2010 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Sleepers on Defense

February 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL Scouting Combine begins Feb. 24, with live coverage on NFL Network beginning Saturday, Feb. 26. 
The coverage will likely focus heavily on the exploits of Taylor Mays, Sergio Kindle, and any other big names who decide to showcase their wares.
But the weeks ahead are also about the players a little below the radar who have a chance to vastly improve their stocks with strong workouts and interviews. 
To help introduce some of the more unheralded invitees, NFL Draft 101 has developed a list of defensive sleepers to watch during the remainder of the draft process—one player per position.
Defensive Tackle
Linval Joseph, East Carolina : One of the draft's biggest sleepers, Joseph combines tremendous size with surprising athleticism.  Joseph is a high upside run-stuffer who can also push the pocket and get after the quarterback.  He projects as a nose tackle but can also play in a 4-3.  Conditioning was once an issue—he once...

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