2014 NFL Draft: Analyzing Key Players at Each Defensive Position

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2014 NFL Draft: Analyzing Key Players at Each Defensive Position
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

NFL draft season is upon us, and there will be a lot of action and discussion throughout bowl season as the NFL draft order gets underway.

I released this same type of article for offensive players on Sunday, but in case anyone needs a refresher, this is the premise:

I want to make a brief positional preview here for fans, highlighting five different types of players: the stud, the safe pick, the project, the wild card and the dark horse.

The stud is the biggest name, most naturally talented and/or imposing player. This is not, I repeat, this is not necessarily the best prospect.

The safe pick is the guy with the least potential to bust; even if he isn't inherently the most exciting prospect, teams mostly know what they're getting.

The project is an athletic and gifted player who will take some time to mature and develop but could end up being a great NFL player.

The wild card is the typical boom-or-bust prospect who could flame out or also be a star if put in the right situation.

Finally, the dark horse is a lesser-known talent who could end up rising and making waves over the next few months.

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