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Ranking the top 34 DE prospects

Who has the skill set to play the coveted five-technique? National Football Post

March 02, 2012
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Breaking down the top 10 potential five techniques in the 2012 NFL draft…

1. Michael Brockers: Louisiana State (6-6, 306)
He might be a little raw and could have used some more work at the college level. However, he's an NFL talent with "plus" upside and can come in and play vs. the run at a high level right away. Should get looks at both the three and five-technique spots, and in my mind has the ability to become one of the better defensive lineman in the NFL down the line.

StillICONStill's combo of size, power and length will intrigue.

2. Devon Still: Penn State (6-5, 310)
He really started putting it all together as a senior. If you can keep him motivated, Still has the talent to mature into a very good starting caliber lineman at a number of positions in the NFL. He can play off blocks; find the football and anchor consistently on contact.

3. Fletcher Cox: Mississippi State (6-4, 295)
I think his best spot might be as a 34 five technique who is able to penetrate and make plays off the ball. He's raw and needs to learn to play with his pad level lower. However, as a potential five technique he's a guy who has the skill set to earn a starting role and create negative plays in both the run and pass game.

4. Dontari Poe: Memphis (6-5, 350)
What couldn’t this guy do in a 34 front? He has a rare physical skill set due to his combination of flexibility, power and get off burst. However, he's still learning the nuances of the position. If he's willing to put in the time, Poe can mature into one of the leagues better interior presences at either DE or NT. Nevertheless, because he's still raw his floor isn't overly high either.

5. Brandon Thompson: Clemson (6-2, 310)
He’s not your typical five-technique from a height/length standpoint. However, he can anchor on contact and for 3-4 teams looking for more of an up field guy at that spot, (Cowboys, Packers) Thompson could be an attractive option at the end of round one.

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