Fantasy Football Draft Rankings (2017)

Consensus of 21 Experts -
Rank Defensive Players (Team) PosBye Best Worst Avg Std Dev
Tier 1 
1 Luke Kuechly CAR LB1 11 1 4 2.1 1.0
2 Bobby Wagner SEA LB2 6 1 20 4.8 3.7
3 Alec Ogletree LAR LB3 8 2 21 6.0 3.8
4 Kwon Alexander TB LB4 1 1 61 6.1 12.6
Tier 2 
5 Joey Bosa LAC DE1 9 2 220 19.3 45.5
6 Telvin Smith JAC LB5 8 6 50 12.7 8.9
7 Landon Collins NYG S1 8 6 30 13.0 7.0
8 C.J. Mosley BAL LB6 10 6 29 14.4 6.1
9 Ryan Shazier PIT LB7 9 9 24 15.5 4.2
10 Jason Pierre-Paul NYG DE2 8 6 253 22.1 53.1
11 Jamie Collins CLE LB8 9 7 70 16.3 13.0
12 Olivier Vernon NYG DE3 8 6 263 24.1 54.9
13 Danielle Hunter MIN DE4 9 7 226 25.5 45.9
Tier 3 
14 Sean Lee DAL LB9 6 10 64 18.0 11.2
15 Keanu Neal ATL S2 5 15 60 24.0 9.8
16 Christian Kirksey CLE LB10 9 12 55 24.7 8.7
17 Carlos Dunlap CIN DE5 6 11 248 31.0 50.5
18 Calais Campbell JAC DE6 8 11 228 30.2 45.7
19 Aaron Donald LAR DT1 8 7 310 38.2 61.9
20 Lavonte David TB LB11 1 10 54 27.1 9.0
21 Benardrick McKinney HOU LB12 7 18 63 27.5 11.8
22 Deion Jones ATL LB13 5 7 62 27.9 14.1
23 Everson Griffen MIN DE7 9 14 288 36.1 58.1
24 Khalil Mack OAK DE8 10 2 63 23.1 18.3
25 Reshad Jones MIA S3 1 8 59 29.3 12.8
Tier 4 
26 Navorro Bowman FA LB14 5 70 30.5 13.2
27 Jerrell Freeman CHI LB15 9 3 61 30.8 15.4
28 Cameron Jordan NO DE9 5 13 223 36.6 43.2
29 Vontaze Burfict CIN LB16 6 8 108 33.9 23.2
30 Johnathan Cyprien TEN S4 8 4 44 29.1 10.6
31 Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ DE10 11 15 242 42.1 47.1
32 Harrison Smith MIN S5 9 16 60 36.2 9.9
33 Eric Kendricks MIN LB17 9 16 73 36.4 14.4
34 Morgan Burnett GB S6 8 26 76 38.1 11.5
35 Ezekiel Ansah DET DE11 7 19 265 46.5 50.8
36 Jatavis Brown LAC LB18 9 22 75 39.0 15.5
37 Barry Church JAC S7 8 22 56 41.5 8.7
38 Melvin Ingram LAC DE12 9 9 140 39.7 33.9
39 DeForest Buckner SF DE13 11 14 282 51.2 54.3
Tier 5 
40 Tony Jefferson BAL S8 10 20 91 43.6 16.1
41 Leonard Williams NYJ DE14 11 29 277 52.2 52.1
42 Brandon Graham PHI DE15 10 26 298 53.9 56.7
43 Zach Brown WAS LB19 5 7 78 43.1 15.3
44 Mark Barron LAR LB20 8 31 81 44.1 12.6
45 Ndamukong Suh MIA DT2 1 20 290 59.5 54.1
46 Fletcher Cox PHI DT3 10 26 314 63.1 60.5
47 K.J. Wright SEA LB21 6 24 80 53.1 13.3
48 Hasean Clinton-Dix GB S9 8 30 97 54.1 14.4
49 Karl Joseph OAK S10 10 31 99 54.5 15.6
50 Kiko Alonso MIA LB22 1 35 150 61.2 25.9
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Tier 6 
51 Jerry Hughes BUF DE16 6 14 387 72.7 83.6
