Draft breakdown: Day 2
This is elsewhere on our site, but for the sake of convenience, here's the second installment of our position rankings. Today's edition looks at the defensive:
1,Chris Long, End, 6-4, 275, Virginia: Play a traditional 4-3 defense and want a pass-rusher who comes off the edge? He's your man. Or perhaps your team prefers the 3-4 alignment and you'll ask Long to be a stand-up outside linebacker. Well, that would be fine, too.
2,Vernon Gholston, End, 6-4, 258, Ohio State: Registered 22½ sacks in 25 starts and is considered adept at dropping into pass coverage.
3,Glenn Dorsey, Tackle, 6-2, 316, LSU: Game has some resemblance to Warren Sapp's given his quickness and ability to create havoc.
4,Sedrick Ellis, Tackle, 6-1, 305, USC: Boosted his stock at the Senior Bowl in January, where he was, arguably, the most impressive defender.
5,Derrick Harvey, End, 6-5, 252, Florida: Versatile player who can succeed in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes; started just 18 games but had 20½ sacks.
6,Phillip Merling, End, 6-5, 272, Clemson: Plays well against the run (31 tackles for loss in two seasons); coming off a recent hernia surgery.
7,Kentwan Balmer, Tackle, 6-5, 298, North Carolina: Some are concerned about a college career best described as inconsistent; started just 22 games for the Tar Heels.
8,Calais Campbell, End, 6-8, 282, Miami: Exceptionally tall but vulnerable to the run; might be best suited as a third-down specialist a la the Bucs' Greg White.
9,Trevor Laws, Tackle, 6-1, 304, Notre Dame: Compact build makes him a natural against the run; started 37 games for the Irish with 224 career tackles.
10,Pat Sims, Tackle, 6-2, 310, Auburn: Inexperience — just 12 college starts — is a concern; questions linger about a lack of strength necessary to compete against NFL guards.