Massive linemen can help linebackers

Updated: April 12, 2011, 2:19 PM ET
By Steve Muench

My colleague Todd McShay is breaking down the top five 3-4 outside linebacker prospects in today's Nickel Package blog, and ESPN.com's NFL experts have come up with their linebacker power rankings, so I'm taking a look at the players who can help make it possible for those linebackers to work.

Defensive tackles who force teams to commit multiple blockers to them have great value because they can create space on the interior and free up linebackers to run to the ball. Here are five 2011 prospects with the size and power to eat up space and occupy offensive linemen in the middle.