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Defense could dominate 1st round of 2017 NFL Draft

We're more than a month away from the NFL's annual scouting combine, but this year's draft class could be dominated by defense.

Seven of the top 10 prospects — including the first five — make their bones on that side of the ball, according to NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 prospects for 2017 NFL Draft.

Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is listed as the top overall player while Ohio State standouts safety Malik Hooker and cornerback Marshon Lattimore are Nos. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

LSU safety Jamal Adams comes in at No. 4 and Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is No. 5.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who's listed at No. 6, is Jeremiah's highest-graded offensive player. Western Michigan's Corey Davis (No. 8) is the top receiver while Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is Jeremiah's best quarterback at No. 15. North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are next at Nos. 31 and 32.

The Browns, who hold the first and 12th overall picks, own five selections in the top 65.

The league's annual scouting combine is set for late February while the draft will take place in late April in Philadelphia. ​

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