Monday, May 9, 2011
Call It: NFC South's best D-line?
By Pat Yasinskas
In this Insider post, Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson ranks the four NFC South defensive lines.
Although Atlanta has the division’s most dynamic pass-rusher in John Abraham and the best interior player in Jonathan Babineaux, I won’t argue with Williamson ranking New Orleans as the best defensive line in the NFC South.
The Saints have the division’s most complete defensive line, and the addition of first-round pick Cameron Jordan should only help in that regard. Put Jordan and Will Smith together and you’ve got two quality defensive ends. Same with Sedrick Ellis and Shaun Rogers at defensive tackle.
I think Atlanta can close the gap with a big free-agent signing (Ray Edwards?) and improved play from Peria Jerry, who has been hampered by a knee issue almost from the start of his career.
Tampa Bay and Carolina are both building with youth on the defensive line, and the Bucs used their first two picks this year on defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers, while the Panthers used two third-round picks on defensive tackles Terrell McClain and Sione Fua. The Panthers already have promise on the outside, where Charles Johnson is coming off a breakout season.
But let’s turn it over to you. Take a look at the Call It poll to the right and cast your ballot for the best defensive line in the NFC South.