Final List of Top 5 Defensive Positions for the 2014 NFL Draft.

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DE – 1 Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina – My highest rated D player in more than 8 years.

2 Dee Ford Auburn – Strictly a 43 DE that needs work on run D. Good pass rusher.

3 Trent Murphy Stanford – Another 43 only guy that needs work on stopping the run.

4 Kony Ealy Missouri – Versatile 43 guy that needs to add weight to play on a 34 D.

5 Scott Crichton Oregon State – 2nd round value that can play in either a 43 or 34 D.

Under the radar – Larry Webster Bloomsburg – Small school guy that is outstanding at pass rush.

DT – 1 Aaron Donald Pittsburgh – Perfect 3 technique DT that will be a high priority in the draft.

2 RaShede Hageman Minnesota – Big guy that can take a double and still stuff the run.

3 Timmy Jernigan Florida State – Pass rushing DT that can handle the run as well.

4 Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame – High effort guy that a run stopper will push the pocket a little.

5 Louis Nix Notre Dame – One of the few NT guys in the draft that will stop the run.

Under the radar – Jamie Meder Ashland – 3 technique guy that is better than a 7th round value.

OLB – 1 Khalil Mack Buffalo – Dominates all levels of college & will be a great pro.

2 Ryan Shazier Ohio StateSuper fast and athletic guy that can cover or rush the passer.

3 Kyle Van Noy Brigham Young – Pass rusher with good instincts in coverage.

4 Telvin Smith Florida State – High effort guy that can play outside or inside.

5 Anthony Barr UCLA – Athletic guy that doesn’t make enough plays & has a lot to learn.

ILB – 1 C.J. Mosley Alabama – Great against the run but does not rush the passer well.

2 Shayne Skov Stanford – Tough vs the run and can cover.

3 Chris Borland Wisconsin – Too short but makes all the plays against the run and pass.

4 Max Bullough Michigan State – Great against the run and can provide pass rush as well.

5 Preston Brown Louisville – Rose quickly this season but doesn’t make enough plays.

CB – 1 Darqueze Dennard Michigan State – Great tackler that can play press man or zone well.

2 Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech – Can play any spot in the backfield. Good against run or pass.

3 Jason Verrett TCU – Too short but can highpoint the ball. Great ball skills.

4 Bradley Roby Ohio StateHad a bad 2013 but has the physical talent to play in the NFL.

5 Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State – Solid cover guy that won’t tackle. Not a cover 2 guy.

S – 1 Calvin Pryor Louisville – Plays the run and pass equally well. Can play FS or SS.

2 Hasean Clinton-Dix Alabama – True center fielder with good instincts and tackles well.

3 Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois – Big hitter that can cover with good ball skills.

4 Terrence Brooks Florida State – Great ball skills but can support the run as well.

5 Lamarcus Joyner Florida State – Attacks the run and passer but covers well. Forces TO well.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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