Top Ten NFL Defensive Players of the 2000s

These guys dominated during their time on the field.

The Top Ten

1 Ray Lewis Ray Lewis Raymond Anthony Lewis Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played his entire 17-year career for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.

Powerful middle linebacker who made Baltimore into an all time great defense. - kuledude

2 Troy Palamalu

Great Safety, racking up many picks and tackles helping Pittsburgh's pass defense - kuledude

3 Charles Woodson Charles Woodson Charles Woodson is a former American football cornerback and free safety. He played college football for Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to a national championship in 1997. Woodson, a "two-way player" who played both offense and defense, won the Heisman Trophy in the same year, becoming the second, more.

Do-it-all db who is the only player with 50 picks and 20 sacks - kuledude

4 Darelle Revis

Lockdown corner, who teams would be scared to through the ball to. - kuledude

5 Ed Reed

Good Safety who did a lot for the defense including breaking the record for longest pick-6 (109 yards) - kuledude

6 James Harrison James Harrison James Henry Harrison Jr. is a former American football linebacker. He played college football for Kent State University and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Harrison won two Super Bowls with the Steelers: XL and XLIII.

Powerful pass rusher. - kuledude

7 Julius Peppers Julius Peppers

Very good pass rusher and run stopper giving a lot of pressure to offenses playing Carolina - kuledude

8 Richard Seymour

Great defender for patriots especially at the beginning of the dynasty - kuledude

9 Brian Urlacher Brian Urlacher Brian Urlacher is a former American football linebacker who spent his entire 13-year career playing for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.

I don't know how I forgot this guy when I first made the list - kuledude

10 Teddy Bruschi

Middle linebacker who did everything for the Patriots - kuledude

The Contenders

11 Jason Taylor
12 Brian Dawkins

Hard-hitting safety, slot corner, free safety, he could do it all and is an all-time great player - kuledude

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