2016 NFL Draft: Versatile Defensive Backs NFL Teams Should Covet

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2016 NFL Draft: Versatile Defensive Backs NFL Teams Should Covet
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Leonardo DiCaprio knows just how valuable it is to be versatile—it's nice of the Academy to finally agree—and NFL scouts and players alike would be a body of lies for not agreeing the same is true in their profession.

Since the league's inception, the wolves of NFL front offices are increasingly drawn to defenders who can shutter a receiver if put on an island at corner, patrol the skies on the back end like an aviator or even play catch me if you can as a return specialist.

What's eating at modern NFL defenses is the increased need for dynamic athletes who can have a titanic impact at multiple positions, with the smarts behind the iron mask to read plays and react quickly and the unchained athleticism to gang up on receivers and ball-carriers alike.

Some have long had NFL stardom in their blood, while others are diamonds in the rough. These five departed college stars could lay the next set of bricks on the revolutionary road that is being a back-seven defender in the NFL.

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