The Top Ranked Defensive Linemen of the 1970's

 

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The Top Ranked Defensive Linemen of the 1970's

 

Notes:

The ratings on this page comes from AinsworthSports.com's own rating system.  The lower the rating the better.

Players had to complete at least one qualifying season to be included in this list.

A qualifying year is any year that a player participated in 60% of his teams games.

Player's ratings are penalized for every year under 5 qualifying years.

 

Rnk   Player Rating
1   Alan Page 2.15360
2   Jack Youngblood 2.21744
3   Mean Joe Greene 2.63460
4   Carl Eller 4.50980
5   Claude Humphrey 4.94038
6   L.C. Greenwood 5.65890
7   Curley Culp 6.74080
8   Elvin Bethea 7.20410
9   Larry Brooks 8.03425
10   Merlin Olsen 10.56643
11   Lyle Alzado 11.81275
12   Dwight White 11.84511
13   Jerry Sherk 12.06689
14   Bob Lilly 12.80680
15   Coy Bacon 12.86440
16   Fred Dryer 14.12433
17   Fred Cook 15.71783
18   Bill Stanfill 16.67857
19   Wally Chambers 17.19933
20   Tommy Hart 20.38830
21   John Dutton 20.54340
22   Otis Sistrunk 20.93214
23   Ray Hamilton 21.58486
24   Vern Den Herder 21.79778
25   Harvey Martin 22.42414
26   Jack Gregory 23.28710
27   Cedrick Hardman 23.37490
28   Bob Baumhower 23.53400
29   John Zook 23.78722
30   Ron McDole 24.26422
31   Jim Marshall 24.67440
32   Manny Fernandez 24.80233
33   Mike Hartenstine 24.92680
34   Mike Reid 24.92680
35   John Mendenhall 26.11788
36   Buck Buchanan 26.72667
37   Mike McCoy 27.00578
38   Rubin Carter 27.04800
39   Bob Pollard 27.49700
40   Diron Talbert 28.39080
41   Verlon Biggs 28.61350
42   Will Wynn 29.04275
43   Billy Newsome 29.78000
44   Paul Smith 29.89822
45   Robert E. Brown 30.17643
46   Larry Hand 30.22700
47   Louie Kelcher 31.36575
48   Fred Dean 31.57260
49   Ron Carpenter 32.31257
50   Sweeny Williams 32.67650
51   Al Baker 33.83800
52   Wilbur Young 34.44156
53   Bob Rowe 34.71783
54   Walter Johnson 35.48138
55   Lee Roy Selmon 36.49150
56   Mike Barnes 37.35371
57   Sherman White 38.00413
58   Gary Burley 38.63775
59   Art Thoms 39.37467
60   Barney Chavous 40.38933
61   Lawrence Pillers 40.45575
62   Jethro Pugh 41.06200
63   Richard Neal 41.08113
64   Ernie Holmes 41.14033
65   Jim Osborne 41.24863
66   Dave Stalls 41.51200
67   Joe Jones 41.52122
68   Gary Johnson 42.27860
69   Alden Roche 42.70522
70   Jim Bailey 42.85463
71   Randy White 43.24820
72   Earl Edwards 43.88344
73   Larry Cole 44.20750
74   John Matuszak 44.29557
75   Elex Price 44.33900
76   Charlie Krueger 44.82400
77   Pat Toomay 45.03730
78   Marvin Upshaw 45.27850
79   Mike Kadish 45.38400
80   Doug English 45.43000
81   Mike Lewis 45.44156
82   Dave Costa 45.63180
83   Too Tall Jones 46.35900
84   Carl Hairston 46.86925
85   Dave Rowe 47.00756
86   Herb Orvis 47.04050
87   Leroy Jones 47.24800
88   Mark Lomas 47.44980
89   Charlie Johnson 49.18800
90   Mike Butler 49.55833
91   Jimmy Webb 49.95460
92   Ken Sanders 50.52020
93   Doug Sutherland 50.59560
94   Wilson Whitley 50.70300
95   Royce Berry 51.09300
96   Charles Davis 51.26760
97   Joe Klecko 51.37633
98   Jim H. Mitchell 51.51863
99   Mike Tilleman 51.74586
100   Dave Pear 52.15640
101   Jerry Patton 52.55467
