1. Vince Wilfork
If it all starts up front, it starts with Wilfork. The veteran defensive tackle and nose guard fills the holes on the line that no one else can manage, taking on blockers and fullbacks while allowing for teammates to swoop in and make plays. It’s his ability to be the defensive plug, a stopper of sorts, that makes him indispensable.
Wilfork, who shifts inside and outside depending on his need, can not be replaced on this team or any other.