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SIZING UP THE NFL DRAFT | Defensive linemen



Published: Mon, April 28, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



A look at the NFL Draft by position, by Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News:

The top 15:

T-Dewayne Robertson, Kentucky, 6-1, 317

E-Terrell Suggs, Arizona State, 6-3, 262

T-Jimmy Kennedy, Penn State, 6-4, 322

T-Kevin Williams, Oklahoma State, 6-41/2, 304

T-Johnathan Sullivan, Georgia, 6-3, 313

E-Jerome McDougle, Miami, 6-2, 264

T-Ty Warren, Texas A & amp;M, 6-41/2, 307

T-William Joseph, Miami, 6-5, 308

E-Chris Kelsay, Nebraska, 6-4, 273

E-Michael Haynes, Penn State, 6-31/2, 281

E-Calvin Pace, Wake Forest, 6-4, 269

E-Tyler Brayton, Colorado, 6-6, 277

T-Kenny Peterson, Ohio State, 6-3, 298

T-Anthony Adams, Penn State, 5-111/2, 299

E-Cory Redding, Texas, 6-4, 279

The best: Robertson decided to skip his senior season and turn pro. He was a three-year starter at Kentucky but just a second-team All-SEC selection. The NFL will like his ability more than the SEC did. He's a cross between Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp, a dynamic presence inside (Sapp) with a relentless attitude (Maryland). He ran a 4.84 40 at his campus, blazing for a 317-pounder. He disrupts blocking fronts and makes those around him better players.

All-America: Suggs, Haynes, Washington State DT Rien Long.

Award winners: Suggs (Lombardi, Nagurski, Hendricks); Long (Outland)

Best underclassman: Robertson.

Potential No. 1s: Robertson, Suggs, Kennedy, Williams, Sullivan, McDougle, Warren, Joseph, Kelsay, Brayton, Haynes.

Sleeper: Osi Umenyiora, Troy State. Umenyiora has only played football seven years. He was born in London and raised in Nigeria, playing soccer. He moved to the U.S. in high school and began playing football as a sophomore. He finished second in the NCAA in sacks last season with 16 and he's still learning the game.

Mirror images: Pro Bowl pass rusher Simeon Rice started his career with the Arizona Cardinals before winning a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay. Suggs sees a similarity between the two off the field. "We both have diarrhea of the mouth," Suggs said. "We both like to talk and have fun."

Getting bigger: Antwan Peek was recruited by Cincinnati as a wide receiver. But he outgrew wideout as a freshman, moving to safety. He kept getting bigger and kept moving, to linebacker as a sophomore and then to defensive end as a junior. Peek did everything in his power to stay on offense. "When I started gaining weight, it just wouldn't stop," he said. "I tried to make myself eat salads. Maybe I ate too many salads. One salad didn't do it, so I'd eat three or four." But he belonged on defense, where he set the school career sack record with 27.

All in the family: McDougle's older brother Stockar was a No. 1 draft pick by Detroit in 2000 as an offensive tackle. Florida DE Clint Mitchell's brother Jeff started at center for the 2000 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Temple DT Dan Klecko is the son of former Pro Bowl DT Joe Klecko of the Jets.

Road trips: NFL road trips will be a snap for Haynes. He attended high school in Panama and competed in various sporting events in Cuba, Honduras, Puerto Rico and the U.S. His father was in the military, and the teams traveled on military charters.

Take one: The parents of Stanford DT Matt Leonard perform stunts in movies. Matt was in "Die Hard with a Vengeance."

-- The Dallas Morning News




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