D-Line Rankings (06/11/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
2015 NFL Positional Power Rankings – ranking every player in the NFL by position.

Our NFL Positional Power Rankings are based on an impact score (0 - 10 scale) for each player. This score is a relative value based on the projections that can put players in context across positions. A score of seven or above can generally outperform a replacement player in the NFL at his position; an eight or above can be expected to start adequately and a player with a rating over nine is a unique, game-changing athlete.

Rankings: offensive skill positions (including quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends). Offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and defensive secondary rankings will be revealed in the coming days.

For more fun with impact scores check out the NFL Draft Machine.


The highest rated players: Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (10 out of 10). The defensive end is the only player in the NFL to receive a perfect score. Houston has a top five defensive line with Watt. If you replace the Texans' jack-of-all-trades with an average player, Houston's defensive line falls into the bottom ten.

Which team has the best defensive line in the league? St. Louis' line features two Pro Bowlers in end Robert Quinn and tackle Aaron Donald as well as three former first round picks in Chris Long, Michael Brockers and Nick Fairley. The Rams defensive line unit has an average impact score of 8.89 out of 10.

There are thirteen defensive linemen that earned impact scores of nine or above (game-changing).

The highest rated tackles: St. Louis Rams' Aaron Donald (9.4 out of 10), Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gerald McCoy (9.2 out of 10), and Miami Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh (9.1 out of 10).

Most improved defensive lines: Redskins from 28th in 2014 to 6th in 2015, Vikings (23rd to 8th), Cowboys (30th to 17th), Steelers (25th to 15th) and Giants (16th to 7th).

Top 10 to Bottom 10 – Raiders 4th in 2014 to 26th in 2015 and Colts (9th to 32nd).

Defensive Line Power Rankings

Team Average Defensive Line Ranking
St. Louis Rams 8.89
New York Jets 8.84
Miami Dolphins 8.78
Buffalo Bills 8.77
Houston Texans 8.46
Washington Redskins 8.44
New York Giants 8.42
Minnesota Vikings 8.30
Atlanta Falcons 8.30
Carolina Panthers 8.29
Tennessee Titans 8.29
Philadelphia Eagles 8.26
Detroit Lions 8.24
Seattle Seahawks 8.24
Pittsburgh Steelers 8.20
Arizona Cardinals 8.18
Dallas Cowboys 8.16
Baltimore Ravens 8.13
Cleveland Browns 8.10
Denver Broncos 8.07
Green Bay Packers 7.99
Kansas City Chiefs 7.98
San Francisco 49ers 7.96
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7.96
New Orleans Saints 7.96
Oakland Raiders 7.93
Jacksonville Jaguars 7.89
Cincinnati Bengals 7.87
New England Patriots 7.85
Chicago Bears 7.85
San Diego Chargers 7.75
Indianapolis Colts 7.70