NFL: Top 10 Defensive Ends Entering 2020

The 2020 NFL season is not far away. There are hopes we will have a 2020 season due to the coronavirus. For the next either few weeks or months before the season starts, I will have a top 10 list of each position in the NFL. Today, I will start with defensive ends nonetheless.

They are one of the most important positions in football because they have to stop the run and sack the quarterback nonetheless. With that in mind, who are the top 10 defensive ends entering the 2020 NFL regular season?

10. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

Despite missing most of the 2019 season with a torn Pectoral muscle, he made it back to the playoffs and made some sort of impact. Watt will be in the hall of fame one day.

J.J. Watt is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of the Houston Texans defense. Watt recorded 24 tackles last season. He also recorded four sacks, forced one fumble, and recovered two of them nonetheless.

9. Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals

9. Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals: Dunlap is getting older, but he seems to be getting better and better with age nonetheless. Carlos Dunlap gets off the edge with ease.

He recorded 63 tackles last season and also recorded nine sacks. Dunlap also forced two fumbles nonetheless. He and Geno Atkins have been causing problems on the defensive line for Cincinnati for years. Maybe they can turn things around their before they retire nonetheless.

8. Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

8. Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers: Heyward is one of the anchors on the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line. I thought he was retired already, but Cameron Heyward wants another shot at winning a Super Bowl Title for the Steel City.

They lost Javon Hargrave on the defensive line in the interior and Heyward will just need to level it up again this season. Cameron Heyward recorded 83 tackles last season and also recorded nine sacks. He also forced one fumble and recovered one nonetheless.

7. Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns

Garrett was the number one overall pick a few years ago. He has the talent to record anywhere between 18.5-20.5 sacks a season. Myles Garrett could break New York Giants’ great defensive end Michael Strahan of 22.5 sacks set back in 2002.

Garrett was suspended for the final six games last season due to hitting Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet. Myles Garrett will need to control his actions from here on out. He only had 29 tackles last season, but Garrett had 10 sacks nonetheless. He also forced two fumbles.

As long as Myles Garrett has his head on straight this season, he is due for a big season nonetheless. We will see how good Garrett can be with a new coaching staff under Kevin Stefanski and I am sure they are going to preach self-discipline nonetheless.

6. Arik Armstead, Indianapolis Colts

6. Arik Armstead, Indianapolis Colts: Armstead was a huge piece for the San Francisco 49ers defensive line last season. San Francisco made it all the way to the Super Bowl, but they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV.

Arik Armstead was traded in the offseason to the Indianapolis Colts for the 13th overall pick. The 49ers drafted his replacement by selecting defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw from the University of South Carolina.

Armstead recorded 54 tackles and 10 sacks last season. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one. Arik Armstead will make an impact for Indianapolis right away and it was one of the reasons why General Manager Chris Ballard traded for him nonetheless. General Manager John Lynch had no issue getting rid of him nonetheless.

5. Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints

The Saints’ defensive front is getting older, but Jordan continues to produce year in and year out. New Orleans has to deal with him being double-teamed time and time again.

Despite all of it, he recorded 53 tackles and 15.5 sacks last season. Cameron Jordan also recovered one fumble nonetheless.

4. Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

4. Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings: Hunter has been quietly becoming one of the best defensive ends in the NFL. Danielle Hunter has solid technique and has done a tremendous job developing into a star under Head Coach Mike Zimmer nonetheless.

Hunter recorded 70 tackles and 14.5 sacks last season. He also forced three fumbles and recovered one fumble.

3. Calais Campbell, Baltimore Ravens

3. Calias Campbell, Baltimore Ravens: Campbell was an anchor on the defensive line for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. He was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a fifth-round pick in the offseason.

Calais Campbell will make this Baltimore defensive line even better. Their defense could be a Top 5 defense in the NFL this season. Campbell has been consistent throughout his entire career.

He is going to make an impact for the Ravens this season. Calais Campbell recorded 56 tackles and 6.5 sacks last season. He also forced two fumbles, recovered one, and returned one for a touchdown nonetheless.

2. Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers

2. Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers: Joey Bosa is an electric player on the Los Angeles Chargers defense. He recorded 67 tackles and 11.5 sacks last season. Bosa also forced one fumble nonetheless.

He really can’t be double-teamed because of having Melvin Ingram on the other side of him. Joey Bosa is going to continue his dominance and wreaking havoc on the defensive line nonetheless.

1. Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers:

1. Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa seems to be better than his brother and he is also more athletic than Joey is nonetheless. Nick also picked off a pass last season against the Carolina Panthers on Kyle Allen out of nowhere.

Nick Bosa can get off blocks with ease and that is why San Francisco’s defensive line was so good last season. He recorded 47 tackles and nine sacks. Bosa also had three pass deflections. He also forced one fumble and recovered two of them nonetheless.

Nick Bosa also won the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award last season. He may wrack up several Defensive Player of the Year Awards down the road nonetheless.

Who do you think are the top 10 defensive ends in the NFL? Leave a comment below.

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