52 Kurt Coleman CAR S11 11 46 98 59.6 12.2
53 Jarrad Davis DET LB23 7 28 280 70.6 55.6
54 Myles Garrett CLE DE17 9 20 386 73.0 77.9
55 T.J. Ward TB S12 1 35 82 56.1 12.0
56 Kenny Vaccaro NO S13 5 25 81 58.2 11.9
57 Reuben Foster SF LB24 11 32 334 73.2 60.6
58 Lawrence Timmons MIA LB25 1 26 92 60.8 17.4
59 Kawann Short CAR DT4 11 39 238 69.2 42.1
60 Von Miller DEN LB26 5 22 225 69.7 40.2
61 Paul Posluszny JAC LB27 8 3 140 63.6 33.0
62 Michael Bennett SEA DE18 6 28 269 73.3 47.9
63 Kam Chancellor SEA S14 6 11 85 62.7 18.0
64 Eric Weddle BAL S15 10 39 82 62.3 12.2
65 Cameron Wake MIA DE19 1 31 292 73.4 51.8
66 Derrick Johnson KC LB28 10 49 96 63.4 10.8
67 Preston Brown BUF LB29 6 21 143 72.6 25.6
68 Sheldon Richardson SEA DE20 6 43 252 74.4 43.9
69 Jordan Hicks PHI LB30 10 34 101 66.2 15.0
70 Jamal Adams NYJ S16 11 33 136 68.9 26.9
71 Tyrann Mathieu ARI S17 8 27 98 70.3 16.1
Tier 7 
72 Trey Flowers NE DE21 9 41 255 81.6 49.3
73 Jadeveon Clowney HOU LB31 7 11 197 72.7 60.0
74 Vince Williams PIT LB32 9 13 112 73.7 23.3
75 Eric Reid SF S18 11 34 258 85.7 46.3
76 Darron Lee NYJ LB33 11 38 157 79.9 27.4
77 Myles Jack JAC LB34 8 27 112 74.1 17.5
78 Robert Quinn LAR DE22 8 29 90 67.8 18.5
79 Deone Bucannon ARI LB35 8 40 136 75.8 20.5
80 Vic Beasley ATL LB36 5 39 281 106.6 72.5
81 Logan Ryan TEN CB1 8 17 99 77.1 17.4
82 Sean Davis PIT S19 9 48 111 75.3 14.3
83 Brandon Marshall DEN LB37 5 57 131 79.5 17.8
84 Thomas Davis CAR LB38 11 25 114 82.0 22.8
85 Geno Atkins CIN DT5 6 50 394 104.0 97.7
86 Malcolm Jenkins PHI S20 10 59 110 76.9 14.8
87 Tavon Wilson DET S21 7 20 97 73.4 22.6
88 Tahir Whitehead DET LB39 7 19 147 81.5 32.9
89 Keith Tandy TB S22 1 12 133 84.6 41.3
90 Cameron Heyward PIT DE23 9 62 294 88.7 53.8
91 Jahleel Addae LAC S23 9 40 115 83.2 19.2
92 Craig Robertson NO LB40 5 9 268 130.3 106.4
93 Damon Harrison NYG DT6 8 52 158 87.7 27.3
94 Avery Williamson TEN LB41 8 45 127 81.6 17.1
95 Nigel Bradham PHI LB42 10 23 164 99.8 37.0
96 Frank Clark SEA DE24 6 37 329 110.2 76.0
97 Gerald McCoy TB DT7 1 24 392 165.3 137.0
Tier 8 
98 Justin Houston KC LB43 10 42 217 95.3 41.1
99 Whitney Mercilus HOU LB44 7 30 210 149.0 70.5
100 A.J. Bouye JAC CB2 8 31 121 83.7 38.3
101 Chris Conte TB S24 1 62 93 75.2 10.7
102 Chandler Jones ARI LB45 8 51 311 127.6 95.6
103 Danny Trevathan CHI LB46 9 42 160 90.2 28.4
104 Jeff Heath DAL S25 6 38 153 106.3 49.4
105 Todd Davis DEN LB47 5 56 203 121.4 56.6
