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NFL Draft Capsules -- Defensive Linemen

By United Press International   |   April 24, 2003 at 6:09 PM   |   Comments

NFL Draft Player Capsules -- Defensive Linemen

Terrell Suggs, DE, 6-3, 262, Arizona State -- NFL coaches covet pass-rushing ends and Suggs shattered the NCAA record for sacks in a season with 24 and won the Lombardi Trophy last season as a junior. Also had 69 tackles, including 29 1/2 for loss, an interception and three passes broken up. May also be used at outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive alignment. Linebackers Peter Boulware, Jason Gildon and Joey Porter were among the many college ends who played outside linebacker in the NFL. Suggs is an explosive pass rusher with great speed off the edge. However, he has limited experience dropping into coverage and did not impress scouts with a 4.81 time in the 40-yard dash in his personal workout at Arizona State. Also needs to improve against the run. Not considered to be as complete an end as Julius Peppers, the second overall pick in the 2002 draft, but is similar to Dwight Freeney, who had 13 sacks as a rookie for Indianapolis last season.


Jimmy Kennedy, DT, 6-4, 322, Penn State -- Will probably be the first defensive tackle selected and a probable top-five pick. Scouts are concerned that Kennedy's weight tends to fluctuate, but billed as a legitimate two-gap lineman who can stop the run and take on double teams. Has good feet for a 300-pounder and reads and reacts quickly. Needs to improve his pass-rush skills and his ability to collapse the pocket. Had inconsistent stretches in college where he was great on one play and invisible on the next. A coaches' All-Big Ten selection last season, Kennedy had 87 tackles, 16 for losses, 5 1/2 sacks and three passes defensed. Kennedy showed up at Penn State weighing more than 400 pounds in 1998 and redshirted. Had 51 tackles, eight for losses, and 1 1/2 sacks as a junior. Had 14 career sacks in four college seasons.


Dewayne Robertson, DT, 6-1, 317, Kentucky -- Declared for the draft after his junior year. Has a strong lower body and gets off the ball quickly. Built as well as any defensive lineman in the draft, evidenced by his 15 percent body fat, but did not participate in a full workout at the combine. Was named second team All Southeastern Conference last season with 48 tackles and five sacks. Showed immediate promise with 40 tackles, including 13 for losses, and three sacks in 11 starts as a freshman, but was slowed by injuries in his sophomore year.


Jerome McDougle, DE, 6-2, 264, Miami -- The younger brother of former Oklahoma All-America tackle Stockar McDougle, a first-round pick of the Detroit Lions. Ran a 4.80 and 4.77 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. Lacks the great size of an every-down end, but has a quick first step off the edge. After missing the season opener with a torn pectoral muscle, McDougle started every game for the Hurricanes and had 53 tackles, 13 1/2 for losses, and seven sacks last year. Transferred to Miami from Hinds Junior College (Mississippi) and had 59 tackles, 15 for losses, seven sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown in 2001.


Kevin Williams, DT, 6-5, 304, Oklahoma State -- Four-year starter expected to be the third or fourth defensive tackle to be selected in the draft and is versatile enough to play end as well. Made a big impression at the Senior Bowl. Had 61 tackles, including 14 for losses, and seven sacks last season. Known as a mature hard worker, Williams is married with three children. Is not outstanding in any one area, but is solid in all facets.


Michael Haynes, DE, 6-3 1/2, 281, Penn State -- Expected to be the second Penn State defensive lineman to go in the top 20, following defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy. Had an outstanding senior year, recording 15 sacks along with 80 tackles, including 23 for losses. Also had seven forced fumbles and defended four passes. His stock rose even further at the Senior Bowl. A natural pass rusher with a nose for the ball, but needs to improve against the run.


William Joseph, DT, 6-5, 308, Miami -- Joseph and Miami defensive end Jerome McDougle are expected to be top-20 picks. However, Joseph is not nearly as physical as former Hurricane Warren Sapp. Started every game in his college career after redshirting as a freshman. Had 61 tackles, including 19 for losses, and 10 sacks in his junior year when he could have been rated as the best college lineman in the country. But has a reputation for taking downs off and slipped in his senior year, recording 48 tackles, 15 for losses, and five sacks in 12 games.


