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Scouts Inc. rankings: Defense

Scouts Inc. continues to share their preseason lists ranking players by position. I’m sure you’ll find a great deal to debate about the placement of AFC South players. I know I have some issues.

Here’s our look with my one big impression:

Defensive endsInsider

4) Dwight Freeney

5) Mario Williams (not an outside linebacker)

9) Robert Mathis

22) Aaron Kampman

26) Matt Roth

34) Antonio Smith

54) William Hayes

57) Jacob Ford

70) Tyler Brayton

79) Dave Ball

81) Jeremy Mincey

85) Jamaal Anderson

90) Connor Barwin

91) Tim Bulman

108) Jerry Hughes

116) Derrick Morgan

I think: Potential didn’t score much here for guys like Barwin, Hughes or Morgan.

Defensive tacklesInsider

20) Jason Jones (now an end)

24) Tyson Alualu

32) Tommie Harris

33) Terrance Knighton

51) Shaun Cody

52) Shaun Smith

53) Fili Moala

61) Jovan Haye

83) Earl Mitchell

84) Antonio Johnson

85) Eric Foster

100) Sen’Derrick Marks

I think: Alualu and Knighton are too low, and Harris in front of Knighton is crazy.

LinebackersInsider

13) Daryl Smith

25) Paul Posluszny

28) DeMeco Ryans

35) Brian Cushing

36) Gary Brackett

43) Barrett Ruud

57) Will Witherspoon

67) Clint Session

85) Pat Angerer

107) Ernie Sims

127) Daryl Sharpton

129) Gerald McRath

146) Philip Wheeler

I think: Titans rookie Akeem Ayers will end the season ranked ahead of Ruud and Witherspoon.

SafetiesInsider

10) Michael Griffin

14) Danieal Manning

15) Antoine Bethea

20) Chris Hope

32) Dawan Landry

36) Melvin Bullitt

88) Courtney Greene

92) Jordan Babineaux

97) Vincent Fuller

99) Troy Nolan

103) Anthony Smith

I think: Bethea rarely makes mistakes and is a sure tackler. He’s consistently underrated.

CornerbacksInsider

13) Cortland Finnegan

17) Johnathan Joseph

21) Rashean Mathis

41) Kareem Jackson

47) Glover Quin (now a safety)

76) Alterraun Verner

85) Jerraud Powers

94) Derek Cox

93) Jason Allen

96) Jacob Lacey

97) Drew Coleman

101) Jason McCourty

I think: I wouldn’t have guessed that the Texans would have the highest rated pair of starters and I don’t feel good about Jackson’s spot.