Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt named second best in the NFL

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Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro.

Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important – the present.

Forget about yesterday. Never mind tomorrow. Let’s talk about today.

Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week?

Those are the questions the editors at cover32 seek to answer in this series, “Top 10 in 2014.” In the coming weeks, every position – as well as head coach, general manager and other off-field areas – will be graded, evaluated and ranked.

The series continues with a position that is the most important on the defensive side of the football – defensive end. Quarterbacks are the key to a team’s success, so offensive tackles get big money to protect them from great pass rushers. It’s the only way to slow down a vaunted offense; pressuring the QB is the key to defense in today’s NFL. That’s why defensive ends are so valuable.

To see the top-10 defensive ends in the league right now, click here.

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  • Matt

    Robert Quinn…better than J.J. Watt “by a mile”…clearly you did not conduct enough research prior to publishing this article. Using statistics readily available from NFL.com it is easy to determine that J.J. Watt is better than Robert Quinn…”by a mile”. As the two were drafted at the same time, their statistics can easily be compared. During the same time span, J.J. Watt has 108 more (almost exactly double) combined tackles (solo and assists) 217 vs 109 for Quinn. J.J. Watt has two more Sacks 36.5 vs 34.5 for Quinn. Watt has defended 27 passes to Quinn’s 5. Maybe if people checked their facts prior to providing information their “facts” would not be so easily refuted.