2012 NFL Draft Projections: Predicting the Top Defensive Rookies, Post-Scouting

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2012 NFL Draft Projections: Predicting the Top Defensive Rookies, Post-Scouting
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This year's crop of rookie defenders features a lot of elite talent. Some of these players will be able to step in and produce right away, while others will need to figure out how to properly use their natural abilities to be effective at the next level. 

In other words, just because a player is talented does not mean they will be able to step in right away and become a star. 

This is particularly true on the defensive side of the ball, where technique and football intelligence are of the up-most importance. For example, no longer can a defensive end throw around a weak offensive tackle who is going to become a lawyer in eight months.

Here are the top defenders from this year's draft class who are polished enough to make an impact in year one. 

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