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In 2012, J.J. Watt nearly unanimously won NFL defensive player of the year, thanks to video-game-on-easy numbers (and, as a result, the success of his Houston Texans). Is the 24-year-old already the best defensive lineman in football? Or will the rest of the pack catch up in 2013? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL DLs in 2013

Jared Allen

Jared Allen

Vikings
2012: 45 tackles, 12 sacks, FF

Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins

Bengals
2012: 53 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 4 FF

Elvis Dumervil

Elvis Dumervil

Ravens
2012: 54 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 6 FF

Chris Long

Chris Long

Rams
2012: 33 tackles, 11.5 sacks

Haloti Ngata

Haloti Ngata

Ravens
2012: 51 tackles, 5 sacks

Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers

Bears
2012: 39 tackles, 11.5 sacks, FF

Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul

Giants
2012: 66 tackles, 6.5 sacks, FF

B.J. Raji

B.J. Raji

Packers
2012: 26 tackles

Justin Smith

Justin Smith

49ers
2012: 66 tackles, 3 sacks

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

Lions
2012: 35 tackles, 8 sacks

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

Texans
2012: 81 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 4 FF

Cameron Wake

Cameron Wake

Dolphins
2012: 53 tackles, 15 sacks, 3 FF

DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Ware

Cowboys
2012: 56 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 5 FF

Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork

Patriots
2012: 48 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 2 FF

Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams

Vikings
2012: 30 tackles, 2.0 sacks

Mario Williams

Mario Williams

Bills
2012: 46 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 FF

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The next two picks after the Ravens took Haloti Ngata with the No. 12 pick in the 2006 draft? Kamerion Wimbley and Brodrick Bunkley. Talk about good timing. If you've heard from either Wimbley or Bunkley recently, let us know. There are no such difficulties locating Ngata, whose play for the Ravens earned him a five-year extension worth $40 million in the first two years and $61 million overall. Rank 'Em: Best players from the 2006 draft?


Mulligan on the 2006 draft?

It seems safe to suggest neither Reggie Bush nor Vince Young will reign over the 2006 draft class, but could Ngata earn that title?

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Ngata or Ndamukong Suh?

Ngata does his work as the nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, while Suh punishes offenses in a 4-3 defense in Detroit. Whom would you rather have?

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