Senior Bowl: Two-gap defensive line prospects

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Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) is blocked by Syracuse Orange guard Nick Robinson (68) during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) is blocked by Syracuse Orange guard Nick Robinson (68) during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

Today, we continue our Reese’s Senior Bowl series by taking a look at the big guys up front on defense. With four defensive linemen set to become free agents in March, the Green Bay Packers will without a doubt look for more two-gap defensive linemen in the draft.

Two-gapping is one of the more difficult things for defensive linemen to learn. It requires a wide body that possesses the strength to hold the point of attack and the ability to occupy multiple blockers, while receiving very little praise in return.

The way the Packers‘ run defense completely diminished in the second half of the season, made it clear Green Bay needs to take a close look at their defensive line and add more talent to the group, especially if they fail to re-sign B.J. Raji or don’t bring back veterans Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly. The first round may offer a few interesting two-gappers.

Notre Dame’s Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt are both highly talented first day 3-4 defensive linemen, but they’re both underclassmen and aren’t in Mobile this week. Potential first-rounder Ra’Shede Hageman is, however, along with many other early and mid-round defensive linemen prospects.

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Tags: Defensive Linemen Green Bay Packers NFL Draft Senior Bowl

  • billy

    6-1, 288,,,and thats small?? But…a non-stop motor and love for the game…this is the guy, not someone who takes plays off….when ya take plays off it doesnt matter what level your playing at, your gonna take plays off…

    • Dan

      It’s small for a 3-4 defensive lineman. Usually two-gap DLs run around 300 plus and 6-3 or taller. But I agree with you, Billy, Donald would be a great player to have. You can overlook the lack of height when a guy plays that well and is that relentless. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in Green Bay.