Sunday, October 13, 2013

15 Top Defensive NFL Players on Instagram

Dontari Poe sack from @poemans_dream
Okay, so we have had our fun with the best offensive players using IG, but now its time to turn our attention to defense.   If you relish the big hits, forced fumbles and interceptions of great defensive squads in the NFL, then I am about to rock your world.  You can follow many of your favorite NFL defensive players on Instagram to get a glimpse into their lives.

I have put together a list of some of the best known defensive player that are also active using IG.  I am not going to include any players that have just a couple of photos, these are also top players that have shared lots of pictures with fans.  They share shots of the team, press and media events as well as personal shots with their family and friends.   As with offense, the list is skewed toward younger players as they are much more likely to be active on IG than older players.

So without further ado, here are some of the best defensive players to follow on Instagram organized into defensive categories (in alpha order within each category).

Defensive Linemen

Cameron Jordan, Defensive End (New Orleans Saints)
A 3rd year player in the NFL, Jordan is a big part of the resurgent Saints defense in 2013.  Jordan has been a solid force in both the run game and pass rush for the Saints.  Through just 5 games, he has already logged half the sacks (4) that he had in all of 2012.
180 photos  9,700 followers

Dontari Poe, Defensive Tackle (Kansas City Chiefs)
Kansas City has put together one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL in 2013 and 2nd year player, Poe, is one of the keys to that defense.  He has logged 4.5 sacks through 5 games of the seasons and over 19 combined tackles.  This exciting young player out of University of Memphis is definitely worth following.
265 photos  4,300 followers

Robert Quinn, Defensive End (St. Louis Rams)
In just his 3rd season in the League, Quinn has established himself as one of the sacks leaders in the NFL.  He logged 10.5 sacks in 2012 and has already achieved half that number through 5 games in 2013.  He is also an active IG user.
266 photos  4,800 followers

Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle (Detroit Lions)
Playing in just his 4th season in the NFL, Suh has been a lightning rod for media attention.  His aggressive personality has helped him log 137 combined tackles during his first 3 years but also left him fined several times for questionable behavior.  If he can control his aggression within the rules, he may just end up a hall of fame DT.
67 photos  33,000 followers

Demarcus Ware, Defensive End (Dallas Cowboys)
Playing in his 9th season in the NFL, Ware has 115 sacks during that span, and over 550 combined tackles.  Ware continues to be a dominant pass rusher and is off to another good start in 2013. 
230 photos  85,000 followers
Watt at Wisconsin game from @justinjames99
J.J. Watt, Defensive End (Houston Texans)
In just his third season in the League, JJ Watts has established himself as one of the most dominating Defensive Linemen in the game.  He lead the NFL in sacks in 2012 with 20.5, won NFL Defensive Player of the Year and became the first player in NFL history to have at least 16 sacks and 15 blocked passes in a single season.
92 photos  100,000 followers


Lance Briggs, Middle Linebacker (Chicago Bears)
With the retirement of Brian Urlacher in 2012, the Bears staunch defense became Briggs squad and he has relished the challenge and was leading the league in tackles through 5 games.  In his 11th season in the League, he is no longer the fastest linebacker but he makes up for that with brains and a nose for the football.
104 photos  10,000 followers

Clay Matthews, Middle Linebacker (Green Bay Packers)
With the retirement of Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, Matthews becomes the most well known Linebacker in the NFL.  As the anchor of the Green Bay defense, Matthews is fun to follow.  He has not yet started to share many photos but hopefully he will soon.
Victory plane ride home from @rmathis_the1st
15 photos  12,500 followers

Robert Mathis, Outside Linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
Mathis is playing in his 11th season in the NFL and yet he is still has one of the quickest pass rushes in the League.  He has logged over 100 sacks in the NFL during his career and is off to a blistering pace in 2013 with 9.5 sacks through 5 games.
180 photos  7,100 followers

Shaun Phillips, Outside Linebacker (Denver Broncos)
The Broncos are on a roll this year and currently #1 in the power rankings.  While the offense is amazing, their defense has been incredibly good this year too.  Phillips is one of the reasons why the defense is so improved.  Coming over from San Diego this year, Phillips has brought an aggressive pass rush and has already logged 5.5 sacks through 5 games.  He is very active on IG having shared over 600 photos.
620 photos  8,200 followers

Aldon Smith, Outside Linebacker (San Francisco 49ers)
Smith has quickly become one of the best pass rushers in the game.  In just his 3rd year in the league, he has already registered over 38 sacks.  He was second in 2012, with 19.5 sacks.  He has a bright NFL career ahead and a good player to follow on Instagram.
133 photos  165,000 followers

Defensive Backs

Thomas DeCoud, Safety (Atlanta Falcons)
DeCoud is in his 6th year in the NFL and has anchored the Falcons defensive backfield during that time.  He is a hit master logging over 330 tackles during his career.  He is also one of the most active NFL Instagram users sharing over 1,800 photos.
1837 photos  16,500 followers

Patrick Peterson, Cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
In his 3rd year in the NFL out of LSU, Peterson is widely considered one of the best cover corners in the NFL.  He has 12 interceptions over 2.3 years in the league and is an exciting player to watch.  He has not started sharing many photos yet but hopefully he will increase it in the near future.
21 photos  9,200 followers

Troy Polamalu, Safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
In his 11th season in the NFL, Polamalu is probably best known for his long hair that he wears loose during games.  He has been the anchor of the Steelers defensive backfield for all 11 years and has over 30 career interceptions and over 660 combined tackles.
16 photos  62,000 followers

Verner on game day from @atv20
Alterraun Verner, Cornerback (Tennessee Titans)
One of the key reasons for the Titans resurgence in 2013 has been defense and Verner is a key part of that defense.  In his 4th years in the NFL, Verner has developed into top notch DB and already has 4 interceptions over the first 5 games of the year.
313 photos  3,500 followers

Major Wright, Safety (Chicago Bears)
In his 4th season out of University of Florida, Major Wright is a key factor in the Bears takeaway-oriented defense.  During his 3.5 years, he has logged over 198 combined tackles, 9 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles.
191 photos  9,800 followers