The Opening: Breaking Down the DLs

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Some of the top defensive linemen in the country are in Oregon this weekend competing in The Opening. Find out who stood out on day two here.

The defensive line position is a very strong one here at The Opening in 2012 and they have one of the best in the NFL coaching them up. He is proud of his guys.

"I am proud of all of the guys because they came out here, listened to the coaching, and came to compete," said Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh. "They came out today, stepped up to the challenge, and I honestly feel like they wore the offensive line down. When they play at the high school level, college level, or on our (NFL) level, that is what they have to do."

Suh would not single any of the prospects he worked with on the defensive line, but Scout will name their top five on the interior and exterior of that position.

Defensive Tackle

1. A'Shawn Robinson - 6-4/305 - Fort Worth (Texas) Arlington Heights - Committed to Texas
Quick Hitter: Robinson was the top overall defensive lineman and lineman period on day two. He looks more like a college junior instead of a kid that just finished his junior year in high school. Look for him to add a star in the near future on Scout. He is very strong at the point of attack, he played with good pad level, and he wasn't slowed down on day two.

2. Demarcus Walker - 6-4/285 - Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood
Quick Hitter: Walker is one of those kids that keeps moving up the charts. He started just out of the Scout100, he is now no. 71, and look for him to move up a little more soon. He is a very athletic big man, he could play end in a 3-4 or tackle in a 4-3, and be successful at either spot. He really used his hands well today and showed great leg drive against double-team blocks.

3. Eddie Vanderdoes - 6-3/310 - Auburn (Calif.) Placer High
Quick Hitter: Over the two days these prospects have been competing, Vanderdoes has been one of the best. He has good feet for a big interior DL and he plays with very good strength. He is more than just someone who can plug space in the middle, he can get up the field and help collapse the pocket.

4. Caleb Brantley - 6-3/310 - Crescent City (Fla.) Crescent City - Committed to Florida
Quick Hitter: Brantley continues to show a very good first step. He has a body that makes people think he is more of a space-eater, but he is a defensive tackle that really likes to get up the field. He can hit the gaps and he did that on day two. When he uses his quickness to get a step on the OL, it is over.

5. Elijah Qualls - 6-2/279 - Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande - Committed to Washington
Quick Hitter: Qualls is an interesting prospects because he plays running back and linebacker in high school, but he is destined to play with his hand down on the next level. He has never played this position before, so he is extremely raw, but he is a guy who can really attack the gaps. He plays really low coming off the ball, he is quicker than most interior defensive linemen, and he is very athletic. He still has a lot to learn, but he could be one Huskie fans see pressuring the quarterback down the road.

Defensive End

1. Tashawn Bower - 6-5/235 - Somerville (N.J.) Immaculate - Committed to Auburn
Quick Hitter: Bower was the top guy on the edge on Saturday, but not by much (more on that with the prospect just below him.). Bower showed a great burst off the ball and he really knows how to set up offensive linemen. He has very god length, he will continue to add weight, and he has a bright future in the SEC.

2. Da'Shawn Hand - 6-4/245 - Woodbridge (Va.) Woodbridge (*2014)
Quick Hitter: Hand was only in for a handful of reps, but when he was in, he made is easy to see why Scout already considers him one of the top 2014 prospects in the country. He has the look, he has the confidence, and he has the ability to do what he wants on the next level. He looks like a defensive end more at this time, but could grow into a defensive tackle down the road being so young. Look for Hand to be ranked high on Scout when 2014 rankings come out.

3. Elijah Daniel - 6-3/252 - Avon (Ind.) Avon - Committed to Clemson
Quick Hitter: Daniel did not win all of his reps, but he definitely won more than he lost on day two. He really dips the should well to get under, then around the offensive tackles he competed against today. He is a little thicker than expected and he showed good strength when locked up with an offensive lineman. He is a good athlete that can get off the ball well.

4. Taco Charlton - 6-6/235 - Pickerington (Ohio) Pickerington Central) - Committed to Michigan
Quick Hitter: Charlton is without question one of the best athletes in this group. He looks the part, he was very fluid during the drills, and although he couldn't compete in pads (State of Ohio rule), he showed enough to make Scout think he could end up being one of Michigan's top recruits in 2013. He is still raw and he needs to get stronger, but he is athletic, he is very quick, he has good length, and a lot of potential.

5. Jordan Sherit - 6-3/243 - Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough
Quick Hitter: Sherit is a very versatile prospect and he is being recruited to play end, linebacker, and tight end by different schools. He just played linebacker in the IMG 7v7 last week and played it well, but he did well with his hand on the ground Saturday too. He may be best suited to play more of that hybrid where he plays with his hand down in passing situations, but he is athletic, he has the frame to add more good weight, and he is open to playing anywhere.

Quick Note: Auburn commitment Carl Lawson did not compete today because he was dismissed from the event by ESPN.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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