- Matt Williamson, ESPN.com
Each Monday, Matt Williamson from Scouts Inc. breaks down a key position group in a division. Last week, he reviewed AFC North defensive lines. Today, he reviews and ranks the NFC North pass rushes from best to worst.
First off, let's just say that this is an extremely difficult exercise in this division. The four NFC North teams have a wide variety of defensive players who excel at getting after the quarterback -- and they come in all shapes and sizes. Individually speaking, I will put Clay Matthews at the top of the heap. The Packers are still missing a legit outside complement to Matthews. However, they have one of the best defensive lines in all of football, and B.J. Raji and Cullen Jenkins show the consistent ability to harass quarterbacks. Jenkins is up for free agency, though, and losing him could really hurt this defense's ability to produce pressure. With his pass-rush skills and ability to play in any scheme, Jenkins will be attractive to the rest of the league.
Scouts Inc. examines and ranks the pass-rushers in the NFC North.