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2004 Player Rankings: IDP
Brent Clement
Updated: August 26, 2004

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

  Rank Player Pos Team Bye Tkls Asts Sks FF-FR Total Pts Comments
  1 Michael Strahan DE NYG 6 57 16 17.5 3-2 180 Holds he top spot for at least 1 more year.
  2 Leonard Little DE Stl 8 50 12 17 8-1 173 Will he be a team mate or cell mate in 04.
  3 John Abraham DE NYJ 3 52 19 14 4-3 172 If healthy challenges Strahan for top spot. Better put the bottle down.
  4 Mike Rucker DE Car 3 50 18 16 3-1 162 Anchors best DL in football.
  5 Charles Grant DE NOS 8 52 15 13.5 4-1 161 Future #1 overall DL.
  6 Jason Taylor DE Mia 10 42 23 16.5 4-2 158 Will rebound Nicely.
  7 Grant Wistrom DE Sea 4 51 17 12 1-1 149 Non-stop Motor.
  8 Simeon Rice DE TBB 8 46 10 14.5 5-1 149 More attention with Sapp gone.
  9 Julius Peppers DE Car 3 44 12 13.5 4-1 142 Still hasnt hit his potential.
10 Adewale Ogunleye DE Chi 5 41 22 13 2-1 139 Trade hurts him slightly, as teams will focus on him now
  11 Dwight Freeney DE Ind 6 39 13 14 4-2 137 Speed to blow past any OL, but you have to wrap up.
  12 Jevon Kearse DE Phi 5 41 19 13 3-2 136 Can injury bug stay away?
13 Alex Brown DE Chi 5 46 12 11.5 1-1 133 Teams will now focus on Ogunleye, Brown should benefit.
  14 Aaron Schobel DE Buf 3 39 21 12 1-1 129 Most under rated DL in football.
15 Shaun Ellis DE NYJ 3 45 14 10.5 1-0 128 Finally, broke out in 03. Could excel in this defense in 04.
  16 Darren Howard DE NOS 8 39 15 12 2-1 126 Grant will take off pressure, Rookie Will Smith is looming
  17 Patrick Kerney DE Atl 9 39 15 10 2-2 125 3-4, 4-3, will produce regardless.
  18 K. Gbaja-Biamila DE GB 9 41 13 10.5 2-1 125 Sack machine, who gets alot of attention on that DL.
  19 Greg Ellis DE Dal 4 40 17 9 3-0 124 Marcellus Wiley will help ease the burden in Big D.
  20 Pat Williams DT Buf 3 49 20 1 0-1 123 Run stopper who should get at least 1 sack in 04.
  21 Richard Seymour DE NE 3 41 20 7 1-1 122 Decent Fantasy, very good football player.
  22 Kenard Lang DE Cle 8 46 12 6 1-1 122 Should help teammate Courtney Brown make this list in 05.
  23 Kelly Gregg DT Bal 6 47 19 2 0-1 120 Buddy Lee playing nose tackle in front of Ray Ray.
  24 Kevin Williams DT Min 4 41 16 9 1-0 119 Nice rookie stats, but there will be competition to QB in 04.
  25 Marques Douglas DE Bal 6 43 17 4.5 2-0 118 Could play some LB this yr, which would bump him 8-10 spots.
  26 John Henderson DT Jax 9 41 18 4.5 2-1 118 Massive run stopper who can get to the QB.
  27 Marcus Stroud DT Jax 9 40 18 4 2-1 115 Forms a dynamic duo with fellow DT John Henderson.
  28 Bertrand Berry DE Arz 6 34 16 10 2-1 113 13 sacks in 03 eye opening, but in the desert now.
  29 Vonnie Holliday DE KC 5 38 14 7.5 1-1 111 Nagging injuries plagued him in 02, and half of 03.
  30 Eric Hicks DE KC 5 40 13 5.5 1-1 110 Doesnt hurt Vonnie Holliday is getting attention on other side.
31 Tyler Brayton DE Oak 10 42 15 3.5 1-0 109 Quietly put up huge tackling numbers in rookie campaign.
  32 Justin Smith DE Cin 5 41 16 3.5 1-0 108 Shows flashes, but isnt consistant week in week out.
  33 Andre Carter DE SF 7 32 18 8 2-1 107 Capable of bigger things than showed in 03.
34 Willie McGinest DE NE 3 38 15 3 2-1 106 Healthy Rosey Colvin sends Willie back to DL, from LB a year ago.
  35 Kenechi Udeze DE Min 4 30 15 8.5 1-1 101 Potential to be Def R.O.Y, but DL usually dont get the hardware

LINEBACKERS

