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Collateral damage: Defensive players hurt by NFL draft

NFL rosters are a zero-sum game. For every lifelong dream that was fulfilled during the 2013 NFL Draft, there's one veteran who will lose playing time or even a roster spot.

We ran down the offensive players who suffered collateral damage on draft day. Now let's look at defense and special teams.

Rolando McClain, Baltimore Ravens linebacker

After McClain was arrested, we wrote that the Ravens could draft multiple players at the position. That's exactly what happened: Second-round pick Arthur Brown looks like the starter of the present and future. Defensive end John Simon, a fourth-rounder, is one of our favorite picks from Saturday, and he could be a starter in time.

D.J. Williams, Chicago Bears linebacker


The challenge of replacing Brian Urlacher simply won't be handed to Williams. Second-round pick Jon Bostic could challenge Williams for snaps, though Bostic was drafted in part because he can play all three linebacker positions. Williams remains the favorite.

Ed Reed, Houston Texans safety

Reed was year-to-year with the Texans even before the draft, but the presence of second-round safety D.J. Swearinger makes it more likely that Reed's stay with the Texans will last only one season.

Jason Worilds, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker


Worilds has waited three long seasons to get a chance to start since he had James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley in front of him. Even though first-round pick Jarvis Jones isn't guaranteed to start right away, Worilds might never get his opportunity.

Jabaal Sheard, Cleveland Browns linebacker

Barkevious Mingo, drafted No. 6 overall, is the future in Cleveland, and he likely will start at outside linebacker opposite Paul Kruger this season. That leaves Sheard coming off the bench.

Roman Harper, New Orleans Saints safety


Much of Harper's big 2013 salary is guaranteed. That should ensure his roster spot, but he'll be 31 years old by the end of the season. Harper might see reduced snaps on clear-passing downs. Malcolm Jenkins and first-rounder Kenny Vaccaro will be the starting tandem for years to come.

Alfonzo Dennard, New England Patriots cornerback

Dennard isn't from Rutgers, so he's not going to have anything to talk about in the Patriots' secondary meeting room.

Chris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings punter


Kluwe might be the greatest punter in Vikings history, but teams usually don't draft special teamers in the fifth round (like the Vikings did with UCLA's Jeff Locke) unless they intend on starting the rookie.

Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins kicker


See above. The Dolphins drafted kicker Caleb Sturgis in the fifth round with the intent on pushing Carpenter, a former Pro Bowl player, out the door.

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