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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller Predicts Where the Top 8 LBs Will Go

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterDecember 25, 2016

It used to be that defense won championships, and then the passing game took over, and it was the offense doing major damage.

The pendulum may be swinging back to the defense after the New York Giants rode a fearsome front four to a Super Bowl championship. If defense is winning championships again, NFL teams will be scrambling to add players on that side of the ball.

Linebacker play is becoming more important in the NFL as teams transition to 3-4 defenses and ask their linebackers to cover athletic tight ends. The 2012 draft class won't disappoint fanbases hoping to add new talent in the middle of the defense.

Watch as the top eight linebackers of the 2012 class are examined, with a prediction on where each will be playing in 2012.


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