LB DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
Ware is a difference maker who is just beginning to realize his full potential. He entered the league in the same draft as Shawne Merriman and also plays outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. This could be one of the reasons why Ware doesn't get his due. He is already a great player, but the sky is the limit for this young player out of Troy State. Even coming from a very small program, Ware was quick to assert himself as a dangerous edge pass rusher.
The rest of his linebacking skills are coming along well, but his edge rush ability is what puts him on this list. He explodes off the snap, gets his hands on his blocker very quickly and eats up space with long, fluid strides. He uses his long arms very well, and is athletic enough to bend the edge without losing any speed. Ware is the type of guy offenses game plan against when they throw the football.
Tom Orsborn says some players got a lot to prove this year. I read his article and agreed. There are quite a few players, for various reasons, need to prove their worth, or supposed worth, this year. Check out his list.