2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 at Each Defensive Position

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Feb 22, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive lineman Leonard Williams goes through a workout drill during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

When looking to rank players for the upcoming NFL Draft, I analyze several different aspects: college production, size, character/injury concerns, competition, teammates’ impact, leadership, and football IQ.  Like all NFL teams, I judge how well these players are going to transition to the NFL. They might have been dominate in college, but how does their body, brains, and ability transfer to the NFL?

Every year we see guys rise or fall during the draft, and every year we see some unknown, seventh-round selection make a roster and even start for his team.  You never truly know how a player will adjust to the pro game and if the drafting team is the best fit for him.

On the defensive side of the ball, it’s sometimes hard to decide what a player’s best position is, especially some of the pass rush/edge guys, which this year’s class is flush with. The question is how many are more than just rushers?  The same problem often presents itself when judging defensive backs, trying to decide whether a player would make a better cornerback or safety.

With all that in mind, here’s a look at my top five defensive players at each of their respective positions and at this point in the process.

Next: First Up, the Defensive Linemen