EVERYONE has their own view on what makes for the most exciting spectacle in a sport.
For me, I have a soft spot for defence. Ironic because the hits these guys deliver are anything but soft.
Even though many Aussie fans are still yet to become accustomed to what all the actual rules of American Football are, we know a crunching tackle when we see one.
Because of this I have made the following list of defensive players you must watch out for when you become addicted to this amazing sport this season. I hate to be graphic but when these guys get going they can properly give you the fizz.
J.J. WATT (#99) HOUSTON TEXANS
IT is unlikely that anyone will knock Watt from his pedestal as the most loved and admired player in the NFL any time soon.
The 27-year-old has already been a four-time Pro Bowler, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and is 1.96m and 131 kg of pure explosiveness, workmanship and attitude.
Only last season Watt almost single handedly dragged his Texans into the play-offs for his defensive efforts, however he has also shown his versatility having made TD passes on offence.
Watt could possibly go down in history as the greatest defensive player ever.
VON MILLER (#58) DENVER BRONCOS
ONE man who could threaten for Watt’s crown is the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
Despite some issues and inconsistencies on offence, the Broncos marched into the play-offs, and on to the championship dais, thanks to their scary defence, led by Miller.
You only have to watch the 27-year-old’s demolition of Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers’ offensive line in the Super Bowl to know that he will be crushing QB’s for years to come.
TYRANN MATHIEU (#32) ARIZONA CARDINALS
THERE is a reason he is known as “The Honey Badger”.
This nickname resonates more with Aussies through Rugby Union star Nick Cummins, however the tenacious Corner Back from the Cardinals is as nasty as they come on the field.
Injury has been a curse for Mathieu and Cards in the last few years, however he is one of the most explosive and fun to watch backfield players in the competition. He also is out to prove he is worth the big new contract he just signed.
LUKE KUECHLY (#59) CAROLINA PANTHERS
MY eyes usually begin to widen a little when I see the Panthers captain stalking the opposition’s offensive line.
Keuchly (pronounced Keek-lee) just gets the job done. No fanfare, no fuss, and no excuses. He is the kind of blue collar workhorse that fans love.
He was unlucky to have JJ Watt ahead of him or else the #59 may have taken home the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015.
KHALIL MACK (#52) OAKLAND RAIDERS
THE newest defensive powerhouse to storm the NFL, Mack is already being hailed as the next big thing the game his seen at just 25 years old.
It has been a horror time of late for those fans at Raider Nation, but Mack, QB Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper are giving those rusted on supporters great hope.
Mack is an absolute wrecking ball, which is fun for us to watch, not so much for the players standing in his way.
SEAN LEE (#50) DALLAS COWBOYS
NOT the most talked about player in the league, or indeed a typical “must-watch” player, however Lee personifies the ‘heart and soul’ type player coaches and fans, and I, love.
Knee injuries have ruined the Pittsburgh product’s past few seasons, but the 30-year-old returned with a vengeance in 2015, continually causing problems for many a QB from his Middle Linebacker position.
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