ACC Power Rankings: Top 12 Defensive Lines of 2010

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ACC Power Rankings: Top 12 Defensive Lines of 2010

Next up in our position rankings for the ACC would be the defensive line.

Once again, despite individual superstars, a team's success is based on the entire line—and not just one guy who offensive lines have to stop.

Fortunately for the ACC, plenty of high-profile talents have graced the defensive line. From Virginia's Chris Long to Clemson's Gaines Adam, North Carolina State's Mario Williams and 2009's darling Derrick Morgan, the ACC constantly has players who can give starting quarterbacks nightmares.

Indeed, a strong defensive line can help punish the run, pressure the quarterback, and pace the game. They can make or break a team with high aspirations— and while some teams are in damage control with high attrition, other programs are flying high in 2010 on the defensive line.

Let's take a look, shall we?

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