Three-year starter who began his career at right tackle
before moving to the left side as a junior.Awarded All-Conference and All-American honors the past two years.
Massive blocker who has possibilities at both tackle
positions.Terrific pass protector who
displays better-than-average footwork and outstanding fundamentals.Quickly gets his hands up and makes good use
of blocking angles and body positioning.Slides out protecting the edge, fights throughout the action, and always
looking to hit someone.Turns defenders
off the line and shows the ability to adjust.Controls defenders once engaged at the point and plays with a nasty
streak.Looks to annihilate opponents.
Not a dominant drive-blocker who gets a
lot of movement off the line.Marginally
effective on the second level.
Long is an outstanding college lineman with good potential
for the next level.He
plays with power and a large degree of intelligence.A natural right tackle at the
next level, do not dismiss his ability to protect the blindside.
Full Name:Ryan CladySchool:Boise StatePos:T
Three-year starter used at both left and
right tackle.Awarded varying degrees of
All-Conference and All-American honors since his freshman
Athletic blocker with terrific size and athleticism.Displays good movement skills on the field,
slides laterally to protect the edge, and effective blocking in motion.Jolts defenders at the point, clears the
running lanes, and flashes a nasty attitude.Redirects to linebackers on the second level, can hit a moving target,
and shows outstanding blocking range.Strong, gets movement from run-blocks, and engulfs defenders.Blocks with terrific fundamentals and shows
awareness picking up the blitz.Makes
good use of angles and body positioning.
At times inconsistent and gets lazy.Considered indecisive and not a take-charge
Clady is an exceptional football player with abundant upside
potential.He will be
a productive starting tackle in the NFL if his priorities
are in order and he commit himself to the game.
Full Name:Chris WilliamsSchool:VanderbiltPos:T
Three-year starter who played left guard
as a sophomore before moving to tackle
the following season.All-Conference selection the past two years.
Smart, athletic lineman with terrific size.Blocks with good lean, flashes power and
turns defenders off the ball.Technically sound with his hands, jolts opponents with good punch and
strong at the point.Keeps his feet
moving throughout the action, seals the edge with good body positioning and
patient in pass protection.Makes
terrific use of angles and displays above-average lateral blocking range with
the ability to protect the blindside.
More of a finesse blocker and does not
play with a nasty attitude.Does not
present himself as a dominant drive blocking lineman.
Williams has shown terrific progress the past two years and
comes off an
outstanding post-season performing well at both the Senior
Bowl and combine.He
upside and has the ability to quickly develop into a starter at the
is first round material and the arrow is pointing north for him.
Full Name:Brandon AlbertSchool:VirginiaPos:G
Three-year starter awarded varying
degrees of All-Conference honors since his
Large, dominant blocker who easily handles opponents at the
point of attack.Terrific position
blocker who seals defenders from the action or engulfs them altogether.Drives defenders off the line, plays with a
good degree of explosion, and flashes a nasty attitude.Jolts defenders with violent hand-punch and
takes out several defenders in a single play.Possesses better-than-average movement skills, flashes ability blocking
in motion, and annihilates linebackers on the second level.
Struggles to adjust and does not always block with
balance.Occasionally late with his
hands.Gets tall in his stance.Does not consistently play with a nasty
Albert is a solid athlete and an imposing blocker who plays
to his size.Albert will
have a long and productive NFL career if he continues to
improve and smoothes
out the rough edges of his game.
Full Name:Jeremy ZuttahSchool:RutgersPos:G
Three-year starter used at both tackle
positions as well as left guard.
All-Conference selection the past two seasons.
Competitive blocker who gets the most from his
abilities.Effective with his hands,
jolts opponents at the point, and anchors in pass protection.Quick out to the second level and effectively
seals defenders from the action with good body positioning.Redirects well to linebackers and can hit a
moving target.Stays with assignments,
quick-thinking, and picks up blitzes.Solid overall blocking strength.
Bends at the waist and overextends into
blocks.Not a dominant drive-blocker.
Zuttah is a competitive lineman known for his work ethic and
solid size and plays with great intangibles.One of the more underrated blockers
in this draft, he could find a home as a guard or a center
at the next level.
