by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Which defenses are the best to target on draft day? Who has the most upside? Let’s take a look at our initial rankings:
- Seattle Seahawks
- Carolina Panthers
- San Francisco 49ers
- St. Louis Rams
- Arizona Cardinals
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Denver Broncos
- New England Patriots
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Buffalo Bills
- Cleveland Browns
- Houston Texans
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- New Orleans Saints
- Baltimore Ravens
- While the Denver Broncos did lose Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, they more than made up for it with the additions of Demarcus Ware and T.J. Ward. The biggest risk will be the offense building a big lead and then allowing other teams to throw the football on them.
- The New England Patriots had 50 sacks last season, placing them fifth in the league, and now added Darrelle Revis to significantly bolster their secondary. We often forget that Bill Belichek is a defensive coach and their unit could be dominant this season.
- How big of an impact will the addition of Jadaveon Clowney make on the Houston defense? It’s hard not to like them, with him and J.J. Watt wreaking havoc, though they aren’t a guarantee to produce either.
- The New York Giants fell short of our initial rankings, but if Jason Pierre-Paul is healthy along with their significantly improved secondary they could easily be a Top 10 option by year’s end.
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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings: