The NFL’s Potential 2009 Breakout Players: Defense Edition


Published: July 14, 2009

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... season, the Cards slowly worked DRC into the starting lineup and he ended the season as their top corner.  His monstrous speed allows him to seemingly always be around the ball and he's shown the strength and willingness to jump up and fight for the ball.


Atlanta FalconsCurtis Lofton

Lofton was awesome in run support but has below average coverage skills, something he is working on.  If he can continue to drop his weight and improve his understanding of what the offense is trying to do to exploit him, Lofton has what it takes to become a leader of this young defense.


Baltimore RavensHaloti Ngata

Ngata took a step forward last year, becoming nearly impossible to single-block on running plays and showing an improved ability to penetrate the line and pressure the quarterback.  The big man stepped up and ...

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