  Rank Player Pos Team Bye Tkls Asts Sks FF-FR INT Dflct Total Pts Comments
  1 Ray Lewis ILB Bal 6 126 41 2 2-2 5 12 336 Best IDP player without question.
  2 Jamie Sharper ILB Hou 7 114 61 5 3-1 1 4 318 Balt let this guy walk, amazing...
3 Donnie Edwards ILB SDC 10 125 41 1 1-1 2 8 310 Numbers could slip in 3-4 defense, stay away from glass
  4 Keith Bullock OLB Ten 9 111 29 3 4-2 2 5 286 Cuse standout, doing the same for Titans.
  5 Andra Davis ILB Cle 8 99 46 5 2-1 1 8 274 D gave up 500 yds to RB J Lewis, Davis had 21 tackles.
  6 Keith Brooking OLB Atl 9 112 24 3 2-0 2 6 272 Moving outside, could result in lower numbers.
  7 Zach Thomas ILB Mia 10 90 64 1 1-1 2 7 265 Assists pad his stats, Offseason surgey may hold him back a bit, beware.
  8 Michael Barrow ILB Was 7 106 27 3 2-0 1 5 259 Barrow arrives, play ends.
  9 Brian Urlacher ILB Chi 9 97 34 3 1-1 2 5 251 If, the hammy holds up.
  10 Nick Barnett ILB GBP 9 96 31 3 0-1 3 6 247 Soph Slump? Don't count on it.
  11 London Fletcher ILB Buf 3 96 35 2 1-1 1 5 247 Was old in Rams 1st SB, still productive.
  12 Anthony Simmons OLB Sea 4 94 28 3 1-1 3 9 246 Could be top 5 if he played 16 games.
  13 Al Wilson ILB Den 10 98 24 4 2-1 0 4 241 Bounces back in a huge way.
  14 Jay Foreman ILB Hou 7 95 31 2 2-0 1 4 238 Jay Who, Guy you will learn very quickly.
  15 Lavar Arrington OLB Was 7 81 23 8 5-2 2 11 232 The Freak of LBs.
  16 Akin Ayodele OLB Jac 9 85 33 4 2-2 2 3 232 Will rush the passer on 3rd downs as well as play SLB and WLB
  17 Derrick Brooks OLB TBB 8 81 32 4 2-1 4 8 231 Aging playmaker who has at least one more solid year.
  18 Napolean Harris ILB Oak 10 89 37 1 2-1 1 1 230 Huge DL in front of him, could outperform these stats.
  19 Eric Barton OLB NYJ 3 89 39 1 0-1 1 4 229 Should be most productive Jet LB.
  20 Chris Draft ILB Atl 9 93 26 3 1-1 1 2 229 Takes over for Brooking in the middle.
  21 Dat Nyguen ILB Dal 4 92 28 1 2-0 2 3 229 In on every play, abundance of speed.
  22 Sam Cowart ILB NYJ 3 91 38 1 1-0 0 3 228 Could lose starting MLB spot to Rookie Vilma.
  23 Tedy Bruschi ILB NEP 3 76 41 2 2-1 3 12 227 Last yr, Career yr, this yr back to earth.
  24 Dan Morgan ILB Car 3 89 31 2 1-1 1 5 227 Injuries a concern, but talent warrants this spot.
  25 James Farrior ILB Pit 7 86 32 1 2-1 1 5 223 Big tackles guy, but average everywhere else.
  26 Shawn Barber OLB KCC 5 93 17 4 1-1 1 3 223 Productive LB who gets lots of opportunities.
  27 Mike Peterson ILB Jac 9 83 29 2 2-1 2 8 222 Some rank him higher, Akin limits his opportunities.
  28 Takeo Spikes OLB Buf 3 81 37 1 3-0 1 7 221 Expected more from him last year.
  29 Cato June OLB Ind 6 83 27 2 1-1 3 7 219 Takes over at WLB for David Thornton, ultimate risk/reward.
  30 Mark Simoneau ILB Phi 5 86 27 2 2-1 0 6 218 For now holds off Trotter, but could move outside.
