Who are the best players in the AFC East? Tyler Dunne from Buffalo Football Report, Alain Poupart from Dolphin Digest, Jon Scott from Patriots Insider, and Dan Leberfeld from Jets Confidential selected their All-Division team. Here is what the starting lineup would be on Defense...
Because three of the four teams in the AFC East run a similar style defense, the roster is based upon a 3-4 scheme with three defensive linemen and four linebackers.
The All AFC East Defense: Key: * = Unanimous selection. ++ = Special selection based upon scheme
End Richard Seymour (Patriots) * - For the first time since his rookie year, Seymour wasn't invited to the Pro Bowl after missing the first seven games thanks to offseason knee surgery. Arguably no defensive end in the league is better against the run than Seymour. Tyler Dunne, BuffaloFootballReport.com
Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork (Patriots) -- The former University of Miami stud has done nothing but get better and better since he joined the Pats as a first-round pick. He's now as good as any nose tackle in the league. Alain Poupart, DolphinDigest.com
End Aaron Schobel (Bills) - Another pro bowler in 2008, Schobel is considered one of the best defensive linemen in the league, wreaking havoc against opposing linemen. His 52 sacks since 2003 are second only to league leader Jason Taylor from Miami. Jon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com
Outside Linebacker ++ Jason Taylor (Dolphins) * - If he stays Miami, he still gives them one of the NFL's best 3-4 OLB. He will likely be traded to a contender eventually. Dan Leberfeld, JetsConfidential.com
Inside Linebacker Tedy Bruschi (Patriots) * - Bruschi might not be quite the player he was a few years ago, but his instincts make him still a productive player. Still probably hasn't gotten the credit he deserves through the years. -- AP
Inside Linebacker David Harris (Jets) * - When Harris strutted his stuff before the 2007 NFL Draft, teams saw another Michigan linebacker with potential, but maybe not top tier talent. After leading the Jets with 127 tackles (90 solo), 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles; teams that passed on Harris in the Draft are kicking themselves now. -- JS
Outside Linebacker Mike Vrabel (Patriots) * - Please. When will somebody cover Mike Vrabel in the end zone? The always-open linebacker upped his TD count to eight last season. But more importantly, he became a dangerous pass rusher last season with 12.5 sacks -- the most in his career. -- TD
Cornerback Terrence McGee (Bills) - No longer just a great kickoff returner who dabbles a little at corner. Played very well late in the season last year, and has evolved into a solid starter. -- DL
Safety Rodney Harrison (Patriots) - A very easy player to dislike because he does tightrope the line between aggressive and dirty every week, but there's no question this guy is a difference-maker in the secondary. And to think San Diego simply released him a half-dozen years ago because Marty Schottenheimer didn't like him for his scheme. -- AP
Safety Kerry Rhodes (Jets) * - The former fourth-round pick has been an absolute steal. Rhodes (eight sacks, 10 Interceptions in three seasons) has a knack for making timely big plays. And this past April, the Jets rewarded him with Bob Sanders-type money. -- TD
Cornerback Darrelle Revis (Jets) * - When New York traded up to snag Revis with the 14th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, many thought they overpaid. After finishing second on the Jets defense with 91 tackles (77 solo) as a rookie, the Pittsburgh product has shown why he will be one of the best corners in the conference for years to come. -- JS