NFL Predictions 2012: 5 Defenders That Will Get Burnt Badly

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NFL Predictions 2012: 5 Defenders That Will Get Burnt Badly

Defenders in the NFL today can't seem to catch a break.

More personal fouls have inevitably resulted from all the rule changes to favor the offense, the sometimes-chippy illegal contact penalties and, of course, the emphasis on player safety.

The league landscape is definitely shifting, and the emphasis on the passing game is leaving the smallest guys on the field the most susceptible. Cornerbacks are getting badly burnt at an unprecedented rate at the hands of pro football's elite aerial assaults.

So now, defensive backs have become as valuable a commodity as ever, and many teams have loaded up, stocking their squads with stellar secondaries heading into 2012.

Here are five players who aren't part of such defensive backfields and will get burned this season.

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