Tuesday Senior Bowl D-Line Rankings

From the run stuffers to the pass rushers, we tell you which linemen have made plays in Mobile. Topping the list is Michigan's Brandon Graham, who has been too quick for the offensive linemen to handle.

Brandon Graham, Michigan

The NFL is a pass-first league -- in case you didn't realize who reached the Super Bowl. So, you can never have enough good pass rushers, and the 6-foot-1, 260-pound Graham is beyond compare in that regard among the players here in Mobile. He's got speed, he's got moves, he's got power. His 10.5 sacks and 26 tackles for losses as a senior are a hint of what's possible for Graham.

Dan Willams, Tennessee

The 6-2, 329-pound Williams is the best of the interior linemen. He showed his brute power on a bull rush that marched center Jeff Byers back deep into the backfield. With Williams and the big guy listed a few spots down on this list, it's no wonder why the South's running backs have had no running room this week.

Jared Odrick, Penn State

Odrick is the textbook illustration of what 3-4 teams look for in a defensive end. At 6-foot-5 and 301 pounds, he's got the size to hold up against the run and the athleticism to provide some pass rush -- just ask Vladimir Ducasse, who was blown away by Odrick's outside speed. One of his best moments of Tuesday came on the second-to-last play, when he sniffed out a draw and made the play in the backfield. He's inconsistent, though. Twice he was pancaked by guard Shawn Lauvao.

Tyson Alualu, California

The 6-foot-2, 291-pound Alualu wears No. 44, so it's easy to forget he's a defensive lineman. That's especially true when you see No. 44 chasing a runner to the sideline like he's a linebacker. He's got a motor, plenty of strength and a short-range burst that makes him tough to handle as a pass rusher. He wasn't fooled by a naked bootleg and almost forced an interception. His lack of height notwithstanding, he'd make a good 3-4 end.

Terrence Cody, Alabama

Sure, Cody's physique doesn't exactly match his "Mount Cody" nickname. Yeah, he's as big as a mountain but he's not exactly made out of granite, either. Cody, whose 6-foot-4, 370-pound frame elicited a few smirks from the scouts on Monday, offers nothing as a pass rusher, but there's something to be said about doing one thing really, really well. And when it comes to devouring blockers in the run game and letting the linebackers clean up on easy tackles, Cody can do that.

Mike Neal, Purdue

As long as the 6-foot-2, 293-pound Neal wasn't tangling with Mike Iupati, he was effective. Twice he bull rushed Notre Dame's Eric Olsen into the backfield. His weight hides the fact that he's as strong as an ox.

Alex Carrington, Arkansas State

When Iupati was moved to left tackle during one-on-one drills, he squared off twice against Carrington (6-5, 284). Twice, Carrington won. If you're looking for a small-school sleeper, Carrington could be it. Teams that need a 3-4 end will be particularly interested.

Geno Atkins, Georgia

After a disappointing senior season, Atkins has turned it on for the scouts. The 6-foot-1, 286-pounder has intriguing short-range quickness. During one-on-one pass-rushing drills, he earned three decisive wins by using flat-out quickness or a spin move. Both he and Carrington have performed much better than the touted LaMarr Houston of Texas.


Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com.


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