Cannata's Defensive Draft Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The draft is just a few days away and to help you get ready for it, I present to you my final defensive rankings! Feel free to print this out and use it to follow along during the draft!

These defensive rankings are a reflection of my horizontal draft board, which you can view by clicking here. I've also posted my offensive rankings, which you can view here. Feel free to print these lists out along with my horizontal draft board to follow along throughout the entire draft! This will give you a better idea of what teams are drafting well, what teams are reaching and why teams are making trades. Enjoy!

Defensive End

Rank Player Horizontal Board Ranking
1 Jadaveon Clowney Early First
2 Dee Ford Middle First
3 Kony Easley Late First
4 Marcus Smith Early Second
5 Demarcus Lawrence Early Second
6 Scott Crichton Middle Second
7 Trent Murphy Late Second
8 Kareem Martin Early Third
9 Will Clarke Middle Third
10 Jackson Jeffcoat Middle Third
11 James Gayle Late Third
12 Ethan Westbrooks Early Fourth
13 Taylor Hart Middle Fourth
14 Brent Urban Early Fifth
15 Aaron Lynch Middle Fifth
16 Michael Sam Late Fifth
17 Josh Mauro Late Fifth
18 Ed Stinson Early Sixth
19 Cassius Marsh Middle Sixth
20 Zach Moore Middle Sixth
21 Jeoffrey Pagan Late Sixth
22 Ben Gardner Middle Seventh
23 Travis Mims Late Seventh

 

Defensive Tackle

Rank Player Horizontal Board Ranking
1 Aaron Donald Early First
2 Timmy Jernigan Middle First
3 RaShede Hageman Middle First
4 Louis Nix Late First
5 Dominique Easley Early Second
6 Stephen Tuitt Early Second
7 DaQuan Jones Middle Second
8 Kelcy Quarles Late Second
9 Will Sutton Early Third
10 Caraun Reid Early Third
11 Justin Ellis Middle Third
12 Daniel McCullers Early Fourth
13 Anthony Johnson Early Fourth
14 George Uko Late Fourth
15 Deandre Coleman Late Fourth
16 Jay Bromley Early Fifth
17 Zack Kerr Middle Fifth
18 Khyri Thornton Early Sixth
19 Ken Bishop Middle Sixth
20 Shamar Stephen Middle Sixth
21 Kerry Hyder Early Seventh
22 Chris Waley Middle Seventh
23 Demonte McAllister Late Seventh

 

Outside Linebacker

Rank Player Horizontal Board Ranking
1 Khalil Mack Early First
2 Anthony Barr Early First
3 Ryan Shazier Late First
4 Kyle Van Noy Early Second
5 Jeremiah Attaochu Early Second
6 Carl Bradford Late Second
7 Chris Smith Late Second
8 Christian Jones Early Third
9 Jordan Tripp Middle Third
10 Trevor Reilly Middle Third
11 Telvin Smith Late Third
12 Tyler Starr Early Fourth
13 Jordan Zumwalt Early Fourth
14 Christian Kirksey Late Fourth
15 Howard Jones Late Fourth
16 Adrian Hubbard Middle Fifth
17 Khairi Fortt Middle Fifth
18 Kevin Pierre-Louis Late Fifth
19 Devon Kennard Early Sixth
20 Prince Shembo Early Sixth
21 Denicos Allen Middle Sixth
22 Carlos Fields Middle Sixth
23 Will Smith Late Sixth
24 Brandon Watts Early Seventh
25 Kasim Edebali Middle Seventh
26 Ronald Powell Late Seventh

 

Inside Linebacker

Rank Player Horizontal Board Ranking
1 CJ Mosley Late First
2 Chris Borland Late Second
3 Shayne Skov Early Third
4 Preston Brown Early Third
5 Brock Coyle Early Fifth
6 Lamin Barrow Early Fifth
7 Max Bullough Middle Fifth
8 Yawin Smallwood Late Fifth
9 Glenn Carson Early Sixth
10 Avery Williamson Middle Sixth
11 Jeremiah George Early Seventh
12 Steele Divittio Middle Seventh
13 Marquise Spruill Late Seventh

 

Cornerback

Rank Player Horizontal Board Ranking
1 Justin Gilbert Early First
2 Kyle Fuller Middle First
3 Bradley Roby Middle First
4 Darqueze Dennard Late First
5 Jason Verrett Early Second
6 Lamarcus Joyner Early Second
7 Phillip Gaines Middle Second
8 Keith McGill Late Second
9 Bashaud Breeland Late Second
10 Pierre Desir Early Third
11 Stanley Jean-Baptiste Early Third
12 Marcus Roberson Middle Third
13 Jaylen Watkins Late Third
14 Louchiez Purifoy Late Third
15 Nevin Lawson Early Fourth
16 Walt Aikens Early Fourth
17 EJ Gaines Middle Fourth
18 Jemea Thomas Middle Fourth
19 Chris Davis Late Fourth
20 Ross Cockrell Early Fifth
21 Ricardo Allen Early Fifth
22 Terrance Michell Middle Fifth
23 Antone Exum Late Fifth
24 Kendall James Early SIxth
25 Shaquille Richardson Middle Sixth
26 Andre Hall Late Sixth
27 Dontae Johnson Early Seventh
28 Victor Hampton Early Seventh
29 Bennett Jackson Middle Seventh
30 Travis Carrie Middle Seventh
31 Deion Belue Late Seventh
32 Aaron Colvin Late Seventh

 

Safety

Rank Player Horizontal Board Ranking
1 Ha-Ha Clinton Dix Middle First
2 Calvin Pryor Late First
3 Jimmie Ward Late First
4 Deone Bucannon Middle Second
5 Terrence Brooks Late Second
6 Brock Vereen Late Second
7 Dion Bailey Early Third
8 Dezmen Southward Early Fourth
9 Maqueston Huff Middle Fourth
10 Ed Reynolds Middle Fourth
11 Kenny Ladler Late Fourth
12 Tre Boston Late Fifth
13 Craig Loston Late Fifth
14 Vinnie Sunseri Early Sixth
15 Ahmad Dixon Middle Sixth
16 Jonathan Dowling Late Sixth
17 Christian Bryant Late Sixth
18 Daniel Sorensen Early Seventh
19 Alden Darby Early Seventh
20 Hakeem Smith Middle Seventh
21 Brian Jackson Middle Seventh
22 Nat Berhe Late Seventh
23 Jeremy Deering Late Seventh

 

Matthew Cannata is a columnist for The Phinsider. Be sure to follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs

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