The draft is a thing of the past. In combination with some free agency moves and star players returning from injury, leads us to discuss the more ferocious NFL defenses entering the 2017 NFL season.

Just imagine what a return of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will mean for that team in 2017? ┬áIn other situations, some of last year’s red-hot defenses only look to gain momentum having not lost any significant players in free agency.

The NFL schedule comes into play as well when analyzing the following eight terrifying defenses opposing teams should fear this upcoming season.