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The Breakdown: Defensive linemen

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In "The Breakdown," veteran talent scout Randy Rodgers is analyzing film of a select group of the nation's top prospects for Rivals.com. Rodgers has more than 35 years of experience in the college recruiting arena. He was the recruiting coordinator at the University of Illinois (1988-91) and the University of Texas (1992-97) and is one of the leading authorities on high school football talent analysis in the country. In this edition, Rodgers takes a look at defensive linemen.
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Randy Rodgers' DE Comparison:

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I like Ricky Sapp and Eddie Jones best because of their speed, burst and big play ability. They are
disrupters. Sapp can play as a standup player which is a bonus. Brandon Warren is another tremendous athlete
who could play a variety of spots. I see Whitehead as a true 5-technique, and I see Houston as a guy who will
move inside in college.
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Randy Rodgers' Defensive Tackle Comparison:
Both are outstanding big men. I like McCoy better because he is fundamentally better. He has a natural knee
bend, plays with good pad level and has much better lateral quickness. Woods has potential on both sides of
the ball, but without improving his pad level play, he won't have as much chance to get in the rotation as a
freshman. Improvement in his technique allows him the opportunity to use his considerable body strength and
bulk. I am told Woods plays in a small classification and it appears that he is much bigger than opponents.
More Breakdowns:
Quarterbacks | Backs/Receivers | Offensive linemen | Linebackers | Defensive backs
For more of Randy Rodgers recruiting analysis, check out his website, randyrodgersrecruiting.com.
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