Full Name:Roy SchueningSchool:Oregon StatePos:G
Four-year starter awarded All-Conference
honors the past two seasons.Started
51 games during his college career.
Tough, durable small-area blocker who makes the most of his
gets into blocks, explosive at the point, and plays with a
defenders with good-punch, anchors at the point, and plays
hard until the whistle
position blocker who stays square and seals defenders from the
keeps his head on a swivel, and works well with teammates.
Played right tackle during his senior
season, but did not show enough footwork or
lateral blocking range to protect the edge.Sets with a narrow base and not a
dominant drive-blocker who turns defenders off the ball.
Schuening has been an outstanding player on the college level
and he projects
well to the NFL.He's
a hard-working lineman who does the little things well and
understands his position.He may never develop into a Pro Bowl player, yet he
could have a long and prosperous professional career as a
Full Name:Oniel CousinsSchool:UTEPPos:G
Former defensive lineman who started at
tackle the past two seasons.
All-Conference selection as a senior.
Developing college blocker who’s at his best on the inside at
excellent pad level, bends his knees, and strong at the
point.Patient in pass
protection, fights with his hands throughout action, and
controls opponents once
engaged in a block.Plays with a nasty attitude and works to finish blocks.Quick
out to the second level, jolts defenders at the point, and
easily knocks them from
their angle of attack.Keeps his head on a swivel and works well with teammates.
Not a dominant run-blocker who drives
defenders off the ball.Gets tall as the
proceeds.Lacks lateral blocking range and agility.
Cousins made major strides in his game the past two seasons
and he offers good
size, growth potential, and upside for the next level.He is not a finished product,
yet he could be a surprise starter two years down the road.
Full Name:Drew RadovichSchool:USCPos:G
Two-year starter used at right tackle as
a senior after manning the left guard spot
as a junior.
Hard-working small-area blocker who displayed a lot of
improvement last season.
Strong, plays with a
nasty attitude, and rarely gives up an inch of ground.Keeps
his hands active throughout action, stay square, and blocks
with good lean.
Patient, quick in his head, and immediately recognizes
Marginally athletic, struggles blocking
in motion, and not a natural knee-bender.
Lacks footwork and ability in space.
Radovich displayed progress and consistency as a senior and
improved his draft
grade the past eight months.He may ultimately be kicked back inside to guard,
but he has the potential to start at the next level.
Full Name:John GrecoSchool:ToledoPos:G
Four-year starter who played the past
three seasons at left tackle.
All-Conference lineman since his sophomore campaign.
Strong small-area college tackle who projects to guard.Powerful run-blocker who
moves opponents off the ball.Terrific pass protector who easily anchors at
point and seals defenders from the play with good body
good lean, keeps his feet moving, and shows good
awareness.Quickly gets his
hands into opponents, correctly places them, and shows good
Not light on his feet or effective on the
move.Displays average footwork in
Greco is a large and powerful lineman who plays with a nasty
improve the details of his position, yet he has the make-up
and nature to develop
into a starter at the next level.
Full Name:Brandon KeithSchool:Northern IowaPos:G
Junior-college transfer awarded
All-Conference honors last season.Began
college career at Oklahoma.
Strong, explosive offensive tackle in college who projects
to guard.Fires off the snap, strong at
the point, and gets movement from run-blocks, driving defenders off the
line.Keeps his feet moving throughout
the action, displays the ability to slide laterally, and plays with good pad
level.Jolts defenders with good
hand-punch or completely engulfs them at the point of attack.Stays with the action and rarely gives up an
Does not consistently play with a sense
of urgency and slow recognizing the
top blocking balance, and overextends into opponents.
Keith is a well-traveled prospect who finally got his feet
underneath him last
more playing time and shows terrific upside potential for
the next level.Possesses the size and athleticism to surprise a lot of people.
Full Name:Jeff OtahSchool:PittsburghPos:T
Two-year starter awarded All-Conference
honors as a senior.Began his college
career at Valley Forge Military Academy.
