New England Patriots: Ranking the top defensive starters for 2018

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9. Duron Harmon, Defensive Back

Harmon has been an intricate cog in the defensive backfield and has shown growth over his career with New England. Last season, Harmon performed at a high level, defending efficiently and proving his mettle in clutch situations.

In one of the most peculiar games of the season, Harmon made the winning interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he picked off Ben Roethlisberger‘s pass in the end zone.

Harmon also made big plays during the Super Bowl, including an interception near the end zone. His nose for the ball and solid fundamentals make him one of the most dangerous backs in the Patriots defense.

The versatile defender had 16 total tackles coupled with four interceptions for the season. His responsibility, plus playing time, will likely increase this upcoming season due to the departure of cornerback, Malcolm Butler.