Tale of the tape on top D-line prospects

Defensive linemen, considered to be a strength of this year’s draft class, were weighed and measured Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Here’s a look at how the four Tier 1 linemen in NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt‘s “Hot 100” prospects list came out:

  • Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers: 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, with 33 1/8-inch arm length. His light frame helps him bring good speed for the position.
  • Alabama DT Marcell Dareus: 6-foot-3 and 319 pounds, with 33 3/8-inch arm length. He’s projected as a fit for both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes.
  • Auburn DE Nick Fairley: 6-foot-3 and 291 pounds, with 34 3/4-inch arm length. He’s seen as a top prospect after a sensational junior season in which he registered 11.5 sacks.
  • North Carolina DE Robert Quinn: 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, with 34-inch arm length. His good reach and height might be enough to entice scouts despite the fact he missed his senior season after violating NCAA rules.
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