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Top Defensive Prospects - Introducing the Class
By Jason Arnold
Special to rzl-football.com

Here I will highlight the top 3 Defensive prospects/players(IMO) at each position:

Defensive Tackle:

1) Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah -- Star's a big boy. At 331lbs and possessing great speed, strength, and pass rushing skills .. he has it all.
Projection: Top 15

2) John Jenkins, DT, Georgia -- While not quite as strong or athletic as Star, he has a lot going for him. Very powerfully built and at almost 360lbs, he can be a great Nose in this league.
Projection: Top 25

3) Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State -- Hankins is pretty big and strong in his own right. But, he has better athleticism than most DTs with his size/strength.
Projection: Top 25


Defensive Ends

1) Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU -- This is really a "take your pick" position in this years' draft. There's a lot of really damn good DEs. Werner gets my #1 ranking because of his awesome strength and size he mixes with speed to get after the QB.
Projection: Top 10

2) DaMontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M -- Very similar to Werner, except not quite as strong but, even more athletic. Moore could end up going ahead of Werner.
Projection: Top 10

3) Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU -- Ansah is big, fast, and athletic. He's really raw at his position which is the only thing keeping him from being a top 5 pick. Definitely a first rounder still.
Projection: Top 15


Outside Linebacker

1) Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia -- Jones really can do it all. There's no weakness in this kid. The only thing that may hinder him in some teams' eyes is his height at 6'2.
Projection: Top 7

2) Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU -- Mingo is a tweener. However, his size and speed make him incredibly intriguing at either OLB or DE positions.
Projection: Top 15

3) Drew McGregor, OLB, Texas -- Drew is a huge OLB. At 6'5 and 250+ to boot, he may get looks at DE or OLB. He has enough speed to excel at either position.
Projection: Top 25


Inside Linebacker

1) Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame -- Te'o is a really refined ILB. However, he doesn't possess eye-popping athleticism that you really want in an ILB. He has great size though and enough speed to be made into a star.
Projection: Top 5

2) Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia -- Ogletree is a phenomenal athlete. He's raw though and needs some time and work to become the star ILB he has the potential to be.
Projection: Top 10

3) Nathanial Davis, ILB, Florida -- Davis is just good at everything and not great at anything. Having good speed, size, strength, but nothing that wow's you.
Projection: Top 20


Cornerback

1) Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama -- This CB class is good, but not great. A lot of depth but nothing top end. Milliner is as close as you can get. He does possess awesome size for a CB but, he needs a little work on his technique and speed.
Projection: Top 3

2) Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU -- Very similar player to Milliner. You'll see a lot of similarities, but Milliner is just more ready to play now. Rhodes is a good prospect in his own right though.
Projection: Top 7

3) David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State -- Very good size as well for a CB at 6'2. Possesses good speed as well but is just very raw. He could leap frog Rhodes by time the process is done. CB's such a prime position he's a mere lock for top 10.
Projection: Top 10


Free Safety

1) Kenny Vacarro, FS, Texas -- Vacarro is like a CB playing FS at times. He has very good speed and coverage abilities, but seems to get a bit lost in times in zone coverage and tackling.
Projection: Late Round 1

2) Eric Reid, FS, LSU -- Reid's a big, big FS with ability to cover in space to boot. He's got enough speed to be picked at the tail end of Round 1 and develop into a star FS, too.
Projection: Late Round 1

3) Baccari Rambo, FS, Georgia -- Another in the line of athletes coming from Georgia that can sure ball. He has good attributes all-around but, nothing extraordinary.
Projection: Mid 2nd Round


Strong Safety

1) T.J. McDonald, SS, USC -- McDonald is just another freak athlete safety coming from USC. Much like the man he's replacing in Mays, he lacks ideal field awareness and ability to catch the ball.
Projection: Early 2nd Round

2) Matt Elam, SS, Florida -- Elam has the best athleticism and speed of the safety class. But, he lacks ideal size at around 5'11.
Projection: Mid 2nd Round

3) Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia -- What can you say about Georgia? A lot of damn good players coming out of there this year. Williams is just ... good, not great. Nothing to get too excited about.
Projection: Mid 2nd Round
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