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2012 NFL Draft: Projecting the First 10 Defensive Players Taken
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The 2012 NFL draft will focus on players on the offensive side of the ball for the first 10 picks but then will switch over to the defenders after that in the first round.

With the NFL becoming more of a passing league, the players teams look for on defense can either rush the passer or shut down receivers.

Much like running backs have lost value on offense, run-stopping linebackers have lost value as well. Some will say Luke Kuechly belongs in the discussion as a top draft pick, but I could see him sliding into the early second round.

Let's take a look at the first 10 defensive players to be drafted and where they will go. Some of the predictions are no-brainers, others are more controversial, and there may be others like Mark Barron or Fletcher Cox that teams may fall in love with and take higher than they are rated.

Look for the guys on the defensive side of the ball to dominate in the second half of the first round.

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