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NFL draft preview: Rating the defensive linemen

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Tyson Alualu, California

6-2 3/8, 295, Round 2: Has been shooting up draft boards as scouts have seen how effective he played despite regular double teams. “He’s a goin’ machine now,” one scout said. “A good football player. I could see him sneaking up the draft charts. He’s about 6-2, 295, but he stood up, played down, three-technique, end, nose guard, linebacker, sort of a neat guy. Grounded, family guy, all the great intangibles. Really respect and like him.” Had 13½ sacks and 22½ tackles for loss the last two seasons. Tested great — 4..95 seconds in the 40, 35½-inch vertical, though only 21 bench-press reps. “The best (defensive) guy in the (Pac-10),” another scout said. “He’s good, has a high motor, brings it every down, gets after it. He’s a guy I wouldn’t bet against.”

Brian Price, UCLA

6-1 1/8, 303, Round 1: Junior entry with a hard-scrabble background in Los Angeles, has big-time talent but lacks maturity. “First game I watched of him was Tennessee, and he was a first-round draft choice,” a scout said. “Explosive, he could fit in a lot of schemes, just an explosive guy that could go. The more you watched, the more you say I don’t know which guy I’m getting. He’s got two brothers that were killed in the streets, and I don’t know about bringing him in to this city, I’m just not sure. But he’s a really talented dude. Doesn’t play very well, and they had to keep their thumb on him all the time out there.” Better suited for a 4-3 defensive tackle than 3-4 end, but could do either and maybe even play some nose. Had 11½ sacks as a defensive tackle the last two seasons combined. Ran the 40 in 5.16 seconds and did 34 bench-press reps. “You have to be careful with him,” another scout said. “The reason I say that, he’s got one kind of patented move and he’s had some success with it, he just uses a swim move at the line of scrimmage.He’s got very good initial quickness. But when you start running the ball a little bit, he kind of checked out.”

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    • Man I would love to see that but neither one of those situations is happening. We are not trading both second rd picks. We probably won't get Fournette or McCaffrey. Fournette will go before eight because someone will trade up for him. Then we won't take McCaffrey at eight and someone will get him before we pick again at 40

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