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Stat Predictions for the NFL's Top 10 Defensive Rookies
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For as great as this crop of NFL rookies is on offense, the defensive class might be even better. In the previous installment, we made some predictions about how the 10 best rookies will fare in their first year.

Narrowing this list down to 10 has proven to be much more problematic. No one should be shocked if 15-20 rookies are starting and playing very prominent roles on defense. This group is marked with speed, athleticism and an aggressive nature.

When it comes to stats, a lot will depend on how much rope defensive coordinators give these young men. Some are going to be the focus on their particular units, while others will play off more talented veterans. For some, the stats are going to come because NFL veterans will try and test the youngsters just to see what they are made of.

Did your favorite team’s star rookie make the list? Any sleeper picks make the top 10? Read on and find out.

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