Charting the defensive line

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens' first selection in the NFL draft comes in the second round, 51st overall. Here's a look at defensive linemen the Ravens could consider at that spot:

Player Position School Measurables Speed

Randy Starks DT Maryland 6-3, 315 5.15

Comment: Local strongman hoping to follow in Kris Jenkins' footsteps. Could play end in Ravens' 3-4 set.

Marcus Tubbs DT Texas 6-4, 323 5.05

Comment: Massive Longhorn could also play outside, but has yet to reach full potential, or conditioning level.

Igor Olshansky DT Oregon 6-5, 315 4.95

Comment: Brutish Ukrainian import hefted 225 pounds 43 times in campus workout.

Isaac Sopoaga DT Hawaii 6-2, 319 4.95

Comment: In his native Samoa, Sopoaga choped down trees and carried logs and rocks to build strength. Now, he benchs 225 pounds for 42 repetitions.

Terry Johnson DT Washington 6-2, 300 4.71

Comment: Nicknamed "Tank," Johnson hasn't demonstrated the heart or hunger to be an anchor in the middle.

Antwan Odom DE Alabama 6-5, 275 4.68

Comment: Underrated player has a great wingspan, ability to close down the pocket and produced 21 sacks. He has a history of shoulder problems.

Darrion Scott DE Ohio State 6-3, 285 4.79

Comment: Converted linebacker is a pumped-up player who has overachieved.

Marquise Hill DE LSU 6-6, 305 4.9

Comment: Imposing specimen has major upside, but needs to improve recognition skills.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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