Rank 'Em: NFL's top defensive players

Created: May 23, 2011, 11:18 AM

Clay Matthews has 23.5 sacks in his first two seasons.

How do the best defensive players in the NFL stack up?

The mantra that defense wins championships seems to have been proven true over the last few years with Troy Polamalu and Clay Matthews, two of the best offense-stoppers in the league, helping earn Super Bowl rings for their teams. But they have plenty of competition from the likes of DeMarcus Ware and Darrelle Revis who are looking to add to their jewelry cabinets.

Below you will find the top 15 as determined by our stable of NFL experts. Simply click on the images to start ranking! You must rank at least five to submit your ballot!

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Receivers | RB | Coach | Pass-rush | TE | LB | CB | QB | S | Owners | Helmets

  • Philadelphia Eagles, CB
  • Kansas City Chiefs, LB
  • Pittsburgh Steelers, LB
  • Green Bay Packers, LB
  • Baltimore Ravens, DT
  • Chicago Bears, DE
  • Pittsburgh Steelers, S
  • Baltimore Ravens, S
  • New York Jets, CB
  • San Francisco 49ers, DT
  • Baltimore Ravens, LB
  • Detroit Lions, DT
  • Dallas Cowboys, LB
  • San Francisco 49ers, LB
  • Green Bay Packers, CB