2009 NFL Draft Rankings: Defense

While there are several known impact players in this year's draft class, more will be emerging in the coming months. Front offices across the league will be working frantically to determine which prospects can contribute immediately and who boasts the most long-term potential. Brad Wilbricht continues his analysis of the 2009 NFL Draft, this time focusing on the defensive side of the ball.

Click here for Brad Wilbricht's 2009 NFL Draft offensive rankings.

Defensive Tackles
1 B.J. Raji, Boston College
2 Peria Jerry, Mississippi
3 Fili Moala, USC
4 Evander Hood, Missouri
5 Ron Brace, Boston College
6 Jarron Gilbert, San Jose St
7 Sen'Derrick Marks, Auburn
8 Alex Magee, Purdue
9 Ricky Jean-Francois, LSU
10 Terrance Taylor, Michigan

Defensive Ends
1 Everette Brown, Florida St
2 Brian Orakpo, Texas
3 Aaron Maybin, Penn St
4 Tyson Jackson, LSU
5 Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech
6 Brandon Williams, Texas Tech
7 Robert Ayers, Tennessee
8 Lawrence Sidbury, Richmond
9 Paul Kruger, Utah
10 Michael Bennett, Texas A&M

Inside Linebackers
1 Rey Maualuga, USC
2 James Laurinaitis, Ohio St
3 Gerald McRath, Southern Mississippi
4 Dannell Ellerbe, Georgia
5 Darry Beckwith, LSU
6 Jason Phillips, TCU
7 Scott McKillop, Pittsburgh
8 Josh Mauga, Nevada
9 Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina
10 Worrell Williams, California

Outside Linebackers
1 Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
2 Larry English, Northern Illinois
3 Clint Sintim, Virginia
4 Brian Cushing, USC
5 Tyrone McKenzie, South Florida
6 Clay Matthews, USC
7 Cody Brown, Connecticut
8 David Veikune, Hawaii
9 Connor Barwin, Cincinnati
10 Nic Harris, Oklahoma

1 D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt
2 Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio St
3 Vontae Davis, Illinois
4 Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
5 Sean Smith, Utah
6 Jairus Byrd, Oregon
7 Darius Butler, Connecticut
8 Victor Harris, Virginia Tech
9 Asher Allen, Georgia
10 Cary Harris, USC

1 Patrick Chung, Oregon
2 Louis Delmas, Western Michigan
3 William Moore, Missouri
4 Rashad Johnson, Alabama
5 Kevin Ellison, USC
6 Michael Hamlin, Clemson
7 Chip Vaughn, Wake Forest
8 Curtis Taylor, LSU
9 Emanuel Cook, South Carolina
10 Derek Pegues, Mississippi St

Click here for Brad Wilbricht's 2009 NFL Draft offensive rankings.

Questions or Comments? Contact Brad Wilbricht at brad.wilbricht@gmail.com or click here to access the AZRedReport.com message boards.

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