Ranking top 10 defensive linemen

NFL free agents 2023: Ranking top 10 defensive linemen originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

In today’s NFL, it’s imperative for teams to have a defensive line that can keep the elite offenses in check. Without interior defensive linemen and edge rushers who can get into the backfield, there’s virtually no chance of containing the top offensive teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles.

Fortunately for the teams lacking in that category, there is no shortage of options scheduled to become free agents in March. There are several available defensive linemen who can make an immediate impact, though the top options likely will cost a pretty penny. For some, it may be worth the price.

2023 NFL free agents: Top 25 overall | QB | RB | WR | TE | OL

Here are the top 10 defensive linemen set to hit the market this spring.

Age: 29

2022 stats (Jets): 3.0 sacks, 43 tackles, 1 forced fumble

The Jets defense was a bright spot in 2022, and Rankins was right in the middle of it. He’s a solid interior defender who should also be fairly affordable, which makes him an attractive option in what’s set to be a booming defensive line market.

Age: 32

2022 stats (Eagles): 7.0 sacks, 43 tackles, 1 forced fumble

Cox’s best days might be behind him, but the six-time Pro Bowler still has plenty in the tank. He proved that with seven sacks — hist most since 2018 — and 14 QB hits. After 11 seasons with the Eagles, it’s hard to picture him in a new uniform next year.

Age: 35

2022 stats (Eagles): 11.0 sacks, 35 tackles, two forced fumbles

Graham is proving age is just a number At age 34, he notched a career-high 11 sacks. The veteran edge rusher would be a huge get for any defense, but like with Cox, it’s hard to picture him leaving Philadelphia at this point.

Age: 26

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2022 stats (Cardinals): 5.5 sacks, 47 tackles

Allen had a strong 2022 season with the Cardinals and is only getting better with each year. He has racked up 9.5 sacks,…

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Publish date : 2023-01-31 02:21:00

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