NFL Defensive End Rankings

Jake DeWitt

Tier 1

1. JJ Watt (Houston Texans)
Watt belongs in the conversation with Von Miller and Luke Kuechley as the most dominant defensive players in the NFL. Of course, his recent back injury hurts his status, but when he plays… the Texans win. He deflects passes at the line, makes sacks, secures tackles in the backfield, oh, and he scores touchdowns on offense too!

2. Fletcher Cox (Philadelphia Eagles)
Fletcher broke out in 2015 with nine sacks, primarily from the interior lineman position. He works from the outside at times in 2016, but the presence of Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin limits his upside in terms of defensive end rankings.

3. Muhammad Wilkerson (New York Jets)
Wilkerson. Wow. He recorded 12 sacks in 2015, as well as seven passes deflected. Next to Leonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson (when he’s not in legal trouble!), Wilkerson performs as a legitimate top defensive end. He should be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

Tier 2

4. Mike Daniels (Green Bay Packers)
5. Calais Campbell (Arizona Cardinals)
6. Ezekiel Ansah (Detroit Lions)
7. Everson Griffin (Minnesota Vikings)
8. Robert Quinn (Los Angels Rams)
9. Carlos Dunlap (Cincinnati Bengals)

Tier 3

10. Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers)
11. Cameron Jordan (New Orleans Saints)
12. Cliff Avril (Seattle Seahawks)
13. Olivier Vernon (New York Giants)
14. Michael Bennett (Seattle Seahawks)
15. Jurrell Casey (Tennessee Titans)
16. Sheldon Richardson (New York Jets)
17. Demarcus Lawrence (Dallas Cowboys)
18. Derek Wolfe (Denver Broncos)

Tier 4

19. Connor Barwin (Philadelphia Eagles)
20. Charles Johnson (Carolina Panthers)
21. Malik Jackson (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Tier 5

22. Robert Ayers (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
23. Jerry Hughes (Buffalo Bills)
24. Brandon Graham (Philadelphia Eagles)
25. Chandler Jones (Arizona Cardinals)

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Author: Thrive Nation

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