The Miami Dolphins defense has been the strength of the team through the first half of the 2017 season. While I selected safety Reshad Jones as the team’s MVP mid-way through the year, Pro Football Focus suggests another player could be the right selection for that honor. In the analytical site’s Mid-Season All-Pro list, they selected defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to make the list of top players in the league.
Suh, according to PFF, lands on the list with an overall grade of 91.2. They write of the selection:
Elite Stat: Nadmukong Suh ranks 10th with a pass-rush productivity score of 7.8 this season.
The second spot inside was a tight battle, with several players in the running. Suh is only really held back by his penalty count, which is again the highest mark among interior defenders (nine). Suh though has the second-best PFF grade among all interior defenders against the run (93.0) and has 23 total pressures.
Suh has been dominant this year for the Dolphins, eating up double teams and pushing through to pressure the quarterback regularly. He has been aggressive in attacking the run this year, helping the Dolphins move from 30th against the run last year to seventh at this point this year.
The Dolphins are going to be buoyed by the defense this year, and Suh is going to be a huge part of any of that success. Miami appears to have avoided a potentially devastating injury to Suh during their Sunday Night Football game this past weekend, with the defensive tackle appearing to hyper-extend his knee as he slipped on the turf. Between Jones and Suh this year, and add in Cameron Wake at defensive end, the Dolphins are capable of having a elite defense this year.