Hot Button: Who Is The Best 2014 DL?

The Pony Stampede staff debates which 2014 commit is the best defensive lineman in the class

Omar arguing for Michael Epley: Michael Epley fills a major need for SMU at defensive end and is currently the programs only commit at that position. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder out of Leander was rated as two-star and runs a 4.85 40-yard dash. He uses his combination of speed, athleticism and quickness to get a fast jump off the ball and blow by offensive linemen. He understands how to get good positioning on the line and dominates at the point of attack. Epley also has a good motor and can overpower smaller linemen with his strength.

Epley has shown he can also be effective against the run and could play snaps standing up in the 3-4. He always plays hard and can close on opposing running backs or quarterbacks with his speed. Epley does a good job of controlling his area on the inside and has shown an ability to control the outside edge as well He doesn't always use great technique on the line,but reminds SMU coaches of current Mustang Zach Wood because of his size and motor. Epley isn't necessarily overpowering, but he does a great job using his hands to control blockers. I think he could rack up a lot of sacks at SMU when he gets comfortable under defensive coordinator Tom Mason.

Scott arguing for Michael Epley: Epley's physical make up and style of play remind me of a young Beau Barnes. He plays with good leverage, locates the ball in the backfield quickly, and he always sticks to his assignment. Epley, who stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs just under 250-pounds, has the potential to be a big contributor once he gets into a college weight room and gets some collegiate coaching.

Epley's athleticism could use some work but in the end, his smart play will put him in the right place at the right time to make a play.

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