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Friday, July 15, 2011

DT options

Carolina won't stand pat with just the two 3rd round picks at DT, and the remainder (outside possibly Andre Neblett) won't really matter. Here are some interesting names at DT in free agency:

*Brandon Mebane, Seahawks - loved him coming out of Cal, and hasn't disappointed. He's stout against the run, but did have one great year pass rushing (5.5 sacks, 2 ff) on a bad team in 2008.

*Aubrayo Franklin, 49ers - strictly a NT, but a great one. Comes from a 3-4 background.

*Barry Cofield, Giants - can play either 4-3 spot, had 10 QB hits last year (second to only Shaun Rogers at DT), had a very high 54 tackles. He's played under Steve Spagnuolo in what's essentially the Jim Johnson system.


*Stephen Bowen, Cowboys - 6'5, 308 lb 3-4 end who stepped up in Marcus Spears' absence. He had 3 sacks as a backup in 2009, only 1.5 as a 9 game starter in 2010 but came to play as a major run stopper. Scheme isn't that far removed from ours. NC native.
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