3. Kevin Byard: FS
I have said it before, but Kevin Byard is the heartbeat and the soul of the Tennessee Titans defense.
I’m not saying that to disparage anyone or as a hot take, but I can count on one hand the number of Titans I have seen in the last decade or more that have been able to do whatever they were asked to do at such a high level.
When you look at the fact that he leads the NFL in interceptions over the last three years, you would think that allowing Byard to be a roving free safety that attacks the ball in the air and creates turnover would be a great way to use his talent.
However you could easily look and see that he is also 2nd in the AFC in QB hits over that stretch and 4th in solo tackles, and see that he certainly isn’t afraid to step in the box and go toe-to-toe with running backs and tight ends.
Byard is a complete safety and what he does on the field is only second to what he does in the locker room and on the sidelines. He is a game changer and one of the few elite DBs in the NFL whether you are talking about cornerbacks or safeties.