DE Rankings 2017 NFL Defensive End Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: 18 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 33 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries Top 5 Pick, 2. Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama: 33 solo tackles, 36 assisted tackles, 69 total tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries, and 2 deflections from pass breakups Top 5 Pick, 3. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: 40 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 56 total tackles, 19 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, 5 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles Top 10 Pick, 4. DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State: 46 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 68 total tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, 16 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 deflections from pass breakups Round 1, 5. Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State: 20 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 34 total tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, and 5 quarterback hurries Round 1, 6. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan: 19 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, 42 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, and 8 quarterback hurries Round 1, 7. Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford: 41 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 62 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks, and 7 quarterback hurries Round 1, 8. Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio: 29 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 49 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, and 12 quarterback hurries Round 2, 9. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova: 27 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 45 total tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, and 13 quarterback hurries Round 2, 10. Davon Godchaux, DE, LSU: 11 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, 34 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, and 2 quarterback hurries Round 2, 11. Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M: 28 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 50 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, and 12.5 quarterback hurries Round 2, 12. Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah: 40 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 54 total tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks, and 7 deflections from pass breakups Round 2, 13. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic: 26 solo tackles, 25 assisted tackles, 51 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries, 3 blocked kicks/punts, and 1 forced fumble Round 3, 14. Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois: 30 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 56 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries Round 3, 15. Keionta Davis, DE, Chattanooga: 26 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 44 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, and 10.5 sacks Round 4, 16. Karter Schult, DE, Northern Iowa: 51 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, 74 total tackles, 24 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception Round 4, 17. Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State: 42 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 59 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, and 8 quarterback hurries Round 5, 18. Terence Waugh, DE, Kent State: 32 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 47 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks, and 5 quarterback hurries Round 6, 19. Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern: 16 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 22 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and 10 sacks Round 6, 20. Lewis Neal, DE, LSU: 11 solo tackles, 49 assisted tackles, 60 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and 4 quarterback hurries Round 7


2017 NFL Draft: Defensive End Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: February 8, 2017.



  1. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M Projected Round Top 5 Pick

    2016 Season Recap At 6-5 275 lbs Myles Garrett appears to have the ideal size to convert to both 4-3 right end or 3-4 right outside linebacker in the NFL. Garrett is a special prospect because he can get to the quarterback, stop the run, drop back into coverage, and has the football IQ and technique to play in both schemes.


    Myles Garrett dominated against Conor McDermott and UCLA winning the one-on-one battles 22-16. Garrett also had his moments against Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson. Garrett has solidified himself as a top 5 pick and the top defensive player in the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Garrett has commanded double teams and triple teams and still dominated as a pass rusher, run stuffer, and someone who can drop back into coverage. Garrett missed a game after he got injured on a cut block that affected him all season, but he's versatile enough to play on either side and got to the quarterback. Garrett is the most complete defensive end in this group.


    Garrett only finished with 8.5 sacks. That's good enough for me when you consider he still got double teamed when injured. That's how much of a presence Garrett has.


    Myles Garrett SWOT Report

    Strengths: Myles Garrett is a complete EDGE rusher that will have an instant impact at 4-3 right end or 3-4 right outside linebacker. Despite having a career low 8.5 sacks I see a complete defensive end with the rip and swim moves to dominate on tape.


    Weaknesses: There are no weaknesses with Garrett. There are a few areas he can improve in, but no specific threat at this time.


    Opportunities: 1. Cleveland Browns. Myles Garrett will remain my top pick unless someone leaks news that the Browns are seriously considering another player at 1.


    Threats: I don't think there is a threat to Myles Garrett at this point. Garrett should be the top pick barring an extremely rare situation leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft.



    Before 2016

    Myles Garrett makes left tackles quiver in fear. He had 29 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, 53 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries as a true freshman in 2014. Garrett had 37 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 59 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries in 2015.


