The team has added Kyle Van Noy to the mix, a player who rejuvenated his career as a classic Patriots hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. Second-year player Zach Allen may be the player most likely to take a step forward and make an impact, but his rookie season lasted an underwhelming four games before injury landed him on injured reserve. Good Morning Faithful, Here are your top … Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe both come over from Carolina, but neither player is the force he once was. The team will have to address that problem entering free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft. The Las Vegas Raiders begin life in a new city still trying to replace what they had in Khalil Mack. Reader was an impact player inside, but he has departed for Cincinnati in free agency, leaving a hole that the Texans will likely hope gets filled by second-round rookie Ross Blacklock. 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. NFL defense rankings through Week 6. The team’s problem has been assembling a supporting cast capable of helping Donald maximize his impact. Hargrave departed in free agency, but the other main figures all return — including Tuitt, who will look to continue his impressive form before injury. 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. Matthew Judon led the team in sacks, total pressures and pass-rush grade but was still just 18th in the league in that last category. Despite Wilson’s three picks, three sacks and eight passes defended, he had a PFF grade of 53.5. 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. Williams was one of the best interior prospects we have ever seen and earned the highest pass-rush grade we have ever given to an interior pass-rusher, but his rookie season was a letdown, particularly in the one area he was supposed to excel — generating pressure. The Jaguars also add first-rounder K’Lavon Chaisson, who has the highlight reel of a first-rounder with incredible burst and flashes of power, though it’s a concern that he graded at just 72.7 last year at LSU. 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. Clark isn’t alone, though, and the Packers’ 2019 acquisitions of Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith give the team some real depth when it comes to rushing the passer. A couple of years ago, the Jacksonville defensive line — a united that adopted the nickname “Sacksonville” — was among the very best in the game. 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. Nobody doubted his dominance and ability, but there were questions as to whether he could be an effective enough pass-rusher at the next level to justify a high first-round pick. Both figures were new career highs for a player whose progression has been steady and inexorable in the NFL. So much of what the Jets expect from their defensive front relies on the development of Quinnen Williams, who was the Jets’ top pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. of most of his second season after such a strong showing as a rookie, but he is a player who could still feature heavily. From PFF: First-year defensive coordinator Brandon Staley has crafted a great … Armstead posted an overall PFF grade just below 90.0 last season after a career year where he racked up 62 total pressures. broke down with injuries and just weren’t the same players they had been in the past. 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. JPP — like Suh — may be in decline but will still bring a valuable presence against the run and chip in with pressure. Romeo had 34 total pressures on 377 pass rushes last season, and his PFF pass-rushing grade was actually below average (58.2). Smith held the rookie record for total pressures (64) until this past season when Nick Bosa blew past that mark, and he could transform this defensive front if he can return anything like the talent he showed in the past. Relive the iconic stop by the 49ers defense in the team's 26-21 Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. NFL free agent rankings with analysis, projected salaries, PFF grades and PFF WAR. The return of a fully-healthy Sheldon Rankins would be a huge boost to the Saints. Justin Jones and Damon Square both saw significant playing time last season and return to the team, but neither graded better than average. Third-round rookie, The Los Angeles Chargers still have one of the NFL's best pass-rushing duos in, The Bengals’ defensive line remains anchored by the best players it has featured over the past decade —, Dunlap quietly put together a career year in 2019, leading the team’s defensive linemen in PFF grade (89.7) and grading well in all facets of play. Unlike Rankins, he doesn’t have the excuse of injuries to explain the significant decline last season. Last year, he notched 21 total pressures and even made a couple of plays in coverage. Weatherly has three seasons of more than a couple of snaps, and all three saw him post a pass-rushing grade in the 50s. PFF brings you data-driven NFL rankings, stats, and player grades for every team and player in the National Football League. The team’s problem has been assembling a supporting cast capable of helping Donald maximize his impact. Deatrich Wise Jr. was the most efficient pass-rusher of the group a season ago, and over his time in the NFL has one of the best pass-rush win rates of any defensive lineman. The Kansas City Chiefs toppled the Buffalo Bills in Week 6, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took care of the Green Bay Packers. With Jadeveon Clowney still unsigned at the time of writing, Seattle’s best defensive lineman from 2019 isn’t on the roster anymore, and the gap between him and the next best player is not a small one. Van Noy set career highs in pass rushes (464), pressures (60) and pass-rush grade (72.1) last season, while also dwarfing his career best with an 83.7 grade against the run, fourth-best among edge defenders. Former first-round picks Vic Beasley Jr. and Takkarist McKinley have been disappointments, with Beasley now departed and McKinley likely on his last chance. This team is unusually well-stocked with run-defending nose tackles, with. Last season, the Dolphins' defensive line earned the lowest pass-rush grade in the NFL, at just 57.6. With his departure, the team needs to find an additional source of pressure from somewhere. 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. 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. All four players earned a PFF run-defense grade above 70.0 last season, but none was a difference-maker as a pass-rusher. 