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!

 

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