Revisiting some top DLs at combine

February, 27, 2012
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Revisiting some top defensive linemen, from a Patriots perspective, after watching their televised workouts Monday at the NFL combine:

1. Overall, it is always impressive to see some of the biggest players in the draft display their athleticism. Memphis' Dontari Poe, who measured 6-foot-4 and weighed in at 346 pounds, probably helped his stock more than anyone. He ran a 4.98 time in the 40. Poe is the type of athletic, big-bodied prospect that I would imagine the Patriots would be interested in, but after his performance today, it wouldn't be surprising if he's selected before the Patriots are on the clock at 27.

2. If Poe stole the show, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox wasn't far behind. He's 6-foot-4 and 298 pounds and ran a 4.79. That speaks to his athleticism. Looks like he helped himself as a first-round prospect on the rise.

3. UConn's Kendall Reyes looked smooth in agility drills. Reyes was one of a handful of New Englanders at the combine (he's from Nashua, NH). He ran a 4.95, which at 6-foot-4 and 299 pounds is impressive. He looks like a riser and the type of player who could interest the Patriots.

4. LSU's Michael Brockers is an imposing presence at 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds. He ran a 5.36. Brockers looked to be moving well for a player of his size in agility drills but he was overshadowed by Poe.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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