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The 5 O’Clock Club: Blogging the Boys names the best player at every defensive position in the NFC East

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Blogging the Boys recently published an article that purported to identify the best player at every defensive position in the NFC East.

Prepare to be shocked to hear that the Cowboys website picked Dallas players to fill 7 of the 11 positions.

BtB assigned two positions to the Commanders, and one each to the Eagle and Giants.

Here are the defensive rankings for the 4 teams for the 2022 season:

From Blogging the Boys:

Best defensive player at each position in the NFC East

The NFC East has some stacked teams, and we try to identify the best player on defense at each position.

  • DT - Jonathan Allen, Commanders

Washington’s 2017 first-round draft pick (17th overall) is coming off of back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons after accumulating a total of 16.5 QB sacks in 2021 and 2022. He is arguably the most consistent and dominant defensive tackle in the NFC East.

  • DT - Dexter Lawrence, Giants

The Giants 2019 first-round pick (17th overall) was a second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in 2022. At just 25 years old he is among the best DTs in the league and is coming off a career year after accumulating 7.5 QB sacks.

  • EDGE - DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys

D-Law is one of the most underrated EDGE players in the NFL. He is a three-time Pro Bowl player and arguably one of the most well-rounded defensive ends in the entire league. The impact he makes as both a run defender and pass rusher is invaluable.

  • EDGE - Micah Parsons, Cowboys

The 12th overall pick in 2020 is already a two-time First-Team All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection. In his two seasons with the Cowboys he has 26.5 QB sacks in a hybrid LB/EDGE role and is considered one of the best, if not the best, defensive players in the entire league.

  • LB - Haasan Reddick, Eagles

Considered a first-round bust prior to joining the Eagles, the former 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft has become a difference-making type of defender. In a hybrid LB/EDGE role, he accumulated 16 QB sacks in 2022 and was a second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection.

  • LB - Leighton Vander Esch, Cowboys

Dallas’ former first-round draft pick (19th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft and was a Pro Bowl selection and second-team All-Pro as a rookie. Despite struggling with injuries throughout his career, he is still arguably the best off-ball LB in the NFC East.

  • CB - Stephon Gilmore, Cowboys

The 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, two-time First-team All-Pro, and five-time Pro Bowl CB is a newcomer to the NFC East after being acquired from the Colts. He is already a top player at his position in the NFC East, narrowly edging out Darius Slay.

  • CB - Trevon Diggs, Cowboys

The two-time Pro Bowl player and one-time First-Team All-Pro is not only the best CB in the NFC East, but also one of the best in the entire league. He could very well end up becoming the highest-paid player at his position when his next contract is finalized.

  • CB (slot) - DaRon Bland, Cowboys

The Cowboys fifth-round pick (167th overall) last year in the 2022 NFL Draft had one heck of a rookie season. After both Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis went down with season-ending injuries, he ended up starting eight games and accumulated a team-high five INT’s.

  • S - Donovan Wilson, Cowboys

The Cowboys former 2019 sixth-round pick enjoyed a career-best season in 2022; he recorded a team-best 101 total tackles, five QB sacks, one interception, two pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered one fumble, and four tackles for loss.

  • S - Kamren Curl, Commanders

The Commanders seventh-round pick (216th overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft has become one best young safeties in NFC East in just two short years. He narrowly edges out Jayron Kearse here, but the difference between the two is splitting hairs at best.


Which player did BtB get wrong in this article?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    DT Jonathan Allen (WAS)
    (10 votes)
  • 8%
    DT Dexter Lawrence (NYG)
    (71 votes)
  • 9%
    EDGE DeMarcus Lawrence (DAL)
    (78 votes)
  • 0%
    EDGE Micah Parsons (DAL)
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    LB Haasan Reddick (PHI)
    (5 votes)
  • 21%
    LB Leighton Vander Esch (DAL)
    (175 votes)
  • 12%
    CB Stephon Gilmore (DAL)
    (103 votes)
  • 4%
    CB Trevon Diggs (DAL)
    (34 votes)
  • 26%
    Slot DaRon Bland (DAL)
    (213 votes)
  • 8%
    S Donovan Wilson (DAL)
    (65 votes)
  • 0%
    S Kamren Curl (WAS)
    (7 votes)
  • 4%
    BtB got ‘em all right!!
    (32 votes)
800 votes total Vote Now


Which Washington defensive player should have made this list but didn’t?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    EDGE Montez Sweat
    (112 votes)
  • 49%
    DT Daron Payne
    (444 votes)
  • 0%
    EDGE Chase Young
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    LB Jamin Davis
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    LB Cody Barton
    (1 vote)
  • 7%
    CB Kendall Fuller
    (65 votes)
  • 6%
    S Darrick Forrest
    (58 votes)
  • 22%
    No Commanders got snubbed
    (205 votes)
896 votes total Vote Now