Athletic blocker with terrific size and movement
skills.Blocks with good pad level,
slides laterally in pass protection, and displays above-average blocking
range.Quickly gets his hands into
defenders, jolts them at the point, and walls opponents from the action.Strong, gets movement from run-blocks, and
plays with a good degree of explosion.Fluid moving about the field, quickly gets out to the second level, and
redirects to linebackers.Can adjust in
space and hit a moving target.
Bends at the waist or overextends into
blocks, which hurts his ability to finish.
Struggled with an ankle injury late in his senior season
which hampered him
through pre-draft scouting events.
Otah is an outstanding prospect with a large amount of
upside potential.He displayed a good
deal of progress as a senior and the arrow is pointing north for him.He must refine the details of his game, yet
he is a first-round pick with starting potential at the next level.
Full Name:Gosder CherilusSchool:Boston CollegePos:T
Three-year starter awarded All-Conference
honors as a senior.Used at right
tackle his first three seasons in the program before moving
to the left side as a
senior.Started 51 games
at Boston College.
Powerful, king-sized tackle who projects to the strong
side.Keeps his feet and hands active
throughout the action, plays with a nasty attitude, and annihilates
opponents.Always looking for someone to
hit, dominant at the point, and easily removes defenders from the action or
engulfs them altogether.Makes good use
of angles, jolts defenders with good hand-punch, and keeps his head on a
swivel.Picks up stunts and
blitzes.Gets a lot of movement from
run-blocks and anchors at the point in pass protection.
Lacks footwork and lateral blocking range
and exploited by speedy edge-rushers.
Not light on his feet, lacks adjustment, and ineffective in
Cherilus has been a durable and dominant blocker on the college
level.He showed flashes of ability on
the blindside last season, yet for the most part he looked out of position and
he was handled on more than one occasion.His size, growth potential, and strength will help him find a starting
job at right tackle in the NFL.
Full Name:Anthony CollinsSchool:KansasPos:T
Two-year starter used at both left and
right tackle.First-team All-Conference
selection last year as a junior.
Well-sized pass-blocking left tackle with growth
potential.Strong at the point,
immediately gets his hands into defenders off the snap, and
controls them at the
knees, blocks with leverage, and makes good use of blocking
angles and body positioning.Displays adequate footwork sliding out to protect
the edge and easily knocks pass-rushers from their angle of
Lacks blocking balance, bends at the
waist, and struggles to adjust.Marginally
athletic, not light on his feet, and not effective in
Collins is a solid prospect who could be used at several spots on
the offensive line.He offers a good
degree of upside and could develop into a starter at the next level if he steps
up the intensity of his game and learns to improve the details of his position.
Full Name:Carl NicksSchool:NebraskaPos:T
Junior-college transfer who began his
career at New Mexico State.Full-time
starter last season who earned All-Conference honors.
Big, athletic tackle with a large degree of upside
potential.Strong at the point,
anchors in pass protection, and easily controls
defenders.Keeps his feet moving,
displays the ability
to slide laterally, and blocks with good pad level.Jolts
opponents with good hand-punch and works to finish
agility and can
adjust to knock pass-rushers from their angle of attack.
Lacks balance, haphazard in his
movements, and on the ground too much.
Nicks is a well-sized blocker with intriguing
athleticism.He offers a good amount
of upside and could start in the NFL if he improves the
details of his game.
Full Name:Sam BakerSchool:USCPos:T
Four-year starter awarded All-Conference
honors since his sophomore campaign.
Underrated pass-blocking tackle who gets the most out of his
abilities.Stay square, immediately gets
his hands into defenders, and jolts them at the point of attack.Keeps his feet moving, makes outstanding use
of angles, and seals the edge with good body positioning.Quick in all aspects of the game and flashes
a nasty streak.Strong enough to turn
defenders off the line and anchors in pass protection.
Does not consistently play with good
balance.Ineffective in motion or on the
top footwork and lateral blocking range.
Baker has been a productive college tackle and projects well
to the next level.He
lacks top upside
potential, yet he is polished and smart enough to find a starting
job at one of several offensive line spots.
Full Name:Duane BrownSchool:Virginia TechPos:T
Former tight end who moved to offensive
tackle as a sophomore then started the
next three seasons.All-Conference selection after his junior and senior
both the left and right side.
