2011 NFL Draft Preview: Power-Ranking the Top 20 Defensive Players

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2011 NFL Draft Preview: Power-Ranking the Top 20 Defensive Players
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With less than three weeks until the 2011 NFL Draft, the National Football League is still in the middle of a lockout with its players.  However, the draft will still take place on April 28th, 2011.  

From Cameron Newton to A.J. Green, there is a deep pool of offensive talent entering the NFL this year.  

The majority of this year's first-round selections, however, are expected to be on the defensive side of the ball.

The draft values of each player have been continuously fluctuating since the end of the college football season.  

At one point, DE Da'Quan Bowers and DT Nick Fairley were considered to be the top defensive players entering the professional level this upcoming season, but a lot has changed since the NFL combine and player workouts.  

Patrick Peterson and Marcell Dareus are now considered among the top defensive assets as the draft approaches.

The following slides exhibit the top 20 defensive players entering the 2011 NFL Draft.

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