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NFL.com: The top 3 defensive line prospects attend college in the Carolina's.

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    1. Quinton Coples, North Carolina, DE (6-6, 285): From a production standpoint, Coples' final season was a disappointment, but his combination of size, athleticism and rush skill stands out on tape. Although he might be a better pro as a five-technique, his ability to be effective as a run or pass defender cements his status as the top defensive end in college football.

    2. Melvin Ingram*, South Carolina, DE (6-2, 276): Ingram is the most athletic and versatile defender on this list. He is a former high school running back with exceptional quickness and rush skills. He can play multiple spots along the front, which makes him an ideal fit in a 3-4 scheme.

    3. Andre Branch, Clemson, DE (6-4, 260): Branch has shot to the top of the charts after emerging as one of the most dominant pass rushers in college football. His impressive combination of speed and quickness makes him nearly impossible to block in isolated matchups in space. Productive pass rushers are always valued at a premium, which justifies Branch's surge up draft boards across the league.

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