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Opposing QB's beware, Von Miller is coming
Defensive End—Robert Quinn, Rams and JJ Watt, Texans
As mentioned before Quinn is my pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year. JJ Watt drafted 11th overall by the Houston Texans projects to be a great defensive end. Much like Steelers DE Aaron Smith, Watt is the prototypical 3-4 end able to anchor against the run as well as provide an interior pass rush. In a defense that features two former defensive rookies of the year in Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans, expect a big year from Watt.
Defensive Tackle—Marcell Dareus, Bills and Nick Fairley, Lions
Perhaps the best player in the draft, Dareus will help bring the Bills defense back to respectability. Playing up front with Pro Bowler Kyle Williams, Dareus can play DE in the 3-4 and DT in the 4-3, and help stuff the run while providing a great interior pass rush.
Middle Linebacker—Mason Foster, Buccaneers
Large tackle numbers will get you recognition and large tackle numbers is what Mason Foster figures to get. Playing behind a much improved defense line, Foster will have many opportunities to go one on one with running backs all season long.
Outside Linebacker—Von Miller, Broncos and Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins
As discussed before Miller looks to go for double digit sacks this year playing opposite a stud rusher in Elvis Dumervil. Just like Miller, Kerrigan will play alongside another stud rusher in Brian Orakpo. A defensive end in college, Kerrigan projects as a stand up 3-4 OLB. With a relentless motor and great productivity in college, Kerrigan can be a huge playmaker for the Redskins.