The secret to winning NFL championships is not a mystery.
Look at Super Bowl XLVIII. The Broncos came in with the greatest offensive stats in history and they got STUFFED by the Seahawks Legion of Boom defense.
Defense wins championships and the 2014 NFL Draft is full of defensive players who will shape the balance of power in the league for years to come.
2014 NFL Draft - Top Defensive Players
Jadeveon Clowney DE - South Carolina
He’s been called “a once-in-every-10-years kind of physical specimen.” Plus he's got a super-cool name.
Career Stats: 130 Tackles, 47 Tackles for loss, 24 Sacks
Khalil Mack OLB – Buffalo
A tackling-machine, Mack will wreak havoc in the NFL.
Career Stats: 327 tackles, 75 Tackles for Loss, 28.5 Sacks
Anthony Barr, OLB - UCLA
Barr has the wheels to be a blitzing terror!
Career Stats: 152 tackles, 41.5 Tackles for Loss, 23.5 Sacks
Aaron Donald, DT – Pittsburgh
He is an immoveable force who will solidify any defensive line.
Career Stats: 181 tackles, 66 Tackles for Loss 29.5 Sacks
CJ Mosley, ILB – Alabama
Smart and athletic, Mosley is like getting a quarterback for the defense.
Career Stats: 319 tackles, 23 Tackles for Loss 6.5 Sacks
Justin Gilbert, DB Oklahoma State
Need a shutdown corner? Gilbert is your man!
Career Stats: 182 tackles, 3.5 Tackles for Loss 12 Interceptions
Calvin Pryor, S – Louisville
Pryor is a hard-hitting safety who will make any defense tougher.
Career Stats: 218 tackles, 11 Tackles for Loss 7 Interceptions
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S – Alabama
During his brief stay at Alabama, Ha-Ha proved that he is no joke!
Career Stats: 37 tackles, 5 Interceptions
Be sure to catch all of the action starting Thursday, May 8th at 8:00pm ET on the NFL Network, as well as here on NFL RUSH!