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Bigger cover corners a hot trend

Big corners and bigger linemen lead the defensive players list for '11 draft

Originally Published: April 27, 2010
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
The 2010 NFL draft was just days ago, but it's not too early to start thinking about the 2011 draft class. I preface this list by saying a lot can and undoubtedly will change between now and next year's draft, but as of now, here are the top 10 defensive players to watch.

* denotes underclassman in 2010 season

1. DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
(6-foot-3, 282 pounds)

Clayborn is looking to build on the momentum from a breakout 2009 season, which included an MVP showing in the Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech. Clayborn is a massive defensive end with an unusual combination of speed and athleticism for his size. He is mature and plays the game with fire.

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