106 Haason Reddick ARI LB48 8 44 162 99.6 34.8
107 Antoine Bethea ARI S26 8 59 117 81.6 13.8
108 Dont'a Hightower NE LB49 9 42 155 111.8 38.5
109 Reggie Ragland KC LB50 10 45 120 88.7 23.4
110 Cliff Avril SEA DE25 6 59 289 92.7 48.7
111 Jurrell Casey TEN DT8 8 44 285 122.6 72.2
112 Kyle Williams BUF DT9 6 57 336 115.3 85.2
113 Dee Ford KC LB51 10 45 340 221.0 127.0
114 Jaylon Smith DAL LB52 6 47 124 94.0 31.7
115 Jordan Poyer BUF S27 6 47 138 95.0 37.3
116 Earl Thomas SEA S28 6 50 180 118.1 44.5
117 Denzel Perryman LAC LB53 9 52 195 115.1 42.5
118 Patrick Chung NE S29 9 52 251 133.5 73.7
119 BJ Goodson NYG LB54 8 56 136 92.9 22.9
120 Zach Cunningham HOU LB55 7 54 231 136.7 72.7
121 Marcus Cooper CHI CB3 9 54 298 150.0 90.2
122 Micah Hyde BUF S30 6 65 134 94.4 22.0
123 Mason Foster WAS LB56 5 55 170 108.3 34.0
Tier 9 
124 Jake Ryan GB LB57 8 58 179 128.0 44.3
125 Lorenzo Alexander BUF LB58 6 60 292 171.0 95.0
126 Korey Toomer LAC LB59 9 62 76 69.0 7.0
127 Byron Jones DAL S31 6 64 118 89.6 12.2
128 Bashaud Breeland WAS CB4 5 62 118 91.3 12.0
129 Vonn Bell NO S32 5 62 106 92.5 11.6
130 Marcell Dareus BUF DT10 6 70 338 104.8 64.3
131 Linval Joseph MIN DT11 9 66 243 106.2 51.0
132 Ronald Darby PHI CB5 10 64 162 121.3 35.6
133 Devin McCourty NE S33 9 64 221 121.5 46.6
134 Derek Barnett PHI DE26 10 66 161 113.5 47.5
135 Mario Addison CAR DE27 11 66 244 122.1 50.5
136 Shaq Thompson CAR LB60 11 66 158 134.4 35.0
137 Emmanuel Ogbah CLE DE28 9 68 365 134.3 95.7
138 Xavier Rhodes MIN CB6 9 70 222 146.3 53.9
139 Jabrill Peppers CLE S34 9 71 221 115.2 48.6
140 Quintin Demps CHI S35 9 71 166 127.0 36.6
141 Wesley Woodyard TEN LB61 8 71 289 180.0 109.0
142 Ramik Wilson KC LB62 10 74 192 112.8 39.8
Tier 10 
143 Marcus Peters KC CB7 10 73 151 120.6 27.3
144 Casey Hayward LAC CB8 9 74 273 148.5 76.1
145 Kony Ealy NYJ DE29 11 76 125 95.8 16.4
146 Noah Spence TB DE30 1 92 126 103.2 12.5
147 Daryl Worley CAR CB9 11 87 193 104.3 36.3
148 Reggie Nelson OAK S36 10 102 129 113.5 9.8
149 Lamarcus Joyner LAR S37 8 86 145 113.7 24.2
150 Akiem Hicks CHI DT12 9 78 302 115.1 60.9
151 Mike Adams CAR S38 11 77 163 120.8 36.1
152 Jimmie Ward SF CB10 11 113 134 125.7 9.1
153 Kamalei Correa BAL LB63 10 91 178 127.3 36.9
154 Jaquiski Tartt SF S39 11 98 176 127.8 32.2
155 Nick Vigil CIN LB64 6 79 227 128.2 56.5
156 Artie Burns PIT CB11 9 84 175 129.5 45.5
157 Cory James OAK LB65 10 87 219 129.5 46.7