  31 Dhani Jones OLB Phi 5 85 24 3 2-1 2 3 218 Nice upgrade for Philly D.
  32 Kendrell Bell ILB Pit 7 79 33 7 1-1 1 3 217 Another Sack artist from the LB position.
  33 Derek Smith ILB SF 7 87 26 3 2-0 1 2 217 Man in the middle for SF, very productive.
  34 Chris Clairborne OLB Min 4 77 26 4 3-1 3 7 216 Moving from the middle to make way for EJ Henderson.
  35 Lance Briggs OLB Chi 5 83 30 2 1-1 1 2 211 Lovie's scheme forces play to the weak side.
  36 Robert Thomas ILB Stl 8 93 11 2 1-1 0 2 209 New D Cord, opportunity for Thomas to be the man.
  37 David Thornton OLB Ind 6 76 28 5 2-2 1 3 208 Numbers will dramatically fall moving to Strong side.
38 Scott Fujita OLB KCC 5 81 16 4 2-1 1 4 202 Battling with Monty Beisel for starting job, Fujita should take that job
  39 Pisa Tinoisamoa OLB Stl 8 81 17 3 2-1 0 8 202 Rookie put up huge numbers, will be a force in 05.
  40 Marcus Washington OLB Was 7 69 23 8 3-1 1 3 195 Lil Danny opened his pocket book for another playmaker.
  41 Brian Simmons OLB Cin 5 74 21 4 2-1 2 2 194 Its about time he puts up the numbers he's capable of.
42 Courtney Watson MLB NO 8 76 21 2 1-1 1 4 190 If he starts, look out. This kid is a playmaker.
  43 Julian Peterson OLB SF 7 61 22 5 2-2 3 13 188 Top 10 LB in the NFL, just doesn't produce stats like one, finally signed.
  44 Will Witherspoon OLB Car 3 75 23 2 1-1 0 4 187 Mark Fields return could lead to lower numbers for Will.
45 EJ Henderson ILB Min 4 64 20 1 1-1 1 2 185 Penciled in to start at MLB for much improved Vike D.
  46 Nick Greisen ILB NYG 6 77 22 1 1-0 0 3 184 Still the MLB in NY. If he starts, he will produce.
  47 Barrett Green OLB GBP 4 78 15 1 1-1 0 4 183 Barnett steals the stats in Green Bay.
  48 DJ Williams OLB Den 10 69 21 2 2-1 2 4 182 Should start right away at WLB.
  49 Ray Thompson OLB Arz 6 68 22 3 1-1 0 4 174 Slowly taking over as the man in Arz.
  50 Travian Smith OLB Oak 10 68 25 1 0-0 1 5 172 eye opening numbers when he played.
  51 Na'il Diggs OLB GBP 9 69 19 1 1-1 1 2 170 Average talent and will also lose tackles to Barnett.
  52 Ronald McKinnon ILB Arz 6 68 21 1 1-0 0 5 167 Old man only a 2 down backer now.
  53 Shelton Quarles ILB TBB 8 68 17 1 2-1 0 2 166 Tampa starting MLB = speed.....
54 Dontarrious Thomas OLB Min 4 64 17 3 1-1 1 4 164 Rookie LB is slated to start WLB from day 1
55 Joey Porter OLB Pit 7 59 16 8 1-1 1 3 162 Sacks help his value, but teams run away from him.
56 Jonathan Vilma OLB NYJ 3 57 20 3 2-1 1 3 155 Will be a force in this league, but currently behind Sam Cowart
NR Chad Brown OLB Sea                 Missing at least first games, could be more
NR Boss Baily OLB Det                 Season Ending injury
NR Jeremiah Trotter OLB Phi                 Currently not starting

DEFENSIVE BACKS

