What the NFL Gets From Each Power-5 Conference

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Aug 21, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (62) sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback T.J. Yates (13) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Interior D-line: Anywhere

When looking to build or re-build your franchise from the defense first an interior defensive lineman is a good place to start. Some of them end up having great career numbers but all of the great ones affect the game. Not only do the bring pressure right into the quarterback’s face but they stop the run as well.

That great Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense was built around defensive tackle Warren Sapp from Miami of the ACC. The old Dallas Cowboys Dooms Day defense was build around Randy White from Maryland of the Big-10. The New England Patriots were at one time built around 3-4 end Richard Seymour from Georgia of the SEC.

A lot of those great Baltimore Ravens defense were because of Haloti Ngata from Oregon of the Pac-12. And the most dominant defensive lineman in the NFL today is Ndamukong Suh from Nebraska of the Big-12. That covers every Power-5 conferenceS and the Hall of Fame has a pretty even number of interior defensive linemen in there to show they come from everywhere.

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