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Top Five NFL Draft Prospects For Defensive Positions

April 10, 2014

Ken Zalis ranks the top five NFL Draft prospects for five key defensive positions, starting with Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Defensive tackle 

1. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh 

2. Timmy Jernigan, Florida State 

3. Louis Nix III, Notre Dame 

4. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota 

5. Caraun Reid, Princeton

Sleeper: Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech

Defensive end 

1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina 

2. Kony Ealy, Missouri 

3. Dee Ford, Auburn 

4. Scott Crichton, Oregon State 

5. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

Sleeper: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas


1. Khalil Mack, Buffalo 

2. C.J. Mosley, Alabama 

3. Anthony Barr, UCLA 

4. Chris Borland, Wisconsin 

5. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

Sleeper: Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College


1. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State 

2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

3. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech 

4. Bradley Roby, Ohio State 

5. Jason Verrett, TCU

Sleeper: Deion Belue, Alabama


1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama 

2. Calvin Pryor, Louisville

3. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois 

4. Deone Bucannon, Washington State 

5. Ahmad Dixon, Baylor

Sleeper: Antone Exum, Virginia Tech