Oct 13, 2011; San Francisco CA, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive end Nick Perry (8) after a play against the California Golden Bears during the first quarter at AT

NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Line

While there is no top-5 pick in this group of DTs, it is still a solid group with 7 players in the top 2 rounds. Recently Fletcher Cox seems to be shooting up draft boards and is now being considered in the top 10.

The Seahawks are not in need of a starting DT, so it’s the later round picks that I’ve paid the most attention to. Keep an eye on Brett Roy of Nevada in the 6th round area of the draft. He’s an undersized DT with quick first steps that could come in and play on passing downs and give Seattle’s big run stoppers a rest, and also increase the overall quality of the Seahawk pass rush.

This is an odd class of DEs. There are a few players with first round grades, but at the same time there is tremendous depth underneath that. This will lead to a few reaches early, and then likely a long gap before an DEs are picked, because there wont be an need to pick one when there’s a similar player that’ll be available later.

In spite of the all the media attention given to the Seahawk’s apparent need of a DE, don’t expect them to take one early in the Draft. Any DE picked by the Seahawks is going to be a part-time player who only comes in on 3rd downs to replace Red Bryant. That’s not something you use an early round pick on.

The exception to that would be a player like Melvin Ingram who can also play OLB. The same could be said for Nick Perry if the Seahawks choose to move down in round 1, even though he isn’t getting as much press and Ingram.

I don’t expect the Seahawks to take a DT this year. They have good talent and depth at the position already.

#

Player

Pos

Pos #

School

7

Melvin Ingram

DE

1

South Carolina

11

Quinton Coples

DE

2

North Carolina

13

Courtney Upshaw

DE

3

Alabama

20

Nick Perry

DE

4

Southern Cal

23

Whitney Mercilus

DE

5

Illinios

28

Andre Branch

DE

6

Clemson

47

Jared Crick

DE

7

Nebraska

49

Vinny Curry

DE

8

Marshal

62

Chandler Jones

DE

9

Syracuse

70

Billy Winn

DE

10

Boise St.

82

Tyrone Crawford

DE

11

Boise State

97

Cam Johnson

DE

12

Virginia

114

Jake Bequette

DE

13

Arkansas

123

Trevor Guyton

DE

14

California

160

Jake Bequette

DE

15

Arkansas

170

Jack Crawford

DE

16

Penn State

175

Olivier Vernon

DE

17

Miami

197

Jacquies Smith

DE

18

Missouri

205

 Donte Paige-Moss

DE

19

 North Carolina

229

 Julian Miller

DE

20

 West Virginia

242

 Derrick Shelby

DE

21

 Utah

255

 Justin Francis

DE

22

 Rutgers

262

 Scott Solomon

DE

23

 Rice

271

 Taylor Thompson

DE

24

 Southern Methodist

281

 Ernest Owusu

DE

25

 California

295

 Frank Alexander

DE

26

 Oklahoma

 

#

Player

Pos

Pos #

School

8

Michael Brockers

DT

1

LSU

15

Fletcher Cox

DT

2

Mississippi State

16

Dentari Poe

DT

3

Memphis

19

Devon Still

DT

4

Penn State

27

Jerel Worthy

DT

5

Michigan State

38

Kendall Reyes

DT

6

UConn

46

Brandon Thompson

DT

7

Clemson

69

Josh Chapman

DT

8

Alabama

83

Mike Martin

DT

9

Michigan

94

Alameda Ta’amu

DT

10

Washington

102

Kheeston Randall

DT

11

Texas

119

Marcus Forston

DT

12

Miami

132

Derek Wolfe

DT

13

Cincinnati

140

DaJohn Harris

DT

14

Southern Cal

142

Jaye Howard

DT

15

Florida

179

Brett Roy

DT

16

Nevada

200

Hebron Fangupo

DT

17

Brigham Young

218

 Akiem Hicks

DT

18

 Regina

237

 Mike Daniels

DT

19

 Iowa

245

 Vaughn Meatoga

DT

20

 Hawaii

268

 Nicolas Jean-Baptiste

DT

21

 Baylor

292

 Travian Robertson

DT

22

 South Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

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