Al Woods: hidden gem in a deep DL class?
In what’s considered one of the deepest defensive tackle groups to come along in years, it’s easy to overlook some of the mid-level prospects who have the potential to develop into quality NFL starters at the next level. That’s exactly the case with LSU defensive lineman Al Woods, who was a one-year starter for the Tigers after playing behind current NFL linemen Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, Ricky Jean-Francois and Marlon Favorite. However, after becoming a starter in 2009 and shedding nearly 15 pounds to improve his stamina and quickness inside, Woods has become one of the more intriguing defensive lineman prospects in this year’s draft.
When evaluating Woods throughout the season, it was obvious he wasn’t a guy who, at 6-4, 309 pounds, had the burst to consistently fire off the ball and create behind the line of scrimmage. What made him effective inside was his overall lower body strength and ability to anchor at the point of attack. He wasn’t asked to make many plays on the ball last season, which is apparent from his 12 solo tackles, 4