Ranking the 50 Best Defensive Players in the NFL in 2012

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Ranking the 50 Best Defensive Players in the NFL in 2012
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The NFL Network just concluded its always thought-provoking and hotly contested NFL Top 100, in which the league's best 100 players (as voted on by the players) are ranked. 

Not surprisingly, the list is a little unbalanced, especially at the top. Three of the top four players are quarterbacks, and the six of the top eight players are on offense. And nearly two-thirds (63) are offensive players. 

However, since the old adage says that "defense wins championships," we here at Bleacher Report thought the players who don't regularly have their hands on the ball should get a bit more of the spotlight. 

Inside are educated guesses about whom the top 50 defenders in the NFL will be in 2012, with their 2011 performances providing the bulk of the basis, but not all.

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