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Roster spots: 6-7
Locks: Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Ian Williams, Glenn Dorsey, Tank Carradine (PUP/IR?)
Competition: Will Tukuafu, DeMarcus Dobbs, Quinton Dial, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Lamar Divens, Mike Purcell, Lawrence Okoye
Outlook: The slide the defense had at the end of the year seems to have proven how valuable this unit is to the overall performance of the defense. This unit probably has the biggest gap between talent and available roster spots. I'm even rethinking calling Dorsey and Williams locks. The team invested money into both of them but there is plenty of talent that could potentially over take them. We'll see how it plays out, but here's my take. I think Tukuafu and Dobbs are done here. Both of them suffered from having to learn multiple positions last off season and it held them back on the DLine. Dial and Jerod-Eddie are my favorites in this group. I think they have better size and leverage ratios than Dobbs or Tukuafu. I don't know much about Divens, so we'll see if he blossoms. Purcell is a nice UDFA talent who would be great on the practice squad. Okoye is the true wild card. I don't see any way that he leap frogs all of these guys with zero experience. I would love to see him on the practice squad, but he may not want to spend a year toiling in anonymity. He may just go back to Olympic training if he doesn't make the 53. I don't know what commitment he has to mastering the sport. When it is all said and done, I think seven make the squad: the locks, Dial, and Jerod-Eddie.