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"2013 NFL Draft"

Brad Penner – USA TODAY Sports

Three weeks of college football has passed us by and things are going as planned for the most part. While the nitpickers have been out in full force on the Jadeveon Clowney front – he’s as advertised.

While Clowney is the headliner of this group there’s plenty of top notch talent in this defensive group. UCLA’s Anthony Barr has the look of a future NFL star. Barr’s raw athletic gifts caught the world by surprise last year but added some season to his game in 2013 should secure him as a top five prospect.

Barr isn’t the only linebacker prospect with some serious ability. Alabama’s C.J. Mosley would have been a first round pick had he chose to come out in the 2013 NFL Draft. Mosley opted to stay at Alabama for his senior season and the only question will be what position he’s going to fill at the next level. The underclassmen linebackers feature a handful of impact players highlighted by Florida’s Ronald Powell. Powell has been very good since returning from an ACL injury. Powell has the physical abilities to take over games as a pass rusher.

In the defensive backfield it’s all about Brad Roby. Roby has the makings of being an elite, lockdown corner in the league. With speed to burn, Roby’s ability to close on the ball leave him with few peers.

As we said in the offensive rankings – these will be changing as new names emerge, some take a tumble, and a few take their seats atop this draft class. After the break, we take a look at our defensive position by position rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft.

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  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Give me Smallwood, A.J Johnson, Skov or Tarpley, Colbert

  • Bex_R1986

    Stephon Tuitt has not impressed much early on, have to say, very little impact so far. He was practically shut down vs Purdue to the point where I’ve made note of senior Boiler’s OT Kevin Pamphile for his solid performance!

    Underclassmen CB’s have been of early interest to me, including a few not listed yet on this ranking. I’d recommend keeping an eye out for these two guys, even if just for 2015: Kevin Johnson – Wake Forest, Kevin White – TCU.

    • bradc11

      Tuitt has been a major disappointment. He was handled by Lewan/Schofield and Pamphile did a great job controlling him as well. I can’t see him being a top 32 pick but that size and versatility may overwhelm teams should he declare.