As we count down the days to the Scouting Combine, I've previewed one prospect at several positions that I believe have a great deal riding on their Combine performances.
Due to the fact that the defensive line is so talented this year, the competition at this position figures to be one of the more compelling story lines of the event. The NFL Network's Mike Mayock recently proclaimed this year's defensive end class to be the best he's ever seen. I believe the defensive tackle is very good, as well, making the entire defensive line group a spectacular collection of talent.
One of the more underrated defensive linemen, in my opinion, is Arizona State's Lawrence Guy . The 6-5, 300 pound Guy has a combination of size, strength and athleticism that few other defensive tackles in this class can rival.
He wasn't helped a great deal with the Sun Devils, who, under Dennis Erickson, are only beginning to get the type of elite athletes he'd used to win a national championship while at Miami. This is one of the reasons why Guy finished with "only" 41 tackles, six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks last season. Opponents knew the key to controlling the line of scrimmage against ASU was to stop Guy and thus, he was often double teamed.
What makes Guy so intriguing at the next level is that he projects nicely as either a three-technique defensive tackle in the 4-3 or as a five-technique defensive end in the 3-4. That type of scheme and position versatility could make him a Top 100 selection even though the most attention he ever earned from Pac-10 coaches was this year when he was voted an Honorable Mention member of the all-conference team.
As with most underclassmen, the interviews will be important for Guy. He struggled with grades and maturity early on at Arizona State before emerging as one of the team's leaders in 2010.
Guy's athleticism is obvious on tape, but with so many other talented defensive linemen this year, this Sun Devil could easily be characterized as just another "guy," making it all the more imperative that he stand out in workouts to create some buzz for himself.