Power Rankings: Top 5 Post-Draft Defenses

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Sep 8, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) runs on to the field before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The draft is over, you know it, I know it, even my grandmother knows it. Now is the time to sit back, relax and analyze the snot out of each and every team’s off-season performance. In this article I will be ranking, from 1-5, the top Post-Draft defenses in the NFL given the circumstances of their draft selections, their performance last season and their overall potential next season. Most of these teams will not surprise you, however there was a little shake up with the fourth and fifth spots in the power rankings. If you are curious about the top teams offenses, you can check out my articles here and here. With these defensive selections, I understand that they are sort of no-brainers. That is why I am going to show all of the possible angles that make the individual teams so good. Typically teams with top-5 offenses ended up making the playoffs or (as we saw with the Seahawks) actually win the Super Bowl. Whether it be free agents or draft picks or just current personnel, I will make sure to go through each pick and explain why they deserve your vote as the best in the league.

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  • octavia a henry

    The saints will be ranked higher than this ranking they will be better than most of these teams except for the Hawks they may even be better than the Hawks. Sorry! no punctuation just saying

    • TommyT

      They had a great draft and if Carolina is drafted before me in fantasy, I’d take Saints

      • octavia a henry

        I agree Tommy.

  • boldness

    Give geno Atkins his due THE BEST DEFENSIVE TACKLE IN THE LEAGUE period.Now with pressure comming up the middle and the end this is what makes the secondary so good

    • David Petrocelli

      don’t forget, geno played about half the season and leon hall played even less. this along with losing both their coverage LBs in the preseason. adding these 4 pieces plus their draft picks. watch out for the Bengals D.

  • HD

    Seattle may well be better than last year…there’s six guys that will probably make the roster that were not on the 53 last year at the end of the season that should add size and speed at some positions…none of them will be starters…most of them know the system

  • dwestwing

    Who is Keith Demolder and why is he allowed to write about the Saints defense when he doesn’t even mention Keenan Lewis, one of the best corners. If the Saints ranked 4th last season, then with the upgrades they have now, they should rank 3rd or 2nd this season. That’s a no-brainer.