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5 Most Intriguing Defensive Draft Prospects from FCS

5 Most Intriguing Defensive Draft Prospects from FCS

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In the 2014 draft, an FCS defender wasn't selected until the fourth round. That should change in 2015 with a few players capable of being selected on the first two days. Here are five of the defenders vying for a spot in the 2015 NFL Draft.

5. Davis Tull (OLB-Chattanooga)

Davis Tull Chattanooga
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5. Davis Tull (OLB-Chattanooga)

Davis Tull Chattanooga
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Davis Tull is the two-time defending Southern Conference Player of the Year. The defensive end disrupts backfields as consistently as anyone in the country. Tull has amassed 26.5 sacks and 42.5 tackles for loss in three seasons. He is also the FCS active leader in forced fumbles with eight. He will move from DE to OLB in the NFL which could force Tull down draft boards since he hasn't been asked to defend receivers in college.

4. Dean Marlowe (FS-James Madison)

Dean Marlowe James Madison
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4. Dean Marlowe (FS-James Madison)

Dean Marlowe James Madison
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Dean Marlowe is one of the hardest hitting safeties in the FCS. He is one of the surest tacklers as well, posting over 70 tackles in all three seasons with the Dukes. Marlowe's experience playing QB in high school is evident in his ability to read and react to receiver routes. He could improve his interception numbers, but it appears he would rather make a hit than play the ball at times. Possible late pick who can also return punts.

3. Lynden Trail (OLB-Norfolk State)

Lynden Trail Norfolk State
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3. Lynden Trail (OLB-Norfolk State)

Lynden Trail Norfolk State
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Lynden Trail has been a dynamic pass rusher since transferring from Florida. He has 164 tackles and 14.5 sacks in only two seasons with the Spartans. When he didn't get to the QB, Trail has used his 6-foot-7 frame to knock down 14 career passes. On offense, he has shown Mike-Vrabel-like versatility, catching three passes for touchdowns. Trail is projected as a sixth-round pick.

2. Jaquiski Tartt (FS/SS-Samford)

Jaquiski Tartt Samford
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2. Jaquiski Tartt (FS/SS-Samford)

Jaquiski Tartt Samford
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In two seasons as the Bulldogs' starting free safety, Jaquiski Tartt has accumulated 192 tackles and defended 24 passes. Tartt can play deep or in the box and would be best utilized as a strong safety in the NFL. If Tartt can continue to play consistently, he may end up as high as the fourth round of the draft.

1. Zach Hodges (OLB-Harvard)

Zach Hodges Harvard
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1. Zach Hodges (OLB-Harvard)

Zach Hodges Harvard
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Expectations are extremely high for Zach Hodges in 2014. Hodges is the only player outside of the FBS named to the Butkus Award watch list. He's an exceptional pass rusher who has 17.5 sacks and 31 tackles for loss in his career. Like most college ends who transition to OLB in the NFL, Hodges will need to improve his coverage skills. Hodges is one of the best pure athletes in college football and is a potential second-round pick.