Honorable Mentions: Brandon Graham, Demarcus Lawrence, Cameron Heyward
- JJ Watt
JJ Watt is the greatest athlete to ever play defense but has recently been plagued by injury. A 4x Pro Bowl and All Pro defensive lineman with 3 defensive players of the year awards is an amazing accomplishment but recently he has only played 8 games in two seasons. I hope for a big comeback year for Watt to sure up the Texans defense and give them a run for the playoffs.
- Joey Bosa
2017 Stats: 16g, 4 FF, 1FR, 12.5 Sacks, 54 Tackles
Joey Bosa is emerging as one of the best defensive linemen in the league today. The 2016 defensive rookie of the year became a pro bowler last year on the star-studded Charger defense. In this upcoming year he looks to terrorize offenses across the league and finally go to the playoffs.
- Cameron Jordan
2017 Stats: 16g, 1 IntTD, 2 FF, 13 Sacks, 48 Tackles
Cameron Jordan really helped the young and up and coming Saints defense become one of the best in the league last year. Who knows what would’ve happened if the Saints could’ve tackled Stefon Diggs in the playoffs, possibly a Super Bowl appearance. This year I expect continued success for the 3x Pro Bowler and last years All Pro DE.
- Calais Campbell
2017 Stats: 16g, 3FF, 1FRTD, 14.5 Sacks, 47 Tackles
This absolute monster of a human being had a breakout year in his first season with the Jaguars. His presence on the top-rated Jags defense brought his team all the way to the AFC Championship game where they unfortunately lost to the Patriots. I expect the Jags to continue their success with Campbell on the front line and truly compete for a Super Bowl.
- Khalil Mack
2017 Stats: 16g, 1FF, 1FR, 10.5 Sacks, 61 Tackles
Khalil Mack is by far the most talented Left End in the game today and is the heart and soul of the Raiders Defense. With the addition of Super Bowl 37 coach, Jon Gruden the Raiders look to have more legitimacy after last year’s disappointing season. I am expecting a huge turnaround this upcoming year for Mack and the Raiders and potentially a playoff run.
Written by: Jack Cashman