The 2010 NFL Draft brought out the "best of the best" football players to compete for the top spots and to be given offers from some of the biggest franchises in the NFL.
All year, these athletes have been competing to prove that they are as talented as some of them claim to be.
Although the NFL Combine has not begun, this is the early projected rankings for the NFL Draft. These projected picks are calculated through analyzing the NFL Mock Draft, Senior Bowl (in some cases), and many other various factors.
Here are the top five defensive linemen in the 2010 NFL Draft.
"The Scary Guy From Nebraska"- weighing in at 302 lbs., Ndamukong Suh is the best of the best in the 2010 NFL Draft at the position.
Suh is both tall and muscular, with a height of 6'4" and quick for his size. His career at the Nebraska Corn Huskers has been prosperous and he has proved himself to be a valuable part of their defense.
The lean defensive tackle also has been nominated for the Heisman Trophy along side Alabama's Mark Ingram and Stanford's Toby Gerhart.
Ndamukong Suh's draft stock is in very good shape and it's probably going to soar once he starts to show scouts his ability in the Combine. He is projected to be one of the first picks in the 2010 NFL Draft and will possibly be picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the St. Louis Rams.
Greg Hardy showed his strength as a defensive end at Ole Miss. With a height of 6'4" and the agility of a cheetah, Hardy is deadly on the field. His last 40-yard dash timing was 4.54, which was a personal best.
Greg Hardy also weighs a solid 274 lbs., which makes him the perfect size for his position. Along with playing defensive end, he also plays on the offense as a tight end. Hardy also was able to show his talent on the field at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this year. With his achievements on the field, Greg Hardy was ranked 10 out of 184 defensive ends in Division I.
He is projected to be a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Depending on his performance in the Combine, Greg Hardy could be upgraded to a first-round draft pick.
Carlos Dunlap is no doubt a tough player as Florida's lead defensive end.
He has a tall frame and gifted with a height of 6'6" and weighing 290 lbs. His achievements on the field have made him a superstar in the college football world, and a valuable asset to the powerful Florida Gator defense.
Issues have clouded Dunlap's clear record though.
The Tuesday before the 2010 SEC Championship Game, Carlos Dunlap was arrested on DUI charges. It most likely has severely impacted his draft stock significantly and NFL teams are now taking second guesses on his conduct out of the locker room.
He announced Jan. 11, 2010 that he would enter the NFL Draft, now overshadowed with a bad decision that could cost him his position in the draft.
Dunlap is a projected first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and possibly could be the second or third pick overall in the draft.
The day the earth moves is when the big man stomps onto the field.
Terrence Cody is no doubt a valuable asset to the Alabama defense. Weighing in at 375 lbs, this defensive tackle is even scary to look at.
Cody played in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this year and was also a finalist for the Lombardi Award which is given to the top defensive player in the country.
His height and his ability to run players over makes him the mean machine he is known for. CBS Sports calls him a "massive defender with rare strength."
Cody is known throughout college football for being one of the strongest players at his position.
He is projected to be a first or second-round pick.
A hefty defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy has shown what a threat he can be, whether you give him the chance or not.
Weighing in at 298 lbs and a height of 6'4", he is a freight train on the defensive line.
McCoy is able to get to the ball quickly using sheer momentum from his immense weight and agility for his size. He also ranks almost as high as Ndamukong Suh on defensive skill.
Gerald McCoy is a projected first-round pick. He will also probably be chosen as the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.