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Pompei's NFL draft previews by position

The Tribune's Dan Pompei previews the April 26-28 NFL draft.

  • NFL draft preview: Middle linebackers

    NFL draft preview: Middle linebackers

    12th in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. The 2012 class of middle linebackers is led by underclassmen Luke Kuechly of Boston College and Dont'a Hightower of Alabama. If neither player had declared himself eligible for the draft, it's possible no middle linebacker would have been chosen...

  • NFL draft preview: Defensive ends

    NFL draft preview: Defensive ends

    Eleventh in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Middle linebackers. Many teams in need of defensive ends will find what they are looking for on draft weekend. The 2012 crop of pass rushers is pretty strong, in terms of both top-end talent and depth. And it will need to be as a majority...

  • NFL draft preview: Safeties

    NFL draft preview: Safeties

    Tenth in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Defensive ends. There are more teams looking for safeties than there are desirable safeties in this draft. As a result, look for some to be drafted too high. Aside from Mark Barron, there aren't any safeties worth considering early in...

  • NFL draft preview: Defensive tackles

    NFL draft preview: Defensive tackles

    Ninth in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Safeties. This is not a bad crop of defensive tackles. There are several players who should have productive careers at every level of the draft, including in the first round. As many as six tackles are first-round considerations. The...

  • NFL draft preview: Cornerbacks

    NFL draft preview: Cornerbacks

    Eighth in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Defensive tackles. This cornerback class features better quantity than quality. Teams will be able to find good values between the third and seventh rounds. Morris Claiborne and Stephon Gilmore are expected to go early, and there could...

  • NFL draft preview: Tight ends

    NFL draft preview: Tight ends

    Sixth in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Receivers. Many teams would love to find a big tight end who can run, catch and block like Rob Gronkowski, but they won't find one in this draft. The talent is limited, though the draft does offer some smaller, one-dimensional tight ends...

  • NFL draft preview: Guards

    NFL draft preview: Guards

    Fifth in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Tight ends. Waistlines aside, this is a thin class of guard. It is possible no guard will be selected in the first round, and only two in the first 64 picks. On the third day of the draft (rounds four through seven), guards will start...

  • NFL draft preview: Offensive tackles

    NFL draft preview: Offensive tackles

    Fourth in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Guards. As many as five offensive tackles could be chosen in the first round, which might say more about the NFL's desperation for blockers than it says about the quality of talent in the draft because the depth drops off considerably...

  • NFL draft preview: Centers

    NFL draft preview: Centers

    Third in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Offensive tackles. This is a weak group of centers, and it would be really weak if not for the Big Ten, which might have the top three taken. It is possible as few as seven will be drafted, though need likely will force some teams to...

  • NFL draft preview: Running backs

    NFL draft preview: Running backs

    Second in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Tight ends. There is not an abundance of elite running back talent in the draft, but there is some decent depth. That plays into the trend of teams finding backs later in the draft. Look for running backs to be popular picks after the...

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