The SEC has produced some of the top defensive linemen over the past decade, whether that be Glenn Dorsey, Sheldon Richardson or A’Shawn Robinson.
Even with the likes of Robinson and Ole Miss’ Robert Nkemdiche leaving early for the NFL Draft, the SEC still brings back some impressive interior defensive linemen.
Three players made Lance Zierlein’s, of NFL.com, of top interior defensive linemen to watch for the upcoming season.
Checking in at No. 1, is Alabama’s Jonathan Allen. Two of Allen’s teammates, Robinson and Jarran Allen, were both picked in the second round of last year’s NFL Draft. Despite the other talent around him, Jonathan Allen still found a way to standout, as he led the Crimson Tide with 12.0 sacks last season.
Next on the list is fellow Alabama lineman, Da’Shawn Hand. While Hand doesn’t have the production to match Allen, he does have some other impressive measurables. Hand, a former 5-star recruit, is listed at 6-foot-4 and 278-pounds. He’s also claimed to have done 42 reps of 225 pounds. The most at the NFL Combine last year was just 34.
Coming in at No. 9 on the list is LSU product Davon Godchaux. The junior stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 293 pounds. Godchaux had 6.0 sacks last season along with 9.0 tackles for loss.