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NFC West: Rams set defensive tone with Long

In an effort to toughen up, every team in the division drafted a defensive lineman among the top 50 overall choices. Three teams did so in the first round.

Originally Published: April 27, 2008
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

It's no secret: The NFC West has been as soft as any division, particularly on defense. The Seattle Seahawks have been the only team with the talent or mettle to succeed in the playoffs since the 2004 season.

In an effort to toughen up, every team in the division drafted a defensive lineman among the top 50 overall choices. Three teams did so in the first round.

The Rams set the tone by taking Virginia's Chris Long second overall. The Seahawks drafted USC's Lawrence ...

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