Thursday, January 15, 2009

2008 Defensive Tackle Ratings

Ask observant NFL fans who the best defensive tackles were in 2008 and I'm pretty sure there are five names that will consistently come up: Albert Haynesworth, Kevin Williams, Shaun Rogers, Jay Ratliff, and Haloti Ngata. Jamal Williams, Fred Robbins, and Kris Jenkins (who had been having a very strong season before seeing his level of play fall off in the last handful of games) would also likely be mentioned quite a bit, as probably would Darnell Dockett (especially now with the Cards doing so well in the playoffs). Using the statistical rating system I discussed in the previous posts, those names all show up near the top (nine of the top fourteen spots). Anyway, here are the twenty defensive tackles with the highest ratings. Pat Williams would have had a shot at being twentieth if he hadn't missed the last two games.

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