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Eight Bold Predictions For the 2017 NFL Draft

8.) Look For A Record Setting Year For Defensive Backs

The secondary class for the draft this year is loaded with talent from the top to the bottom of the draft. Since switching the draft to seven rounds, the most defensive backs taken in one draft was 57 back in 2009. As it stands right now, CBS Sports has a draftable grade on 72 defensive backs, 15 more than the record. That does not necessarily mean every one of those players will get drafted but the potential for the most selections ever for that class can occur and I think the record will fall.

There is also the record for six cornerbacks and four safeties selected in the first round. I don’t know if either of those two records will fall this year but this class certainly has enough potential at the top to at least tie it. This is a great year to need some secondary players and not only are they talented, but there is a lot of height and athleticism, something to which teams are looking for to deal with stronger more athletic WRs and TEs.

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While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10

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