PFF’s Top NFL Defensive Players (through week 2)

ProFootballFocus.com is one of the most controversial websites for football fans. It’s basically a website that is built on people watching game tape, giving their grades on each player’s performance, and then posting that grade online for people to ridicule. Their grading system is extremely controversial and in my opinion….it works really well with some positions and no so well with others (the QB grades are awful, but the offensive line and defensive grades are pretty top notch).

With all that said, I like to post the grades as a topic of discussion. Also, it gives you a pretty good idea as to which players are playing well and which players are sucking it up.

ENJOY!

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Top 10 Best Edge Defenders (with at least 50 snaps):

  1. Von Miller (Denver Broncos)
  2. Jerry Hughes (Buffalo Bills)
  3. Brandon Graham (Philadelphia Eagles)
  4. Nick Perry (Green Bay Packers)
  5. Tamba Hali (Kansas City Chiefs)
  6. Chris Long (New England Patriots)
  7. Melvin Ingram (San Diego Chargers)
  8. Carlos Dunlap (Cincinnati Bengals)
  9. Lorenzo Alexander (Buffalo Bills)
  10. Jason Pierre-Paul (New York Giants)

 

Top 10 Worst Edge Defenders (with at least 50 snaps):

  1. Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers)
  2. Erik Walden (Indianapolis Colts)
  3. Kony Ealy (Carolina Panthers)
  4. Wallace Gilberry (Detroit Lions)
  5. Jason Jones (Miami Dolphins)
  6. Yannick Ngakoue (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  7. Devin Taylor (Detroit Lions)
  8. David Bass (Tennessee Titans)
  9. Kyle Emanuel (San Diego Chargers)
  10. Cliff Avril (Seattle Seahawks)

 

Top 10 Best Interior Defensive Lineman (with at least 50 snaps):

  1. Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams)
  2. Ndamukong Suh (Miami Dolphins)
  3. Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  4. Mike Daniels (Green Bay Packers)
  5. Geno Atkins (Cincinnati Bengals)
  6. Michael Brockers (Los Angeles Rams)
  7. Calais Campbell (Arizona Cardinals)
  8. Dontari Poe (Kansas City Chiefs)
  9. Eddie Goldman (Chicago Bears)
  10. Jurrell Casey (Tennessee Titans)

 

Top 10 Worst Interior Defensive Lineman (with at least 50 snaps):

  1. Tyrone Crawford (Dallas Cowboys)
  2. Kendall Langford (Indianapolis Colts)
  3. Clinton McDonald (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  4. Ziggy Hood (Washington Redskins)
  5. David Parry (Indianapolis Colts)
  6. Allen Bailey (Kansas City Chiefs)
  7. Jihad Ward (Oakland Raiders)
  8. Sen’Derrick Marks (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  9. Xavier Cooper (Cleveland Browns)
  10. Jamie Meder (Cleveland Browns)

 

Top 10 Best Linebackers (with at least 100 snaps):

  1. Jamie Collins (New England Patriots)
  2. Preston Brown (Buffalo Bills)
  3. Vincent Rey (Cincinnati Bengals)
  4. Zach Brown (Buffalo Bills)
  5. K.J. Wright (Seattle Seahawks)
  6. Alec Ogletree (Los Angeles Rams)
  7. Jerrell Freeman (Indianapolis Colts)
  8. Bobby Wagner (Seattle Seahawks)
  9. Will Compton (Washington Redskins)
  10. Luke Kuechly (Carolina Panthers)

 

Top 10 Worst Linebackers (with at least 100 snaps):

  1. James Laurinaitis (New Orleans Saints)
  2. Tahir Whitehead (Detroit Lions)
  3. Malcolm Smith (Oakland Raiders)
  4. Zachary Orr (Baltimore Ravens)
  5. Karlos Dansby (Cincinnati Bengals)
  6. Manti Te’o (San Diego Chargers)
  7. Deone Bucannon (Arizona Cardinals)
  8. D’Qwell Jackson (Indianapolis Colts)
  9. Paul Posluszny (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  10. Kwon Alexander (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

 

Top Best Cornerbacks (with at least 100 snaps):

  1. Josh Norman (Washington Redskins)
  2. Joe Haden (Cleveland Browns)
  3. Casey Hayward (San Diego Chargers)
  4. Janoris Jenkins (New York Giants)
  5. Jimmie Ward (San Francisco 49ers)
  6. David Amerson (Oakland Raiders)
  7. Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals)
  8. Jacoby Glenn (Chicago Bears)
  9. Chris Harris (Denver Broncos)
  10. Darius Slay (Detroit Lions)

 

Top 10 Worst Cornerbacks (with at least 100 snaps):

  1. Perrish Cox (Tennessee Titans)
  2. Darrelle Revis (New York Jets)
  3. Ken Crawley (New Orleans Saints)
  4. Trae Waynes (Minnesota Vikings)
  5. Sean Davis (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  6. Stephon Gilmore (Buffalo Bills)
  7. Nolan Carroll (Philadelphia Eagles)
  8. Sean Smith (Oakland Raiders)
  9. Bashaud Breeland (Washington Redskins)
  10. Davon House (Jacksonville Jaguars)

 

Top 10 Best Safeties (with at least 100 snaps):

  1. Eric Reid (San Francisco 49ers)
  2. Tony Jefferson (Arizona Cardinals)
  3. Harrison Smith (Minnesota Vikings)
  4. Eric Weddle (Baltimore Ravens)
  5. Antoine Bethea (San Francisco 49ers)
  6. Byron Jones (Dallas Cowboys)
  7. Landon Collins (New York Giants)
  8. Maurice Alexander (Los Angeles Rams)
  9. T.J. McDonald (Los Angeles Rams)
  10. Corey Graham (Buffalo Bills)

 

Top 10 Worst Safeties (with at least 100 snaps):

  1. Kurt Coleman (Carolina Panthers)
  2. Chris Conte (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  3. Reggie Nelson (Oakland Raiders)
  4. Patrick Chung (New England Patriots)
  5. Shawn Williams (Cincinnati Bengals)
  6. David Bruton (Washington Redskins)
  7. T.J. Ward (Denver Broncos)
  8. Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks)
  9. Keith McGill (Oakland Raiders)
  10. Marcus Gilchrist (New York Jets)

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