    With Garrett you are talking about the best Aggie pass rusher since Von Miller. I could see Garrett developing into this decades version of Reggie White or Derrick Thomas depending on what scheme he plays in.


    Garrett can play in the 9-technique in the 4-3, but he has a better chance of getting drafted by a 3-4 team which is why I have him as an outside linebacker. Regardless of which scheme he ends up playing in, Garrett is the top overall prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Garrett has two goals in 2016. To get 20 sacks and to be the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Those are pretty high standards for someone that will probably get their fair share of double teams. You'd like to see Garrett talk more about winning, but I don't think its a red flag since Garrett does not have the work ethic concerns that Jadeveon Clowney had when everyone raved about Clowney heading into the 2014 NFL Draft.




  2. Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama Projected Round Top 5 Pick

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 294 lb Jonathan Allen has the versatility to play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end. Allen is a better 3-4 fit in my opinion, but he is versatile enough to play in the 4-3.


    Jonathan Allen had his way in one-on-one battles with Zach Banner 4 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss, and 2 deflections from a pass breakup.


    Allen struggled against Arkansas left tackle Dan Skipper. Skipper kept Allen from sacking or getting any quarterback hurries despite having 0.5 tackles for a loss against Arkansas. Allen has 5.5 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, and 6 quarterback hurries in 2016.


    Allen may be versatile enough to play in the 4-3 defense. I think he will have more success in the 3-4 after watching him struggle against Dan Skipper and Avery Gennesy on tape. Allen is very versatile, but 7 of his 11 quarterback hurries in 2016 came when Allen got by the opponents guards rather than their offensive tackle.


    Jonathan Allen won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Ted Hendricks Award in 2016. Allen was also a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Lott IMPACT Trophy, and Lombardi Award in 2016 after finishing the year with 16 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, and 15 quarterback hurries in 2016.


    Jonathan Allen SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jonathan Allen has the speed and strength you want a defensive lineman to have. Allen is a speedy explosive pass rusher with the first step quickness that you covet in a 5-technique player.


    Weaknesses: Jonathan Allen loses count of plays. This is a mental thing with Allen that would be my only concern. I see him as s 3-4 only player rather than this 4-3 DT/3-4 DE that scouts believe he is. Allen will be a stud in the 5-technique as a 3-4 defensive end, but will only be average in the 4-3.


    Opportunities: 3. Chicago Bears, 4. Jacksonville Jaguars, and 5. Tennessee Titans are the most likely scenarios. Chicago would use Allen as a 3-4 right end, Jacksonville would use him as a 4-3 defensive tackle, and Tennessee would use Allen as a 3-4 left end. Chicago and Tennessee would be awesome scheme fits for Allen while Jacksonville would be a reach for Allen at 4 because they have bigger needs at running back and safety.


    Threats: I don't think there are any specific threats with Jonathan Allen. I just believe Allen will do better on a team like Chicago or Tennessee than Jacksonville both the Bears and Titans have better coaching staffs along with scheme fits that play to Allen's strengths.



    Before 2016

    Jonathan Allen had 11 tackles for a loss in 2014. Allen really broke out as a junior though when he had 19 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 36 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, and 12 sacks in 2015. Jonathan Allen can command some double teams at Alabama.


    Jonathan Allen may not have the rip and swim moves yet. He has the explosive first step and block shedding that Derek Barnett lacks.


    Allen only knows the 5-technique right now. Allen can master a 3-4 defensive end role since he knows the 4-technique and 5-technique, but if Allen wants to master any other role on the defensive line he has to learn to play the 6-9 techniques in the NFL.




  3. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee Projected Round Top 10 Pick

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 265 lb Derek Barnett has the versatility to play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right outside linebacker, or 3-4 left outside linebacker. Barnett has the body of a 4-3 defensive end and the technique of both a 4-3 defensive end and a 3-4 outside linebacker. I had Myles Garrett rated as an outside linebacker which was a huge reason why Barnett came in as the top ranked defensive end.


