Commentary

Breaking down the 2012 DL class

Plenty of tackles and ends in the early-round mix as the NFL combine begins

Originally Published: February 23, 2012
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
When evaluating defensive linemen, it's important to examine all aspects of their game, including ability to rush the passer and defend the run and their instincts, motor, toughness and quickness.

Here's how we rank the top defensive ends and defensive tackles in various position-specific areas heading into the 2012 NFL combine (non-seniors noted with an asterisk). There is also a look at all linemen with a draftable grade, recent timing and measurement averages for linemen at the NFL combine, as well as Round 1 and 2 picks in 2011 and recent market trends along the defensive line.