Green Bay Packers Unit Grades, Part V: Defensive Line

May 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The series grading all the units continues after a hiatus to cover the draft and free agency. It now moves to the defense, and will be focused on 2009, not the outlook for 2010.
This is one part of a three-part assessment, and deals with the starting three. Click the following links to see the back-ups and overall unit grades.
Cullen Jenkins: A
Jenkins defied the odds as a 3-4 lineman, actually appearing on the stat sheet. He recorded a solid 23 tackles and nine assists, but managed a whopping 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and even picked off a pass.
Only three linemen in a 3-4 accumulated more sacks, and no one made as much of an impact in either fumbles forced or picks. Jenkins was also able to apply consistent pressure even when he did not reach the quarterback.
Johnny Jolly: A-

Jolly had an incredible season. Not only was he on the field for virtually all of the team's snaps, but he applied pressure and made plays despit...

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