102   Art Still 52.82600
103   George Martin 52.96440
104   Joe Owens 52.96900
105   Carl Barzilauskas 53.50980
106   Julius Adams 54.58838
107   Roy Hilton 54.88350
108   George Seals 55.09850
109   Gary Larsen 55.20660
110   Ron Yankowski 55.82725
111   Bubba Smith 55.89340
112   Eddie Edwards 56.56100
113   Horace Jones 56.94380
114   Mike Dawson 57.09550
115   Deacon Jones 58.31740
116   Bill Brundige 58.70963
117   Mel Tom 59.10520
118   Bob Bell 59.81129
119   Jeff Merrow 59.89825
120   Ben Williams 60.20125
121   Walt Patulski 60.45860
122   Ron East 60.46529
123   George Andrie 60.55250
124   Pat Holmes 60.78200
125   Lionel Aldridge 61.64050
126   Dave Butz 61.79383
127   Joe Ehrmann 61.79814
128   Tony McGee 61.85989
129   Richard Harris 61.97486
130   Al Cowlings 62.07017
131   Tody Smith 62.07460
132   Derland Moore 62.41700
133   Mack Mitchell 62.52425
134   Dave Gallagher 62.75150
135   Ed Galigher 62.76800
136   Cleveland Elam 62.77675
137   Steve DeLong 62.82300
138   Mel Lunsford 63.08460
139   Bob Hoskins 64.29660
140   Jerry Mays 64.64500
141   Bill Gregory 65.28800
142   Pete Duranko 65.40275
143   Tony Cline 65.42017
144   Roland Lakes 65.55200
145   Bill Dunstan 65.72567
146   Archie Reese 66.15800
147   Steve Chomyszak 66.79150
148   Elois Grooms 68.31640
149   Manny Sistrunk 68.86644
150   Dave Pureifory 69.43943
151   John Elliott 69.72467
152   Fred Miller 69.79200
153   Aaron Brown 70.07400
154   Dave Roller 71.00300
155   Willie Holman 71.00400
156   Marty Lyons 71.21000
157   Dennis L. Johnson 71.62920
158   Abdul Salaam 71.69000
159   Nick Roman 72.92725
160   Cody Jones 74.47740
161   Dave Long 75.48167
162   Dan Hampton 76.05800
163   Council Rudolph 76.39640
164   Steve Baumgartner 76.49600
165   John Little 76.65475
166   A.J. Duhe 76.81350
167   Jerry Rush 76.91450
168   Jim Kanicki 76.91450
169   Jim Riley 76.91450
170   Whitney Paul 77.11650
171   Bob Lurtsema 77.26529
172   Ben Davidson 77.36900
173   Ed O'Bradovich 77.36900
174   Rich Jackson 77.87400
175   Henry Reed 78.02775
176   Gerry Philbin 78.40650
177   Bill Belk 78.65900
178   Ezra Johnson 78.84833
179   Richard Bishop 79.21450
180   Mickey Sims 79.28600
181   Don Hultz 79.34075
182   John Grant 79.41000
183   Rick Cash 79.42067
184   Houston Antwine 79.64150
185   Troy Archer 79.82467
186   Andy Dorris 80.16217
187   Mike St. Clair 80.67900
188   Don Parrish 80.70200
189   Chuck Walker 81.43033
190   Gary Jeter 81.44067
191   Ross Browner 81.51000
192   Don L. Smith 81.71400
193   John Woodcock 82.21500
194   Bob Barber 82.67375
195   Sylvester Hicks 82.72200
196   Joe Schmiesing 83.25450
197   Ben McGee 83.25867
198   Don Reese 83.50680
199   Alex Karras 83.73400
200   Gary Pettigrew 83.76940
201   Randy Crowder 83.89060
202   Jim Young 83.98450
203   Jim Dunaway 84.18650
204   Steve Furness 84.37350
205   James White 84.46650
206   Dennis Boyd 84.53800
207   Billy Ray Smith Sr. 84.64300
208   Waddey Harvey 84.64300
209   Willie D. Parker 84.64300
210   John Banaszak 84.81980
211   Tom Keating 85.32480
212   Karl Lorch 85.57750
213   Lloyd Voss 85.71633
214   Willie Lee 86.05500
215   Bob Tatarek 86.46100
216   John Richardson 87.49650
217   Ernie Calloway 87.82250
