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Mike Mayock’s Initial 2016 NFL Draft Defensive Position Rankings Discussion Thread

Being as NFL media draft analyst Mike Mayock released his initial set of position rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft on Wednesday, I thought I would list his defensive groups being as that’s the side of the football the Pittsburgh Steelers need to address the heaviest this offseason so that all of you can discuss them in the comments.

I’m mainly interested in knowing who you think Mayock has overrated in any of the five position groups in addition to who you think was snubbed and thus belongs in any of the top 5 spots.

Interior defensive line

1. DeForest Buckner, Oregon
2. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
3. Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
4. Jarran Reed, Alabama
5. A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama

Edge rusher

1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State
2. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
3. Shaq Lawson, Clemson
4. Leonard Floyd, Georgia
5. Kevin Dodd, Clemson

Linebacker

1. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
2. Myles Jack, UCLA
3. Reggie Ragland, Alabama
4. Darron Lee, Ohio State
5. Deion Jones, LSU

Cornerback

1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
2. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
3. Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
4. Eli Apple, Ohio State
5. Cyrus Jones, Alabama

Safeties

1. Karl Joseph, West Virginia
2. Vonn Bell, Ohio State
3. Darien Thompson, Boise State
4. Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah
5. Jeremy Cash, Duke

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