158 Stephon Tuitt PIT DE31 9 78 286 131.3 66.0
159 Benson Mayowa DAL DE32 6 127 137 132.0 5.0
160 Dante Fowler Jr. JAC DE33 8 94 171 132.5 38.5
161 Michael Mitchell PIT S40 9 120 158 133.0 17.7
162 Antonio Morrison IND LB66 11 93 210 133.3 54.2
163 Trumaine Johnson LAR CB12 8 128 141 134.5 6.5
164 Shawn Williams CIN S41 6 98 185 135.5 33.4
165 Clayton Geathers IND S42 11 93 339 136.3 81.8
166 Anthony Barr MIN LB67 9 109 165 137.0 28.0
167 D.J. Swearinger WAS S43 5 108 168 138.0 30.0
168 A.J. Klein NO LB68 5 93 237 141.0 57.7
169 Corey Graham PHI S44 10 76 360 143.2 102.1
170 Rodney McLeod PHI S45 10 93 214 144.4 40.4
171 Jalen Ramsey JAC CB13 8 138 152 145.0 7.0
172 Solomon Thomas SF DE34 11 139 151 145.0 6.0
173 Vernon Hargreaves TB CB14 1 87 262 147.0 81.3
174 Xavien Howard MIA CB15 1 145 151 148.0 3.0
175 Malik Jackson JAC DT13 8 85 362 148.4 93.4
176 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie NYG CB16 8 90 217 149.7 52.1
177 Sean Spence FA LB69 141 165 153.0 12.0
178 Richard Sherman SEA CB17 6 106 201 153.5 47.5
179 Marquel Lee OAK LB70 10 114 201 157.5 43.5
180 Malcolm Butler NE CB18 9 101 218 159.5 58.5
181 James Bradberry CAR CB19 11 130 189 159.5 29.5
182 Ricardo Allen ATL S46 5 155 164 159.5 4.5
183 Shareece Wright BUF CB20 6 124 199 161.5 37.5
184 Adrian Clayborn ATL DE35 5 140 184 162.0 22.0
185 Karlos Dansby ARI LB71 8 141 212 165.3 27.5
186 Josh Norman WAS CB21 5 110 203 165.3 40.0
187 De'Vondre Campbell ATL LB72 5 148 188 168.0 20.0
188 Danny Shelton CLE DT14 9 154 186 170.0 16.0
189 Derek Wolfe DEN DE36 5 117 267 173.7 66.5
190 Will Compton WAS LB73 5 144 227 173.7 37.8
191 Miles Killebrew DET S47 7 125 265 174.0 64.4
192 Johnathan Hankins IND DT15 11 151 197 174.0 23.0
193 Demario Davis NYJ LB74 11 99 276 176.0 63.8
194 Blake Martinez GB LB75 8 120 270 176.0 66.9
195 Jabaal Sheard IND DE37 11 94 299 179.0 88.5
196 Vincent Rey CIN LB76 6 129 230 179.0 41.2
197 Kevin Minter CIN LB77 6 156 215 179.7 25.5
198 Robert Ayers TB DE38 1 117 305 181.0 87.7
199 Joe Haden PIT CB22 9 94 260 182.7 68.2
200 Michael Johnson CIN S48 6 89 277 183.0 94.0
201 Elandon Roberts NE LB78 9 95 271 183.0 88.0
202 Jason McCourty CLE CB23 9 99 269 184.0 85.0
203 William Gholston TB DE39 1 142 230 186.0 44.0
204 Stephone Anthony MIA LB79 1 109 250 188.3 58.9
205 Maurice Alexander FA S49 126 274 192.0 61.5
206 Prince Amukamara CHI CB24 9 144 244 194.0 50.0
207 Ron Parker KC S50 10 184 205 194.5 10.5
