The Arizona Cardinals not only have to fix their offensive line, but they need to restock their defensive line.
Vance Joseph’s scheme allows for him to have players with less talent shine because he has high end talent on the edges.
You look at what Joseph did with the Broncos defense, they had first round picks and high end spending on the edge and boundary (corners). Inside, down linemen, inside linebackers and safeties are schemed to succeed and they let those four or five high end playmakers drive the defense.
If the Cardinals pass on Quinnen Williams early, there are still plenty of talented options on day two and three.
Here are three defensive linemen to know heading into the 2019 NFL Combine.
Zach Allen, DL, Boston College
Allen isn’t quite as big as Derek Wolfe coming out, but they are similar in style and game. Allen looks the part of a 34 defensive end who can be a strong rotational guy early and then develop into a potential three down player down the road.
Daylon Mack, DL, Texas A&M
Remember dumpster Dan Williams? Well, imagine getting him on day three instead of late round one. That is what Daylon Mack could potentially be. A rotational nose early, he can help all along the line as he gets into the NFL game and looks like the space eater nose of old.
Anthony Nelson, DL, Iowa
Nelson is a bit lean for 6-7 at 271lbs, but if you are looking for a leverage and length 34 defensive end, that is Anthony Nelson. He isn’t an elite athlete, but at his size and length, he has the ability to control offensive linemen and be a guy who can hold his own against the run with some sneaky pass rush ability.