Dontari Poe (Carolina Panthers): Poe excels as a nose tackle and I am fascinated to see the Poe-Kawann Short pairing on the Panthers defensive line this season. He will make an instant impact in their run defense. If he becomes a better pass rusher, he could be in the top 10 of these rankings next year.
Sheldon Richardson (Minnesota Vikings): I love the Richardson signing by the Vikings. The Vikings already has a tremendous defense, and the Richardson signing is only gravy at this point. That just shows you how good that defense will be in 2018.
Kyle Williams (Buffalo Bills): Williams is the oldest player in these rankings, but I still expect him to be a great defensive lineman in 2018. The Bills defense looks a little underrated headed into 2018.
Damon Harrison (New York Giants): Harrison is one of the best run stuffers in the game. The Giants will need him to continue that trend given the fact that they will have to face running backs such as Alvin Kamara, Devonta Freeman, Ezekiel Elliott and Jordan Howard in 2018.
Linval Joseph (Minnesota Vikings): Joseph isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of the Vikings defense, which makes him, in my opinion, the most underrated piece of that defense. He plays with incredible energy, and that energy combined with his talent could land him in the Pro Bowl discussion this season.