Ranking The Top Defensive NFL Draft Prospects

Sam Tastad@@samtastadCorrespondent IIIFebruary 15, 2009

The NFL Combine and the NFL Draft are coming up, and it's time to start thinking about who NFL teams are going to draft.

In my latest article I covered the top offensive draft prospects, and now it's time to take to a look at the top NFL defensive draft prospects for the 2009 season.

At defensive end, there are many great prospects, and the top player is Everette Brown from Florida State. He is coming off a great senior season for the Seminoles, recording 13.5 sacks. He could be a defensive end or a linebacker in the NFL.

Three other great defensive lineman are Aaron Maybin out of Penn State, Brian Orakpo out of Texas, and Michael Johnson out of Georgia Tech. All three have the athleticism to thrive in the NFL.

At defensive tackle, B.J. Raji from Boston College has recently gained momentum with an outstanding Senior Bowl, and could be drafted in the top five or top 10. Peria Jerry from Ole Miss, could also be taken in the first round among defensive tackles.

Aaron Curry, from Wake Forest, is definitely the top linebacker in the 2009 draft.

The last two seasons he has had a combined 200 tackles, 28.5 tackles for a loss, and recorded two-and-a-half sacks as a senior. He could be selected in the top 10 or even the top five.

Brian Cushing and Rey Maulaluga from USC are also top linebackers that could have excellent careers in the NFL.

James Laurinaitis from Ohio State is the other linebacker that could be selected in the first round.

Malcom Jenkins and Vontae Davis are the best cornerbacks in 2009 draft this season, and both could immediately help teams in 2009. They are projected to go anywhere in the top 15 or top 20.

The Green Bay Packers could certainly draft Jenkins at No. 9 to help back up Charles Woodson and Al Harris, as they are both aging.

D.J. Moore out of Vanderbilt could also be selected in the first round.

The top safety in the draft is Louis Delmas from Western Michigan, who is coming off a very good season, and a good Senior Bowl.

William Moore and Patrick Chung could also hear their names called on the first day of the draft.

The top kickers aren't being projected to be selected until the fourth or fifth round.

Graham Gano out of Florida State and Louie Sakoda out of Utah are the top kickers.

Meanwhile, the top punters aren't being projected to be drafted until the sixth or seventh round.

The top punters are Jeremy Boone out of Penn State and Brent Bowden out Virginia Tech.

There you have the top defensive players in the 2009 draft.

Now you can be prepared to know who your favorite NFL team might draft.