NFL The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
41.8k votes 5.2k voters 135.2k views 176 items

List Rules Please rank the players based on their career accomplishments

The key to a winning football games is winning the battle in the trenches. For a defense, the unsung hero down fighting in the frontlines is a defensive tackle. These big, burly guys are the anchor of the defense. Without a great defensive tackle, other pieces of the defense may not be able to function as crisply without these important players. For the most part, only diehard football fans recognize the contributions of defensive tackles and defensive linemen. These guys may not put up the biggest numbers, but often times they can occupy several offensive linemen, clearing the way for their teammates to make a big play.

There are a number of familiar names on this list of the greatest defensive tackles. "Mean" Joe Greene, Bruce Smith and Howie Long are some of the most popular players in Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders history. Many of these defensive tackles have taken their place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, proving how valuable they were to their team's successes. This list starts with the greatest players of all time and ends with the players who are prett 

Vote for who you think should be considered the greatest defensive tackle of all time on this Ultimate List. There are plenty of great players on this list so you really can't go wrong with who you choose.
list ordered by

1
1,958 451
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

2
1,096 545
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

3
983 511
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

4
1,117 439
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

5
1,101 575
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

6
890 389
Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

7
764 369
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

8
818 345
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

9
869 456
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
teamxtremerocks added

10
757 330
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

11
410 308
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

12
447 297
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
681 129
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

14
369 286
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

15
674 508
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
MattSchwarck added

16
467 351
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
bdcoop34 added

17
375 275
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added

18
372 92
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

19
431 312
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
HitmanCapone added

20
225 206
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

21
288 282
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

22
204 143
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added

23
193 215
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

24
329 93
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

25
173 139
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

26
200 117
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

27
163 198
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

28
238 80
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RamsFan added

29
150 192
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

30
172 253
Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Junior53 added

31
111 131
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

32
108 207
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added

33
234 154
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added

34
145 116
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

35
170 112
Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

36
114 138
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
19aisseg added

37
112 125
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

38
156 73
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

39
144 96
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

40
99 113
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

41
95 104
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

42
112 90
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

43
128 66
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

44
93 161
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added

45
79 110
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added

46
124 137
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Arizona Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles football

47
96 65
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
slaft added

48
117 118
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

49
98 99
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

50
83 102
Dave Butz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added