Senior Bowl: Wednesday D-Line Rankings

Michigan's ace pass rusher, Brandon Graham, remains atop the rankings, but who is No. 2? Is it still big Dan Williams or has someone taken his spot? Find out the changes after the last big day of Senior Bowl practices.

Brandon Graham, Michigan

Stop me if you've read this somewhere on Scout.com in the last few days: Graham blew past an offensive tackle during one-on-one drills. He was at it again on Wednesday, though not quite as often. Of this group, he's the one most likely to make a big splash as a rookie, either as a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker. The 6-foot-1, 260-pounder has got speed, moves and power. His 10.5 sacks and 26 tackles for losses as a senior are a hint of what's possible for Graham.

Jared Odrick, Penn State

At 6-foot-5 and 301 pounds, Odrick's biggest challenge will be staying low so he doesn't lose leverage battles. He did a much better job of that on Wednesday, earning praise from the Lions' coaches immediately from the start of practice. During one-on-ones, he faked an outside move before blowing past Shawn Lauvao. And in what has become a daily occurrence, any draw play run with Odrick on the field is doomed to failure.

Dan Willams, Tennessee

The 6-2, 329-pound Williams is the best of the interior linemen. He lost a couple battles to LSU's superb Ciron Black but showed amazing nimbleness for his size by using a spin move to storm past Alabama's Mike Johnson. Of course, as an interior lineman, there's more to rushing the passer, and the 329-pounder has been a rock in the middle.

Tyson Alualu, California

The 6-foot-2, 291-pound Alualu is impossible to miss. He's going 100 mph through every drill. He's a coach's dream in that regard, and a player who will make others work harder with his presence. He scored impressive wins against Utah's Zane Beedles and Boston College's Matt Tennant.

Alex Carrington, Arkansas State

If you're looking for a small-school sleeper, Carrington could be it. Teams that need a 3-4 end will be particularly interested. In the train wreck of the week, Carrington ran over Arizona State guard Shawn Lauvao. Perhaps no player here has improved his stock more than the 6-foot-5, 284 pounder.

Mike Neal, Purdue

The 6-foot-2, 293-pounder continues to be a nuisance for the North offense. A two-man game with Neal and Graham resulted in both getting into the backfield, and Neal used a bull rush to demolish Zane Beedles.

Terrence Cody, Alabama

At 370 pounds, Cody is a beast against the run. But he's just a big guy. He has no endurance, no moves, no lateral movement and no prayer of getting to the quarterback.

George Selvie, South Florida

The South has a bunch of good defensive linemen, with Selvie moving up to replace Georgia's Geno Atkins. Selvie, a monster as a sophomore but a bit of a disappointment since, won a pair of matchups decisively against Tennessee tackle Chris Scott in his best performance here.


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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