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. Over the last five years, only Khalil Mack and Von Miller have a higher overall PFF grade among edge rushers than Jordan — he is one of the most complete edge defenders in the game. Romeo had 34 total pressures on 377 pass rushes last season, and his PFF pass-rushing grade was actually below average (58.2). Veterans Mike Daniels and Damon Harrison broke down with injuries and just weren’t the same players they had been in the past. Jabaal Sheard was let go after suffering a steep decline last season, but even that decline leaves 42 pressures walking away. Devon Kennard had the next highest pressure total, at 43. , who has the highlight reel of a first-rounder with incredible burst and flashes of power, though. Hitting the ground running as a rookie is tough, but Kinlaw has the talent to immediately contribute inside. The days of gargantuan run-stuffers who offered little, if any, impact in the passing game are long gone. 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. Young gives the team five former first-round picks along the defensive line, each of whom has shown flashes. Buckner's departure potentially opens the opportunity of one last salvage mission for, Clark came into the NFL as a fairly one-dimensional player, but he has developed into a true every-down force. Using PFF's wins above replacement metric to identify the offseason signings that made the biggest impact throughout the 2020 NFL season. The lack of help for Jones could be a significant problem, as nobody currently on the roster had more than 26 total pressures a season ago. A couple of years ago, the Jacksonville defensive line — a united that adopted the nickname “Sacksonville” — was among the very best in the game. 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. 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. 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. 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. Allen has been a rotational body for the majority of his career, but he will compete for snaps opened up by Shelton’s departure. Eagles finish at No. NFL Rankings. Second-year edge rusher. 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2021 draft class. Van Noy set career highs in pass rushes (464), pressures (60) and pass-rush grade (72.1) last season, while also dwarfing his career best with an 83.7 grade against the run, fourth-best among edge defenders. Atkins had his least effective season in 2019 since tearing his ACL back in 2014 and may be on the downswing in his great career. Tyler Lancaster is a run-first presence who has registered just 13 total pressures across two years and 323 pass-rushing snaps. Edge rusher is the key to this team’s performance, as one of their young players needs to become a force offensive lines fear. Hurst earned a pass-rushing grade of 77.8 last season and racked up 38 total pressures in the process. on a 0-100 scale. The best defensive lines have both high-end players and depth, and that’s what we leaned on when putting together this ranking. Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson return as starters. The new additions will be joining stalwart Kawann Short and last season’s first-round pick Brian Burns. His best season came back in 2017, but he has been a consistently positive force for the 49ers and should be again for the Colts this season. ... finished at No. The questions for this group reside in the depth beyond that trio. Joseph is now with the Chargers, while there remains the possibility that Griffen could return as long as he is on the open market still unsigned. 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. The Panthers evidently believed he can be, and whether they were right will go a long way to determining how good this group can become. 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. With … Still, at times he was a liability in the run game and has seen his playing time decrease in each season in the league. 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. Anthony Zettel was added to the roster, but he has shown little in his NFL career outside of the surprise 2017 season and had just seven total pressures last season. PFF ranks all 32 NFL defenses by EPA per play through Week 6 of the 2019 NFL season. Last season the team experimented with deploying. Sweat notched 27 total pressures last season on 274 pass-rush snaps. Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft, Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS. That frees up plenty of opportunities for players to earn time, particularly to replace Van Noy. 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. from the Lions, which feels a little redundant. On the other side of the line, Marcus Davenport continuing his development will be critical to the success of this unit overall. The Panthers doubled down on the defensive line in the second round, adding Yetur Gross-Matos to play outside of Brown. On the edge, Carl Lawson’s play regressed last season, and he earned a career-low PFF grade (55.5) while notching just 35 total pressures on 268 pass-rushing snaps. His defensive stops dropped by a third, and he didn’t make the same impact as in years past. A disruptive player in college, Bryan has been a better run defender than he has been a pass-rusher and has just 37 total pressures across two seasons and 380 rushes. Last season, D.J. 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. 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. Chicago’s defense is capable of accomodating that, but if it doesn’t, Quinn won't be at his best. He barely featured for the team in the regular season but impressed in the preseason. David Onyemata is the other critical piece of the puzzle, and like Rankins his best season was in 2018. Once again, the weight falls on the shoulders of J.J. Watt for the Houston Texans' defensive front. 100-81 (Photo: Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch, USA TODAY Sports) 17 in the NFL this season, led by a surge from second-year defensive end Brian Burns. Rookie third-round pick Jonathan Greenard was very productive at Florida last season but struggled against the best competition he faced. The team has added Kyle Van Noy to the mix, a player who rejuvenated his career as a classic Patriots hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. Today’s nose tackles need to be able to rush the passer because nickel defense is played 75% of the time and obvious rushing downs are few and far between. 