DE—Justin Tuck (Giants) is a Michael Strahan--type: solid. John Abraham (Falcons) is hustling—and sacking—more now, and Juqua Parker (Eagles) had a huge game against the Steelers. Against the same team, rising phenom Mario Williams (Texans) rolled the tackle, the blocking fullback and the ballcarrier into one big pile.
DT—I put 3--4 end Brett Keisel (Steelers) here because he reduces down in rush situations, and he's technically as skilled as any tackle. The monsters are at it again: Albert Haynesworth (Titans) and Shaun Rogers (Browns), who's back from the doghouse. Kris Jenkins (Jets) is a good 30-play-a-game man. Kevin Williams (Vikings) is grading highest on my charts.
OLB—Rushers abound. DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys) probably is the most effective, but Joey Porter (Dolphins) can get into a zone and become unstoppable. James Harrison (Steelers) stands out on a talented defense. Lance Briggs (Bears) is still my best all-arounder. And I saw highlight-filled games from D.J. Williams (Broncos) and Leroy Hill (Seahawks).
MLB—Coaches could use film of Barrett Ruud (Bucs) to teach how to play the position. Not flashy, just tremendously sound.
CB—Nnamdi Asomugha (Raiders) could read a newspaper out there because everybody's afraid to go at him. Wild man Cortland Finnegan (Titans) is the most fun to watch. Or maybe the second most, after tough little Antoine Winfield (Vikings). Charles Woodson (Packers) is having a quality year, and I've always liked Will Allen (Dolphins).
S—Pittsburgh doesn't let many great players get away, but it did with Chris Hope (Titans). Chris Harris (Panthers) and Donte Whitner (Bills) are comers. Troy Polamalu (Steelers) makes more big plays than anyone.