The 2014 All-NFC North Team
By Dan Dahlke
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90). Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Starters: RDE – Jared Allen, CHI; DT – Ndamukong Suh, DET; DT – Nick Fairley, DET; LDE – Julius Peppers, GB
Given this team would play a 4-3, I’d take Allen and Peppers as my defensive ends despite their age. Both have plenty in the tank and are still two of the top pass rushers in the league. Combined, the two veterans have amassed nearly 250 career sacks.
Whether you love him or hate him, Suh is still one of the best defensive tackles in the league and can be dominant at the line when he wants to be. He’s not only effective against the run, but the former Husker has also averaged nearly seven sacks per season as a defensive tackle and is a handful for any lineman to block.
Fairley is a handful in his own right, and may be just as every bit as talented as Suh on the defensive line. Detroit can definitely boast one of the best defensive tackle combos in the league.
Reserves: (DE) Ziggy Ansah, DET; (DT) Mike Daniels, GB; (DE) Lamarr Houston, CHI
Ansah emerged on the scene last year as a rookie, recording 8 sacks and two forced fumbles. Ansah is a physical freak at defensive end and has a ton of upside.
Daniels is tough and explosive and plays with a motor that never stops. He’s quickly becoming the Packers’ best defensive lineman.
Chicago brought in Houston from Oakland as a free agent, and after he put together a solid 2013 season (69 tackles, 6 sacks), Houston is a player on the rise.