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February 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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What a rush: Defensive end prospects

DEFENSIVE ENDSSCHOOLHEIGHTWEIGHT
QUINTON COPLESNorth Carolina6-5284
Breakdown: The most talented of the pass-rushing prospects in this year's draft, Coples had 17 sacks in his final two years in college. The question is about his consistency, a concern that he shifts into cruise control.
MELVIN INGRAMSouth Carolina6-1264
Breakdown: One of the most gifted players available in this year's draft, he can execute a standing backflip and has played a number of positions across South Carolina's defensive front, even playing some tackle. He might wind up an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme in the NFL.
COURTNEY UPSHAWAlabama6-1272
Breakdown: Mainly a linebacker, Upshaw does have some experience on the line. He played defensive end in some nickel situations and even slid inside to play tackle on a few occasions.
NICK PERRYUSC6-3271
Breakdown: He was a force from his first season at USC, recording eight sacks as a freshman. He prefers playing defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Recruited by Pete Carroll, he already knows that defense.
WHITNEY MERCILUSIllinois6-4261
Breakdown: Sixteen of his 18 career sacks came last year during his junior season, and while he forced nine fumbles, the concern will be that he wasn't as productive earlier in his career.
ANDRE BRANCHClemson6-4259
Breakdown: A two-year starter, he had 10.5 sacks as a senior at Clemson, a school known for producing top-tier pass-rushing prospects.


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Someone doesn't know the definition of the word "bust". Ryan Leaf is a bust... MORE
I can’t see them drafting Coples, players who display a lack of effort are... MORE
holy rollers, your definition of bust is certainly expansive and misguided. MORE

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