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2024 All NFL Draft 1st Team Defense: Cooper DeJean Is DB1, Laiatu Latu Is The Top Edge

2024 All NFL Draft 1st Team Defense

We have completed the 2023 college football regular season and are on a collision course headed toward the 2024 NFL Draft. 


Below, we have our 2024 All-NFL Draft 1st team defense. We chose these players using our internal grading system and 2023 performance. 


A quick note: Some of the following players have remaining eligibility and have yet to declare for the 2024 NFL Draft. We included these players anyway because if they do declare, they would be ranked at the top of their NFL Draft positional rankings.


Cooper DeJean, Iowa, CB

  • Play Style/Scheme: Ideal for zone and off-man schemes. Versatile in various alignments, explosive athleticism, and rapid closing speed.

2024 All NFL Draft 1st Team Defense

Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama, CB

  • Play Style/Scheme: Excellent in zone coverage, effective in bump and run, notable ball skills, and strong tackling ability. Fits well in complex zone coverage systems.


Mike Sainristil, Michigan, Nickel

  • Play Style/Scheme: Adept in nickel and press coverage, effective against slot receivers, showcasing athleticism and quickness.


Jared Verse, Florida State, ED

  • Play Style/Scheme: Multifaceted edge rusher, adaptable in 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, mirroring players like Josh Sweat and Nick Bosa. Ideal for teams prioritizing quarterback pressures.


Laiatu Latu, UCLA, ED

  • Play Style/Scheme: Known for explosive quickness and adept hand usage, making him a formidable pass rusher. Fits best in odd front schemes, thriving as an edge rusher with the ability to set the edge against the run. 


Jer'Zhan Newton, Illinois, IDL

  • Play Style/Scheme: Suited for modern, versatile schemes prioritizing quickness. Best as a 3-tech or in hybrid fronts, potential dynamic playmaker.


T'Vondre Sweat, Texas, IDL

  • Play Style/Scheme: Strong run-stopper, ideal for run defense schemes. Potential rotational player with development in pass-rushing techniques.


Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M, LB

  • Play Style/Scheme: Modern linebacker, fitting well in a weakside role. Length, diagnostic skills, and versatility in various schemes.


Danny Stutsman, Oklahoma, LB

  • Play Style/Scheme: Tough, instinctive, and effective in off-ball roles. Best fit in a 4-3 scheme as a weakside linebacker.


Kamren Kinchens, Miami, S

  • Play Style/Scheme: Versatile safety, excelling in both man and zone schemes. Effective in pass coverage and run defense.


Tyler Nubin, Minnesota, S

  • Play Style/Scheme: Physical, strong in run defense. Ideal as a zone slot/nickel safety or in two-high safety alignments.

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