NFL Draft 2012: Ranking 7 Defensive Prospects by Closing Speed

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NFL Draft 2012: Ranking 7 Defensive Prospects by Closing Speed
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Heck, defense needs love too.

And the Combine wrapped up with the defensive players showing what they’re made of.

Sure, we’ve heard plenty about the quarterbacks this week. But how quick and tough are the players that are going to be charging at them?

And what does the speed that these d-men showed in the combine say about how hard they might be colliding with those QBs?

You can argue that running on the combine track isn’t the same as charging across the line of scrimmage for a quarterback sack.

But with the 40-yard dash being a top speed training tool to improve, not just acceleration, but also closing speed.

Here’s a look at seven defensive prospects ranked by their closing speed, applying both how they fared in their collegiate careers, and how they performed in the 40-yard dash this past week:

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