  Rank Player Pos Team Bye Tkls Asts Sks FF-FR INT Dflct Total Pts Comments
  1 Rodney Harrison S NEP 3 91 30 3 2-1 4 10 249 All around best DB.
  2 Greg Wesley S KCC 5 88 16 2 1-0 6 13 230 Emerging star for the next 10 yrs.
3 Sean Taylor S Was 7 74 22 3 2-1 9 16 228 Most heralded DB to come out of college since Roy Williams.
  4 Adam Archuletta S Stl 8 90 12 5 2-1 1 11 225 Returns to top 5 in 04.
  5 Darren Sharper S GBP 9 81 18 3 2-0 6 14 224 Old man still getting it done.
  6 Terrence Kiel S SD 10 86 20 2 2-1 2 11 222 SD O is terrible, and this Kid will be on the field a ton.
  7 Mike Doss S Ind 6 78 37 1 3-0 3 7 220 Youngster destined for fantasy stardom.
  8 Brian Dawkins S Phi 4 79 24 4 2-1 2 14 219 Injury plagued last few season, but talent puts him here.
  9 Ken Hamlin S Sea 4 86 21 1 3-1 1 8 218 The hammer reminds us of Steve Atwater.
  10 Ronde Barber CB TBB 8 81 20 3 2-1 2 11 214 Like N Harper, all over the field in this defensive scheme.
  11 Roy Williams S Dal 4 80 18 3 3-1 2 13 213 #31 lays the wood, just ask Emmitt Smith.
  12 Brian Russell S Min 4 75 20 1 1-0 8 13 212 Ball Hawk in Minn Defensive backfield.
  13 Sammy Knight S Mia 10 76 35 2 2-0 2 8 211 B Marion's departure increases Knight's fantasy value.
14 Ed Reed S Bal 6 75 15 1 1-1 7 17 211 Playmaker, yet he isn't a big hitter and avoids contact at times.
  15 Lawyer Milloy S Buf 3 72 34 3 2-1 1 11 207 Getting older, but produces. Not a playmaker anymore.
  16 Bryan Scott S Atl 9 74 28 3 2-1 2 9 206 Kid will be a good one for, a long time.
  17 Dre Bly CB Det 4 69 15 1 4-2 5 17 205 #1 CB prospect, makes plays all over the field.
  18 Terrance Newman CB Dal 4 75 13 1 1-0 5 21 204 His opportunities will reduce as he becomes a better CB.
  19 Mike Green S Chi 5 78 21 2 1-0 2 13 203 Injury Plagued last yr, could lose job to Bobby Gray.
  20 Troy Polamalu S Pit 7 77 21 4 2-0 1 11 203 Drafted to be a force, this is the year to see it.
  21 Michael Lewis S Phi 5 72 26 2 2-1 2 12 201 Will compete with B. Dawkins for tackles in secondary.
  22 Fred Thomas CB NOS 8 71 12 1 2-1 5 20 201 Consistently gets picked on, which makes a solid fantasy CB.
  23 Charles Tillman CB Chi 5 76 9 1 2-0 5 16 200 see T. Newman, stats will drop as he gets better, Ex: C Bailey.
  24 Adrian Wilson S Arz 6 77 19 2 1-1 1 12 198 Plays like a 4th LB and will be on the field a lot.
  25 Corey Chavous S Min 4 73 10 1 1-1 6 14 196 D backfield will make a lot of plays, Chavous is no exception.
  26 Mike Minter S Car 3 74 18 1 1-1 3 10 193 Consistent, and may score higher than this.
  27 Antoine Winfield CB Min 4 75 15 1 2-1 1 10 189 With all 4 Minn Dbs in the top 30, his stats will suffer the most.
  28 Brian Williams CB Min 4 70 19 2 1-1 3 10 188 Will get picked on with Winfield on the other side.
  29 Robert Griffith S Cle 8 72 21 1 2-1 1 9 188 Should put up nice stats again, with injury to rookie S Jones.
  30 Tony Parrish S SF 7 63 13 1 1-1 8 16 187 Ball Hawk who will bring the wood.
  31 Nick Harper CB Ind 6 76 12 0 0-0 3 14 187 Stats should fall some, but he's R Barber on Indy's D.
