The 2012 NFL draft brings tremendous talent on both sides of the ball.
It was the year of the quarterback as ESPN would like to say, but at the end of the day, it was the old football logic of defense wins championships that proved right once again. Alabama proved in the national championship game why a dominant defense will always win in the end.
This year's draft will have plenty of firepower on the offense to talk about, but what most people don't know is that there's some seriously talented playmakers on defense as well.
History shows that the SEC is a powerhouse for developing players into future pros, and four out of the five players I would like to showcase are from teams in the SEC.
Here are the top five defensive players from the 2012 NFL draft.