Daily News draft board: the defense

Here are our ratings for the top defensive players available in the draft.

To view our offensive rankings, click here.

Ratings scale
60-58: Get Canton on the phone
57-51: An immediate difference-maker
50-46: Should start as a rookie
45-41: Should start by Year 2
40-31: Should make roster
30-23: Welcome to the practice squad
22-16: Undrafted free agents are people too
20 and below: What did I major in again?

THE DEFENSIVE ENDS
Player, School, Rating, Projected round
1. Brian Orakpo, Texas, 49, 1
2. Robert Ayers, Tennessee, 48, 1
3. Tyson Jackson, LSU, 46, 1
4. Everette Brown, Florida St., 44, 1-2
5. Aaron Maybin, Penn St., 42, 2


THE DEFENSIVE TACKLES
1. B.J. Raji, Boston Coll., 49, 1
2. Peria Jerry, Ole Miss., 44, 1-2
3. Evander Hood, Missouri, 43, 2
4. Ron Brace, Boston Coll., 39, 2-3
5. Fili Moala, USC, 38, 2-3


THE OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS
1. Aaron Curry, Wake Forest, 54, 1
2. Clay Matthews, USC, 44, 1
3. Brian Cushing, USC, 43, 1-2
4. Larry English, N. Illinois, 41, 2
5. Clint Sintim, Virginia, 40, 2


THE INSIDE LINEBACKERS
1. Ray Maualuga, USC, 49, 1
2. James Laurinaitis, Ohio St., 48, 1
3. Jason Phillips, TCU, 38, 4-5
4. Jasper Brinkley, S. Carolina, 38, 3
5. Darry Beckwith, LSU, 36, 3


THE CORNERBACKS
1. Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio St., 49, 1
2. Darius Butler, UConn, 49, 1
3. Vontae Davis, Illinois, 48, 1
4. Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest, 45, 1-2
5. D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt, 43, 2

THE SAFETIES
1. Louis Delmas, W. Michigan, 42, 2
2. Patrick Chung, Oregon, 40, 2
3. William Moore, Missouri, 38, 2
4. Rashad Johnson, Alabama, 37, 2
5. Chip Vaughn, Wake Forest, 33, 3


THE PLACEKICKERS
1. Louie Sakoda, Utah, 24, 6
2. David Buehler, USC, 24, 6
3. Pat McAfee, W. Virgina, 22, 7-FA
4. Sam Swank, Wake Forest, 21, 7-FA
5. Ryan Succop, S. Carolina, 19, FA


THE PUNTERS

1. Kevin Huber, Cinncinnati, 23, 6-7
2. Graham Gano, Florida St., 21, 7-FA
3. Thomas Morstead, SMU, 19, FA
4. Chris Miller, Ball St., 18, FA
5. Justin Brantly, Texas A&M, 18, FA
 

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