Top DL for scout combine in Oxford

Today we are going to look at the five defensive linemen who stood out the most.

Defensive Line

Cornelius Devine (DE, West Point, MS) - Cornelius came in undersized for a DE (6' 2", 195) but you can see why he was named his Region's MVP as a junior.

Devine is very explosive off of the ball, as evident by his 4.6 speed. But it is his first 3 steps that tells the tale. There was not another DE at the camp that exploded off of the line of scrimmage as quickly as Devine. He will have to work on his weight for the next level, but under the right weight program, he could make a fine defenisve end. If he does not gain the needed weight, he could move to outside linebacker or maybe even strong safety.

As a junior, Cornelius led West Point to the 4A State Championship. For the season, he put up some outstanding numbers (85 tackles, 28 for losses, and 16 sacks.). But this is what is going to surprise you, he put up those numbers at defensive tackle!

Georgia Tech and Ole Miss are the early leaders.

P. K. Keyes (DT, Gulfport, MS) - P.K. measured in at 6' 2", 302 and ran a 5.5 forty. While the 40 time might seem a little slow for a defenisve tackle, you can tell by his shuttle time (4.91) that his first 10 yards are very quick for a DT. Keyes also showed decent explosion with a 22" vertical and an 8 foot broad jump.

But where Keyes stands out the most is his production on the football field. Isn't that what the game of football is all about? In his first year as a defensive tackle, he has played DE his whole career until last year, P.K. recorded an eye popping 132 tackles and 14 sacks. Keyes was named 2nd Team All-State (Class 5A) for his play on the field.

Ole Miss, USM, and LSU lead Florida State, Florida, and Auburn for his services.

Quentin Saulsberry (DT, Independence, MS) - Quentin had the best raw numbers out of all of the defensive tackles that were in attendance. He measured in at 6' 2", 270 and ran a camp best 5.15 for prospects who weighed over 250 pounds.

If you are looking for quickness, look at Saulsberry's shuttle time (5.03). If you are looking for lateral movement, he ran a 8.0 three cone. If you are looking for explosion, check out this number for the standing broadjump (9 feet).

The only thing Quentin lacks is experience at the defenisve tackle position. Saulsberry has been used at offensive guard for the majority of his career, but that will chang this year when he starts both ways.

South Carolina, Mississippi State (offer), Ole Miss, Alabama, Southern Mississippi, and Memphis are all under consideration.

Preston Williams (DE, Memphis East, TN) - Preston is also a little undersized (6' 2", 195) for your protypcial defenisve end. But what he lacks in size, he makes up for in quickness (4.81 shuttle and 4.75 forty), lateral movement (7.75 three cone) and explosion (10 foot broadjump).

Williams played with great intensity throughout the combine and really showed sound techniques.

Preston has an early list of suiters of Tennessee, Memphis, Ole Miss, and Alabama

K.J. Wright (DE, Olive Branch, MS) - K. J. put up some big time numbers at the combine. He measured in at 6' 3" and ran a 4.69 forty with a 4.51 shuttle, 37" vertical and a 10 foot broad jump. This was easily the best numbers out of all of the defensive end participates at the combine.

Wright is very quick off of the ball, plays with great intensity, and has that knack to always put the right move to get around the offenisve linemen. Nobody could block him all day. He was simply too quick for anybody to handle.

As a junior, Wright helped Olive Branch to a North Half Championship showing and collected 50 tackles and 6 sacks in an injury riddled season.

Alabama, FSU, Ole Miss (offer), MSU (offer), Memphis, LSU, and Tennessee are all under consideration.

Side Note

Next we will feature the top offensive line who participated at the scout combine in Oxford.

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