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2015 NFL DRAFT

2014 NFL Draft top-five rankings by position -- Defense

By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst

The 2014 NFL Draft is officially less than six months away, but as we inch closer, the rankings at each position are starting to become clearer.

Below are my own personal top-five rankings at each position for the 2014 draft class, broken up by three categories: seniors, draft-eligible underclassmen and non-eligible underclassmen. Of course these rankings will be fluid between now and early May, but 180 days out, this is how I view the top prospects at each position.

Yesterday was offense, today is defense:

DEFENSIVE ENDS

SENIORS
1. Trent Murphy, Stanford (6-6, 261, 4.86)
2. Taylor Hart, Oregon (6-6, 287, 4.92)
3. Ed Stinson, Alabama (6-3, 292, 4.87)
4. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas (6-4, 250, 4.78)
5. Michael Sam, Missouri (6-2, 255, 4.74)

DRAFT-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (6-5, 274, 4.56)
2. Kony Ealy, Missouri (6-5, 275, 4.77)
3. Scott Crichton, Oregon State (6-3, 265, 4.73)
4. Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State (6-3, 245, 4.73)
5. Shawn Oakman, Baylor (6-8, 285, 4.92)

NON-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Dante Fowler, Florida (6-3, 266, 4.84)
2. Noah Spence, Ohio State (6-3, 252, 4.68)
3. Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi (6-4, 294, 4.86)
4. Devonte Fields, TCU (6-4, 240, 4.74)
5. Carl Lawson, Auburn (6-2, 258, 4.76)

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

SENIORS
1. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota (6-6, 311, 4.95)
2. Dominique Easley, Florida (6-2, 285, 4.93)
3. DaQuan Jones, Penn State (6-3, 318, 5.18)
4. Will Sutton, Arizona State (6-0, 305, 4.94)
5. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh (6-0, 285, 4.96)

DRAFT-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Louis Nix, Notre Dame (6-2, 345, 5.17)
2. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame (6-6, 312, 4.89)
3. Anthony Johnson, LSU (6-2, 295, 5.29)
4. Danny Shelton, Washington (6-1, 327, 5.22)
5. Ego Ferguson, LSU (6-2, 309, 4.98)

NON-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Leonard Williams, USC (6-4, 290, 4.88)
2. Malcolm Brown, Texas (6-3, 305, 5.24)
3. Ellis McCarthy, UCLA (6-3, 330, 5.08
4. Montravius Adams, Auburn (6-3, 305, 5.14)
5. Arik Armstead, Oregon (6-7, 292, 4.97)

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

SENIORS
1. Anthony Barr, UCLA (6-4, 248, 4.48)
2. Khalil Mack, Buffalo (6-3, 248, 4.64)
3. CJ Mosley, Alabama (6-2, 232, 4.65)
4. Telvin Smith, Florida State (6-2, 218, 4.60)
5. Kyle Van Noy, BYU (6-3, 235, 4.68)

DRAFT-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State (6-2, 230, 4.58)
2. Vic Beasley, Clemson (6-2, 235, 4.64)
3. Carl Bradford, Arizona State (6-1, 243, 4.73)
4. Denzel Perryman, Miami (Fla.) (6-0, 240, 4.65)
5. Adrian Hubbard, Alabama (6-5, 252, 4.76)

NON-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (6-2, 246, 4.78)
2. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame (6-3, 230, 4.67)
3. Myles Jack, UCLA (6-1, 225, 4.59)
4. Leonard Floyd, Georgia (6-3, 220, 4.73)
5. Ryan Anderson, Alabama (6-2, 255, 4.75)

INSIDE LINEBACKERS

SENIORS
1. Shayne Skov, Stanford (6-2, 245, 4.95)
2. DeDe Lattimore, South Florida (6-0, 237, 4.83)
3. Chris Borland, Wisconsin (5-11, 246, 4.76)
4. Max Bullough, Michigan State (6-3, 245, 4.78)
5. Glenn Carson, Penn State (6-3, 235, 4.83)

DRAFT-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut (6-3, 236, 4.68)
2. AJ Johnson, Tennessee (6-2, 243, 4.73)
3. Trey DePriest, Alabama (6-2, 245, 4.68)
4. AJ Tarpley, Stanford (6-2, 238, 4.87)
5. Eric Kendricks, UCLA (6-0, 228, 4.67)

NON-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Reuben Foster, Alabama (6-1, 245, 4.78)
2. Antonio Morrison, Florida (6-1, 230, 4.74)
3. Dan Mastromatteo, North Carolina (6-2, 230, 4.67)
4. Addison Gillam, Colorado (6-2, 225, 4.84)
5. Dalton Santos, Texas (6-2, 240, 4.78)

CORNERBACKS

SENIORS
1. Jason Verrett, TCU (5-10, 176, 4.49)
2. Antone Exum, Virginia Tech (6-0, 220, 4.53)
3. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech (6-0, 194, 4.45)
4. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State (5-11, 197, 4.52)
5. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State (6-0, 200, 4.52)

DRAFT-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon (5-10, 185, 4.52)
2. Marcus Roberson, Florida (6-0, 195, 4.52)
3. Bradley Roby, Ohio State (5-11, 192, 4.39)
4. Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (6-0, 190, 4.47)
5. Victor Hampton, South Carolina (5-10, 202, 4.52)

NON-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida (5-11, 192, 4.49)
2. Ronald Darby, Florida State (5-11, 190, 4.49)
3. Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech (6-1, 188, 4.55)
4. Keivarae Russell, Notre Dame (5-11, 190, 4.50)
5. Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech (5-11, 193, 4.54)

SAFETIES

SENIORS
1. LaMarcus Joyner, Florida State (5-8, 190, 4.52)
2. Ahmad Dixon, Baylor (6-0, 205, 4.59)
3. Terrence Brooks, Florida State (5-11, 200, 4.53)
4. Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt 6-0, 200 (6-0, 205, 4.57)
5. Deone Bucannon, Washington State (6-1, 215, 4.57)

DRAFT-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama (6-1, 208, 4.54)
2. Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (6-0, 210, 4.64)
3. Dion Bailey, USC (6-2, 206, 4.54)
4. Calvin Pryor, Louisville (6-2, 208, 4.64)
5. Ed Reynolds, Stanford (6-2, 206, 4.54)

NON-ELIGIBLE UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Landon Collins, Alabama (6-0, 215, 4.53)
2. Shaq Thompson, Washington (6-2, 225, 4.64)
3. Su'a Cravens, USC (6-1, 215, 4.62)
4. Antonio Conner, Mississippi (6-1, 210, 4.56)
5. Travis Blanks, Clemson (6-0, 200, 4.52)

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