Budding stars, reliable vets make up midseason defensive team

Midway through the 2007 season, who are the league's best players on defense? Len Pasquarelli shares his selections.

Originally Published: November 7, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

My midseason defensive All-Pro team is nearly split between the AFC and NFC. Two members of the undefeated Patriots made our elite 11: cornerback Asante Samuel and outside linebacker Mike Vrabel. For my offensive All-Pro team, click here.

Right end

Jared Allen, Kansas City Chiefs

Reasoning: Despite missing the first two games of the season because of a league-imposed suspension, the four-year veteran has 29 tackles, 8½ sacks, two forced fumbles ...

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