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  • After landing Christian Barmore last year, can the Felger & Mazz Big Board go two years in a row predicting defensive linemen? The guys threw for their six players at the position on Tuesday.

    Regardless of need, it wouldn’t be smart to rule out the Patriots taking a defensive lineman or edge rusher in the draft. They’ve taken a player at those positions on Day 2 of the draft alone in each of the last three drafts, and in five of the last six.

  • DL Phidarian Mathis, Alabama

    Alabama defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) tackles Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford (24) in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the 86th Cotton Bowl in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.] College Football Playoffs Alabama Vs Cincinnati

    Alabama defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) tackles Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford (24) in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the 86th Cotton Bowl in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

    Strengths:

    –Outstanding blend of girth and length
    –Will punch and separate with two hands or one
    –Dents protection with bull rush or edge attack

    Weaknesses:

    –Limited range away from home base
    –Premature shed gives runners a shot to alter their track
    –Takes a while to free himself from a sticky punch

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • DL Thomas Booker, Stanford

    Sep 25, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal defensive end Thomas Booker (4) celebrates during the first quarter against the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium. Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 25, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal defensive end Thomas Booker (4) celebrates during the first quarter against the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium. Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Good lower-body thickness from belt to boots
    –Active lateral feet to get to more tackle tries
    –Good athletic ability for a big man

    Weaknesses:

    –Occasional struggles as play finisher
    –Punch hands come in a little wide
    –Needs to feel double teams sooner

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • DT Haskell Garrett, Ohio State

    Nov 20, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Kenneth Walker III (9) tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Haskell Garrett (92) during the first quarter at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 20, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Kenneth Walker III (9) tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Haskell Garrett (92) during the first quarter at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Upper-body turn helps him get skinny through the gap
    –Fairly effective wrist control
    –Crisp two-hand swipe knocks punch away

    Weaknesses:

    –Bulldozed out of the way against his will
    –Not a very sticky finisher as a tackler
    –Very modest closing burst nullifies an early advantage

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • EDGE DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky

    MTSU quarterback Asher O'Hara (10) gets sacked by Western defensive end DeAngelo Malone (10) and Western defensive tackle Ricky Barber (50) on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at MTSU. (Helen Comer/DNJ via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

    MTSU quarterback Asher O’Hara (10) gets sacked by Western defensive end DeAngelo Malone (10) and Western defensive tackle Ricky Barber (50) on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at MTSU. (Helen Comer/DNJ via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

    Strengths:

    –Big, active hands slap away handsy blockers
    –Thoughtful approach as a rusher
    –Bendy and flexible to dip and flatten the edge

    Weaknesses:

    –Potential liability facing downhill rush attacks in pros
    –Tackle strength could become an impediment
    –Can’t displace pass protection with power

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • EDGE Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati

    Tulsa Golden Hurricane quarterback Davis Brin (7) evades pressure Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Myjai Sanders (21) in the fourth quarter during an NCAA football game, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Bearcats won, 28-20. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer/USA Today Network)

    Tulsa Golden Hurricane quarterback Davis Brin (7) evades pressure Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Myjai Sanders (21) in the fourth quarter during an NCAA football game, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Bearcats won, 28-20. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer/USA Today Network)

    Strengths:

    –Unexpected upper-body strength for his frame
    –Inside/outside jab steps create edge openings as rusher
    –Twist transitions come suddenly

    Weaknesses:

    –Size is a concern with slender hips and skinny legs
    –Outside shoulder gets covered up in contain duties
    –Inconsistent motor in backside pursuit

    (Source: NFL.com)

  • EDGE Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M

    Sep 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Tyree Johnson (3) in action during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Tyree Johnson (3) in action during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

    Strengths:

    –Quick response to capture contain positioning play-side
    –Explosive get-off can rocket him around the corner as rusher
    –Eye-popping bend and ankle flexion at the turn

    Weaknesses:

    –Blocks land and stick to him for longer
    –Needs to play with greater urgency from backside
    –Hasn’t created a menu of moves and counters

    (Source: NFL.com)

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