Athletic college tackle who’s at his best in confined
quarters.Blocks with a wide
base, shows good knee-bend, and effective with his
hands.Jolts opponents with a
stays square, and seals the edge with good body positioning.
Gets out to the
second level and annihilates linebackers.Patient in pass
protection, can adjust to opponents, and keeps his feet
moving.Does enough to
ride defenders from their angle of attack.
Lacks top lateral blocking range.At times lazy with his hands.
Brown is a well-built blocker who has displayed a variety of
skills the past three
potential in a zone blocking scheme, yet he could also thrive in a
power-running offense when he physically matures.
Full Name:Mike PollakSchool:Arizona StatePos:C
Full-time starter the past two seasons
after seeing extensive action with the first
team during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.All-Conference selection
after his junior and senior seasons.
Athletic center who’s swiftly moving up draft boards.Plays with terrific quickness, effective in
motion, and can hit a moving target.Redirects to linebackers well on the second level, plays with a nasty
attitude, and fundamentally sound.Terrific position blocker and anchors at the point.Seals holes open in the middle of the line and
works well with teammates.Intelligent
and always keeps his head on a swivel.
Must improve the consistency of his
shotgun snaps.Lacks the classic size
can be run over in the middle of the field.Average footwork in pass protection.
Pollak's game has been on the upswing the past year and he
is a good prospect
with a large degree of upside.He must improve his overall playing strength,
he is a solid fit in a zone blocking scheme that puts its
offensive linemen in
motion.Should be the
first center drafted.
Full Name:John SullivanSchool:Notre DamePos:C
Four-year starter who played 45 games
with the first team in college.
Durable, competitive blocker coming off a disappointing
season.Quickly sets up
off the snap, plays with good lean, and immediately gets
with his hands, makes good use of body positioning, and
seals defenders from the
leverage and keeps his head on a swivel.
Does not play with great balance or
strength.Gets little movement in the
of the line and overwhelmed by large defenders.
Sullivan has been a solid player for Notre Dame, yet he
failed to meet
expectations last season.He will be selected during the late rounds of the draft,
yet he has starting potential if he gets his game back on
Full Name:Steven JusticeSchool:Wake ForestPos:C
Three-year starter awarded All-Conference
honors after his junior and senior seasons.
Tough, intelligent center who’s a great leader on the
field.Blocks with good lean,
quick with his hands, and shows explosion in his all-around
game.Plays with a
nasty attitude, always looking for someone to hit, and does
a good job
quarterbacking the offensive line.Solid position blocker who seals opponents
from the action.Effective with shotgun snap.Shows the ability to slide laterally.
Effective on the second level and can hit a moving target.
Lacks the dominant base and does not
drive opponents off the ball.Struggles
handling larger opponents.
Justice is a competitive blocker with a terrific
understanding of his position.His
potential at the next level is in a zone blocking system.
Full Name:Kory LichtensteigerSchool:Bowling GreenPos:C
Four-year starter who began his career at
guard before moving to center as a
junior.All-Conference selection the past three years.
Tough interior blocker with an
outstanding head for the game.Feisty,
blocks with a nasty attitude, and works well with teammates.Smart, quarterbacks the offensive line, and
does the little things well.Quickly
gets his hands into defenders, jolts them with good punch, and easily rides
them from their angle of attack.Effective in pass protection, showing the ability to slide in a small
area then seal defenders from the action with good body positioning.Keeps his head on a swivel, picks up blitzes,
and makes great use of angles.
Average run-blocker who does not drive
opponents off the line.Slightly stiff
must improve his agility.Had surgery late in February to repair a torn labrum and
may not be 100% in time for camp.
Lichtensteiger is a savvy blocker who's been productive
since his early college
skills, smarts, and motivation to compete for a job at any of
the interior blocking positions.
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Full Name:Chris LongSchool:VirginiaPos:DE
Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past
two seasons and named an All-American last year.Senior-year totals included 79/19/14 when he
also intercepted one pass and broke up nine more.Registered 23 quarterback hurries as a
senior.Junior-year totals included
57/12/4 when he was also credited with 21 quarterback hurries.
