Andy Reid loves bolstering the trenches in the early stages of the NFL Draft, and he might look at grabbing a defensive lineman in the first round next April. Mike DeVito is coming off a torn Achilles, so he may never be the same again, while the other defensive ends don't really bring much to the table.
Pick change; previously DeForest Buckner, DE/DT
Rd. 1, Pk. 26
The Giants had a big need at defensive tackle entering the 2015 draft, but never addressed it. They need an upgrade next to Johnathan Hankins.
Pick change; previously A'Shawn Robinson, DE/DT
Rd. 1, Pk. 28
Chris Jones, DT/3-4DE, Mississippi State
The Ravens have Timmy Jernigan set to take over for Haloti Ngata, but what about Chris Canty? Baltimore re-signed Canty this offseason, but given that he's turning 33 in November, he's not in the team's long-term plans.
Pick change; previously Travin Duval, WR
Rd. 2, Pk. 12
Andrew Billings, DT/3-4DE/NT, Baylor
The Rams are stacked at defensive tackle right now, but Nick Fairley was signed on for just one season. Depth will be needed here if Fairley leaves next spring.
The Lions traded for Haloti Ngata, but Detroit is going to need some long-term solutions for the inside of its defensive line.
Robinson (6-4, 320) recorded 49 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two passes batted in his sophomore season. In 2013 as a freshman, he was too good to keep on the sideline. Robinson was an impact defender for the Crimson Tide with 38 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks. He's quick for his size and very strong. Robinson could be the best defensive lineman who Alabama has had since Marcel Dareus.
Many thought the Bengals might draft a defensive tackle early in 2015. Devon Still and Brandon Thompson are nearing the end of their contracts, while Domata Peko's play slipped last season, and Geno Atkins wasn't quite the same coming off his knee injury. Adding some competition and depth should hopefully handle an impending need.
Sources say that Randy Gregory wasn't the only first-round talent on Nebraska's defensive line in 2014. Collins turned in an impressive season with 45 tackles, 17 for a loss, 4.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hurries. It was a breakout year for the sophomore after being a backup as a freshman. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection.
Pick change; previously Shilique Calhoun, DE
Rd. 1, Pk. 29
Adolphus Washington, DT/3-4DE, Ohio State
The Seahawks could stand to add some young talent to their interior pass rush. That was painfully missing during the Super Bowl last year.
Washington (6-4, 295) made a nice impact in 2014 as part of an excellent defensive line. He teamed with Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa to produce a consistent pass rush and a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Washington had 48 tackles with 10.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes batted and one forced fumble on the year. He totaled five sacks over his sophomore and freshman seasons.
Pick change; previously Maliek Collins, DT
Rd. 2, Pk. 13
Anthony Zettel, DT/3-4DE, Penn State
St. Louis could deem Chris Long too pricey to keep, while Nick Fairley only signed a 1-year contract. On top of that, Michael Brockers is mostly through his contract. It wouldn't hurt the Rams to have some versatile depth.
Zettel (6-4, 277) is undersized for defensive tackle, but he is a quick interior rusher for Penn State. For the NFL, Zettel will have to move to the defensive end in a 4-3 defense, and he could move inside on passing situations from there. Zettel also has the frame to warrant consideration as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense. In 2014, Zettel showed that he has interior pass-rushing skills by racking up eight sacks. He also notched 42 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss. Zettel had four sacks per year as a sophomore and a freshman.
The Chiefs add a five-technique to team with Alvin Bailey and Dontari Poe. Mike DeVito isn't a long-term starter.
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Day was a disruptive presence for Notre Dame in 2014. He totaled 40 tackles with 7.5 for a loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and two passes batted. Day played better than the numbers indicate. He has some natural strength and athleticism.
Rd. 2, Pk. 28
Chris Jones, DT/3-4DE, Mississippi State
The Cowboys get some interior defensive line talent.
Jones recorded 26 tackles with three sacks and two passes batted in 2014. He commanded a lot of blocking attention, and that helped free up teammates Preston Smith and Caleb Eulls to have breakout seasons. Jones showed some serious potential as a true freshman. He flashed as an interior pass-rusher for the Bulldogs. In 2013, he totaled 32 tackles with seven tackles for a loss, three sacks and three passes broken up.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder has the ability to play defensive end and tackle. According to Mississippi State, Jones played at 315 pounds as a freshman and has dropped weight.
The Packers have continued to bring back B.J. Raji, but they could use a long-term answer and disruptor for the nose or five-technique.
Missouri has been a factory for defensive line talent in recent years, and Augusta looks like the player who will be the program's model for the 2016 NFL Draft. Shane Ray and Markus Golden received all the attention in 2014, but Augusta and the interior of the defensive line had a fine season as well. The sophomore totaled 23 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, one interception and two forced fumbles on the year. He was disruptive at the point of attack. Augusta notched two sacks as a freshman backup in 2013. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder has upside with size and speed.