Luke Kuechly, Desmond Trufant lead All-NFC South defense

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Aug 24, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) get the crowd pumped up against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive end: Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints

In Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense, Cameron Jordan has emerged as one of the league’s best defensive ends at rushing the passer. He has the speed and size to not only break through the offensive line towards the quarterback, but also to reach the passer and make the sack.

Defensive tackle: Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McCoy is one of the best defensive tackles in the National Football League. Last season, he was arguably the top pass-rushing tackles in the league. He’s also an excellent run stuffer, but his true dominance comes when getting to the quarterback.

Defensive tackle: Kawann Short, Carolina Panthers

Short is emerging as an anchor at defensive tackle for the Panthers. He’s an athletic player who is able to make plays in the backfield against the run. When rushing the passer, his ability to disrupt blockers makes life much easier for his teammates to make plays.

Defensive end: Charles Johnson, Carolina Panthers

Another excellent pass rusher is Carolina’s Charles Johnson. He makes good use of his hands and his speed off the snap make him a nightmare for offensive linemen. His calling card is his ability to disrupt the quarterback.

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