2013 Position Breakdown: Defensive Line

DE Austin Berk of Grand Junction

The 2013 crop of Colorado defensive linemen may not be deep but there are players well worth a look for college programs.

As stated numerous times, Colorado has become a den for top offensive linemen, potentially due to the talented defensive linemen they must play against. The 2013 crop of defensive linemen is not as deep as the offensive side of the ball, but there are multiple defenders well worth a look.

Stanley Gilbert of Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch Colorado has been a foundation of the Eagle defense for three years. The 6-0 290 pounder is a stout run stopper who has helped Valor allow only nine points a game over the past three seasons. Along his work against the run, Gilbert can push the pocket to get pass rush as evidenced by his 18 career sacks. With the loss of numerous front seven starters who are moving on to college Gilbert will have to step up and lead this season.

Austin Berk of Grand Junction, a 6-5 225 pound defensive end, leads a triumvirate of strong 2013 Tiger defensive linemen. Berk has very good size, length and athleticism as evidenced by his 10.5 sacks last season. Added weight and continued attention to technique will make him a force and DI prospect. Berk is joined in the trenches of the Grand Junction D by interior linemen Kyler Rose and James Diamante. Both Diamante and Rose are getting college looks.

Andrew McLean a 6-3 230 pounder from Broomfield has played at defensive tackle but is best suited for defensive end. McLean, an All-Conference and All-State selection, is a productive and disruptive player who registered 100 tackles and 7.5 sacks last season.

6-1 238 pound Collin Albershardt of Mullen is versatile defender for the always talented Mustangs. Albershardt has the ability to play multiple spots and is a very high motor defender.

Tuli Laulu is an intriguing prospect from Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs. One of the state's best wrestlers, Laulu combines his knowledge of leverage with strength and a surprising burst for a big man.

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