Charting the defensive line

Defensive Line THE ELITE 1. Dewayne Robertson (Kentucky - 6-1 324 4.84) Powerful, disruptive tackle can collapse pocket, swift enough to shoot gaps and chase down quarterbacks. 2. Terrell Suggs (Arizona St. - 6-3 257 4.82) Undersized pass rusher ran much slower than anticipated, but set an NCAA record last fall with 24 sacks. He's no Dwight Freeney, though.

3. Jimmy Kennedy (Penn St. - 6-4 323 5.2)

"Grizzly Bear" tackle once weighed over 400 pounds. Now much leaner and meaner, Kennedy could operate in a way reminiscent of Sam Adams and Tony Siragusa.

SECOND TIER

4. Kevin Williams (Oklahoma St. -- 6-4 304 4.84)

Rose to prominence at Senior Bowl, has the flexibility, athleticism to morph between 3-4 end and 4-3 tackle.

5. Johnathan Sullivan (Georgia -- 6-3 311 5.01)

Junior tackle may have most long-range potential of group and may have caught the eye of Patriots' Bill Belichick and Jets' Herman Edwards.

6. Jerome McDougle (Miami - 6-2 263 4.69)

End's play slipped last fall, but uncanny first step elevates his grade despite lack of ideal size, run-stuffing skills.

ON THE CUSP

7. Michael Haynes (Penn State - 6-3 279 4.75)

Had 15 sacks last fall and is known for his moves, technique and anticipation. Could use more power and closing speed.

8. William Joseph (Miami - 6-5 305 5.03)

Talented interior lineman has a reputation for taking downs off. Can perform at optimum level when properly motivated.

9. Chris Kelsay (Nebraska - 6-4 273 4.72)

Fundamentally sound 'Husker end has intensity, motor, intelligence and leadership. Needs more bulk and functional strength.

10. Kenny Peterson (Ohio State -- 6-3 298 4.88)

Known for relentlessness, agility and could fit the bill as a 3-4 end. Production hasn't approached his prep All-American background.

BEST OF THE REST

Ty Warren (Texas A&M tackle); Calvin Pace (Wake Forest end); Tyler Brayton (Colorado end); Antwan Peek (Cincinnati end); Rien Long (Washington St. tackle); Dwayne White (Louisville end); Cory Redding (Texas end); Ian Scott (Florida tackle); Jarret Johnson (Alabama end); Kenny King (Alabama (end).

SLEEPERS

Tully Banta-Cain (Cal); Shurron Pierson (South Florida); Dan Klecko (Temple); Nick Eason (Clemson); Aubrayo Franklin (Tennessee); James Lee (Oregon St.); Anthony Adams (Penn St.).


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