Wolfpack, Vols feature strong defensive lines

Looking for the best defensive line in the county? Start your search with NC State and Tennessee.

Updated: August 16, 2005, 5:12 PM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
Here's a quick look at the nation's best defensive lines.

1. NC State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack's man-to-man defensive scheme is predicated on front-four pressure, and defensive ends Manny Lawson and Mario Williams provide more than enough of it. There is not a unit in the nation with a better perimeter duo than the one that resides in Raleigh. Lawson is the smaller of the two, but he is a freakish athlete. At 245 pounds, Lawson is one of the fastest players on the NC State squad. Williams doesn't possess quite as much speed but, the 6-foot-7, 285-pounder is a more well-rounded player. In 2004, Lawson and Williams combined for 29 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.

The unit lacks massive run-pluggers in the middle, but powerful, high-motor DTs DeMarcus "Tank" Tyler and John McCargo return as starters. The group will have great depth if sophomore DT DeMario Pressley plays to the lofty expectations that were set for him as a top recruit.

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