Top Ten Best Defensive Tackles Going Into the 2020 NFL Season

The Top Ten

Aaron Donald Aaron Charles Donald is an American football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League.

Donald is far and away not only the best defensive tackle in the NFL, but the best defensive player in general. He put up 12.5 sacks as a defensive tackle, which is down from 20.5 sacks from his second Defensive Player of the Year season in 2018. He is hard to stop, and is feared by every offensive lineman and quarterback.

Chris Jones

Jones recently got the extension he deserved with the Chiefs, and now the top defensive tackle is looking to help the Chiefs to multiple more Super Bowls. He is the best player on their defense.

Fletcher Cox Fletcher Cox is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

Cox has been a great player for the Eagles for years, and while 2019 was a little bit of a down year for him, he remains a top five defensive tackle in the game.

DeForest Buckner

Playing on a great defensive line, Buckner had another great season ending with a second team all-pro nod. Now, he is playing with the Colts, which he will definitely improve their defensive line as well. He is a great defensive tackle.

Geno Atkins

Atkins has played on a lot of bad teams in his long career, and gets somewhat overlooked. Still, the Bengals have a top ten defensive tackle in the NFL in Atkins.

Cameron Heyward Cameron Phillips Heyward is an American football defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

Heyward was a first team all-pro in 2019, and it’s easy to see why he was. He is just one of the many great players on a top Steelers defense, and he leads the defensive line, as one of the top defensive tackles in the game.

Jurrell Casey Jurrell Casey is an American football defensive end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

Casey, the five time Pro Bowler, was traded to the Broncos this offseason, and looks to continue his Pro Bowl streak there.

Grady Jarrett

Jarrett finally had his true breakout season in 2019, being named to a Pro Bowl and second team all-pro team. The Falcons signed him to an extension as well.

Kenny Clark

Clark made his first Pro Bowl last season, and has been the lone great defensive lineman on a weak defensive line. Now that he’s playing on his fifth year of his rookie contract, he should be extended by the Packers soon.

Akiem Hicks

The Contenders

Jonathan Allen

Allen, like Atkins, is a good player on a bad team. However, he is part of a strong defensive line in Washington.

Kawann Short Kawann Arcell Short is an American football defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.
Ndamukong Suh Ndamukong Suh is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.
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