Welcome to second edition of the two-part series featuring the All-Decade Team for the next 10 years. (Here's Part 1: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/353537-2010-2019-nfl-all-decade-offense.)
Defense wins championships, so who will be the best players on that side of the ball?
Who will be the Ray Lewis of the decade? Who will be the next Jason Taylor, Kevin Williams, and Derrick Brooks? The next Champ Bailey, Ed Reed, and Brian Dawkins?
The stars of tomorrow are young today. Some may not be stars; some may not even be in the pros yet. In fact, five of the 12 players I selected are all coming out in the draft this year—with a couple "also considereds" also not yet pro.
My picks will follow the format of the SI All-Decade Team. With positions such as DE, DT, and OLB—where the base formation leads to differences in how the position is played—I selected one 4-3 player and 3-4 player:
2 DE (One 4-3 DE and one 3-4 DE)
2 DT (One 4-3 DT and one 3-4 NT)
2 OLB (One 4-3 OLB and one 3-4 OLB)
The fun part is that these picks are based on potential and speculation. If you have any comments or criticisms, feel free to comment. If you like all my picks, click "like" to let me know. But please don't leave comments like "You're terrible, these make no sense," or something along those lines. Lets try for something a little more constructive, huh?