2012 Draft Prospects Series: Defensive Line

The Raiders.com Draft Prospects series is back for 2012. We continue this year's edition of the series with a look at the defensive linemen who were invited to participate in the NFL's Annual Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. *Photos courtesy of the respective player's university or college.

DEFENSIVE ENDS

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Frank Alexander | 6'4" | 270 pounds | Oklahoma
In 48 games, Alexander recorded 142 tackles (83 solo) for 191 yards in losses, totaled 20.5 sacks for 132 yards in losses, recorded 13 QB hurries and 14 passes defensed and had one INT with a 27-yard return. In 2011, Alexander had an INT, recorded 54 tackles (35 solo) for 81 yards in losses, 8.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and seven QB hurries.

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Jake Bequette | 6'5" | 274 pounds | Arkansas
In 48 games, Bequette recorded 126 tackles (63 solo) for 192 yards in losses, 23.5 sacks for 165 yards in losses, seven passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and 21 QB hurries. In 2011, Bequette had 28 tackles (12 solo) for 91 yards in losses, 10 sacks for 88 yards, five forced fumbles and five QB hurries.

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Jamie Blatnick | 6'3" | 263 pounds |Oklahoma State
In 50 games, Blatnick recorded two fumble recoveries for 64 yards, 118 tackles (80 solo) for 111 yards in losses, 16 sacks for 96 yards in losses, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles and 15 QB hurries. In 2011, Blatnick had two fumble recoveries, 50 tackles (34), eight sacks, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and five QB hurries.

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Andre Branch | 6'4" | 259 pounds | Clemson
In 48 games, Branch totaled 179 tackles (89 solo) for 176 yards in losses, 17.5 sacks for 113 yards in losses, 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble and 15 QB hurries. In 2011, Branch had 77 tackles (39), 10.5 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and five QB hurries.

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Quinton Coples | 6'6" | 284 pounds | North Carolina
In 51 games, Coples recorded 144 tackles (80 solo) for 202 yards in losses, 24 sacks for 165 yards in losses, four passes defensed, five forced fumbles and 22 QB hurries. In 2011, Coples totaled 55 tackles (29), 7.5 sacks, two passes defensed, three forced fumbles and seven QB hurries.

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Jack Crawford | 6'5" | 274 pounds | Penn State
In 49 games, Crawford recorded 89 tackles (38 solo) for 127 yards in losses, 14 sacks for 93 yards in losses, 11 passes defensed, one forced fumble, and one QB hurry. In 2011, Crawford totaled 40 tackles (18), 6.5 sacks, and six passes defensed.

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Tyrone Crawford | 6'4" | 275 pounds | Boise State
Crawford played in 25 games and recorded 76 tackles (33 solo) for 126 yards in losses and totaled 13.5 sacks for 89 yards in losses. He also forced four fumbles and blocked two kicks. In 2011, Crawford had 4 tackles (20), 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two QB hurries, and one blocked kick.

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Vinny Curry | 6'3" | 266 pounds | Marshall
In 45 games, Curry totaled 239 tackles (111 solo) for 236 yards in losses, recorded 26.5 sacks for 166 yards in losses, had four passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles, 32 QB hurries and three blocked kicks. In 2011, Curry recorded 77 tackles (44 solo) for 110 yards in losses, 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles, eight QB hurries and three blocked kicks.

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Justin Francis | 6'2" | 268 pounds | Rutgers
In 43 games, Francis totaled 106 tackles (55 solo), 12 sacks, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble, 18 QB hurries, three blocked kicks and two interception returns. In 2011, Francis recorded 64 tackles (33), 6.5 sacks, five passes defensed, 10 QB hurries, three blocked kicks and one interception.

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Trevor Guyton | 6'3" | 285 pounds | California
Guyton played in 43 games and totaled 100 tackles (36 solo) for 104 yards in losses, 11 sacks for 75 yards in losses, three forced fumbles, three QB hurries and one interception returned for a TD. In 2011, Guyton recorded 46 tackles (22), 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one QB hurry and one interception returned 19 yards for a TD.