218   Dennis Wirgowski 88.22875
219   Bill Sandifer 88.94833
220   Blenda Gay 89.08500
221   Bob Heinz 89.21471
222   Ernie Price 89.23850
223   Dave Browning 89.59000
224   Ron Rydalch 91.71325
225   Bob J. Briggs 91.78900
226   Chuck Hinton 93.08933
227   Glen Condren 93.72900
228   Mark Mullaney 93.97040
229   John Lohmeyer 94.28650
230   Jeff Yeates 96.05100
231   Gary Dunn 96.05400
232   Dave Tipton 96.81375
233   Marty Smith 97.06600
234   Bill Kollar 97.70740
235   Charley Hannah 97.87400
236   Charles A. Johnson 98.68200
237   Ken R. Johnson 98.85229
238   Dan Goich 99.48600
239   Lee Brooks 99.50943
240   Rolf Krueger 99.66700
241   Joe Campbell 99.72167
242   Steve Niehaus 99.99100
243   Phil Olsen 100.23450
244   Manu Tuiasosopo 100.29800
245   Robert Hardy 100.29800
246   Roger Stillwell 100.49800
247   Brison Manor 100.56333
248   Don Croft 100.64950
249   Edgar Fields 101.67433
250   Mike Fanning 101.72720
251   Carl Barisich 102.50833
252   Wilson Faumuina 102.54967
253   Carter Campbell 102.95367
254   Ron Berger 103.27550
255   Billy Howard 103.49233
256   Pete Lazetich 104.84325
257   Rick Dvorak 104.87267
258   John Small 105.65125
259   Tom Domres 106.45500
260   Jim Hunt 106.45900
261   Doug Betters 107.77000
262   Ron Billingsley 108.27500
263   Greg Lens 108.27700
264   Jerry Shay 108.27700
265   Ron Fernandes 109.55233
266   Larry Jacobson 109.58600
267   Carleton Oats 110.32250
268   Tom Williams 111.00200
269   Andy Rice 111.05475
270   Fred Heron 111.45650
271   Bill Line 111.61000
272   Bill Staley 112.36550
273   Kevin Hardy 112.36550
274   Rich Glover 112.36550
275   Ron Snidow 112.36550
276   Dee Hardison 113.22600
277   Cal Snowden 115.34300
278   Charles DeJurnett 115.34725
279   Don Brumm 115.64800
280   John V. Andrews 116.25400
281   Bill Cooke 117.11475
282   Maulty Moore 117.69550
283   Jim White 117.74600
284   Larry Woods 118.67600
285   Charles Philyaw 118.74333
286   Dallas Hickman 119.08425
287   Craig Hanneman 119.18525
288   Mike Seifert 120.49800
289   John Lee 120.62867
290   Ted Vincent 121.10200
291   William Gay 121.91000
292   Barry Bennett 122.71800
293   Fred Smerlas 123.73000
294   Ike Lassiter 123.73000
295   Ken Jones 123.73000
296   Scott Hutchinson 124.33400
297   Allen Aldridge 124.56767
298   Lem Burnham 124.83700
299   Bert Askson 124.90433
300   Keith Simons 125.34200
301   Larry Estes 126.92433
302   Mike Fanucci 127.39567
303   Ken Clarke 128.77800
304   Jesse Baker 129.38600
305   Glenn Robinson 129.95433
306   Randy Holloway 129.99000
307   John Hoffman 130.09300
308   Mike McBath 130.54550
309   Gary Hrivnak 130.94950
310   Jerry Inman 131.60400
311   Bill Nelson 131.63767
312   Jerry Meyers 132.84967
313   Howard Kindig 133.15267
314   Terry Jones 133.62600
315   Tom Beasley 134.03000
316   Ed Smith 134.23400
317   Ken Kennard 134.29733
318   Mitch Sutton 135.04200
319   Dennis Harrison 135.64600
320   Jim Wolf 136.45400
321   Martin Imhof 136.45400
322   Bruce Anderson 136.45600
323   Dwaine Board 136.65800
324   Mike Ozdowski 137.66600
325   Bob Maddox 138.07000
326   Lee Thomas 138.33733
327   Arthur Moore 139.23150
328   Jeff Lloyd 139.68600
329   Larry Bethea 139.68600
330   Greg Fields 139.89000