  32 Brian Kelly CB TB 8 62 22 3 2-0 5 12 185 Solid CB, if you must draft one.
  33 Ty Law CB NEP 3 62 14 1 1-0 5 27 185 Gets a ton of pass defenses/deflections.
  34 Jerome Woods S KCC 5 74 15 1 1-1 2 6 183 Should be productive once again...
  35 Shaun Williams S NYG 6 73 19 2 1-1 1 4 182 Only 27, but stats have declined 3 straight years.
  36 Michael Boulware S Sea 4 68 21 2 2-1 1 7 180 Former Noles LB changing positions entering the NFL.
  37 Gary Baxter CB Bal 6 70 15 2 1-0 2 11 179 Safety moving to CB this yr, teams may look to expose him.
  38 Tank Williams S Ten 9 65 24 1 0-1 3 9 177 Schulters keeps him from being the man in Ten.
  39 Donovin Darius S Jac 9 63 21 2 2-1 2 10 176 Has company this yr with D Grant, doubt both will score well.
  40 Lance Schulters S Ten 9 65 20 2 1-2 1 8 174 Enough talent to get the job done, and hurt Tank's potential.
  41 Rashean Mathis CB Jac 9 72 13 1 1-0 2 6 174 Second year CB that will get tested early and often.
  42 Dexter Jackson S Arz 6 68 15 1 0-1 3 8 173 May change positions with Adrian Wilson and improve his stock.
  43 Mel Mitchell S NOS 8 69 18 2 1-1 1 4 173 Top 10 potential, coming off season ending injury last summer.
  44 Shawn Springs CB Was 7 68 12 0 0-1 3 12 172 Cant hide from Owens, even after both changed teams, divisions.
  45 Reggie Tongue S NYJ 3 64 17 2 2-1 2 7 171 Big hitter, who is just now producing nice fantasy stats.
  46 Dunta Robinson CB Hou 7 62 13 1 1-0 5 14 171 Starting Rookie CB, will get the ball thrown his way a ton.
  47 Jerry Azumah CB Chi 5 66 12 1 1-0 3 12 170 Another CB who gets the ball thrown his way a lot, productive.
  48 Deon Grant S Jac 9 66 14 1 1-0 2 13 170 Could thrive in Jax, after move from Carolina and Minter.
  49 Aeneas Williams S Stl 8 62 14 1 2-1 4 8 169 Jason Shivers waiting in the wings, A Williams final yr in Stl.
  50 DeAngelo Hall CB Atl 9 59 16 1 1-0 5 14 168 Rookie could also be valuable returning kicks. A playmaker.
  51 Rogers Beckett S Cin 5 64 21 1 0-0 2 10 167 Beware, rookie M Williams could take his starting spot.
  52 Marcus Coleman S Hou 7 66 19 2 1-0 1 6 167 Will he be suspended? Questions loom about drug use.
  53 Kwamie Lassiter S SD 10 68 10 1 0-0 2 12 166 Could better these stats, but Kiel is the man now.
  54 Mike McKenzie CB GB 9 57 13 1 1-0 5 17 164 Who will budge first GB or McKenzie. My bet its McKenzie
  55 Phillip Buchanon CB Oak 10 58 16 0 0-1 4 13 160 Playmaker who will take at least 2 back to the house in 04.
  56 Mark Roman S GB 9 59 19 1 1-1 1 11 159 Takes over for departed Marques Anderson.
  57 Mike Brown S Chi 5 63 14 1 1-0 2 5 156 Very avg since the magical 13-3 year of 2001.
  58 Jermaine Phillips S TB 8 56 18 1 1-1 2 12 156 Set to take over for John Lynch, should produce better stats.
59 Ifeanyi Ohalete S Arz 6 59 12 1 1-1 2 8 152 Picked up on waivers by the Cardinals, still undetermined if he starts
  60 Ricky Manning CB Car 3 60 7 1 1-0 1 9 144 Nickel back, could turn into full time start this year.