NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2018" airs every Monday at 8 p.m. ET, unveiling a new set of 10 players each week. Four of the league's top defensive tackles were revealed between Nos. 61 and 70, including Ndamukong Suh (No. 61), Geno Atkins (63), Jurrell Casey (66) and Fletcher Cox (69). NFL Network analyst and former Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara lists his own rankings of the top 10 defensive tackles heading into the 2018 campaign.
No surprise here. Donald is the most disruptive defensive tackle in the game, having led the position in sacks (11), QB hits (27) and forced fumbles (5) in 2017. His quickness and explosive get-off -- combined with great hands -- make Donald almost impossible for interior O-linemen to contain.
Having racked up 24 QB hits and a sixth straight Pro Bowl nod in 2017, McCoy is the Bucs' best defensive player right now. His ability to clear the hip as a 3-technique is rare for a DT his size (6-foot-4, 300 pounds). Like Donald, McCoy's hands make him special at the position.
Cox has been an instrumental part of the Eagles' D since he was drafted in 2012. Consistently one of the NFL's best DTs since then, in part because of his sneaky athleticism, the 6-4, 310-pounder has been a Pro Bowler in each of the past three seasons.
He's been around for quite some time and is still producing at a high level (see: nine sacks and 20 QB hits as a 29-year-old in 2017). Because of his great get-off -- one of the best in the league -- Atkins disrupts offensive fronts at a prolific rate. We should see more of the same from the former fourth-round pick in Year 9.
He continues to be one of the anchors of Carolina's stout front seven. The exit of Star Lotulelei in free agency will put more attention on Short in 2018, the first season in which the pair won't play in the same unit. Competing in a tough division, the Panthers will look for Short to be a playmaker against some of the league's best offenses.
A top-10 draft pick in 2016, Buckner has done a nice job applying pressure from the inside (including nine sacks in two seasons and 24 QB hits in 2017 alone), despite not being flanked by the best defensive talent in San Francisco. With John Lynch improving the supporting cast, we could be in for a real breakout season from Buckner in 2018.
Suh has been a disruptive defender in Detroit and Miami, but he'll be at another level in Los Angeles, playing alongside Aaron Donald. I'm not quite sure how teams plan to contain both players. Suh is set up to have one of his best seasons in 2018.
Jackson was one of the defensive cornerstones for Denver in its Super Bowl run in 2015. Two seasons later, he helped the Jags become one of the best defenses in the league, notching a career-high eight sacks in 2017. With so many studs on Jacksonville's defense, it's easy to overlook Jackson, but this guy's a force.