NFL Positional Power Rankings: 3-4 Defense

July 19, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With half of the NFL employing some variation of the 3-4 defense a player has to be something truly special to be regarded as a top five defender at their position. Given that more 3-4 teams sprout up every year, more teams than ever are drafting specifically for the 3-4, which means some readers may be surprised at the defensive mainstays who have been left off this list. This is a list of the top five defensive players who play a position in the front seven of a 3-4 scheme. This is not about potential for seasons afterward but only the 2010/2011 NFL season. For each position: To even be considered for this list, a player's health for the upcoming season must be without question. I have also included an “Injury Replacement Player”, just in case a top five player suffers a serious injury before the season starts. For my 4-3 player power rankings I included as a bonus the top five safeties and cornerbacks regardless of scheme. So for the 3-4 bonus I rank the 6-10th bes...

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