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Akiem Hicks | 6'5" | 318 pounds | Regina
Played two years at the University of Regina and in 2010 recorded 29 tackles (12 solo), forced two fumbles and had 1.5 sacks. In 2011, he was named CIS first-team All-Canadian, set a Regina single-season record with 6.5 sacks, recorded 35.5 tackles, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

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Melvin Ingram | 6'1" | 264 pounds | South Carolina
In 50 games, Ingram recorded 111 tackles (72 solo) for 193 yards in losses, 21.5 sacks for 161 yards in losses, four passes defensed, one forced fumble, eight QB hurries, one rushing TD, two INTs and one fumble recovery and two TDs. In 2011, Ingram had 48 tackles (31) for 100 yards in losses, 10 sacks for 80 yards, two passes defensed, six QB hurries, and two INTs.

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Bruce Irvin | 6'3" | 245 pounds | West Virginia
In 26 games, Irvin totaled 61 tackles (45 solo) for 179 yards in losses, 22.5 sacks for 159 yards in losses, one pass defensed, five forced fumbles, and four QB hurries. In 2011, Irvin had 40 tackles (27) for 91 yards, 8.5 sacks for 71 yards, three forced fumbles, and two QB hurries.

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Jamaar Jarrett | 6'5" | 265 pounds | Arizona State
In 46 games, Jarrett recorded 100 tackles (55 solo), 7.5 sacks, one pass defensed, and two forced fumbles. In 2011, Jarrett totaled 35 tackles (21), two sacks and two forced fumbles.

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Cam Johnson | 6'3" | 268 pounds | Virginia
In 42 games, Johnson totaled 130 tackles (74 solo) for 145 yards in losses, 12.5 sacks for 95 yards in losses, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two QB hurries. In 2011, Johnson recorded 30 tackles (15), four sacks, one pass defensed, two forced fumbles and one QB hurry.

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Chandler Jones | 6'5" | 266 pounds | Syracuse
In 32 games, Jones recorded 147 tackles (101 solo), one INT returned 32 yards, 10 sacks, six passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and nine QB hurries. In 2011, Jones totaled 38 tackles (30), 4.5 sacks, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles, three QB hurries and one INT.

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Ronnell Lewis | 6'2" | 253 pounds | Oklahoma
In 34 games, Lewis recorded 118 tackles (67 solo) for 117 yards in losses, 10 sacks for 85 yards in losses, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles, seven QB hurries and two INTs for one TD. In 2011, Lewis totaled 59 tackles (33), 5.5 sacks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble, four QB hurries, and one INT returned for 11 yards.

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Brandon Lindsey | 6'2" | 254 pounds |Pittsburgh
In 40 games, Lindsey recorded 123 tackles (74 solo) for 186 yards in losses, 22.5 sacks for 148 yards in losses, three passes defensed, five forced fumbles, 20 QB hurries and one INT. In 2011, Lindsey totaled 54 tackles (31), 8.5 sacks, one pass defensed, two forced fumbles, 10 QB hurries, and one INT.

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Jonathan Massaquoi | 6'2" | 264 pounds | Troy
In 25 games, Massaquoi recorded 128 tackles (81 solo) for 164 yards in losses, 19.5 sacks for 138 yards in losses, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles, 12 QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2011, Massaquoi totaled 52 tackles (29), six sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, eight QB hurries and one blocked kick.

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Shea McClellin | 6'3" | 260 pounds | Boise State
In 49 games, McClellin totaled 130 tackles (64 solo) for 170 yards in losses, 20.5 sacks for 123 yards in losses, four INTs returned for 42 yards and a TD, two passes defensed, five forced fumbles, three QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2011, McClellin recorded two INTs, 50 tackles (30), seven sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.

