NFL Draft | Defensive Linemen

NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Linemen

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Blue Chips

DE Brian Orakpo, Texas

6-3, 263

Widely regarded as the draft's top pass-rushing prospect.

DT B.J. Raji, Boston College

6-2, 337

A possible top 10 pick who is an effective pass rusher, with eight sacks last season, as well as a run-stuffer.

DE Aaron Maybin

6-4, 249

The question about the Ellicott City product is whether he's big enough to play defensive end for a 4-3 team.

DE Tyson Jackson, LSU

6-4, 295

Could be a defensive tackle for a 4-3 team or an end for a 3-4 defense.

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