NFL Draft 2012: Ranking This Year's Top Defensive Backs

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NFL Draft 2012: Ranking This Year's Top Defensive Backs
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This year, NFL teams get to sink their teeth into one of the best drafts for defensive backs in recent history. 

The level of talent is so deep that elite-class prospects will be found in nearly every round, a notion that secondary-hungry franchises will be very pleased with.

This upcoming season brings with it a unique need for elite defensive backs, as the league's quarterback landscape is changing dramatically. Topics like Peyton Manning to Denver, the continued rise of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady's mere existence demand opposing teams to have All-Pro secondaries. 

The same can be said about new quarterbacks such as Stanford's Andrew Luck, Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, who prepare themselves to go in the first 10 picks and take their elite skills with them to their new NFL teams.

The opponents of whichever teams these players land on will surely require quality defensive backs if they wish to withstand the offensive onslaught that is sure to occur.

Thankfully, this draft will provide any and all with the secondary weapons they will need. 

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