The Buffalo Bills may have lost Mario Williams, but their defensive line is still among the best in the NFL according to Gregg Rosenthal. The NFL.com writer ranked the best defensive lines in the NFL and Buffalo's unit came in at No. 11.
11. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, Adolphus Washington, Shaq Lawson
Rex Ryan's arrival made previous defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz look like George Halas in comparison. Buffalo's sack total was cut from 54 to 21. Mario Williams is gone, replaced by a rookie first-round pick (Lawson) who might not play until December. Williams, long the unsung leader of this group, is now 33 years old and coming off major knee surgery. Dareus remains a huge difference maker against the run and will want to bounce back from a down year rushing the passer.
The strangest part of this depleted line: The same Hughes who was once traded straight up for Kelvin Sheppard now might be the most reliable player of the group.
Buffalo wasn't the only AFC East team to make Rosenthal's list. The Miami Dolphins came in at No. 10 and the New York Jets were represented at No. 2.null