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No. 15: Brian Urlacher

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The Hall of Fame seems within reach for No. 54. He may be slowing down just a bit after a knee injury late last season, but he remains the face of the Bears' defense, which is off to a strong start. The Bears drafted Urlacher with the No. 9 pick in 2000 and he went on to become a four-time first-team All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowler. His athletic ability and range from sideline to sideline has resulted in 21 interceptions. He was the 2005 defensive player of the year.