43) Tony Jerod-Eddie, senior DL, Texas A&M
One of the "problems" with a 3-4 defense is that it can at times be difficult to gauge the effectiveness of linemen. After all, the job of a good 3-4 lineman is to disrupt the offensive line with length and bulk enough to allow the linebackers to flow to the ball and make plays. In short: it's an unglamorous position that isn't built to put up big statistics.
It's in that role that Jerod-Eddie, a versatile defensive lineman who has seemingly played at Texas A&M for 10 years, thrives. He had 49 tackles a session ago, with 2.5 of those stops coming for loss. He didn't make a sack, but he was a big part of the reason other Aggies found their way to the quarterback 30 times.
At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Jerod-Eddie has the size of an ideal defensive tackle, and he started 12 games at tackle prior to moving to the "outside" in Tim DeRuyter's scheme. But Jerod-Eddie likely has DeRuyter to thank for the move: he fits what NFL scouts are looking for in a 3-4 end, more than what they look for as a tackle.
2010 Stats: 49 tackles, 2.5 for loss, two passes broken up, one kick blocked
No. 44: Kansas RB James Sims
No. 45: Texas Tech S Cody Davis
No. 46: Iowa State CB Leonard Johnson
No. 47: Kansas State S Ty Zimmerman
No. 48: Baylor DE/LB Tevin Elliot
No. 49: Kansas State DE Brandon Harold
No. 50: Kansas DE Toben Opurum