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NFL Draft: Defensive End Rankings, Part Two
1) Dion Jordan (6-6/248)
Jordan signed with the Ducks to be a hybrid tight end/wide receiver but was moved to defense. He made an easy transition and starred at outside linebacker/defensive end showing super versatility and even covering receivers in the slot and tight ends. Jordan sustained a torn labrum and after the NFL Combine. It's expected that he should be ready for training camp if there are no additional issues with the injury. Jordan's is a super athlete with a great first step and speed off the edge. His upside is sky high. While he could play defensive end in a conventional 4-3 defense he's more suited to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4.
2) Ezekiel Ansah (6-5/271)
Ansah came to BYU from Ghana, Africa. He tried out twice for the Cougar basketball and was cut each time. So he went out for football. Ansah started out on the special teams before becoming a starting defensive end this past season. Ansah was also a walk on with the BYU track team. He has had a meteoric rise up the draft charts. Like Jordan, his upside is immense. He's so athletic and so raw. Ansah has a great frame to keep piling on the right weight, long arms and he can rush the passer and play the run. He plays hard and wants to work to get better. Ideal as a 4-3 defensive end.
3) Barkevious Mingo (6-4/241)
Mingo is a freaky good athlete that didn't start playing football until his junior high school season. He has a long frame with a ton of room to bulk up. Mingo was 2nd team All-SEC as a sophomore despite only starting three games. He has a very good first step and speed off the edge. Mingo looks like a 3-4 rush linebacker in the NFL. At this time his measurables out pace his prior production as a player but you can't ignore his enormous pro potential. Folks need to remember that Mingo was asked to do a lot more for the LSU defense than just rush the passer. He had a stellar pro day with many scouts saying he reminds them of Jevan Kearse.
4) Bjoern Werner (6-3/266)
Werner was an exchange student from Germany that attended Salisbury School in Ct. He picked the Seminoles over the Ducks. Werner was a main contributor for three years at FSU, starting the last two. This past season was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after recording 13 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss. Werner gets off the ball very well and plays with a great motor. He may be the safest selection of all the defensive ends. Coming out of the college football season many thought he was a top 10 selection. But he hasn't tested well and he could slide down the first round. Folks, just watch the film.
5) Datone Jones (6-3.5/283)
Jones saw immediate playing time at UCLA as a true freshman. He missed the 2010 season with a fractured right foot. Jones played both inside at tackle and outside at end for the Bruins. He has a good frame, long arms, and gets off the ball quickly. Jones has the versatility to play in a 3-4 and 4-3 scheme but is better suited in the former. His stock really started to rise after an impressive Senior Bowl week.
6) Damontre Moore (6-4/250)
In his three years in College Station Moore racked up 26 sacks and 45 tackles for a loss playing in both the 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. Moore has a very good get off and speed on the edge. Can he follow in the footsteps of former A&M star Vonn Miller? His scheme versatility should help his draft stock but he did not test well at all at NFL Combine or his pro day and teams which has really hurt his draft stock. Moore went from a consensus top 10 guy to a possible second day draft pick.
7) Cornellius Carradine (6-4/276)
Carradine was a starter this season because of the injury to teammate Brandon Jenkins. He was racking up a big year and registered 11 sacks before injuring his knee against the Gators in the season finale. Carradine has battled rehab in a big way and is way ahead in his recovery. He will work out for teams on Saturday (4-20). When healthy he's an explosive pass rusher with good athleticism. He would have been an early first round selection likely taken had it not been for the ACL injury.
8) Margus Hunt (6-8/277)
Hunt tore up the NFL combine, running a 4.6 forty, had 38 reps on the bench pressed, 34.5" vertical jump and a broad jump of 10'1". Hunt, from Estonia, is a former shot put and discus winner in the 2006 Junior Track and Field Championships. Hunt went to work with the SMU track coach in 2007. There, he was convinced to go out for football. Hunt blocked an NCAA record nine field goals over his career. You can't ignore his measurables and his 6-foot-8, 270-pound frame. It's just that right now his production and play as a defensive lineman don't match up with his outstanding measureables. Still, he could develop into something special in a few seasons.
9) Alex Okafor (6-4/264)
Texas 6'4 264
Okafor finished the last two seasons with 29 tackles for a loss and 19.5 sacks. He had a good week in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl and had some impressive reps against Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher. He may not be elite at this point in any one phase of his play but Okafor is solid against the run and as a pass rusher. Okafor is also a very intelligent player.
10) Sam Montgomery (6-3/262)
Montgomery finished with career totals of 19 sacks and 32.5 tackles for a loss. He's a long 6-3 with good speed off the edge. Montgomery has the dimensions and physical attributes and is also a kid that always gives a great effort. He's a likely day two guy.
11) Quanterus Smith (6-5/250)
Like Tank Carradine, Smith tore his ACL at the end of the 2012 season in game ten for the Hilltoppers. He finished with 12.5 sacks and was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year. How good is this kid? Smith dominated a great Alabama offensive line and finished with three sacks against the Crimson Tide this past season. He's got great size, is long, very athletic and possesses tremendous speed off the edge. His knee injury will hold him back in the draft. Someone is going to get a potential mid-round steal. Smith recently had a medical and things look good in his knee recovery.
12) John Simon (6-1/257)
In only 11 games this season Simon put up some big numbers for the Buckeyes, finishing with 14.5 tackles for a loss and nine sacks. He's not a guy that's going to knock your socks off at a combine or pro day. But this kid is football player and will come ready on Sunday. Simon best suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. This kid plays with a non-stop motor and is relentless on the field. He's strong and physical. At times can play stiff and he may struggle in space on Sundays.
12) Corey Lemonier (6-3/255)
Lemonier was first team All-SEC as a sophomore when he recorded 13.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks. He will likely be asked to switch from defensive end to rush outside linebacker an the NFL 3-4 defense. Lemonier has very good speed, is long and has already added weight this off-season to bulk up. He's now 255-pounds.
13) William Gholston (6-6/281)
Michigan State Gholston is a big and long defensive end prospect from East Lansing. He finished his three year career with 142 tackles, including 30 tackles for losses and 10 sacks. That's not exactly overwhelming stats with some one of this size/athleticism. Gholston is best suited to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. His cousin is former Jets first round pick Vernon Gholston.
14) Michael Buchanan (6-5/255) Illinois Buchanan came into his final season for the Illini vastly underweight due to his jaw being wired shut prior to the season. He had a super 2011 year, recording 64 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, and 7.5 sacks. This is a long defensive end with decent speed on the edge. Buchanan has his moments at the Senior Bowl.
15) Cornelius Washington (6-4/265)
At this size Washington blazed a 4.55 [forty] at the NFL Combine in Indy. That's smoking. NFL teams who covet a 3-4 outside linebacker on the second or third day of the draft are going to get a nice, speedy presence off the edge. While Washington's measurables are stellar his production didn't quite match up in Athens. He was a good player at Georgia but not outstanding. How did he only have ten career sacks? If he lives up to the numbers his ceiling is very high.
NFL Draft: Defensive End Rankings, Part Two
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FULL DATABASE OVERALL RANKINGS WILL BE UPDATED from 1-300 on April 24. The current top 300 doesn't parallel the new positional rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.