331   Steve Okoniewski 140.18900
332   Dick Evey 140.99900
333   Mark E. Bell 141.50600
334   Bob Crum 142.31400
335   Willie L. Jones (1957) 142.31400
336   Richard Amman 142.46350
337   Mel Witt 142.81900
338   Kelvin Korver 143.42300
339   Robin Earl 143.72800
340   Phil Dokes 143.77650
341   Don Latimer 144.13000
342   Reggie Doss 144.13000
343   Stan Hindman 144.59933
344   John Teerlinck 144.73800
345   Bruce Radford 145.54600
346   Bruce Thornton 145.54600
347   Floyd Peters 145.54600
348   Mark Buben 145.54600
349   Steve George 145.54600
350   Willie Cullars 145.54600
351   Perry Brooks 145.74600
352   Dave Hale 145.99850
353   Al Burton 146.35400
354   Jim Krahl 146.35400
355   Doug Mooers 146.96000
356   Frank Bosch 147.36400
357   Bill Windauer 149.58600
358   Chuck Hurston 149.63450
359   Mark Johnson 149.63450
360   Reggie Kinlaw 150.39400
361   Clovis Swinney 151.00000
362   Harry Gunner 151.00000
363   Steve Williams 151.20200
364   Jim Cagle 152.01000
365   Mark Ilgenfritz 152.01000
366   Willie McCray 152.01000
367   Ken Novak 152.31100
368   Art May 152.81800
369   Mike Bell 152.81800
370   Jeff Winans 153.72700
371   Donnell Smith 154.33100
372   Dave Lindstrom 154.63400
373   Dewey Selmon 155.24200
374   Phil Tabor 155.24200
375   Frank Cornish 155.99750
376   Randy Marshall 156.45400
377   Mark Gastineau 156.85800
378   Clarence Washington 157.36300
379   Dick Arndt 157.36300
380   John W. Baker 157.36300
381   Marty Baccaglio 157.36300
382   Paul Dickson 157.36300
383   Randy Moore 157.66600
384   Gregory Wojcik 159.17900
385   Ernest Kirk 159.18100
386   Jerry Wilkinson 159.28200
387   Ken Kremer 159.28200
388   Mike White 159.28200
389   Herb McMath 159.63350
390   Rosie Manning 160.49200
391   Jimmie L. Jones 160.99900
392   Steve Thompson 162.36050
393   Greg Schaum 162.71400
394   Mike Fultz 162.71400
395   Harold Rice 162.81700
396   Greg Marx 163.72600
397   Brad Shearer 164.13000
398   Wayne Baker 164.63500
399   Ed Lothamer 165.54400
400   Joe Robb 165.54400
401   Dan Gray 167.36200
402   Greg Boyd 168.11750
403   Fred Anderson 168.97800
404   Gregg Robinson 168.97800
405   Jesse Turnbow 168.97800
406   Mike Zele 169.78600
407   Bob Winkel 170.59400
408   Greg Sampson 171.20000
409   Joey Jackson 171.20000
410   Louis Ross 171.20000
411   Cliff Frazier 171.90700
412   Peter Cusick 172.81600
413   Reggie P. Lewis 173.01800
414   Al Dotson 173.72500
415   Bubba McCollum 173.82600
416   Rich Dimler 174.63400
417   Ruben Vaughan 176.25000
418   Julian Nunamaker 176.45200
419   George Wright 177.36100
420   Lou Michaels 177.36100
421   Willie L. Jones (1942) 177.36100
422   Bon Boatwright 177.86600
423   Kit Lathrop 177.86600
424   Marty Amsler 179.17900
425   Mike Dirks 179.17900
426   Sam Silas 179.17900
427   Dave Means 179.48200
428   Casey Merrill 180.29000
429   Jim DeLisle 181.90600
430   David Tipton 183.52200
431   Mike Crangle 186.35000
432   Vern Vanoy 186.35000
433   Dennis Crane 186.45100
434   Joe Righetti 186.45100
435   Dave Haverdick 189.17800
436   Dave Kraayeveld 189.17800
437   Lyman Smith 190.79400
438   Stan Johnson 191.60200
439   Larry Horton 196.45000
440   Greg Morton 198.26800

 


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