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Teams figure to show more than passing interest in interior defensive lineman in Thursday's NFL draft

Teams figure to show more than passing interest in interior defensive lineman in Thursday's NFL draft

The NFL is a passing league, so it's only fitting that quarterbacks will be front and center Thursday for the opening round of the draft in Chicago. California's Jared Goff is likely to go first to the Rams, followed by North Dakota State's Carson Wentz to the Philadelphia Eagles.

But it won't be long until the spotlight shifts to the other side of the football, with defense coming into sharp focus — specifically those players who can chase down said quarterbacks and disrupt plays before they can fully unfold.

As the Denver Broncos demonstrated in Super Bowl 50, a rock-solid defense can ultimately decide which team summits the NFL mountaintop.

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