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28. Derrick Johnson, LB, Kansas City Chiefs Finished 2011 tied for the highest grade in run...

28. Derrick Johnson, LB, Kansas City Chiefs Finished 2011 tied for the highest grade in run defense of all inside linebackers. This was helped by racking up 50 defensive stops in the run game (only one player had more and he was on the field for more snaps). What sums up his season was a tremendous four-down goal-line stoppage of the Raiders in Week 7. Johnson also graded in the green in all but four of his games. Does anyone remember when he couldn’t get on the field in the Chiefs’ base package? Best Performance: Week 13 at Chicago (+4.6) Key Stat: Only one player managed more than the 66 total defensive stops he picked up. 51. Tamba Hali, OLB, Kansas City Chiefs Hali wasn’t able to replicate his 2010 season, but still put forth an extremely strong 2011 highlighted by his +26.9 grade for pass rushing. He did take a big step forward with his run defense, which graded positively for the first time. All of which combined to see him finish fourth in our 3-4 outside linebacker rankings. Hali was the only Chief to consistently generate pressure while also doing a good job in overcoming the increased attention. Best Performance: Week 4 versus Minnesota (+7.4) Key Stat: Had the fourth-highest number of combined sacks, hits, and hurries (63) of all 3-4 outside linebackers. Two Chief defenders make ProFootballFocus' Top 101 Players of 2011 list. I wonder how many might crack the NFL Networks Top 100 Players list this year?
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