|1. Dion Jordan||6-6||248||Oregon||1|
|Shoulder surgery has not dropped Jordan, who could play DE in some schemes.|
|2. Barkevious Mingo||6-4||241||LSU||1|
|Athletic freak, but needs to add muscle to lean frame.|
|3. Alec Ogletree||6-3||242||Georgia||1|
|Part of talented OLB tandem for Bulldogs last season (see below).|
|4. Jarvis Jones||6-3||245||Georgia||1|
|Led the nation in tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles, but spinal condition is a concern.|
|5. Manti Teo||6-1||241||Notre Dame||1-2|
|Forget his fake, dead girlfriend: His play in BCS title game is most disconcerting.|
|6. Arthur Brown||6-1||241||Kansas State||1-2|
|Undersized defender began college career at Miami.|
|7. Kevin Minter||6-0||246||LSU||2|
|Most reliable tackler on talented LSU defense.|
|8. Jamie Collins||6-4||250||Southern Miss||2|
|Former defensive back at Southern Miss impressed at the combine.|
|9. Sio Moore||6-1||245||Connecticut||2-3|
|Three-year starter had 274 career tackles for Huskies.|
|10. Jon Bostic||6-1||245||Florida||3|
|Tackle numbers fell off during a disappointing 2012 season.|
PANTHERS PERSPECTIVE: This should be a strength for Carolina, provided Thomas Davis and Jon Beason stay healthy. The Panthers signed former Giants LB Chase Blackburn as an insurance policy in the event of injury. Blackburn replaces James Anderson, who was a salary cap victim.
LOCAL CONNECTIONS: North Carolina inside linebacker Kevin Reddick, projected as a mid-round pick, led the Tar Heels in tackles as a sophomore, and was second the past two seasons. Reddick was slow to shed blockers at times at UNC. South Carolinas Devonte Holloman, who grew up in Charlotte, is projected as a fourth- to fifth-round pick.
SLEEPER: Alabamas Nico Johnson struggled in coverage, but is stout at the point of attack. He was also coached by an NFL-caliber staff at Alabama. Even if his coverage doesnt improve, he is fast enough that he could find a role as a run-stuffer and special teams contributor.
WORTH NOTING: Arkansas LB Alonzo Highsmiths father, also named Alonzo, played seven seasons as an NFL running back and has worked in the Packers front office for 14 years. The younger Highsmith was the Razorbacks leading tackler through six games before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair torn ligaments in his foot.
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