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D-line class deepest in 2011 draft

Evaluating defensive linemen includes five key skill areas, and versatility is important

Originally Published: April 25, 2011
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.

Evaluating defensive linemen is never easy and breaking down prospects includes all areas of their game -- pass-rush skills, run-stopping ability, versatility, hand/foot quickness and toughness/motor. With our 2011 draft board finalized, here's how we rank the top defensive tackles and ends in each of those areas, as well as our rankings of all defensive linemen with draftable grades.


Which defensive ends and tackles are tops in each skill area? How many prospects have draftable grades? Which defensive linemen came off the board in the first two rounds in 2010, and how have the past three classes broken down? ESPN Insiders get all the answers. Insider