Intense, athletic defensive end with a
complete game.Plays with terrific
level, quickly gets
off the snap, and immediately changes direction or alters his
attack.Fundamentally sound, plays
assignment football, and quickly
action.Intense and goes as hard as
possible to make positive
plays.Slices through the small gaps of the
offensive line, redirects to
ball-carriers, and rarely
off his feet.Shows an array of moves
when working to get
off blocks.Possesses a burst of closing speed and also shows ability in
Lacks classic size and engulfed at the
point by a single blocker.
Long is a smart, disciplined lineman with an outstanding
work ethic.He's been a
playmaker throughout his
college career even though opponents constantly
him.Long is a polished prospect and he
should be productive
at the next level right off the bat.
Full Name:Phillip MerlingSchool:ClemsonPos:DE
starter who totaled 78/17/7 as a junior after 46/10/3 the previous year.
Athletic defender who is a disruptive
force all over the field.Plays
with good pad
level, rarely off
his feet, and quickly changes direction.Fast off the edge, displays
array of moves getting off blocks, and makes plays in pursuit.Possesses
quickness, consistently doubled by opponents, and tough
to handle.Solid athlete who can drop off the line on zone blitzes and play in
space.Fluid moving in all
directions of the field.
Lacks bulk and strength at the point and struggles getting
off blocks once engaged.Can be a liability in run defense if facing large blockers.Underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia
after the combine and never ran for scouts prior to the draft.
Merling has been an
impact player at Clemson the past two seasons and he offers outstanding upside
potential at the next level.He can be
used as a pass-rushing end in a conventional system and he also offers
possibilities standing up over tackle in a 3-4 alignment.He needs time to add bulk and improve his
strength and his recovery time from the recent sport hernia surgery is sure to
scare some teams off.Yet Merling's ability to make plays in the backfield will get
him on the field as a rookie in the NFL.
Full Name:Derrick HarveySchool:FloridaPos:DE
Junior-year totals included 49/17/18.5
when he became a full-time starter.
Totaled 35/13/11 as a sophomore in five
Explosive college pass-rusher who makes a
lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage.Displays terrific first-step quickness and plays with good pad level and
balance.Rarely off his feet, keeps
driving up the field, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself.Easily moves about the field in every
direction and immediately alters his angle of attack to make plays down the
line of scrimmage.Shows
great body control and the ability to stay within pass-rush angles.Slides off blocks laterally and works hard to
Struggles going up against big linemen and can be a
liability defending the run.Weighed in
10 pounds heavier than expected at the combine and ran a poor 40 time.
Harvey is a
nice-sized athlete with the tools to be a difference-maker at the next
level.He must physically mature, improve his
playing strength, and keep
developing his speed, yet he offers a large degree
of upside potential.
Full Name:Quentin GrovesSchool:AuburnPos:DE
Full-time starter the past two seasons
after seeing extensive playing time during
his freshman and sophomore campaigns.Senior-year totals included 38/7/3
when he missed two games with a right foot
injury.Registered 37/12/9.5 the
previous season.All-Conference selection
after his junior and senior campaigns.
Explosive athlete who makes a lot of
plays up the field.Quickly
gets off the snap with a good first step, fast off the edge, and shows speed
moving in every direction.Rarely off
his feet, plays with great balance, and flashes on the scene.Immediately alters his angle of attack or
changes direction on a dime and loses no momentum.Breaks down well playing with good pad level,
effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and slides off blocks
laterally.Relentless in pursuit of the
ball-carrier and creates a lot of havoc.
Stiff pedaling in reverse and looked out of place when used
at outside linebacker when he returned from his injury.Slow getting off blocks and handled by a
Groves is a
disruptive defender who consistently makes plays in the opponent's
backfield.He possesses outstanding
size/speed numbers and if he ever learns to elevate his game and consistently
play at a high level he could be an All-Pro player in the NFL.
Four-year starter awarded All-Conference
honors since his sophomore campaign.
Senior-year totals included
60/17/10.5 after 43/11/4 the previous season.
Broke up three passes during his senior
and junior campaigns.Effective special
teams player who
blocked kicks in the past.
