2009 NFL Draft : Defensive Linemen Up for Grabs

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Published: March 19, 2009


... Awards last year. Smart player who's aware of his reads and responsibilities. Not very big, so he can get pushed around and also wear down. A good pass rusher, but better at stopping the run. Able to play SLB in a 3-4 scheme. Will be drafted early in the first round.

Robert Ayers, DE, 6'3" 272, Tennessee—Late bloomer. Needs a lot of work on technique, but could just be getting started, after having maturity issues early in college. Showed leadership skills in his senior year, and does well at stopping the run. Some team will like his upside enough to gamble on him in the Draft's first day.

Zach Potter, DE, 6'7" 279, Nebraska—Potter will excel best in a 3-4 scheme. He's a decent pass rusher with a few moves. His strength is in batting down passes. He's inconsistent getting off blockers, and not fast. He will need to get stronger and add more weight. A second day prospect.

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