The 2011 NFL Draft is now less than three months away, and don't be surprised to see a common trend throughout the first three rounds. Fans should expect to see a lot of defensive linemen selected within the first two days of the draft in April.
I currently have 25 defensive lineman prospects in my top 101 prospects. That means that almost one-fourth of the top 2011 NFL Draft Prospects are defensive linemen! NFL teams have recently put an emphasis on getting pressure on the quarterback, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that linemen will be a hot commodity come draft day.
This year's crop of lineman has a nice mixture of Seniors and Juniors, including 10 of these 25 who decided to skip their senior seasons to move to the next level in their careers.
This group of defensive linemen is also special because almost all of these players offer great versatility. They can play multiple positions, and many of them would fit well in a variety of defensive schemes.
So here it is, the top 25 defensive linemen available for the 2011 NFL Draft: