2014 NFL Draft: Final Defensive Positional Rankings

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2014 NFL Draft: Final Defensive Positional Rankings
Otto Kitsinger

Who is the best cornerback in the 2014 NFL draft? Is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney a transcendent player? Is the next Troy Polamalu in this safety class?

So many questions about a very deep and talented group of defensive prospects. The problem is just trying to sort them all out.

And how those questions are answered can vary according to whom you ask. Obviously, nothing is guaranteed when it comes down to prospects, so ranking them must be based purely on talent and NFL potential. Things like the team that drafts a player, current state of the depth chart or proper scheme can represent the difference between a talented player excelling in the league and simply treading water.

Here is a look at some updated positional rankings on defense as the 2014 NFL draft fast approaches. These rankings have no bearing on the order these players will be selected in. If past drafts have taught us anything it is that franchises are unpredictable.

These rankings haven’t changed much during the season, and short of some sort of injury or off-the-field breakthrough, these rankings won’t change.

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