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Pete Prisco ranks his top NFL players at each position. Clovdyx provided his list of top defensive ends. Also check out Prisco's Top 50

Defensive Ends
1. Jared Allen, VikingsClovdyx's Rankings

Games played: 16 Tackles: 54
Sacks: 14.5 Forced fumbles: 3
Analysis: He's an all-out player who never lets up. He creates problems with his power and his speed.
1. Richard Seymour, Patriots
Comment: Call it bias. Call it the fact the man is, when healthy, absolutely unblockable. Playing in a 3-4 scheme, he's not expected to put up gaudy stats every year. Even still, he managed 8 sacks last year in what proved a lesser year for New England's pass rush.
2. Julius Peppers, Panthers

Games played: 16 Tackles: 51
Sacks: 14.5 Forced fumbles: 5
Analysis: After a down season in 2007, he bounced back with a good one last season. His contract is an issue, but he will play in 2009.
2. Julius Peppers, Panthers
Comment: As said before, he's a freak of nature. His speed, size, and strength make him a mismatch for just about everybody.
3. Dwight Freeney, Colts

Games played: 15 Tackles: 28
Sacks: 10.5 Forced fumbles: 4
Analysis: He's a speed rusher who might be the most disruptive edge rusher when he's healthy. He impacts the game even when he's not getting sacks.
3. Mario Williams, Texans
Comment: Drafted No. 1 overall in 2006, many considered Williams a draft bust, after he only produced four sacks in his rookie year. However, he has a total of 26 sacks in the past two seasons. I expect big things from this guy, especially after the Texans signed somebody to play the other side of the line.
4. Mario Williams, Texans

Games played: 16 Tackles: 53
Sacks: 12 Forced fumbles: 4
Analysis: The past two seasons have taught us that this is a premier pass rusher. Still think he shouldn't have been the top pick?
4. Jared Allen, Vikings
Comment: The guy was very productive in Kansas City, despite playing on a weaker defense. He put up 14.5 sacks in his first year in Minnesota, and he was a great addition to Kevin and Pat Williams. He's made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2008, and I figure he'll probably make it again this year.
5. Justin Tuck, Giants

Games played: 16 Tackles: 67
Sacks: 12 Forced fumbles: 3
Analysis: He's a dominant pass rusher who emerged as a Pro Bowl player last season. Getting back Osi Umenyiora on the other side will help him be even better.
5. Jason Taylor, Dolphins
Comment: He's getting a bit older, or he'd be higher. As a Patriots fan, I've seen this guy wreck havoc on my favorite quarterback for years. He's made the Pro Bowl six times, and he's a former Defensive Player of the Year. Also an excellent dancer.
6. John Abraham, Falcons

Games played: 16 Tackles: 38
Sacks: 16.5 Forced fumbles: 4
Analysis: When he wants to be he is a disruptive force. His focus isn't always there.
6. Dwight Freeney, Colts
Comment: I've never been a big fan of this guy, but it's hard to argue with his production - he's reached double digit sacks in five out of seven seasons.
7. Trent Cole, Eagles

Games played: 16 Tackles: 77
Sacks: 9 Forced fumbles: 2
Analysis: He's a speed rusher who plays bigger than his size. He's much more than a situational rusher.
7. Osi Umenyiora, Giants
Comment: Why is he only seventh? Well, he's played his entire career with Michael Strahan, so he didn't have to deal with a ton of double teams. I also don't know how he'll come back from his injury. In 2007, he managed 13 sacks, but six of them came in one game. That means in fifteen other games, he only got to the quarterback seven times.
8. Richard Seymour, Patriots

Games played: 15 Tackles: 52
Sacks: 8 Forced fumbles: 0
Analysis: After a so-so 2007 season, he played well in 2008, leading the Pats in sacks with eight.
8. Trent Cole, Eagles
Comment: After four seasons, he's ranked fifteenth in Eagles history for sacks, with 32.5, despite only starting seven games as a rookie. He's also good against the run, putting up nearly eighty in each of the past two seasons.
9. Patrick Kerney, Seahawks

Games played: 7 Tackles: 21
Sacks: 5 Forced fumbles: 2
Analysis: He was bothered by injuries last season, but he is capable of double-digit sacks again in 2009.
9. Aaron Schobel, Bills
Comment: He was injured in 2008 and only posted one sack. He only managed six in 2007. However, he was averaging over ten the previous four years. He hasn't had a lot of help on the Bills defense lately, but he has the potential to have a good 2009 season.
10. Ty Warren, Patriots

Games played: 13 Tackles: 41
Sacks: 2 Forced fumbles: 1
Analysis: He doesn't get the due he deserves because he's not a pure pass rusher, but he's a good all-round end.
10. Kyle Vanden Bosch, Titans
Comment: He wasn't very productive in Arizona, but in four years with the Titans, he's been voted to the Pro Bowl twice. He only played ten games last year, but he had a good 2009. Haynesworth signing in Washington might him a little, by allowing teams to focus on him, but he should still do pretty well.
 
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