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Why 3 Is The Most Important Number In Football

Many teams have two good wide receivers or corners but it’s that third depth player that has been the difference maker in squads’ playoff runs.

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Malik Jackson

Denver Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Denver: DL Malik Jackson

The Broncos might just boast the best defensive front seven in all of football, and one of the main reasons why is the wealth of young, productive defensive linemen. Among them is Jackson, who has spent time at defensive end and tackle, and found a niche in 2013 en route to earning a +19.2 grade by Pro Football Focus and finishing as the 13th-best tackle. Jackson thrived against both the run and pass, and can still line up in multiple spots.

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