Mid-Season All-Pro Team – Defense

DEFENSE: 4-3

DEFENSIVE END

DeMarcus Lawrence- Dallas Cowboys

No defensive player has had a true breakout season as the fourth-year man out of Boise State has. Lawrence leads the league in total sacks and has forced his opponents to lose the ball more than any other edge rusher in the league as well.

Season Stats: 29 tackles, 10.5 sacks for 115 yards, 3 forced fumbles, 2 recoveries


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Melvin Ingram- LA Chargers

The Chargers’ pass defense looks to become one of the NFL’s best, and Ingram is a major reason for their rise. He has almost become unblockable and continues his rise as one of the league’s most feared edge defenders, with a steady PFF grade score incline every year since 2013.

Season Stats: 32 tackles, 8.5 sacks for 72 yards, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery

Other Candidates: Von Miller, Joey Bosa, Cameron Jordan


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DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Calais Campbell- Jacksonville Jaguars

The acquisition of Campbell may be both the Jags’ greatest ever free agency move in their history, and the best NFL free agency move of 2017. The ex-Cardinal has terrorised offensive lines since week one, and has proven to be very effective in run defense also.

Season Stats: 32 tackles, 10 sacks for 65 yards, 2 forced fumbles


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Aaron Donald- LA Rams

Despite a Mexican standoff with the Rams in week one due to a contract dispute, the fourth-year man out of Pittsburgh continues to get things done on the field. Despite an underwhelming statline, it’s the pressure and intensity he provides on the opposition quarterback that makes him one of the league’s elite interior linemen.

Season Stats: 16 tackles, 3 sacks for 23 yards, 1 forced fumble

Other Candidates: Geno Atkins, Ndamukong Suh, DeForest Buckner


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LINEBACKER

Bobby Wagner – Seattle Seahawks

Seattle’s big-time defense is back, and their versatile middle-man is a major part of their resurgence. The sixth-year man out of Utah State leads the team in tackles and second in scrimmage stuffs behind edge rusher Michael Bennett.

Season Stats: 61 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, 4 pass deflections


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Telvin Smith – Jacksonville Jaguars

When it comes to stopping the run, there’s no linebacker as productive and dangerous as Smith, who has now become the cornerstone of an elite NFL defense. He also helps in pass defense, boasting 2 interceptions and 3 pass deflections already in what looks to be a pro-bowl season.

Season Stats: 58 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INTs, 1 fumble recovery, 3 pass deflections, 5.5 stuffs


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Ryan Shazier – Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers’ old-school defense is back, and the four-year man out of Ohio State has proven to be one of the most dangerous inside linebackers in the league. He broke out in 2016 providing good production, but looks to have taken it to a new level so far this season, with a great mixture of run and pass rushing abilities.

Season Stats: 64 tackles, 0 sacks, 2 INTs, 2 forced fumbles, 8 pass deflections, 3 stuffs

Other Candidates: Lavonte David, Luke Keuchly, Myles Jack


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CORNERBACK

Jalen Ramsey- Jacksonville Jaguars

The second year man out of Florida State has been widely compared to the great Darrelle Revis, and there’s no denying that comparison when watching him out on the gridiron. Ramsey ranks second in the league for pass deflections and has proven to be a very effective tackler in the open field.

Season Stats: 25 tackles, 2 INTs, 11 pass deflections


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Marshon Lattimore- New Orleans Saints

He was one of our pre-season picks at defensive rookie of the year and he has not disappointed; In fact, the presence of Lattimore has improved the entire Saints pass defensive unit so much that they have almost jumped 20 spots in overall efficiency since this time last year.

Season Stats: 27 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 TD, 7 pass deflections


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Tre’davious White- Buffalo Bills

Another rookie cornerback selection for our third cornerback selection, but it’s hard not to leave out an aggressive playmaking corner with great ball skills and elite closing-down speed. The Bills are becoming a defensive juggernaut, and White looks to be one of the leaders of this unit for many years to come.

Season Stats: 26 tackes, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 12 pass deflections

Other Candidates: Jason McCourty, A.J Bouye, Patrick Robinson


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FREE SAFETY

Micah Hyde- Buffalo Bills

The trade acquisition that sent Hyde to the Bills has been quite under the radar and may now look like one of the best trade moves that Buffalo have made for quite some time. He has suddenly made the Bills defensive unit an intimidating force once more, leading the league in interceptions and forcing opposition quarterbacks to second guess their decision to throw the ball even remotely near him.

Season Stats: 30 tackles, 5 INTs, 8 pass deflections

Other Candidate: Glover Quin


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STRONG SAFETY

Harrison Smith- Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are one of the NFL’s best when it comes to defending the deep ball, and Smith is a huge part of their efficiency in this category. The playmaker out of Notre Dame leads the team in interceptions and ranks second for pass deflections.

Season Stats: 43 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 INTs, 6 pass deflections

Other Candidate: Tyvon Branch


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