Who is the best defender in the NFL? in General NFL Talk Posted June 28, 2014 I love Von Miller, and JJ watt is nearly unstoppable, but I gave my vote to Kuechly, and he only gets the edge over Willis for me because of age. I've seen Von and JJ get nullified in games with the quick pass. Kuechly is in on almost every single play. JJ is also rendered pretty ineffective when you run the ball around him cus the Texans were terrible vs. the run. I'll take an all-star middle backer over an all-star pass rusher every day of the week. You prolly right about the LB - Texans are horrible without Cushing. I would disagree about what you said about Watt though - his front on defense is as solid as it gets and the "Watt Factor" makes teams change their tactics.