A number of intriguing defensive positional battles are ready to be waged at NFL training camps over the next month or so.
The majority of NFL camps open within the week, and the competition for jobs and roster spots begin as soon a players report. Those who take advantage of the month of regular-season prep will position themselves for starting assignments come Week 1. Those who don't may see more of the sidelines than expected.
In the following slides, we will take a look at the top 15 defensive position battles at training camps in 2014. The 15 are ranked in descending order, figuring in the quality of the players involved in the competition and the importance of the competition to the team's defense to determine the overall ranking.