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. With the … Blacklock had a dominant run defense grade last season at TCU, and while his pass rush took a step forward, it was still the weaker area of his game. PFF analyzes every … Rodgers is the highest-graded player remaining in the playoff field, while Alexander is the highest-graded defensive player remaining among the Packers, Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. Steve Palazzolo consults PFF's free-agent rankings, 2021 NFL Draft Board and potential trade candidates to give you a quick-hitting breakdown of the best available edge defenders this offseason. The Vikings attempted to replace Joseph with Michael Pierce, but Pierce ended up opting out of 2020. Eagles finish at No. 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. 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. had the next highest pressure total, at 43. 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. The Falcons also drafted Auburn’s Marlon Davidson in the second round of the draft, a player who ranked 44th on PFF’s Big Board. Why he's ranked here: Watt has earned a 92.6 PFF grade since the start of the 2019 season, two points more than any other edge defender over that span, and he has started 2020 with three consecutive game grades above 90.0. was the best-graded member of the group a season ago but will now be plying his trade in Miami in 2020, while, That frees up plenty of opportunities for players to earn time, particularly to replace Van Noy. Dexter Lawrence was their first-round pick a year ago, and Leonard Williams was acquired to add serious weight inside. In addition, Danny Shelton was brought in from the Patriots to anchor the middle of the line. 11. The Vikings' defensive line has undergone significant changes this offseason, with the departure of arguably their best two players from the unit over the past few seasons in the shape of Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen. Miller has been arguably the best pure edge rusher of his generation, and if he can’t return to that form, it’s a tough thing for Denver to replace. There also wasn't much in terms of pressure coming from anybody other than Flowers. Jeffery Simmons had a debut to remember after recovering from an ACL injury that many thought would sideline him for the entire season. Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul both return as the team’s primary pass-rushers, with Barrett agreeing to sign his franchise tag recently. 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. Ioannidis led the team in total pressures (55) and will look to maintain his role despite being surrounded by first-rounders. If they don’t have him for 2020, they need to find a new source of pass rush. Alex Highsmith was the only significant addition to the defensive front in the draft, and the third-round pick will look to carve out a role for himself as a situational pass-rusher in his first NFL season. Allen’s 2020 should stretch our view of what’s possible, but the context behind that improvement, and how many elements need to go right at the same time, means that we also needn’t view every struggling quarterback through the same lens. The Steelers' defensive front featured career years out of multiple players in 2019. PFF previews the AFC and NFC championship games, highlighting storylines to watch while also taking a fantasy football and betting approach to offer insight for every NFL fan. Kyle Van Noy was the best-graded member of the group a season ago but will now be plying his trade in Miami in 2020, while Danny Shelton has moved on to the Detroit Lions. was the most efficient pass-rusher of the group a season ago, and over his time in the NFL has one of the best pass-rush win rates of any defensive lineman. The team spent back-to-back first-round picks on. Buckner's departure potentially opens the opportunity of one last salvage mission for Solomon Thomas, who might finally get some playing time inside, while Ronald Blair III should still earn some rotational snaps after solid showings in past years. Tillery was incredibly productive in college and a first-round draft pick, but there have been no signs he can be that player at the next level yet. Suh’s days as a dominant force may be gone, but he is still a very solid contributor. T.J. Watt took another step forward in 2019, playing at a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year level. He has notched at least 20 total pressures in all but one of his NFL seasons and has had good PFF grades against the run every season since 2013. Chase Young will be the most intriguing player to watch on Washington’s front line. His PFF pass-rush grade through 10 games was 91.6, tied for the best mark in the league and by far the best of his career to date. They will be hoping that changes this offseason or this line could be in for a significant regression. this offseason sees the best player from the group leave town. 2020 NFL Team Defense Statistics The following are the 2020 NFL team overall defense statistics, including team rushing yardage, team passing yardage and total team yardage. PFF released its final rankings for all of the 32 secondaries in the league during the 2020 season and has the Niners at No. 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. The Chargers will look for Jerry Tillery to show signs of life and avoid being labeled as a total bust. The tape shows a series of unimpressive plays on those sacks. Still, at times he was a liability in the run game and has seen his playing time decrease in each season in the league. was impressive as a rookie but played fewer than 300 snaps in his first year. Nick Bosa enters Year 2 of his NFL career after setting the rookie record for most total pressures in a season (80). McCoy was solid in his first season outside of Tampa Bay, but he hasn’t had a PFF pass-rush grade above 70 in two seasons now and his overall mark of 72.0 was the lowest he has posted since 2015. Hicks' return should help with that. Like some of you, I have watched every Cardinals’ and NFC West opponents’ games each week—-except … Pierce told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that he has really bad asthma among other respiratory issues, so it was a high-risk opt out. , but both have yet to become impact players. Brandon Williams remains and needs to return to his best play after seeing his run defense grade drop 10 grading points in 2019. Poe never had the consistency of McCoy, but he has settled into a solid run defender who brings little as a pass-rush force. The Patriots also brought in Beau Allen to replace Shelton. That pairing is joined by free agent acquisition D.J. 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