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Whitney Mercilius | 6'4" | 261 pounds | Illinois
In 37 games, Mercilius totaled 81 tackles (40 solo) for 150 yards in losses, 18 sacks for 119 yards in losses, two passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles, and eight QB hurries. In 2011, Mercilius recorded 57 tackles (28) for 123 yards in losses, 16 sacks for 105 yards in losses, nine forced fumbles and six QB hurries.

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Donte Paige-Moss | 6'3" | 268 pounds | North Carolina
In 34 games, Paige-Moss recorded 83 tackles (47 solo) for 102 yards in losses, 11 sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble, five QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2011, Paige-Moss had 29 tackles (15), two sacks and two QB hurries.

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Nick Perry | 6'3" | 271 pounds | Southern California
In 38 games, Perry recorded 103 tackles (62 solo) for 166 yards in losses, 21.5 sacks for 137 yards in losses, six passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In 2011, Perry totaled 54 tackles (31), 9.5 sacks, three passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

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Derrick Shelby | 6'3" | 266 pounds | Utah
In 47 games, Shelby totaled 169 tackles (69 solo) for 139 yards in losses, 11 sacks for 97 yards in losses, 12 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, four QB hurries and one INT returned for a TD. In 2011, Shelby recorded the INT for a TD, 55 tackles (26), five sacks, seven passes defensed and two QB hurries.

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Jacquies Smith | 6'3" | 253 pounds | Missouri
In 18 games, Smith had 58 tackles (33 solo), seven sacks, seven passes defensed, four forced fumbles and five QB hurries. In 2011, Smith totaled 39 tackles (21), five sacks, four passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and five QB hurries.

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Scott Solomon | 6'3" | 262 pounds | Rice
In 47 games, Solomon totaled 207 tackles (130 solo) for 174 yards in losses, 24 sacks for 129 yards in losses, five passes defensed, four forced fumbles, eight QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2011, he recorded 55 tackles (37), 8.5 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and four QB hurries.

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DeAngelo Tyson | 6'2" | 315 pounds | Georgia
In 50 games, Tyson totaled 79 tackles (28 solo), three sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. In 2011, Tyson recorded 20 tackles (11), 1.5 sacks and one pass defensed.

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Olivier Vernon | 6'2" | 261 pounds | Miami
In 30 games, Vernon recorded 81 tackles (51 solo), nine sacks, one forced fumble and six QB hurries. In 2011, Vernon had 18 tackles (15), 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

 DEFENSIVE TACKLES

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Chas Alecxih | 6'4" | 296 pounds | Pittsburgh
In 41 games, Alecxih totaled 127 tackles (69 solo) for 146 yards in losses, 18 sacks for 122 yards in losses, one INT, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, nine QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2011, Alecxih recorded 57 tackles (32), 6.5 sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, five QB hurries and one INT returned for 47 yards.

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Michael Brockers | 6'5" | 322 pounds | Louisiana State
In 27 games, Brockers totaled 79 tackles (34 solo), two passes defensed, two forced fumbles, five QB hurries, one blocked kick and one INT. In 2011, Brockers had 54 tackles (26), two sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, four QB hurries, one blocked kick and one INT.

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Fletcher Cox | 6'4" | 298 pounds | Mississippi State
In 36 games, Cox totaled 114 tackles (53 solo), 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, nine QB hurries, five blocked kicks and one INT returned 52 yards. In 2011, Cox had 56 tackles (26), five sacks, one forced fumble, three QB hurries, two blocked kicks and one INT.

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Jared Crick | 6'4" | 279 pounds | Nebraska
In 40 games, Crick recorded 167 tackles (75 solo) for 162 yards in losses, 20 sacks for 145 yards in losses, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble, 22 QB hurries and two blocked kicks. In 2011, Crick had 22 tackles (seven), one sack, one pass defensed, one QB hurry and one blocked kick.

