[size=18pt]Strahan passing torch to Allen, others[/size]

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com
May 19, 2008

As Michael Strahan considers retirement, there is a changing of the pass-rushing guard. With Strahan potentially out of the picture, here's a look at the top-10 players who bring in the heat in the NFL:

1. Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings:
Allen is the best pure pass-rusher in the NFL. That's why Minnesota gave up a ton (a first-round pick and two third-rounders) to get him in a trade from Kansas City last month.

Allen is a defense-changing talent and he's getting better. At 26, Allen is just entering his prime. Look at last season. Despite serving a two-game league suspension for violating the substance abuse policy, Allen led the league with 15½ sacks in 14 games.

He has an incredible motor and tries to get to the quarterback every play. Expect Allen to lead the league in sacks a few more times before his career is over. There is no doubt the Vikings just acquired the most dominant pass-rusher in the NFL.

2. Mario Williams, DE, Houston Texans:...