All-NFC North Team: Defense

Who will be the best players in the NFC North this year? John Crist from Bear Report, Nate Caminata from Roar Report, Todd Korth from Packer Report, and Tim Yotter from Viking Update got together and came up with an All-Star team for the Black-and-Blue Division. Now we focus on the defense ...

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Jared Allen, Minnesota *
Nobody runs on the Vikings these days, and the addition of Allen will now make it much tougher to throw on them, too. He could be dominant off the edge this season with the Williams boys wreaking havoc on the inside. – John Crist, BearReport.com

Tackle

Tommie Harris, Chicago *
The highest paid defensive tackle in the league for a reason, Harris anchors a Bears defense that seems to arrive every year with "best" attached to it. – Nate Caminata, RoarReport.com

Tackle

Kevin Williams, Minnesota *
Green Bay center Scott Wells says Williams is the toughest tackle he has to face because of his combination of size and quickness. – Todd Korth, PackerReport.com

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Aaron Kampman, Green Bay *
Like Allen, Kampman is proof that mid-round picks with high effort can eventually become stars on a defensive line. After a slow start to his career, Kampman has registered 27.5 sacks in the last two seasons. – Tim Yotter, VikingUpdate.com

Outside Linebacker

Ernie Sims, Detroit *
Had a tendency to play a little bit out of control back in college because of his incredible athletic ability, but he's turned into some kind of pro. One of the most underrated `backers in the league by far. – JC

Middle Linebacker

Brian Urlacher, Chicago
Still the league's best middle linebacker and the reason for the Bears' defensive dominance for the better part of a decade. Until he departs, all running lanes in the NFC North go through him. – NC

Outside Linebacker

Lance Briggs, Chicago
Briggs is worth every penny the Bears are paying him. He has been a pain to the Packers in recent seasons. One of the most gifted open-field tacklers in football and a perfect complement to Urlacher. – TK

Cornerback

Al Harris, Green Bay *
Harris has never had more than four interceptions in a season since entering the league 10 years ago, but that's probably because offenses have learned to avoid him more often than not when throwing the ball. – TY

Safety

Darren Sharper, Minnesota *
The old pro is still one of the best defenders in the division and still has one of the biggest mouths. But Sharper has backed up all that talk with his play on the field. – TK

Safety

Mike Brown, Chicago
Doesn't have the flash that accompanies most defensive backs, but Brown certainly has a flair for the dramatic. An integral part of the Bears defense and a Pro Bowl talent if he can ever stay healtHy again. – NC

Cornerback

Charles Woodson, Green Bay
Harris was voted to the Pro Bowl this past season, but Packers insiders will tell you that Woodson was the team's best corner all year long. An incredible natural athlete who's a physical nightmare for receivers. – JC

* Unanimous selection


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