ProFootballFocus.com has come out with their mid-season all-pro team and although there aren't any Bengals in the starting lineup, two Bengals defensive linemen have been chosen to be on the second team.
Here's what PFF had to say:
There wouldn’t be any doubt over Seymour but for the unnecessary penalties time and time again. That said he’s been that good he had to go into this team, playing the run well, and wreaking havoc in the backfield. Ngata joins him without reaching the heights of last year. The defensive tackle pool has been low on elite performers and it’s why reclamation projects like Alan Branch, and players on the rise like Geno Atkins, are getting involved.
Here comes our somewhat hybrid defensive front. Simply put you can’t look past Justin Smith, and I’d usher anyone who disagrees to watch how instrumental he was in the 49ers beating the Lions. Allen has been handed the kind of schedule of left tackles that must have made him realize this could be a career year. He’s feasting on them at the moment and earning his sacks. Watch out for Carlos Dunlap if he gets more snaps. Hard to resist right now.
According to PFF, both Dunlap and Atkins have positive overall ratings, especially Dunlap, who has the highest rating of any 4-3 defensive end in the league.
Dunlap has an overall rating of 28.2, with a rating of 2.0 in run defense and a 23.3 rating in pass rushing. He three sacks, 10 quarterback hits and an amazing 24 quarterback pressures.
Atkins has an overall rating of 11.1 with a 3.2 run defense rating a a pass rush rating of 7.6. He has sacked the opposing quarterback four times. He has five quarterback hits and 11 pressures.
Both Atkins and Dunlap are a large part of the reason that the Bengals have held a top-five defensive ranking through the majority of the season and, because they are both so young, they will likely lead the Bengals defensive line in the future. A future which is looking brighter and brighter all the time.