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Top 11 college football defensive linemen to watch in 2017

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Editor's note: NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein will reveal the top CFB players to watch in 2017 at each position, continuing today with defensive linemen.

NFL scouts are always looking to the CFB ranks to find next-level talent. While we won't speculate about where these potential future NFL stars will go in the draft one day, it's not too soon to take a peek at their game tape and start to stack them as the top players to watch.

Of course, there is still plenty of work to be done in evaluating each player during and after this season. Of the defensive linemen I've studied, here are the top 10 to watch. Note: This list includes interior D-linemen and defensive ends who have the size and length to be considered as an end in 3-4 defenses.

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Lance Zierlein

NFL Media Draft Analyst

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