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Mike Daniels | 6'0" | 291 pounds | Iowa
In 47 games, Daniels recorded 123 tackles (54 solo) for 133 yards in losses, 15.5 sacks for 98 yards in losses, one pass defensed, seven QB hurries and one kickoff return for 10 yards. In 2011, Daniels totaled 67 tackles (32), nine sacks, one pass defensed and four QB hurries.

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Loni Fangupo | 6'1" | 323 pounds | Brigham Young
In one season (13 games), Fangupo recorded 26 tackles (12 solo) for 12 yards in losses, two passes defensed and three QB hurries.

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Marcus Forston | 6'1" | 302 pounds | Miami
In 31 games, Forston totaled 60 tackles (32 solo) for 78 yards in losses, seven sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, three QB hurries, and one INT. In 2011, Forston only played in three games and had five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

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Dom Hamilton | 6'5" | 313 pounds |Missouri
In 47 games, Hamilton recorded 139 tackles (59 solo), 5.5 sacks for 45 yards in losses, five passes defensed, three QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2011, Hamilton totaled 56 tackles (24), three sacks, three passes defensed, three QB hurries and one blocked kick.

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DaJohn Harris | 6'3" | 306 pounds | Southern California
In 39 games, Harris recorded 72 tackles (31 solo), six sacks, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and one INT for nine yards. In 2011, Harris had 22 tackles (14), 1.5 sacks and six passes defensed.

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Jaye Howard | 6'3" | 301 pounds | Florida
In 45 games, Howard totaled 131 tackles (80 solo) for 131 yards in losses, 11 sacks for 85 yards in losses, two passes defensed, five QB hurries and two fumble recoveries for one TD. In 2011, Howard had his two fumble recoveries and TD, 65 tackles (37), 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed and four QB hurries.

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John Hughes | 6'2" | 309 pounds | Cincinnati
In 50 games, Hughes totaled 141 tackles (70 solo) for 92 yards in losses, nine sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, five QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2011, Hughes had 51 tackles (24), five sacks, one pass defensed, two QB hurries and one blocked kick.

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Malik Jackson | 6'5" | 284 pounds | Tennessee
In 25 games, Jackson recorded 104 tackles (52 solo) for 80 yards in losses, 7.5 sacks for 41 yards in losses, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles, 15 QB hurries and one INT returned 44 yards. In 2011, Jackson posted 56 tackles (23), 2.5 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and 10 QB hurries.

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Markus Kuhn | 6'5" | 299 pounds | North Carolina State
In 48 games, Kuhn totaled 115 tackles (61 solo), 8.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles, five QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2011, Kuhn recorded 45 tackles (23), 4.5 sacks, three passes defensed, three QB hurries and one blocked kick.

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Vaughn Meatoga | 6'1" | 294 pounds | Hawaii
In 53 games, Meatoga totaled 95 tackles (48 solo), 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 13 QB hurries. In 2011, Meatoga had 38 tackles (19), three sacks, one forced fumble and four QB hurries.

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Rennie Moore | 6'3" | 268 pounds | Clemson
In 46 games, Moore recorded 83 tackles (42 solo) for 105 yards in losses, 8.5 sacks for 76 yards in losses, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and nine QB hurries. In 2011, Moore totaled 43 tackles (26), four sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and five QB hurries.

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Dontari Poe | 6'4" | 346 pounds | Memphis
In 35 games, Poe totaled 101 tackles (57 solo) for 66 yards in losses, four passes defensed, four forced fumbles and eight QB hurries. In 2011, Poe recorded 33 tackles (18), one sack, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and five QB hurries.

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Tydreke Powell | 6'2" | 311 pounds | North Carolina
In 53 games, Powell recorded 136 tackles (72 solo), 6.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles, five QB hurries and one INT. In 2011, Powell totaled 46 tackles (18), one sack, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, two QB hurries and one INT.

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Kendall Reyes | 6'4" | 299 pounds | Connecticut
In 49 games, Reyes totaled 142 tackles (78 solo) for 118 yards in losses, 11.5 sacks for 70 yards in losses, two INTs returned for 81 yards, one fumble recovery for a TD, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and six QB hurries. In 2011, Reyes recorded 46 tackles (24), 4.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three QB hurries and one fumble recovery for a TD.

