NFL Free Agency: Power Ranking the Best Available Defensive Linemen

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NFL Free Agency: Power Ranking the Best Available Defensive Linemen
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While so much discussion of the NFL's MVP always hinges on so called "skill players" (quarterbacks, running backs especially), the importance of dominating the line of scrimmage is somehow lost, even when it's one of the only common denominators among Super Bowl champions.

In order to win in the trenches, there could be a good case made that linemen, not their more glorified counterparts who carry the ball, are the most valuable pieces.

On defense, their importance has been enhanced with the all of the rules that have been implemented over the last 35 years that restricted defensive contact on receivers.

Getting to the quarterback as quickly as possible has become crucial for linemen, a skill that's now just as important as simply stopping the run.

So as soon as regular free agency starts (fingers crossed that it actually does happen), then there will be many quality linemen available for addition.

Here's a look at some of the best.

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