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Kenechi Udeze, MIN - This kid flat out gets to the QB and as a rookie has the ability to post double digit sacks and force consideration for NFL rookie defensive player of the year.
Aaron Smith, PIT - Aaron had an excellent 2002 season but disappointed many who drafted him last year. Smith isn't the type of player who will let a bad statistical season define him as a player, so Id fully expect Smith to regain his stud status this year.
June Cato, IND - Cato takes over for last seasons surprise David Thornton at the WLB position. Head Coach Tony Dungy makes studs out of his WLB's, so expect Cato to be a top 20 LB this yr if he stays healthy and keeps the position.
EJ Henderson, MIN - Henderson takes over for stud LB Chris Clairborne who is moving to SLB, in the middle of the Minnesota Defense. The fact that a rookie, Dontarrious Thomas is currently winning the WLB position, Henderson could be post huge fantasy stats for a LB.
Sean Taylor, WAS - Sean has impressed me considerably as FS usually don't post top 5-10 numbers at the DB position, but I may have to ditch that theory. Taylor is a ball hawk who reminds me of former Cane and current Baltimore SS Ed Reed.
Mike Green, CHI - Green was injured most of last year but was a top 5 DB at the SS position in Chicago in 2002. A healthy Green could vault him back into the top 10 at the position this year.
Terrance Kiel, SD - Kiel is on the verge of stardom and SD is so pathetic on defense and offense outside of LT, Kiel and company will be on the field a ton this yr.
Willie McGinest, NE - Willie played a lot of LB last year due to the Rosey Colvin injury, and his stats were inflated as a result. If he stays at the DL position he will not come close to putting up stats equal to last year
Dexter Coakley, DAL - A former Pro Bowl WLB is fighting for his job with second year LB Bradie James from LSU. James started last nights preseason game over Coakley, and was out of position on the Fargas TD, but he still impressed the coaches, and may get another start in next weeks preseason game. Watch this situation carefully if you have Coakley on your roster
Antoine Winfield, MIN - Winfield is too solid of a player to be picked on the way he was in Buffalo a year ago. Winfield is an example of a solid cornerback getting fewer opportunities as he gets better as a player.
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