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Old 06-19-2005, 02:07 AM   #1
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Positional Rankings: End By Clark Judge

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1. Dwight Freeney, Colts He reminds me a lot of Derrick Thomas the way he rushes to the passer, keeping his body low so there's little for an offensive lineman to block. The guy is durable, missing only one game in three years, and effective with 40 sacks and 17 forced fumbles.
2. Julius Peppers, Panthers One scout complained that he was "too up and down," but I don't see it. Peppers has it all, with long arms, speed, quickness and surprising strength. A year ago he had 11 sacks, two interceptions, seven passes defensed, one touchdown and made a run at the league's Defensive Player of the Year award.
3. Jason Taylor, Dolphins He's a close third behind Peppers, largely because he's been remarkably consistent over the years. He's quick and instinctive and rarely sits down -- playing all 16 games six of the past seven years. In the last five he had no fewer than 8.5 sacks, reaching a career-high 18.5 in 2002.
4. Patrick Kerney, Falcons The Falcons thought enough of this guy that they made him their second highest-paid player. He plays well with his hands, gets off blocks and can turn the corner with the game's best. The numbers reflect it; Kerney produced a team-high 13 sacks, two forced fumbles and seven deflected passes last season.
5. Shaun Ellis, Jets He plays the run better than Peppers and is effective -- though not as effective as Peppers -- as a pass rusher. Forget about John Abraham; Ellis is the steadier defensive end on the Jets. He has 23.5 sacks the past two seasons, and, more important, hasn't missed much time because of injuries.
6. Simeon Rice, Buccaneers All I know is that Tampa didn't get past Philadelphia in the playoffs until Rice showed up, and there's a reason. He's one of the game's best and most disciplined pass rushers, with an explosive first step and the know-how to reach the quarterback. The proof: He has three years with at least 15 sacks, including two of the past three.
7. Jevon Kearse, Eagles The Eagles gambled on him with a $17 million signing bonus, and the move paid off with Kearse staying healthy and the Eagles graduating to the Super Bowl. Kearse is adequate versus the run but is a special pass rusher, with at least 7.5 sacks in five of his six pro seasons.
8. Bertrand Berry, Cardinals Arizona is ready to make a push, and it's because of a defense that soared to 12th overall last year -- with Berry leading the charge. All he did was produce 14.5 sacks, or 9.5 more than the next best Cardinal. For the record, Berry has 26 sacks and seven forced fumbles the past two seasons..
9. Charles Grant, Saints If New Orleans ever makes the climb up the ladder it will be because of guys like Grant. He can play the run or pass effectively, largely because of great upper-body strength that allows him to fend off blocks and because of his speed off the edge. Grant is young, with only three years' experience, but already has 27.5 sacks.
10. James Hall, Lions After a slow start, Hall has come on in a hurry -- starting the past two years and leading the Lions with 11.5 sacks last year. He has long arms, great strength and an array of pass-rush moves. What you like almost as much is that he plays the run well, too.

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Old 06-19-2005, 09:33 AM   #2
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RE: Positional Rankings: End By Clark Judge

... I think Grant is better than Kearse...
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Old 06-19-2005, 10:11 AM   #3
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RE: Positional Rankings: End By Clark Judge

Grant is my favorite player on the entire team. I'm glad he's getting some recognition. He deserves it.
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Old 06-19-2005, 11:06 AM   #4
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now he'll have to live up to it.
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Old 06-19-2005, 04:38 PM   #5
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i think grant should be ranked somewhere around 5 or 6. LOE.....what did i tell you bout bringin that thing round here!!!!!
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