back season his Hall of Fame path will become clearer.

Stats

  • Games 123 (-80.4)
  • Approximate Value 76 (-62.8)
  • AV/G 0.6179 (-0.0645)
  • Pro Bowls 6 (-0.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 54.5 (-63.5)
  • Tackles 295 (-458.4)
Campbell has been at his best in his 30s and a strong Pro Bowl like year will bring him very close some of the MPA stats.

Stats

  • Games 170 (-33.4)
  • Approximate Value 115 (-23.8)
  • AV/G 0.6765 (-0.0059)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-2.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 3 (-2)
  • Quarterback Sacks 81.5 (-36.5)
  • Tackles 635 (-118.4)
Wake played the last ten seasons in Miami but at age 37 time is running out.  This season is crucial for any Hall of Fame chance.

Stats

  • Games 146 (-57.4)
  • Approximate Value 93 (-45.8)
  • AV/G 0.6370 (-0.0454)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-1.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 9 (+4)
  • Quarterback Sacks 98 (-20)
  • Tackles 358 (-395.4)
A Super Bowl Champion with the Eagles, Cox is on a four-year streak of Pro Bowls and was named to his first First Team All-Pro last year.

Stats

  • Games 109 (-94.4)
  • Approximate Value 77 (-61.8)
  • AV/G 0.7064 (+0.024)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-2.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 44.5 (-73.5)
  • Tackles 330 (-423.4)
Two of Jordan’s four Pro Bowls occurred in the last two seasons.

Stats

  • Games 128 (-75.4)
  • Approximate Value 79 (-59.8)
  • AV/G 0.6172 (-0.0652)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-2.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-3)
  • Quarterback Sacks 71.5 (-46.5)
  • Tackles 409 (-344.4)

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Clowney has been named to the Pro Bowl the last three seasons.

Stats

  • Games 62 (-141.4)
  • Approximate Value 40 (-98.8)
  • AV/G 0.6452 (-0.0372)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-3.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 29 (-89)
  • Tackles 205 (-548.4)
Casey is an eight-year veteran, who is on a four-year Pro Bowl streak, which is in severe jeopardy due to his knee injury.

Stats

  • Games 125 (-78.4)
  • Approximate Value 75 (-63.8)
  • AV/G 0.6000 (-0.0824)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-2.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 46 (-72)
  • Tackles 449 (-304.4)
JPP hasn’t been to the Pro Bowl since 2012 and a neck injury might keep him out of the season until November.

Stats

  • Games 127 (-76.4)
  • Approximate Value 68 (-70.8)
  • AV/G 0.5354 (-0.147)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-4.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-3)
  • Quarterback Sacks 71 (-47)
  • Tackles 490 (-263.4)
Dunlap was named to the Pro Bowl in both 2015 & 2016.

Stats

  • Games 134 (-69.4)
  • Approximate Value 65 (-73.8)
  • AV/G 0.4851 (-0.1973)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-4.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 2 (-3)
  • Quarterback Sacks 72.5 (-45.5)
  • Tackles 415 (-338.4)
Bennett was chosen for the Pro Bowl from 2015 to 2017.

Stats

  • Games 141 (-62.4)
  • Approximate Value 66 (-72.8)
  • AV/G 0.5130 (-0.1694)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-3.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 63 (-55)
  • Tackles 336 (-417.4)
Quinn begins the season on a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.  His last Pro Bowl was in 2014.

Stats

  • Games 111 (-92.4)
  • Approximate Value 58 (-80.8)
  • AV/G 0.5225 (-0.1599)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-4.8)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.8)
  • Interceptions 0 (-5)
  • Quarterback Sacks 69 (-49)
  • Tackles 256 (-497.4)