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Commentary: Top 25 all-time NFL defensive players to come out of BYU

Published: Friday, Jan. 31 2014 10:00 a.m. MST

Who are the top 25 all-time NFL defensive players to come out of BYU? Many are familiar names, some not so familiar.

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Since Bronco Mendenhall arrived at BYU, it has been transformed from a school that was known primarily for its offense into a place where defense has been a huge part of the Cougars' success as a program. Even though the defense has carried the torch for BYU as of late, it has produced NFL talent on that side of the ball for a long time. This is the list of the best of those defensive players based solely on what they have done in the NFL.

Note: Obviously a list like this is completely subjective, but I try to leave out all bias when I do these rankings.

The things I factored in while doing these rankings include All-Pro selections, Pro Bowls, years as a starter, years in the league and impact on a team. Also, stats weighed heavily in my decision-making.

Here's a look at the best all-time NFL defensive players to come out of BYU.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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