Added Justin Smith to the DE rankings.
Here is the thought process for ranking him. Again, you dont have to agree with it, but this similar to how I've done all of them and I've staying consistent:
I started by finding a like player to compare him against. I started with #73 Aaron Smith. Both are bigger Ends who play in a 3-4, are from the same era, and have played a similar number of games. Justin looks to be better than Aaron based on career stats (I'm going 80% on what the numbers say and 20% based on what I've seen and general impressions of the players.) Aaron has the size advantage, but Justin has 2:1 pro bowls, more sacks, and only a slightly lower AV. Justin has also played in more game although has been in the league 2 years less.
Next I compared him to #62 Patrick Kerney. Similar size, exact same number of games (though Smith in fewer seasons, so plus for Smith), each with 2 Pro Bowls, but Kerney has an All-Pro to his credit. That's a pretty big deal to be the best at your position. Smith has been great, but never an elite top two at his position. Kerney also has a rather large lead in sacks and sacks per game at 82.5 to 65. However, Smith's AV is higher. This one is close, but I'm going with Kerney here based on the All-Pro and 27% more sacks in the same number of games. I do understand that they play in different schemes, however since Kerney also has slightly better size, I will assume he could play in a 4-3 or 3-4 just as Smith.
So now I have Smith falling somewhere in between #62 and #73. I landed at #69 right ahead of Doug Better, Vanden Bosch and Mathis and behind Tommy Hart. That put Smith directly behind three guys who had over 100 sacks in their careers. That's a pretty special achievement and I couldnt see Smith passing those guys. Smith already has 4.5 sacks this season and I could see a 10 sack year and another Pro Bowl projecting him up the rankings five or six spots for next year. A fourth Pro Bowl and sack totals in the 80s would really start to put him in some top-notch company, probably in the Top 50.
I will update the rankings online to reflect his inclusion.