Defensive Ends A 1. Colts - Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Raheem Brock are great- and getting better. 2. Panthers - Mike Rucker will bounce back well with DT Kris Jenkins back to take away blockers. 3. Dolphins - Led by Pro Bowl pick Jason Taylor, this unit has talent, depth and versatility. 4. Patriots - Richard Seymour might be the best end in the league; Ty Warren is solid, too. 5. Jets - John Abraham and Shaun Ellis are terrific- and in their primes. 6. Cardinals - New LE Chike Okeafor solidifies what should be an excellent front four. 7. Saints - Depth and talent abound, with Darren Howard, Charles Grant, and Will Smith. 8. Buccaneers - Simeon Rice and Greg Spires create all kinds of havoc for opponents. B+ 9. Steelers - Aaron Smith played like a Pro Bowler, and Kimo von Oelhoffen is solid. 10. Vikings - The teams strong set of pass rushers must prove themselves against the run. B 11. Falcons - Patrick Kerney racked up sacks last year, and Brady Smith is underappreciated. 12. Bears - Adewale Ogunleye should rebound well from injury. Alex Brown is on the rise. 13. Bills - Aaron Schobel and Chris Kelsay bring high effort and good pass-rushing skills. 14. Giants - Michael Strahan and Osi Umeniora should be solid starters, but there is a lack of depth. B- 15. Packers - The absence of a complete, dominant player dictates a committee approach. 16. Eagles - The team needs to get more sacks from Jevon Kearse; the depth is good. 17. Cowboys - The team used four draft picks on this spot, which should improve the depth and talent. 18. Lions - James Hall turned the corner in 2004, but Kalimba Edwards has yet to do so. 19. Seahawks - Grant Wistrom and Bryce Fisher are high-energy pass rushers; a third is needed. 20. Rams - Leonard Little is an elite pass rusher, but Anthony Hargrove is unproven. 21. Bengals - Robert Geathers and David Pollack improve the units depth and pass rush. 22. Texans - Robaire Smith is solid; Gary Walker must return to his 2002 form. C+ 23. Ravens - The unit lacks experience but has potential; adjusting to the 4-3 will take time. 24. Browns - Orpheus Roye will be a force, but Kenard Lang might not fit, and depth is shaky. 25. Chiefs - Eric Hicks is steady; Jared Allen and Carlos Hall have upside as pass rushers. 26. Niners - Marques Douglas arrival will help, but moving Bryant Young to end is a gamble. C 27. Jaguars - The left side is a major worry, and RE Reggie Hayward never has been consistent. 28. Raiders - The arrival of Derrick Burgess makes this a more complete unit. 29. Chargers - Luis Castillo was drafted to help boost a sagging pass rush at tackle and end. 30. Redskins - Starters Renaldo Wynn and Phillip Daniels lack pure pass-rushing skills. 31. Titans - The team will count on getting more from Bo Schobel, Travis LaBoy and Antwan Odom. C- 32. Broncos - This revamped unit has a lot of big names but also has a lot to prove. Defensive Tackles A 1. Jaguars - Marcus Stroud and John Henderson are stellar, and Tony Williams provides depth. 2. Lions - Shaun Rogers is the dominant anchor on a young and rapidly improving line. 3. Patriots - Keith Traylor (experience) and Vince Wilfork (youth) complement each other well. A- 4. Chargers - Jamal Williams leads a strong run defense. Luis Castillo should help. 5. Panthers - The return of Kris Jenkins should help tremendously; he is capable of dominating. 6. Vikings - Kevin Williams will benefit playing next to Pat Williams; the depth is also good. 7. Falcons - If not for the pass-rushing standout Rod Coleman, the grade would be C+. B+ 8. Steelers - Its normally a strength, but there are questions about Chris Hokes knee. 9. Cowboys - Jason Ferguson and LaRoi Glover are a top pair, but there is little depth. B 10. Cardinals - Darnell Dockett is a rising star, and Russell Davis is coming off his best season. 11. Bears - The team loves its options; Tommie Harris projects as a future Pro Bowl pick. 12. Eagles - Theres excellent depth with backups Sam Rayburn, Hollis Thomas and Mike Patterson. 13. Buccaneers - This is a talented group, but Anthony McFarland and Ellis Wyms must stay healthy. 14. Redskins - Cornelius Griffin is a force; Brandon Noble has good run-stopping ability. 15. Titans - Albert Haynesworth has Pro Bowl potential, and Randy Starks will be a force. B- 16. Bills - Sam Adams is dominating, but Tim Anderson and Ron Edwards are unproven. 17. Packers - Grady Jackson has been outstanding when healthy, but everyone else is unproven. 18. Texans - NT Seth Payne is disruptive against the run, but he hasnt been healthy. 19. Colts - The rotation lacks bulk against the run but gets a good pass-rush push. C+ 20. Bengals - There are no superstars, but the unit is unselfish and works well together. 21. Rams - Ryan Pickett must improve as a pass rusher; Jimmy Kennedy finished strong in 04. 22. Dolphins - Larry Chester and Tim Bowens could be among the best, but health is an issue. 23. Jets - Dewayne Robertson has star potential, but it looks grim after him. 24. Raiders - Youth and energy complement aging veterans Warren Sapp and Ted Washington. C 25. Ravens - The talent is young and unproven, but should get better as the season goes on. 26. Broncos - Underachieving Gerard Warren joins a blue-collar group. 27 Saints - Brian Young hustles non-stop but needs a superior run-stuffing complement. 28. Seahawks - How well Marcus Tubbs responds after a disappointing rookie season will be key. 29. Chiefs - Ryan Sims must step up for the defense to make a major improvement. C- 30. Browns - The Browns are pressing their luck by relying heavily on Jason Fisk. D+ 31. Giants - Fred Robbins is no star, but hes the only given in a rotation full of uncertainties. 32. Niners - Bryant Young is moving to end in a 3-4, leaving little at nose tackle.