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2013 NFL Scouting Combine Preview: Banner Year for Defensive Linemen

54 defensive linemen were invited to this year's Combine, and there are some seriously impressive prospects among them.

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Wesley Hitt

This year appears to be a good one for finding impact defensive lineman in the NFL Draft, and most of the top prospects are headed to the NFL Scouting Combine starting next week. A full list of all the participants is below, with underclassmen in italics. Before we get to the full list though, let's take a look at some of the big names as well as some of the interesting ones.

Top Prospects

Bjoern Werner (FSU), Damontre Moore (Texas A&M), and Barkevious Mingo (LSU) are some names likely to go in the top 15 picks. They're all looked at as the tweeners - 4-3 ends or 3-4 outside linebackers. The bigger ends who would likely stay on the line in a 3-4 will probably last a little longer, with players like Ezekiel Ansah (BYU) or Datone Jones (UCLA) potentially going in the bottom half of round 1. Star Lotulelei (Utah) and Sheldon Richardson (Missouri) will probably be high picks as well as tackles, though Richardson may move to end if he's drafted by a 3-4 team. The tackle class is deep too, with John Jenkins (Georgia) and Johnathan Hankins (Ohio State) potentially around at 26 for the Packers.

Intriguing Mid-Round Possibilities

I've been impressed by Brandon Williams' (Missouri Southern) work at the Senior Bowl, especially since he didn't play against top competition at the FCS level. Margus Hunt (SMU) is a physical freak of nature, and I'd love to see him in Green and Gold next season.

Best Names

Mingo is definitely the early leader for most ridiculous/hilarious name, with Ansah in the discussion as well. Don't sleep on Stansly Maponga (TCU) or Quanterus Smith (Western Kentucky), either - I can't wait to hear Jon Gruden stumble through pronouncing their names.

Name School
Ansah, Ziggy BYU
Barnes, T.J. Georgia Tech
Bass, David Missouri Western State
Boyd, Josh Mississippi State
Bryant, Armonty East Central
Buchanan, Mike Illinois
Carradine, Tank Florida State
Dawkins, Everett Florida State
Dial, Quinton Alabama
Edwards, Lavar LSU
Floyd, Sharrif Florida
Geathers, Kwame Georgia
Gholston, William Michigan State
Goodman, Malliciah Clemson
Grissom, Cory South Florida
Hankins, Johnathan Ohio State
Hill, Jordan Penn State
Hughes, Montori Tennessee-Martin
Hunt, Margus SMU
Jenkins, Brandon Florida State
Jenkins, John Georgia
Jones, Abry Georgia
Jones, Chris Bowling Green
Jones, Datone UCLA
Jordan, Dion Oregon
Kruger, Joe Utah
Lemonier, Corey Auburn
Lewis-Moore, Kapron Notre Dame
Logan, Bennie LSU
Lotulelei, Star Utah
Maponga, Stansly TCU
McGee, Stacy Oklahoma
Mingo, Barkevious LSU
Montgomery, Sam LSU
Moore, Damontre Texas A&M
Okafor, Alex Texas
Powell, Ty Harding
Richardson, Sheldon Missouri
Short, Kawann Purdue
Simon, John Ohio State
Smith, Jared New Hampshire
Smith, Quanterus Western Kentucky
Spence, Akeem Illinois
Square, Damion Alabama
Stewart, Walt Cincinnati
Taylor, Devin South Carolina
Werner, Bjoern Florida State
Williams, Brandon Missouri Southern State
Williams, Jesse Alabama
Williams, Nate Ohio State
Williams, Nick Samford
Williams, Sylvester North Carolina
Williams, Tourek Florida International
Williams, Trevardo UConn

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