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Scout.com’s Preseason All-NFC North Defensive Team

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 24, 2009 – 7:36 am

The Vikings were well-represented with 4 players on Scout.com’s preseason All-NFC North offensive team. On Thursday, the site unveiled it’s All-NFC North defensive team, and 3 Vikings were recognized. You can view the team by clicking here.

Even when looking at the division’s top defensive players with an objective lens, one would have to wonder how only 3 Vikings could be recognized. There are probably 3 players along the defenisve line alone that rank among the division’s best – Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. So where does that leave players such as Antoine Winfield and the talented corps of starting linebackers that play in Minnesota?

Well, if you check out the link to Scout.com’s team, you’ll see that Allen and Kevin Williams are included, and so is Winfield. Absent from the list is Pat Williams, with Chicago’s Tommie Harris in his place instead.

Personally, Pat Williams would be a lock on my preseason All-NFC North defensive team. He’s coming off 3 consecutive Pro Bowls and he is literally the anchor of a unit that has led the league in rushing defense for 3 straight years. Nothing against Harris, who has been a great player over the past 3 seasons (when healthy), but the absence of Pat Williams on this team seems to be a fairly significant sum.

Having said that, Scout.com did a nice job picking 3 LBs. Although no Vikings are on the list, the 3 players who are named – Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher and Julian Peterson – are legitimate players. You are familiar with Briggs and Urlacher, but those of you not familar with Peterson will become familiar with him this year. He was acquired by Detroit in the offseason via trade with the Seattle Seahawks and he will strengthen a group of NFC North LBs who already comprise a very strong group.

Just a few of the NFC North LBs who didn’t quite make the list include Chad Greenway, A.J. Hawk, E.J. Henderson, Ben Leber and Ernie Sims.


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3 Responses to “Scout.com’s Preseason All-NFC North Defensive Team”

  1. By TimRinger on Jul 24, 2009 | Reply

    That’s quite a team. Tommie Harris is a beast, but he hasn’t been healthy. I would give the nod to big Pat, simply b/c of the double-teams he draws, which, in turn, free’s up Kevin. Plus, he clogs up the middle like noone else. Julian Peterson is on the downside of his career, I would have given the nod to either AJ Hawk or Chad Greenway. Hawk is probably going to be 1 of the 2 MLB’s along with Barnett in going with the 3-4 D.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Jul 24, 2009 | Reply

    I’m not familiar with Harris, so I couldn’t say how he compares to Pat, but I agree with what both of you have said anyways! Personally I think both Leber and Greenway are good linebackers whose performance is improved by the entire defense, but alone probably not quite as good as the others picked. Of course, if E.J. weren’t injured last year I’m sure he would have done good enough that I would be arguing for him. I’m still curious as to how well Udeze is going to be now this year too. I hope he’s been putting in the effort to keep the skills up at the level before the string of problems began.

  3. By rap99 on Jul 26, 2009 | Reply

    not including pat williams is a joke! leber is under-rated, and a healthy season from ej will put him on the map.

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