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'14 Player Rankings, Defense: 90-81

ESPN.com is ranking NFL players and counting them down (follow on Twitter -- @ESPNNFL) from No. 100 to No. 1 on offense and on defense, 10 per day for 10 days. The top 10 on both sides of the ball will be revealed on Friday, Aug. 29.

What is #NFLRank?

#NFLrank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along. You can also follow along here: @ESPNNFL (NFL on ESPN) and on Facebook.

How did we rank the players?

We polled 85 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, with 10 being the best regardless of position in the NFL. Ties, as denoted by an asterisk, were broken by determining which player had more ballots with the higher number (if players are tied, the player with three 10s is ranked higher than the player with two 10s; if the tied players had the same amount of highest numbers -- each with two 10s -- we moved to the next number: three 9s beats two 9s).

Here is the full list of voters from ESPN.com, ESPN TV, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider (including Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus), ESPN Fantasy, ESPN locals and ESPN Stats & Information.

John Abraham recorded 11.5 sacks last season at the age of 35. He was the first player aged 35 or older to record 10-plus sacks in a season since 2000 (Bruce Smith and Trace Armstrong).
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)

89

6.39*

Justin Tuck | @JustinTuck
Oakland Raiders | DE | Age: 31 | NFL experience: 10th year
2013 #NFLRank: 52
ESPN Fantasy rank: NR, OAK D22

Tuck had 11.0 sacks last season, the third most in his career, and more than in his previous two seasons combined (9.0). Tuck played 838 snaps in 2013, his most in the past six years, and left the Giants with the sixth-most sacks in team history (60.5).
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)

88

6.39*

Antonio Cromartie | @CRO31
Arizona Cardinals | CB | Age: 30 | NFL experience: 9th year
2013 #NFLRank: 44
ESPN Fantasy rank: NR, ARI D5

Cromartie has intercepted at least three passes in each season since joining the Jets in 2010. The only other cornerbacks with three or more interceptions in each season during that span are DeAngelo Hall and Charles Tillman.
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)

87

6.42

Bruce Irvin | @BIrvin_WVU11
Seattle Seahawks | LB | Age: 26 | NFL experience: 3rd year
2013 #NFLRank: NR
ESPN Fantasy rank: NR, SEA D1

Bruce Irvin was on the field for 55 percent of the rushes against the Seahawks last season. The Seahawks allowed almost a full yard less per rush with Irvin on field (3.5) than off field (4.4).
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)

86

6.46

Carlos Dunlap | @Carlos_Dunlap
Cincinnati Bengals | DE | Age: 25 | NFL experience: 5th year
2013 #NFLRank: 90
ESPN Fantasy rank: DL11, overall 32

Dunlap has recorded 27.5 sacks in his first four seasons with the Bengals. The only Bengals to tally more sacks in their first four seasons are current teammate Geno Atkins (29) and current 49er Justin Smith (28).
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)

85

6.47*

Chandler Jones | @Chan95Jones
New England Patriots | DE | Age: 24 | NFL experience: 3rd year
2013 #NFLRank: NR
ESPN Fantasy rank: DL3, overall 5

Since 2012 (his rookie season), Jones leads the Patriots with 17.5 sacks. Jones is also tied for second on the team with three batted passes during that span.
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)

84

6.47*

Vontae Davis | @VontaeDavis23
Indianapolis Colts | CB | Age: 26 | NFL experience: 6th year
2013 #NFLRank: NR
ESPN Fantasy rank: NR, IND D21

The Colts allowed a Total QBR of 49.5 with Davis on the field last season, compared to a Total QBR of 63.1 without him. Davis had 10 pass breakups in 2013, after breaking up only nine passes in the previous two years combined.
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)

83

6.48

Antrel Rolle | @antrelrolle26
New York Giants | SS | Age: 31 | NFL experience: 10th year
2013 #NFLRank: NR
ESPN Fantasy rank: DB10, overall 45

After recording a career-high six interceptions last season, Rolle is the only strong safety in the NFL with at least 200 tackles and 10 interceptions over the past three seasons.
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)

82

6.49

Johnathan Joseph | @HoustonTexans
Houston Texans | CB | Age: 30 | NFL experience: 9th year
2013 #NFLRank: 44
ESPN Fantasy rank: NR, HOU D13

Johnathan Joseph recorded three of the Texans' seven interceptions last season. No player had a higher percentage of his team's interceptions.
-- ESPN Stats & Information(@ESPNStatsInfo)

81

6.51

B.J. Raji | @packers
Green Bay Packers | DE | Age: 28 | NFL experience: 6th year
2013 #NFLRank: 45
ESPN Fantasy rank: NR, GB D24

B.J. Raji has played more than 1,000 snaps more than the next highest Packers defensive lineman since he was drafted in 2009.
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)