Giving Defense Some Respect: A Star for Each AFC Team

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Giving Defense Some Respect: A Star for Each AFC Team
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(Left: It used to be Aaron Schobel for Buffalo. Who is it now?)

This is a look at each NFL team, starting with the AFC, and digging through the murky waters of mediocrity, while trying to establish each team's best defender.

Each team begins the season with the hopes of stopping the run, getting to the quarterback, and forcing turnovers.

While it usually starts at the line, team's true impact defenders can come from anywhere on the field. The best way to measure a team's "best" defender is usually through forced turnovers, since a player with a ton of tackles doesn't necessarily mean he's a difference-maker.

This list will consist of players that spent 2008 on their present team, excluding any players who have been traded, including rookies from this year's draft class.

This is not a ranking. This is a team-by-team view of each franchise's best current defensive player.

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