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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) poses for a photo with his jersey after being selected as the number eight overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

9 defensive backs taken in the first round


With the passing game picking up steam of late, teams are trying to counter the high flying offenses by taking defensive backs in the draft. NINE defensive backs were taken in the first round of the draft this year. Everyone wants to follow the footsteps of the Seattle Seahwaks and their secondary so teams are spending their high draft picks in order to find members of the secondary.

With all those players taken in the secondary, no running backs were taken in the first round . You might as well have told all the running backs that the draft starts on Friday.

Here are the defensive backs that were taken in the first round:

Justin Gilbert, Cleveland Browns

Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears

Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati Bengals

Jason Verrett, San Diego Chargers

Bradley Roby, Denver Broncos

Calvin Pryor, New York Jets

HaHa Clinton-Dix, Green Bay Packers

Deone Bucannon, Arizona Cardinals

Jimmie Ward, San Francisco 49ers

The depth in the secondary for this draft is strong, but the first round had 9 players disappear. How will the next few rounds of the draft work out for the position. Running backs will have to start getting picked some time.

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  • BlueBoltFan

    I also notice that the CBs went before the safeties. A lot of pass rushers also went in the first. It’s all about shutting down that passing attack.

  • powderBLUE801

    Or it can be about filling the needs of your team. A lot of teams needed help in the back field I know we did.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      it’s not easy stopping the passing game right now

      • powderBLUE801

        I strongly agree with you but the teams that drafted DB did not stray to far away from what they needed.

      • powderBLUE801

        Let me ask you a question Ernie. Do you think if the bengals did not draft dennard that we would have taken him? Or do you think we still would have drafted verret?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i think we would have taken dennard