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Getting Defensive: The Top Defensive Prospects From The American

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Derrick Mathews is one of many defensive stars from The American. Photo by Stephen Pinchback, Houston Athletics Communications.
Derrick Mathews is one of many defensive stars from The American. Photo by Stephen Pinchback, Houston Athletics Communications.

The American Athletic Conference is in its first season of existence after forming from the former Big East and former members of Conference USA. Therefore, the draft pedigree on the conference is undecided. With one of the top offensive players in the draft, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, coming from The American, a lot of the defensive talent in the conference is overlooked.

Yet on each of the 10 teams in the conference, there is draftable talent, much of it having the ability to make an impact at the NFL level.