    Barnett saw a lot of double teams against Appalachian State. He got a quarterback hurry and a tackle for a loss even though he failed to record a sack.


    Barnett has picked up a lot of momentum. Not only is Barnett more explosive, he's also dominating against SEC left tackles like David Sharpe of Florida, Avery Gennesy of Texas A&M, and Cam Robinson of Alabama.


    Barnett has been phenomenal stopping the run once again with 11.5 tackles for a loss. His 6 sacks and 5 quarterback hurries have been huge. It feels like he's had a dozen quarterback pressures despite only having 5 quarterback hurries statistically.


    Barnett can place his hand in the dirt like a 4-3 defensive end or go straight for the quarterback like a 3-4 outside linebacker. Either way, I think Barnett will have a lot of success in the NFL now that he is more explosive on tape.


    Barnett had 3 sacks against South Carolina. Barnett now has 9 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss in 2016. When you consider he's faced better competition than DeMarcus Walker you can easily argue he's the top defensive end in the 2017 NFL Draft as well as the top pass rusher outside of Myles Garrett and Jonathan Allen now that he's corrected issues with explosiveness on tape. Barnett always had the rip and swim moves to be a stud pass rusher at the edge on tape.


    Derek Barnett SWOT Report

    Strengths: Barnett is another stud EDGE rusher outside of Myles Garrett that can play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker on either side. He is a sack artist that does well against the run and dominates in zone coverage.


    Weaknesses: Barnett had issues with explosiveness coming off the EDGE. Barnett corrected that and now his biggest weakness is man coverage.


    Opportunities: 4. Jacksonville Jaguars, 7. Los Angeles Chargers, 8. Carolina Panthers, 9. Cincinnati Bengals, and 11. New Orleans Saints are the most likely scenarios. Barnett is a top 10 talent in my eyes, but there is an outside chance he falls to 11 or gets pushed into the top 5 if a team like the Jaguars decides to boost their pass rush at 4. I don't think Barnett would make it past 11 though because I've heard reports that the Saints love Barnett plus they need a defensive end next to Cameron Jordan.


    Threats: The only thing that threatens Barnett at this point is a poor NFL Combine. Even then, he'd still most likely be a top 20 pick.



    Before 2016

    Barnett had back-to-back seasons of 10 sacks. Barnett had 20.5 tackles for a loss in 2014 and 12.5 tackles for a loss in 2015 meaning he's just as consistent as a run stuffer as he is as a pass rusher. Barnett had 8 quaterback hurries in 2014 and 7 quarterback hurries in 2015. Barnett lined up at 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right outside linebacker, and 3-4 left outside linebacker.


    Barnett can play in the 5-technique as a 3-4 defensive end, 6-technique or 7-technique as a 4-3 left end, 8-technique as a third defensive end near a tight end, or the 9-technique as a 4-3 right end. The one thing I'd like to see Barnett improve on in 2016 is to show more explosion on tape.




  4. DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 281 lb DeMarcus Walker has more versatility than I realized. I think Walker is the top senior 4-3 defensive end in this draft.


    DeMarcus Walker had 4.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks against Ole Miss. Walker is a guy that should move up the boards.


    Walker struggled against Louisville as a pass rusher, but still had a season best 7 total tackles in that. He's been lights out since with 8.5 sacks and 9 tackles for a loss. Walker abused Jon Heck the North Carolina right tackle despite losing to North Carolina.


    Walker picked apart Wake Forest. Walker struggled against Clemson's offensive line in 2015. I'm curious to see how Walker does on Saturday.


    Walker can provide a vocal presence. He will ask his teammates if they are a man to fire them up. He didn't get a sack on Watson, but he won some battles on tape against Mitch Hyatt to get to the line of scrimmage. Walker also showcased the ability to drop back into coverage as well as the rip and swim moves you expect from a starting defensive end in the NFL.


    DeMarcus Walker SWOT Report

    Strengths: Walker is another stud EDGE rusher outside of Myles Garrett and Derek Barnett that can play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker on either side. He is a sack artist does well against the run and dominates in zone coverage.


