Versatility common trait of 'Ultimate D-Line'

Updated: September 29, 2004, 10:30 AM ET
By Jeff Reynolds | Pro Football Weekly
In scouring reports and quizzing scouts and coaches for the "Ultimate Defensive Line," finding a common denominator among candidates was as quick as Dwight Freeney's first step.

The guys who can "do it all" were given preference over many one-trick ponies. For example, we left one of the best run-stuffing defensive tackles, Ted Washington, off the ballot. The last time he tackled a quarterback, it was to get his lunch money back. And La'Roi Glover was on the outside looking in; Glover is a premier pass rusher from the inside, but he lacks the bulk to stuff the run consistently.

Michael Strahan
Jason Taylor
In finding a D-Line dream team, we started on the edge, with Jason Taylor and Michael Strahan. Both are natural pass rushers, and neither gets his due for impressive play against the run.