Chris Kelsay, DE, 6-4 1/2, 273, Nebraska -- Plays with the intensity of another former Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom of the St. Louis Rams. Kelsay is not the most explosive pass rusher, but uses solid technique and never stops hustling. Has a good assortment of pass rush moves, but lacks size and will get engulfed by bigger offensive tackles. Had shoulder surgery following the 2001 season and missed five games last year with a torn hamstring. Was impressive in the week of practice before the Senior Bowl and worked out well at the combine. A national scholar athlete with a 3.7 GPA in finance.


Johnathan Sullivan, DT, 6-3, 313, Georgia -- Applied for the draft after his junior year. A power tackle who collapses the pocket and is a force against the run. Had two 10-tackle games against Florida and Auburn last season and finished with 74 tackles, including 15 for losses, and four sacks. Split time at defensive tackle and end as a junior and had 46 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions.


Kenny Peterson, DT, 6-3, 298, Ohio State -- A versatile linemen who blossomed in Ohio State's national championship season. Had just two starts before his senior year, when he started 13 of 14 games and had 43 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles. Added nearly 20 pounds between the Fiesta Bowl win over Miami and March 1. Did not work out at the combine, but had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Pursues well laterally with the ability to quickly change direction.


Antwan Peek, DE, 6-2 1/2, 246, Cincinnati -- Started at rush end the past three years and was All-Conference USA the last two seasons. Undersized with speed off the edge, but lacks strength. Probably best suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Had 12 1/2 sacks as a junior and 90 tackles and six sacks with seven forced fumbles as a senior. Increased his weight by 20 pounds since the end of the season, but is not as strong as some teams would like. Has a knack for blocking kicks with a 37-inch vertical. Should be a dynamo on special teams.


Rien Long, DT, 6-6, 302, Washington State -- Won the Outland Trophy last season with 52 tackles, including 21 for losses, and 13 sacks, but will probably be a second-round pick. Known for getting off the snap quickly and penetrating the backfield. But Long is not a power guy and can get driven back because he does not possess great upper body strength.


Tyler Brayton, DE, 6-6, 277, Colorado -- Followed a strong senior year with impressive workouts at the combine. Played both tackle and end last season, won All-Big 12 honors and was the team's defensive Most Valuable Player. Had 62 tackles and seven sacks. An impressive 40-yard dash time of 4.75 at the combine boosted his stock. A hard worker, but may have too lean a build to play inside in the NFL.


Dewayne White, 6-2, 273, Louisville -- One of the nation's best defensive players in 2001, White saw his performance slip last year due to an ankle injury. Yet the fourth-year junior still decided to enter the draft and is expected to be a first-round pick. A freshman All-American in 2000 when he had 52 tackles and 12 sacks. The Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 with 86 tackles and 15 sacks. Had 57 tackles and 10 1/2 sacks last year despite playing with a high ankle sprain.


Ty Warren, DT, 6-5, 307, Texas A&M -- Can play end or tackle in a 3-4 defense or tackle in a 4-3. Play dropped off in his senior year after he suffered a midseason ankle injury, missing two games. Finished with 52 tackles and four sacks. Impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl, making him a possible first-round pick. Started games at nose tackle and end for the Aggies.


Cory Redding, DE, 6-4, 279, Texas -- An All-Big 12 Conference selection as a senior with 76 tackles, 24 for losses, and 8 1/2 sacks. Also forced four fumbles and recovered two. But in a draft rich with quality defensive linemen, Redding will probably be a second-round pick. Known for his quickness off the snap, but lacks elite speed. May be best suited for left end.


Shurron Pierson, DE, 6-2, 243, South Florida -- Applied for the draft after three years in college and two years of football. Probably best suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Squats 600 pounds and has a vertical jump of 39 1/2 inches. Had 32 tackles, eight sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick last season when he started all 11 games. Had 10 sacks in 2001.


Kindal Moorehead, DE, 6-2 1/2, 285, Alabama -- More was expected out of Moorehead at Alabama, but showed his ability as a power end last season with 54 tackles and nine sacks. Redshirted in 2000 after tearing his right Achilles tendon. He came back to start all but one game in 2001, recording 41 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and an interception.

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