Different schemes call for different types of defensive linemen. Some defensive coordinators want faster players who can get upfield, get penetration and make plays. In order to have that, they are willing to sacrifice size for speed and athleticism.
Other coordinators might want bigger players who eat up blocks and allow linebackers to flow to the ball and make tackles.
Regardless of what a program may be looking for, the talent is out there to fill the needs. Here is a look at the top five defensive linemen in the country and which NFL players they remind us of.