LSU Tigers All-Time NFL Defensive Unit

George SeligaCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2011

LSU Tigers All-Time NFL Defensive Unit

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    LSU has been historically one of the best college football programs throughout the country. They seem to produce NFL-caliber players at every position on both offense and especially defense. Their defense is extremely quick and very physical. These traits have helped make many football players from LSU succeed at the next level.

    Here is a look at the LSU Tigers all-time NFL defensive unit.

Defensive Ends

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    1. One of the most successful Tigers from LSU was Jarvis Green. Green as a Tiger was named to second-team All-SEC and had eight sacks as a freshman. In his pro career, Green won two Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots and has 28 career sacks.

    2. The second-best defensive end to come out of LSU was Marcus Spears. Spears had a great career at LSU where he won a national championship in 2003. He was also named to the All-SEC First Team in 2003 and All-American First-Team in 2004.

    Spears was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2005 and was named to the All-Rookie team in 2006. He has been a main point on that Dallas defense and has struck fear in many quarterbacks.

Defensive Tackles

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    1. Glenn Dorsey was a monster at LSU. He won a national championship in 2007 and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year that same year. Also, Dorsey finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting and won multiple awards like the Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi Award.

    He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and was then converted to a defensive end.

    2. Anthony McFarland was a big defensive tackle for LSU in the late '90s. Even though he did not see as much success as Dorsey in college, McFarland hit the jackpot as he won two Super Bowl Championships, one as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer and the other as an Indianapolis Colt. McFarland was a key piece to those teams as he was a run-stopper and brought pressure up the middle.

Linebackers

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    1. Bradie James had a fantastic career at LSU. He recorded 113 tackles in his junior year and was named first-team All-SEC. The following year, James was awarded All-American honors.

    He was drafted in 2003 by the Dallas Cowboys and has had a great career so far. In 2008, James became only the second Cowboy to reached the 200-tackle mark in one season.

    2. Roy Winston was a former offensive lineman while he was at LSU. When he graduated, he was drafted by the Vikings and was converted to the linebacker position. He played 15 seasons with the Vikings and is one of 10 players to play in all four of the Vikings' Super Bowl appearances.

    3. Michael Brooks was a solid linebacker for the Tigers. He was drafted in the third round by the Denver Broncos. He played for the Giants and made the Pro Bowl with the Lions in his final year. Brooks is also known for being inducted into the Louisiana Sport Hall of Fame.

Defensive Backs

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    1. Corey Webster was one of the best defensive backs in LSU's history. He was a major part of the 2003 national championship team and was named first-team All-American in both 2003 and 2004. Webster was drafted by the New York Giants and won a Super Bowl with them in 2008.

    2. Patrick Peterson is an amazing athlete. He did everything while at LSU and was a first-rounder in the 2011 NFL draft. This may be too early to tell, but Peterson has a very bright future as both a defensive back and a punt/kick returner.

Safety

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    1. Laron Landry started 48 straight starts for the Tigers and had 12 interceptions in his college career. He was also part of the 2003 national championship victory and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round.

    Landry has been a leader in the Redskins secondary and is always a threat to pick one and take it back for a touchdown.

    2. Craig Steltz was a solid safety for the LSU Tigers. In his senior year, Steltz was a Jim Thorpe Award finalist and was named first-team All-American. Steltz has been a key player on the Bears defensive unit and has helped them out on special teams as well.