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2013 Fantasy Preview: Defensive Linemen

Mario Puig

Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Jim Harbaugh, James Harrison and David Bowie.

As in most years, the 2013 defensive-line pool possesses a small group of stars in the top tier, a similarly meager second tier of middling options and the rest are leftovers light on upside and heavy on flaws. High tackle totals are rare on the line, and there are typically no more than five who pair those with double-digit sacks. Dallas' switch to the 4-3 gives the top tier a boost with DeMarcus Ware joining the DE group, but if you miss out on him, J.J. Watt, Jason Pierre-Paul and Jared Allen, it's probably best to aim for sure-thing linebackers and wait on lower-ranked linemen until very late in your draft.

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