Athletic pass-rusher who’s at his best on the right side in
defensive scheme.Plays with good pad level, fluid moving about
the field, and
rarely off his
feet.Quick off the snap, fast off the
edge, and stays within
pass-rush angles.Makes plays down the line and shows speed in
well to the flanks and flashes ability in space.
Slow shedding blocks and does not show
many moves or good hand technique to
early in his college career.
Jackson comes off a
terrific senior season in which he was an unstoppable force at
who impacted games.He possesses the
physical attributes to be a starter
the NFL and the upside to produce right away if he continues to improve his
game and play consistent football.
Two-year starter who totaled 50/12.5/6 as
a junior when he also intercepted one
pass and broke up two more.All-Conference selection as a sophomore after
Large, dominant defensive end coming off
a poor season.Fluid
moving in all directions of the field, rarely off his feet, and plays with a
large degree of suddenness.Moves well for a big man, makes plays down the line, and
shows the ability to be used in space during zone blitzes.Gets off the snap with a quick first step,
has a burst of speed, and a disruptive force up the field.Holds the point and
effective defending the run.
Susceptible to being cut-blocked because
of his length.At times a
non-factor last season and too easily knocked from the action by a single
speed off the corner.
After a monster sophomore campaign, Campbell was a huge disappointment last
season.His play was uninspired and at
times ineffective.He has all the tools
to be a big-time player in the NFL at a variety of defensive line
positions.Campbell made a poor choice entering the
draft, as his stock has taken a beating.He can still be an impact player at the next level if he gets back on
track and improves from where he left off in 2006.
Full Name:Jason JonesSchool:Eastern
Former tight end who became a
three-year starter and earned All-Conference honors as a senior.Totals last year included 70/19.5/3.5.Posted 57/18.5/4 as a
Explosive defensive end who's watching his draft stock
soar.Plays with good pad
level, shows great
first-step quickness, and explosive in all his actions.Quickly
changes direction, fluid
moving laterally, and rarely off his feet.Slides off blocks
and makes plays in every area of the
field.Relentless, stays with the
displays a good head
for the ball.Deceptively strong and
holds his ground.
Must improve his hand technique and
disengage from blocks quicker.Gets
at the point too often.
Jones is an outstanding athlete with good size and growth
improvement in his game the past two seasons and he took a giant
step forward as a senior.Offering great upside, he could develop into
one of the
linemen from this draft.
Full Name:Chris EllisSchool:Virginia TechPos:DE
Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior
after totaling 53/9/8.5.Also
intercepted one pass and broke up five more.Junior-year numbers included 38/8.5/4.5.
Athletic defensive end with possibilities as a pass-rushing
linebacker at the next
level.Breaks down well, plays with good lean, and
quickly changes direction.
Fluid moving about the field, makes plays in every
direction, and displays speed
pursuing from the back
side.Possesses good first-step
quickness, fast off the
edge, and nicely redirects to the action.Displays a good degree of suddenness,
flashes on the scene,
and plays with a competitive attitude.
Lacks natural bulk, easily knocked off balance by the first
block, and handled at the point by a single opponent.Has a history of shoulder injuries, which
could raise red flags.
Ellis has been a disruptive force on the college level,
constantly making plays in
the opponent’s backfield.He must improve his playing strength, yet he
immediate potential in
the NFL as a pass-rushing specialist.
Full Name:Glenn DorseySchool:LSUPos:DT
Two-year starter awarded all-Conference
and all America
honors after his senior
and junior seasons.Totals last year included 69/12.5/7 with
42/8.5/3 as a
junior.Has struggled with a knee
injury and stress fracture the past two years.
Strong, explosive plugger
on the inside who plays with great intensity.Outstanding athlete that
displays great quickness in his all-around game and plays with terrific pad
level.Gets leverage on
opponents, fights with his hands to get off blocks and holds the point.Quickly changes direction, rarely off his
feet and wedges through the creases of the offensive line to make plays in the
backfield.Shows ability in pursuit, chases hard to get involved in the action yet also
disciplined and stays with assignments.
blocks at the initial point of contact.Possesses average pass-rushing
skills.Injuries have been a problem the past two
years and he is still under the
microscope for the knee
ailment which has bothered him the past six months.
