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Episode 112: Previewing the top defensive talent in 2012 NFL Draft

Will LSU's Morris Claiborne be the first defensive player drafted Thursday night? Getty Images.

Matthew Elder of Buffalo Bills Draft shares his insight

Will LSU's Morris Claiborne be the first defensive player drafted Thursday night? Getty Images.

This year’s NFL Draft appears to be loaded with top-tier offensive talent for those with high enough picks in the first round. At least compared to the assortment of defensive players to be claimed.

After the quarterback combo of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III go in the top two picks, who will be the first defensive player selected? LSU’s Morris Claiborne? Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox? North Carolina’s Quinton Coples? What about any of the hundred or so Alabama defensive players eligible for the draft, including corner back Dre Kirkpatrick or linebacker Courtney Upshaw?

We took a look at some of the offensive players to watch in a previous podcast, but today we shift our focus more to the defensive side of the football. To do that, we welcome back our pal Matt Elder, Director of Scouting for Buffalo Bills Draft. In addition to talking some defensive players in the draft, we also take a moment to digest just what the routine of being an NFL Draft analyst entails. Last week ESPN’s Todd McShay discussed how much film study goes in to the job, and Elder agrees with that statement.

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.