Which defensive linemen stand out from Patriots perspective at 2020 NFL combine

Ryan Hannable
February 27, 2020 - 4:33 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- It’s the defense’s turn to receive some attention at the NFL Combine, as the defensive linemen were among those to meet with the media on Thursday.

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The Patriots potentially could have a need at the position with Lawrence Guy getting up there in age and the team needing to look to get a bit younger.

Here are five names to keep an eye on from a Patriots perspective.

Marlon Davidson, Auburn — While Derrick Brown gets all the attention when it comes to the Auburn defensive line, Davidson is a very good player, too. He can line up over the ball, or he can shift to the outside if he needs to. If the Patriots do select him, it would have to come at No. 23 overall because he’s likely not making it past the early portion of the second round.

Ross Blacklock, TCU — Blacklock is a solid defensive tackle, who does his best work getting up field and disrupting plays in the backfield. Last year, he recorded 40 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He has met with the Patriots at the combine and could be viewed as a mid-round selection.

Raekwon Davis, Alabama — The Alabama product is very athletic for a player who is 311 pounds. He can play both inside as well as outside to get after the passer. His pass-rushing ability could be better, but given his athleticism, it seems possible with the right coaching. He likely will be a Day 2 selection. Davis met with the Patriots this week. 

Joshua Uche, Michigan — The edge rusher doesn’t have much experience, which could potentially give him plenty of value for whatever team selects him in the draft. He’s had a stress fracture in his foot and a torn meniscus so he will skip the on-field drills at the combine. The knock on him is a lack of experience, as he did not start any games in his first three years at Michigan even though he received honorable mention All-Big Ten notice as a junior after racking up seven sacks.

Kendall Coleman, Syracuse — Coleman was very impressive when speaking with the media, coming off very mature and ready for anything the NFL will bring him. His best year may have been his junior season when he had 10 sacks compared to four this past fall. He’s a big fan of his hometown Colts, but if available late he could be worth a flier for the Patriots.

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