208 Patrick Peterson ARI CB25 8 93 358 195.3 116.3
209 Brent Grimes TB CB26 1 159 234 196.5 37.5
210 Malcom Brown NE DT16 9 154 273 196.7 54.1
211 Jelani Jenkins FA LB80 152 242 197.0 45.0
212 John Simon IND LB81 11 172 237 204.5 32.5
213 Jonathan Allen WAS DT17 5 86 383 208.3 126.8
214 Vontae Davis IND CB27 11 149 268 208.5 59.5
215 Chris Harris DEN CB28 5 206 213 209.5 3.5
216 Chris Baker TB DE40 1 130 346 210.0 96.7
217 J.J. Wilcox PIT S51 9 143 283 213.0 70.0
218 Janoris Jenkins NYG CB29 8 186 240 213.0 27.0
219 Byron Maxwell MIA CB30 1 170 257 213.5 43.5
220 Jonathan Casillas NYG LB82 8 162 272 217.0 55.0
221 T.J. Green IND S52 11 142 263 217.3 53.7
222 Darian Stewart DEN S53 5 160 275 217.5 57.5
223 Stephen Paea DAL DE41 6 174 261 217.5 43.5
224 Josh Jones GB S54 8 213 225 219.0 6.0
225 Marshon Lattimore NO CB31 5 220 222 221.0 1.0
226 Mario Edwards OAK DE42 10 148 301 224.5 76.5
227 Brian Cushing HOU LB83 7 207 243 225.0 18.0
228 Aqib Talib DEN CB32 5 212 246 229.0 17.0
229 Sheldon Rankins NO DT18 5 149 371 229.7 100.3
230 Demarcus Lawrence DAL DE43 6 202 262 232.0 30.0
231 Grady Jarrett ATL DT19 5 160 321 232.3 66.7
232 Corey Liuget LAC DT20 9 144 322 233.0 89.0
233 Buster Skrine NYJ CB33 11 179 295 237.0 58.0
234 Tyrone Crawford DAL DT21 6 167 330 240.0 67.6
235 William Hayes MIA DE44 1 153 331 242.0 89.0
236 Jimmy Smith BAL CB34 10 229 255 242.0 13.0
237 Robert Alford ATL CB35 5 218 267 242.5 24.5
238 Sean Smith OAK CB36 10 232 259 245.5 13.5
239 Adam Jones CIN CB37 6 250 251 250.5 0.5
240 Alex Anzalone NO LB84 5 164 309 251.3 62.8
241 Brian Orakpo TEN LB85 8 249 256 252.5 3.5
242 Lawrence Guy NE DT22 9 224 303 263.5 39.5
243 Alterraun Verner MIA CB38 1 256 271 263.5 7.5
244 Shaq Lawson BUF DE45 6 194 341 267.5 73.5
245 Vinny Curry PHI DE46 10 188 348 268.0 80.0
246 Terence Newman MIN CB39 9 240 296 268.0 28.0
247 Derrick Morgan TEN LB86 8 200 342 271.0 71.0
248 Clay Matthews GB LB87 8 167 385 276.0 109.0
249 Tyrell Adams OAK LB88 10 161 397 279.0 118.0
250 Brandon Mebane LAC DT23 9 226 333 279.5 53.5
251 Mike Daniels GB DT24 8 173 393 283.0 110.0
252 Ryan Kerrigan WAS LB89 5 187 380 283.5 96.5
253 Alan Branch NE DT25 9 266 315 290.5 24.5
254 Andre Branch MIA DE47 1 211 388 299.5 88.5
255 Terrell Suggs BAL LB90 10 285 317 301.0 16.0
256 Allen Bailey KC DE48 10 232 398 315.0 83.0
257 Frostee Rucker ARI DE49 8 284 390 337.0 53.0

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