22. CB Tre’Davious White — Buffalo Bills
Buffalo’s first-round pick left such an impressive mark on the team’s decision makers that All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore was deemed expendable two summers ago. White immediately stepped in as the team’s No. 1 in 2017. Gifted with excellent ball skills (a standard for LSU defensive backs), White has recorded six interceptions and 26 deflected passes through his first two years in the league. He took a bit of a step back in Year 2, but has all the makings of a shutdown corner in a stacked secondary.
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21. LB T.J. Watt — Pittsburgh Steelers
The brother of a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, T.J.’s rapid ascent has proven there’s something different in the water at the Watt household. The Pittsburgh linebacker has essentially been a starter since Day 1. With the unfortunate injury to Steelers team captain Ryan Shazier, Watt has been asked to do a lot for his defense. In 32 career games, Watt has accrued 20.0 sacks and forced seven fumbles. Whether it’s lining up outside, on a running back, or up the middle, Watt has the athleticism, pursuit, and ball skills to compete on every play.
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20. CB Desmond King — Los Angeles Chargers
King wasted no time making himself familiar to the NFL, taking home his first career interception for a touchdown. He hasn’t looked back since. Even with teammate Casey Heyward garnering most of the attention, King ended up being the Los Angeles Charger cornerback who earned All-Pro honors. According to Pro Football Focus, the only cornerback to grade higher than King in 2018 was New England’s Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore just finished the second year of a five-year/$65 million deal while King earned just $745,000 last season.
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