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Mock Draft Roundup: Just how loaded is this year's defensive class?

A growing perception about this year's draft class is that the top-end talent skews to the defensive side of the ball. [



Our first roundup of mock drafts, which we rolled out last week, confirmed as much.

Thirty-six different defensive players were included in at least one of the 10 mock drafts we analyzed last week. If even half of those players land with teams in the first round, it will reaffirm the notion of this year's class being heavy on defense.

This week, we're breaking up those players into categories to get a feeling for the field less than a month until the Combine and about two and a half months until the long-awaited first round.

The mainstays (Included in eight or more of the 10 mock drafts)

1. DE Myles Garrett (Texas A&M)Highest projection: 1 (Browns)
Lowest: 2 (49ers)
Median: 1

2. DL Jonathan Allen (Alabama)Highest: 1 (Browns)
Lowest: 10 (Bills)
Median: 3

3. S Jamal Adams (LSU)Highest: 3 (Bears)
Lowest: 6 (Jets)
Median: 4.5

4. DB Marshon Lattimore (Ohio State)Highest: 5 (Titans)
Lowest: 15 (Eagles)
Average: 6

5. S Malik Hooker (Ohio State)Highest: 7 (Chargers)
Lowest: 2nd round
Median: 7

6. LB Reuben Foster (Alabama)Highest: 2 (49ers)
Lowest: 12 (Browns)
Median: 9

7. DE Solomon Thomas (Stanford)Highest: 8 (Panthers)
Lowest: 31 (Falcons)
Median: 10

8. DL Derek Barnett (Tennessee)Highest: 8 (Panthers)
Lowest: 31 (Falcons)
Median: 14

9. S Jabrill Peppers (Michigan)Highest: 4 (Jaguars)
Lowest: 2nd round
Median: 17

10. DB Marlon Humphrey (Alabama)Highest: 8 (Panthers)
Lowest: 2nd round
Median: 17

11. DB Teez Tabor (Florida)Highest: 12 (Browns)
Lowest: 29 (Packers)
Median: 21

12. DE Taco Charlton (Michigan)Highest: 6 (Jets)
Lowest: 32 (Patriots)
Median: 21.5

13. DB Sidney Jones (Washington)Highest: 10 (Bills)
Lowest: 2nd round
Median: 22

14. LB Takkarist McKinley (UCLA)Highest: 9 (Bengals)
Lowest: 30 (Steelers)
Median: 25

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The highly probables (Included in six-seven of 10 mocks)

DB Quincy Wilson (Florida)Highest: 14
Lowest: 2nd round
Median: 16

DT Malik McDowell (Clemson)Highest: 17
Lowest: 2nd round
Median: 21

LB Tim Williams (Alabama)Highest: 6 (Jets)
Lowest: 2nd round
Median: 21

DE Charles Harris (Missouri)Highest: 15
Lowest: 2nd round
Median: 24.5

The jury's out (Included in two-four mocks)

DB Tre'Davious White (LSU)Highest: 11 (Saints)

LB Zach Cunningham (Vanderbilt)Highest: 17 (Redskins)

DE Carl Lawson (Auburn)Highest: 19 (Buccaneers)

LB Jarrad Davis (Florida)Highest: 22 (Dolphins)

LB Haason Reddick (Temple)Highest: 22 (Dolphins)

LB T.J. Watt (Wisconsin)Highest: 22 (Dolphins)

DT Caleb Brantley (Florida)Highest: 23 (Giants)

DB Gareon Conley (Ohio State)Highest: 29 (Packers)

The outliers (Included in one of 10 mocks)

DB Adoree Jackson (USC)Highest: 24 (Raiders)

S Budda Baker (Washington)Highest: 25 (Texans)

CB Cordrea Tankersley (Clemson)Highest: 26 (Seahawks)

DB Desmond King (Iowa)Highest: 26 (Seahawks)

S Obi Melifonwu (Connecticut)Highest: 26 (Seahawks)

DT Montravius Adams (Auburn)Highest: 28 (Cowboys)

DB Jourdan Lewis (Michigan)Highest: 28 (Cowboys)

LB Ryan Anderson (Alabama)Highest: 30 (Steelers)

S Marcus Williams (Utah)Highest: 31 (Falcons)

DE DeMarcus Walker (Florida State)Highest: 32 (Patriots)

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