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NFL Draft Player Thumbnails-Defense

Top defensive players available in the NFL draft, which starts with the first round on April 28.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Joey Bosa, DE, 6-5, 269, Ohio State

Notable: Sacks dropped off from 13 1-2 in 2014 to five last season, but still played at an All-America level.

Strengths: Rarely takes a play at less than max effort. Fast and strong hands keep blockers from locking him up.

Weaknesses: Lacks that explosive first-step speed that many elite edge rushers have.

Outlook: Was talked about as a possible first overall pick, but will have to settle for top seven or so.

DeForest Buckner, DE, 6-7, 291, Oregon

Notable: Pac-12 defensive player of...

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