RealScouts rates Vikings Allen as the Number 1 Defensive End in the NFL

RealScouts continues to support my claim that the Minnesota Vikings are absolutely loaded with elite talent at many positions. For the second time this week, they have come out with a positional ranking that leaves the Vikings at the top of the list. Earlier, it was Adrian Peterson, this time it’s DE Jared Allen.

“ Not only does Allen have 30 sacks over the last two seasons, he is a stout run defender who plays with a lot of heart and hustle. His ability to draw protection schemes helps Kevin and Pat Williams inside.”

RealScouts went on to explain their rating process on Defensive Ends by stating “ Here’s the thing to remember about the defensive ends: It’s not only about the pass rush. That’s where many NFL ends make their impact plays, but players who can also defend the run, drop in zone schemes and play full-time are the guys who rise to the elite level.“

RealScouts is a Sporting News’ affiliate that employs a team of former NFL scouts who rank their annual top 20 at each position.

The rest of the top 10 is listed below in order:

2. Julius Peppers – Panthers
3. Dwight Freeney – Colts
4. Mario Williams – Texans
5. Richard Seymour – Patriots
6. Aaron Smith – Steelers
7. Osi Umenyiora – Giants
8. Justin Tuck – Giants
9. Patrick Kerney – Seahawks
10. Kyle Vanden Bosch – Titans

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