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Travian Robertson | 6'4" | 302 pounds | South Carolina
In 56 games, Robertson totaled 123 tackles (71 solo), 6.5 sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, seven QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2011, Robertson recorded 49 tackles (25), 2.5 sacks, four QB hurries and one blocked kicks.

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Brett Roy | 6'3" | 275 pounds | Nevada
In 50 games, Roy totaled 149 tackles (86 solo) for 135 yards in losses, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble and three QB hurries. In 2011, Roy recorded 66 tackles (37), 10 sacks, six passes defensed and one QB hurry.

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Devon Still | 6'5" | 303 pounds | Penn State
In 42 games, Still recorded 113 tackles (55 solo) for 119 yards in losses, 10.5 sacks, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and two QB hurries. In 2011, Still had 55 tackles (29), 4.5 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and two QB hurries.

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J.R. Sweezy | 6'5" | 298 pounds | North Carolina State
In 26 games, Sweezy totaled 97 tackles (41 solo), 10.5 sacks, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and nine QB hurries. In 2011, Sweezy had 20 tackles (11), two sacks, one forced fumble and four QB hurries.

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Alameda Ta'amu | 6'3" | 348 pounds | Washington
In 50 games, Ta'amu totaled 109 tackles (57 solo), 7.5 sacks, one pass defensed, one QB hurry and one fumble recovery returned 14 yards. In 2011, Ta'amu recorded 30 tackles (15), 3.5 sacks and one QB hurry.

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Brandon Thompson | 6'2" | 314 pounds | Clemson
In 53 games, Thompson totaled 129 tackles (59 solo), 4.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, two forced fumbles, 11 QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2011, Thompson recorded 46 tackles (20), 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two QB hurries.

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Billy Winn | 6'4" | 294 pounds | Boise State
In 53 games, Winn totaled 133 tackles (64 solo) for 153 yards in losses, 16 sacks for 103 yards in losses, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four QB hurries. In 2011, Winn recorded 34 tackles (19), three sacks, one pass defensed and one forced fumble.

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Derek Wolfe | 6'5" | 295 pounds | Cincinnati
In 44 games, Wolfe recorded 162 tackles (89 solo) for 167 yards in losses, 19.5 sacks for 126 yards in losses, two passes defensed, three forced fumbles, nine QB hurries and one fumble recovery. In 2011, Wolfe totaled 70 tackles (37), 9.5 sacks, one pass defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and six QB hurries.

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Jerel Worthy | 6'2" | 308 pounds |Michigan State
In 40 games, Worthy totaled 107 tackles (52 solo) for 118 yards in losses, 12 sacks, six passes defensed, six QB hurries and two blocked kicks. In 2011, Worthy had 30 tackles (19), 3.5 sacks, one pass defensed, three QB hurries and two blocked kicks.

NOSE TACKLES

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Josh Chapman | 6'1" | 316 pounds | Alabama
In one season (12 games) at Alabama, Chapman recorded 23 tackles (10 solo), one sack and two passes defensed.

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Mike Martin | 6'1" | 306 pounds | Michigan
In 49 games, Martin totaled 172 tackles (70 solo) for 108 yards in losses, 10 sacks for 73 yards in losses, one forced fumble and seven QB hurries. In 2011, Martin recorded 64 tackles (20), 3.5 sacks and three QB hurries.

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Kheeston Randall | 6'5" | 293 pounds |Texas
In 46 games, Randall recorded 89 tackles (45 solo), four passes defensed, nine QB hurries and two blocked kicks. In 2011, Randall had 31 tackles (11), one sack, one pass defensed and four QB hurries.

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Christian Tupou | 6'2" | 289 pounds | Southern California
In one season, Tupou played in all 12 games and recorded 16 tackles (eight solo).

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