JD2 Preview: Defensive Line

Saturday, Texas hosts JD2, and LonghornDigest.com will review each position group expected to be on campus for the event. Up now, the defensive ends.

Torrodney Prevot, Alief Taylor

Every year, a defensive end will emerge and see his stock shoot through the roof as more and more teams look at his frame and his film. This year, it's hard to be a faster-rising player that Prevot, who combines great athleticism and tenacity with a 6-foot-4 frame. At this point, Prevot stands out as the top pass-rushing defensive end in the in-state class, and thus is a fairly safe bet for an offer.

Daeshon Hall, Lancaster

If you're looking for great frames, it's hard to find a better one than the frame belonging to the 6-6 220-pound Hall. Hall is long and rangy, and his speed makes it tough for offensive linemen to engage him. His reach also helps him when he's tracking down the quarterback: on film he displays the ability to reach out, snag the ball carrier and sling him to the ground.

Mike Mitchell, Prestonwood Christian

Mitchell could also be considered a linebacker, though with his frame — at between 6-3 and 6-4 — and the room to add weight to his already 220-pound body, I think he could end up playing defensive end at the next level. At either place, he offers straight-lined speed and aggression.

Vincent Taylor, San Antonio Madison

Taylor was invited to Junior Day I, but wound up canceling the trip at the last minute. He's an interesting player in that he's somewhat of a 'tweener at 6-3 260. He's not explosive enough to really play a true defensive end role, while his lack of great height races concerns about whether he'll be able to add a lot of good weight. His best fit might be as a 3-4 defensive end, which of course Texas doesn't really play.

Christopher Robinson, Woodlawn (La.)

Robinson is an intriguing prospect in that he's a smaller defensive tackle at 6-2 260, but he gives offensive linemen a ton of trouble with his quickness and ability to penetrate. He's raised eyebrows in workout settings, like at combines, and Robinson could wind up piling up some pretty impressive offers. Will Texas be one of those? I don't know. But Robinson is from the same high school as 2012 Texas signee Torshiro Davis.

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