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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Your Call: It's a tie on best defender

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

We ran a Call It poll last week, asking you to name the NFC South’s best defensive player.

The results are in and we don’t just have a winner. We have two. Carolina linebacker Jon Beason and New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma tied for first with 32 percent of the vote.

Atlanta’s John Abraham was third with 18 percent and Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber collected 15 percent. We did this as a prelude to the ESPN.com Power Rankings for defensive players, which will be announced Tuesday afternoon.

You’ll have to wait until then to see if Beason and Vilma made the top-10 list.

We won’t break this tie, but I will tell you my vote in this poll went to Beason. Vilma’s a great linebacker, but I think Beason’s a little better because he’s more dynamic.