Power Rankings The NFL Divisions By Defensive Line Situations.

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Welcome to week two of the Branded Sports NFL Divisional Power Rankings, broken down by position groups.  Last week we covered the offensive side of the ball, this week we will break down and rank the defensive side of the ball.

Last week’s offensive divisional rankings:

Running Backs


Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Lines

Today we will start the defensive divisional rankings with the defensive line groups.  I will name the four presumptive starters from each group next to the team name, and that is what the rankings are based off of.  I will rank the divisions from 8 to the 1.

Let the NFL Divisional Rankings continue, with our first defensive group, defensive lines:


Bills: Trent Murphy, Star Lotulelei, Ed Oliver, Jerry Hughes

Dolphins: Avery Moss, Davon Godchaux, Raekown Davis, Christian Wilkins

Jets: Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, Folorusno Fatukasi, Quinnen Williams

Patriots: Lawrence Guy, Beau Allen, Adam Butler, Deatrich Wise Jr.

Strange, the AFC East was in the bottom of the rankings almost all week within the offensive rankings, and now here they go again.  I think the Bills have the best DL in the division, but now they will probably be without Ed Oliver for a few games after his quarantine arrest.  Overall the names on this list can not be any higher than last.


Bears: Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, John Jenkins, Bilal Nichols,

Lions: Romeo Okwara, Dannay Shelton, Nick Williams, Trey Flowers

Packers: Dean Lowry, Kenny Clark, Tyler Lancaster, Preston Smith

Vikings: Danielle Hunter, Michael Pierce, Shamar Stephen, Ifeadi Odenigbo

The NFC North isn’t terrible, there are just 6 other divisions that are better.  You could count Mack as a DL for the bears and they may jump a spot.  I think Danielle Hunter can still be a beast but their DL also lost some big time talent this offseason.  The Lions have a chance to have a sneaky good DL, I can’t wait to see Romeo Okwara playing with his younger brother Julian this season.


Buccaneers: Ndamukong Suh, Vita Vea,, Jason Pierre-Paul

Falcons: Takkarist McKinley, Grady Jarrett, Tyeler Davison, Allen Bailey

Panthers: Stephen Weatherly, Derrick Brown, Kawann Short, Brian Burns

Saints: Cameron Jordan, Sheldon Rankins, Malcom Brown, Marcus Davenport

Again, some big time names in the NFC South.  Suh, Pierre-Paul, Short, Jordan, Rankins.  This division absolutely has a chance to finish the season ranked higher than 6 with the amount of talent.  I am very interested to see Marcus Davenport in his second year with the Saints on the other side of Cam Jordan.  The NFC South took 3 top spots in the offensive rankings, but their DL will sit at 6.


Colts: Justin Houston, DeForest Buckner, Denico Autry, Al-Quadin Muhammad

Jaguars: Josh Allen, Al Woods, Tavon Bryan, Yannick Ngakoue

Texans: J.J. Watt, Brandon Dunn, Charles Omenihu, Tim Jernigan

Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DaQuan Jones, Isaiah Mack, Jack Crawford

Lunch pale.  That is what this group screams at me.  Go to work, do your job.  Very solid group from top to bottom lead by long time wrecker J.J. Watt.  But there are also questions, will Yannick play for the Jags this season?  How will Justin Houston fit in, in Indy?  Can the best player in the division J.J. Watt stay healthy?


49ers: Nick Bosa, Javon Kinlaw, Solomon Thomas, Arik Armstead

Cardinals: Zach Allen, Jordan Phillips, Leki Fotu, Corey Peters

Rams: Micheal Brockers, A’Shawn Robinson, Greg Gaines, Aaron Donald

Seahawks: Bruce Irvin, Poona Ford, Jarran Reed, Benson Mayowa

I would love to put this division in the top 3, and maybe some would.  I mean Bosa took the NFL by storm last year.  Aaron Donald could be the best overall defensive player in football.  Bruce Irvin still has a lot to prove up in Seattle.  But there are also some blah names… Ive seen Benson Mayowa play and he stinks.  The Cardinals need help on their DL.  The 49ers still seem to be shopping Solomon Thomas.  Just outside the top 3 for me.


Broncos: Jurrell Casey, Mike Purcell, Kyle Peko, Shelby Harris

Chargers: Joey Bosa, Justin Jones, Linval Joseph, Melvin Ingram III

Chiefs: Alex Okafor, Chris Jones, Derrick Nnadi, Frank Clark

Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, Maliek Collins, Johnathan Hankins, Maxx Crosby

From the NFC West to the AFC West.  From one Bosa brother to the other.  Coming in at number 3 is the AFC West.  Jurrell Casey is ready for a breakout year in Denver.  Bosa and Ingram could easily be the best 1-2 punch on a DL in the league.   The Chiefs DL played amazing on the SB run led by Chris Jones and Frank Clark.  The weakest line will definitely be the Raiders but could step up and shut me up.


Bengals: Carlos Dunlap, D.J. Reader, Geno Atkins, Sam Hubbard

Browns: Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, Sheldon Richardson, Olivier Vernon

Ravens: Derek Wolfe, Brandon Williams, Daylon Mack, Calais Campbell

Steelers: Stephon Tuitt, Dan McCullers, Cameron Heyward, T.J. Watt

Smash mouth, punch you in the face football.  That is what this division says.  Led by vets like Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins who have done it in the North forever.  Myles Garrett is going to have a massive chip on his shoulder coming off suspension.  The additions of Wolfe and Campbbell for the Ravens are amazing.  I think the Steelers DL is as tough as they come.  Stephon Tuitt is the most underrated defensive lineman in the entire league.


Cowboys:  DeMarcus Lawrence, Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe, Tyron Crawford (Aldon Smith)

Eagles:  Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Derek Barnett

Giants:  Dexter Lawrence, Delvin Tomlinson, Chris Slayton, Leonard Williams

Redskins:  Ryan Kerrigan, Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Chase Young

After putting these rankings together, it is clear that the NFC East is the top dog and it is not even close.  The Redskins may have the best DL in the league.  Adding Chase Young to that already stacked group is not even fair.  The Giants may have the “worst” DL in the division but they still have Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams.  Fletcher Cox is the best big man in the NFL and their line ALWAYS finds ways to wreck games.  The Cowboys have completely remade their DL, DLaw has the skills to be a top 3 pass rusher in the NFL.  McCoy and Poe.. A healthy Tyron Crawford and an apparent clean and crazy in shape Aldon Smith?  The NFC East is a monster.

Those are the first defensive divisional rankings. Tomorrow we will be ranking linebacker groups.

Let us know your thoughts on the DL rankings.


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