2013 NFL Draft: Teams That Should Be Focused on Defense

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 25, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 2:  Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos celebrates the first of two third quarter touchdowns as cornerback Leonard Johnson #29 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches him in the end zone at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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With the incoming draft class boasting some solid defensive options, there are a handful of NFL teams that should be focused on defense in the 2013 NFL draft.

As the NFL becomes more and more of an offense-dominated league, it's become necessary for NFL franchises to bolster their defenses to keep pace with the potent offenses that continue to develop in the league.

Let's take a look at three teams who need to focus on defense in the upcoming 2013 NFL draft.


Detroit Lions

Opposing quarterbacks love playing against the Detroit Lions' secondary, as they're one of the worst in the NFL.

The Lions' pass defense ranks No. 14 in yards allowed but has surrendered 25 passing TDs, which ranks tied for 19th in the league.

Detroit's defense has intercepted a mere 11 passes, which ranks in the lower-half of the NFL.

It's been the cornerbacks who have been extremely disappointing for the Lions, which is why they need to select a CB in the upcoming draft.

Target: Dee Miliner, Alabama, CB


Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans desperately need help on their defensive line.

Tennessee ranks tied for 19th in sacks (32) and the most sacks any player has is five, as Akeem Ayers and Kamerion Wimbley are level with that mark.

The Titans' poor defensive line has resulted in them ranking 23rd against the rush, as they're allowing more than 127 rushing YPG.

Following its drubbing by the Green Bay Packers in Week 16, it's clear that Tennessee needs help on the defensive side of the football.

Target: Dion Jordan, Oregon, DE


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the worst secondary in football.

That's actually a fact, as the Bucs' D has allowed more yards through the air (4,545) than any other team in the NFL.

It gets worse for Tampa, as it's tied for second-to-last, allowing 29 aerial TDs to opposing offenses.

The Bucs are solid against the rush—No. 1 in fact—but they desperately need to use the draft to beef up their secondary.

Target: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, CB


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