Coleman, Hampton attract attention

Jacksonville's Marcus Stroud and Atlanta's Rod Coleman are among the NFL's most disruptive interior defensive linemen.

Originally Published: October 7, 2005
By Steve Muench | Scouts Inc.
Defensive tackles don't receive the same kind of attention given to quarterbacks, running backs or linebackers, so unless you're a Dallas fan you may not remember Hall of Fame defensive tackle Randy White. White was so small when the Cowboys drafted him in 1975, they tried moving him to middle linebacker.

Obviously, they are glad he stayed put. White recorded 701 regular-season solo tackles and 111 regular-season sacks during a 14-year career that saw him go to the Pro Bowl nine times. He made up for his lack of bulk with explosive quickness and relentlessness and by playing with a mean streak. Finding a way to keep White out of the backfield had to be on the mind of every offensive coordinator who faced Dallas.

Here are five interior defensive linemen who force opposing offenses to account for them on every play, much as White did:

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.