10. S Donte Whitner, San Francisco 49ers
2011 Stats: 52 Tackles, 1 FF, 2 INT
After knocking Pierre Thomas the fuck out in last year's playoffs, Donte doesn't have to hit anybody else for the rest of his career. That hit was straight-up nasty and one of the most brutal in history. He's one of three Niners on this list and for good reason. The veteran safety's all-around play has helped turn the franchise around. With Whitner and Dashon Goldson patrolling the secondary, the Niners were tied for second last year in interceptions with New England with 23. No one wants to go up for balls (ayo!) when those two are out there ball hawking.