Kerr’s playing time increased when the top dog of the unit, DE Derek Wolfe , sustained a serious neck injury forcing him to miss the final five games of the season. Wolfe is the team’s best all-around defensive lineman who’s expected to make a full recovery in time for next season. Another player along the defensive line who surprised many with a breakout campaign after being signed to a reserve/futures contract was journeyman DE Shelby Harris . Harris is a former 7th-round pick from Oakland who’s played on four different teams while being cut six times. He ended up being a big part of the unit while adding 5 ½ sacks, second-most on the team. 2016 2nd-round pick DE Adam Gotsis made huge strides in year two and also provided top run defense from his position. Gotsis is another player who was selected much higher in the draft than anticipated based on his limited experience and lack of overall weight strength. He still needs to bring more pass rushing to the table for a player chosen as high as he was in order to justify the selection, but so far he’s heading in the right direction.