Dorsey is a solid prospect who can be used in a variety of
starting potential yet does have size limitations which will hurt him.He is a
top eight pick in April's draft but could be red flagged
with injury concerns.
Full Name:Sedrick EllisSchool:USCPos:DT
Three-year starter named PAC 10 Defensive Player of the Year
last season after totaling 58/12.5/8.5 and breaking up seven passes.Junior-year numbers included 34/8/4.5 when he
was awarded the Morris Trophy as the top defensive lineman in the conference.
Explosive penetrating defensive tackle who makes a lot of
plays up the field.
Displays outstanding first-step quickness, gets leverage on
opponents, and plays
great balance.Fast off the edge, shows
speed pursuing the action laterally,
and chases hard to get involved in the
action.Slides off blocks and knifes
small gaps of the offensive line.Instinctive and plays with good awareness.
Keeps his feet moving up the field and pushes blockers off
the ball.Athletic and
has the ability to make plays in every
direction.Effectively works his hands
displays an array of
moves when disengaging from blocks.
Lacks height, handled by a single
blocker, and can be pushed from his angle of attack.
Ellis is a disruptive interior defensive lineman and a
better version of former Trojan Mike Patterson.His draft stock has been steadily improving the past eight months and he
comes off an exceptional performance at the Senior Bowl.Ellis is poised to be a top-eight selection
and should quickly break into a starting lineup at the next level.
Full Name:KentwanBalmerSchool:North CarolinaPos:DT
Full-time starter the past two seasons
who posted a career-high 59/9.5/3.5 as a
senior when he was
awarded All-Conference honors.Posted
previous year.Played defensive end as a
freshman and sophomore.
Well-sized defensive lineman with
potential at tackle or as a two-gap end.Plays with good pad level, effectively uses his hands, and quickly
changes direction to make plays down the line.Displays terrific explosion, keeps his feet driving up the field, and
bull-rushes opponents off the ball.Agile and makes a lot of athletic plays.
his overall body strength, as he's easily held up by a single blocker.Takes downs off
and considered an underachiever for most of his college career.
Balmer is a
physically talented prospect with a large degree of upside potential.
After a career year in 2007, he showed promise at the Senior
Bowl and is moving
up draft boards.His ability to produce at the next level will
be determined by the
consistency of his effort on the field.
Full Name:Dre MooreSchool:MarylandPos:DT
Two-year starter awarded All-Conference
honors as a senior after career-high
63/8.5/6.Junior-year totals included
Athletic defensive lineman who flashes
dominance.Plays with good pad
strong in the middle
of the field, and displays power on occasion.Possesses a
closing burst, can
quickly change direction, and pursues the action from the back
side.Covers a lot of area on the field and displays good movement
Explodes on the scene and can be a one-man wrecking crew.
Must develop more moves with his hands
and become quicker disengaging from
blocks.Easily held up at the point and neutralized
by lesser opponents.Wears
down as the game goes on.Has a soft body.
Moore possesses the
physical skills to be a top prospect, but he only
occasionally shows them on
the field.He could be a steal in the
second round if
he picks up the intensity of his game and
plays to his ability.
Full Name:Trevor LawsSchool:Notre DamePos:DT
Three-year starter who led Notre Dame in
tackles as a senior posting 112/8/8.
Set the single-season record for tackles by a defensive
lineman at the school.
Junior-year totals included 62/9.5/3.5.
High-effort, penetrating tackle with an
outstanding head for the game.
Competitive, goes non-stop, and hustles about the
field.Plays with good pad
level, slides off
blocks laterally, and makes plays everywhere on the field.
Lacks bulk and engulfed at the point by
Laws is a competitive defender with limited size
and growth potential.Productive on the
college level, he could find a home as a three-technique lineman in the NFL.
Full Name:Red BryantSchool:Texas A&MPos:DT
Four-year starter who totaled 46/6/1 as a
senior after 19/2.5/1 the previous
year.Played in just nine games as a junior before missing the rest of the
with a torn ACL, an injury he struggled with
early in his senior campaign.
Big, forceful interior defender who
at the point, gets off
the snap with an explosive first step, and
fires through the gaps up the field.
Changes direction well, fluid moving about the field, and
has a closing burst.
