OU spring review: Defensive line

It's time to get giddy for OU fans as the spring review shifts from offense to defense this week.

A lot of questions were asked before Oklahoma started spring practice. Some were answered, some are still to be decided, while new ones popped up.

SoonersIllustrated.com is going to take a position-by-position look of what we learned about the Sooners from spring practice during the next couple of weeks.

Defensive line

OK, you're allowed to get giddy about this group now in its second season under Jerry Montgomery. Top to bottom, this looks to be one legit group and maybe the deepest group ever during Bob Stoops' time in Norman.

Defensive end Charles Tapper was an absolute beast as a sophomore, but he's still learning the game. And he's open about the fact there is still so much more he has to learn regarding everything.

Defensive tackle seems to be locked down by Jordan Wade and Matthew Romar until Jordan Phillips returns. Provided Phillips is able to fully recover from back surgery, he should be in the mix as one of the best defensive tackles in the nation.

Elsewhere, senior Chuka Ndulue should be the man on the other edge with Geneo Grissom being moved to the linebacker spot. Ndulue had a coming out party of his own in a few of OU's games last season.

What sets this group apart, however, is the depth at the line. Each spot goes at least three-man deep. And while it is some drop off, obviously, it's nothing catastrophic should the Sooners be forced to go that direction.

Names like Matt Dimon, Charles Walker, Michael Onuoha and D.J. Ward are recognizable and might just need an opportunity to show just how good they can be as well.

Projected depth chart

DE

Ndulue

Onuoha

Walker

DT

Phillips

Wade

Romar

DE

Tapper

Dimon

Ward


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