Pass-rushers lead 2009 DL class

There will never be enough pass rushers to make all 32 NFL teams happy, but there should be no complaints about those in the 2009 draft class. Here's a brief breakdown of the top eight hybrid defensive ends/outside linebackers, all of whom possess first-day draft potential.

1. Brian Orakpo, Texas: Experienced and explosive but takes some plays off and comes with some durability baggage.
2. Aaron Maybin, Penn State: Least experienced of the bunch but owns the quickest first step. Made up for poor combine showing with excellent pro day workout.
3. Everette Brown, Florida State: Is short and needs experience dropping into coverage, but he's a true speed rusher with great intangibles.
4. Connor Barwin, Cincinnati: Former tight end is unpolished but has versatility to contribute in multiple areas.
5. Larry English, Northern Illinois: Is quicker than he is fast but is a playmaker with toughness and competitive edge.
6. Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech: The "boom-or-bust" prospect of the group; possesses rare tools but plays soft.
7. Paul Kruger, Utah: A tough, high-effort overachiever with good but not great speed and athleticism.
8. David Veikune, Hawaii: Smooth athlete for his size, and his best football should still be ahead of him.

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