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RealScouts Names Two Vikings in Their Top 15 Interior Linemen

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A recent Sporting News article, written by the independent analytical group “RealScouts” listed their annual top 20 Defensive Tackle rankings for 2009.

The article lists Albert Haynesworth of the Redskins as the number one tackle in the NFL. RealScouts said the following about Haynesworth: “The biggest prize of the free-agent season, Haynesworth will be a dominant run defender on a defense that already did a very good job against the run. What will help his new team is his quickness and pass-rush ability from the interior“.

Kevin Williams of the Vikings was rated as the second best overall tackle. “Williams uses quickness and a good initial burst off the ball to create penetration and disrupt plays in the backfield. Already a Pro Bowler, he thrived last season with the addition of RE Jared Allen to the Vikings’ defensive front“.

The Vikings other defensive tacle, Pat Williams was ranked number 14 overall and RealScouts had this to say about him: “Williams is an elite run-stuffer who has surprising quickness and power for a man his age (36) and size. As long as he stays healthy and has Kevin Williams and Allen lined up with him, he will continue to be an effective force“.

The Chargers were the only other team in the NFL that had two of their interior linemen listed in the top 15.

The list went as follows:

1. Haynesworth- Redskins
2. Keven Williams- Vikings
3. Vince Wilfork, Patriots
4. Haloti Ngata, Ravens
5. Chris Canty, Giants
6. Shaun Rogers, Browns
7. Casey Hampton, Steelers
8. Marcus Stroud, Bills
9. Luis Castillo, Chargers
10. Tommie Harris, Bears
11. Darnell Dockett, Cardinals
12. Jamal Williams, Chargers
13. John Henderson, Jaguars
14. Pat Williams, Vikings
15. Jay Ratliff, Cowboys


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