Wraps up when tackling and easily brings ball-carriers down
on initial contact.
Gets tall as the action proceeds and does
not consistently play with good pad
level. Rumbles about the field.Gets lazy with his hands.Does not play with fire
and takes downs off.
Bryant has the physical skills necessary to be a dominant
lineman and he offers
starting potential.He was an
unstoppable force at the
Senior Bowl, then he turned in a terrific performance at the
produce at the next level if he keeps a high
level of consistency.
Full Name:Pat SimsSchool:AuburnPos:DT
All-Conference selection last season
after moving into the starting lineup and
Nice-sized interior defender with a good
degree of upside potential.Gets off
snap with a quick first step, fires up the
field, and plays with a good degree of
explosion.Forceful at the point, gets a lot of momentum
going, and wraps up when
tackling.Shows power in his lower body and focused on
player who struggles changing direction.Slow shedding blocks once
engaged at the point
and must improve his hand technique.Lacks balance and
easily knocked from
his angle of attack.
Sims stepped up his game last season after limited
productivity and playing time
atAuburn.He possesses the size and strength to be used
on the inside and could
develop into a nose tackle.
Full Name:Ahtyba RubinSchool:Iowa StatePos:DT
Junior-college transfer who started the
past two seasons.Senior-year totals
included 42/4/1.5 after
34/4/1 the previous year.
Thick, powerful interior defensive
lineman who’s charging up draft boards.Plays
with excellent pad level, quickly gets off
the snap, and a load on the inside.
Commands double or triple teams, shows tremendous leg-drive,
opponents off the ball,
collapsing the pocket.Holds his ground
against blocks and
gives up an inch.Hustles and gives top
effort until the whistle blows.
Possesses a burst of speed to the action and very explosive.
Struggles getting off blocks once engaged
and shows minimal hand technique and
moves.More of a straight-line
player who lacks pass-rushing skills.
Rubin comes off a terrific senior campaign in which he took
his game to another
level.He offers the size, skill, and ability to be
used at nose tackle and will be a
productive NFL starter as
long as he continues to improve his game.
Full Name:Marcus HarrisonSchool:ArkansasPos:DT
Four-year starter awarded All-Conference
honors as a senior after totaling
50/7/1.5.Junior-year numbers included 42/3.5/1.5.Missed time during the
2006 season after having his knee scoped.Tore his left ACL in the spring of
in August of 2007 for possession of marijuana.
Nice-sized, athletic defensive lineman who makes plays when
focused on the task at hand.Plays low
to the ground with leverage, explodes off the snap, and keeps his feet moving
up the field.Fluid changing direction,
makes plays down the line and out to the flanks, and displays good movement
skills.Smart, remains disciplined with
assignments, and locates the ball.Used
at both the end and tackle positions.
Engulfed at the point by single blocker
and easily held up by opponents.Does
go full speed.Has struggled with
injuries the past two seasons, which
hurt his conditioning.
Harrison has shown
flashes of being a dominant game-changer on the defensive line the past three
seasons.Injuries and off-field
incidents have slowed his progress since his junior campaign.He must start to show some durability as well
as determination to have a shot at the next level and to meet the potential NFL
scouts feel he has.
Full Name:DeMario PressleySchool:North
Three-year starter who totaled 30/6/1.5
as a senior when he also intercepted two
passes and broke up
one more.Missed two
games last season with a knee injury.
Athletic defensive lineman who struggled
with injuries and inconsistency in college.Explodes off the snap with a terrific first
step, fluid changing direction, and makes plays down the line.Penetrates the gaps up the field, plays with
a good degree of suddenness, and has a closing burst.Flashes strength and the
ability to hold the point.
Plays with inconsistent pad level, gets
tall, and makes himself an easy target.
Must improve his hand technique and learn to disengage from
Plays with a streaky nature and disappears for stretches.
Pressley is a physically gifted prospect who has been a
slight underachiever on
the college level.He has the size and athleticism to be a
starter at the next level,
he must play with a consistent motor and start to meet expectations.
Tony Pauline is the NFL Draft analyst at SI.com. His year round work on the NFL draft can be found at www.TFYDRAFT.com.