    Weaknesses: Walker does not really have any weaknesses when I watch his tape. He is worthy of going top 10, but will fall to the middle of the first round.


    Opportunities: 8. Carolina Panthers, 9. Cincinnati Bengals, 11. New Orleans Saints, 19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 21. Detroit Lions are the most likely scenarios. DeMarcus Walker is a top 25 pick, but it comes down to where he lands.


    Threats: The only thing that threatens Walker is a foot injury. That foot injury could keep him out of the 2017 NFL Combine after keeping him out of the 2017 Senior Bowl and that may cause Walker to fall in the draft to potentially the late first round.



    Before 2016

    DeMarcus Walker is a senior who had 26 solo tackles, 32 assisted tackles, 58 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, 5 deflections from pass breakups, 4 forced fumbles, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 interception, and 1 blocked kick/punt on special teams in 2015. DeMarcus Walker can rush the quarterback or stop the running game.


    DeMarcus Walker is naturally a 4-3 left end that goes up against right tackles. He's also versatile enough to play 4-3 right end, 4-3 defensive tackle, 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, 3-4 right outside linebacker, 3-4 left outside linebacker, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end in the NFL.


    Walker can play in the 5-technique as a 3-4 defensive end, 6-technique or 7-technique as a 4-3 left end, 8-technique as a third defensive end near a tight end, or the 9-technqiue as a 4-3 right end. Walker needs to master his rip and swim moves while improving on his 2015 numbers in 2016.




  5. Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-6 280 lb Malik McDowell is a 4-3 defensive tackle with the size of a 4-3 defensive end. The sad thing is that McDowell is the only first round defensive tackle in 2017 despite being undersized.


    Malik McDowell had 1 solo tackle, 2 asssisted tackles, 3 total tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 quarterback hurry against Furman. He's now 276 lbs though and that may concern some teams if he keeps losing weight.


    Malik McDowell finally got 0.5 sack in his 6th game against Northwestern. He beat Dan Feeney on one running play against Indiana while giving Notre Dame's interior offensive line some problems. Despite losing 4 lbs to now weigh 6-6 276 lbs, McDowell is still the top defensive tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Malik McDowell had some good, bad, and ugly moments on tape against Michigan center Mason Cole. McDowell is still the top defensive tackle in this group since he has the versatility to line up at 4-3 right end, 4-3 defensive tackle, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end.


    Malik McDowell SWOT Report

    Strengths: Malik McDowelll has the speed and explosiveness to make an interior offensive lineman. Can line up at 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 right end, and 3-4 left end.


    Weaknesses: McDowell has immense talent. He needs to add more muscle and stay healthier. If McDowell can do this he can be one of the ten best players in the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Opportunities: 12. Cleveland Browns, 17. Washington Redskins, 20. Denver Broncos, 21. Detroit Lions, and 24. Oakland Raiders are the most likely scenarios. Malik McDowell is a top 25 talent. The only question is will he get drafted as a 3-4 defensive end or a 4-3 defensive tackle.


    Threats: Malik McDowell got suspended for a half for a rough hit against Indiana. Malik McDowell has a chance to be special, but he has to keep his head on straight.



    Before 2016

    Malik McDowell had 21 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 41 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, and 4.5 sacks in 2015. McDowell has the size of a 4-3 left end and the skill set of one, but he is lined up at defensive tackle. He was the right defensive tackle in Michigan State's 4-3, but he's not consistent enough of a pass rusher to be a 4-3 right end that goes straight up against left tackles.


    At the same time McDowell can create havoc in the interior of a defensive line. He gave Ryan Kelly problems in Alabama's College Football Playoff win over Michigan State.


    McDowell can play in the 2-technique where you go head to head with guards, 3-technique as an interior pass rusher, or the 4-technique where you lines up against an offensive tackle.


    McDowell is undersized. He makes up for it though with his intangibles. McDowell can use rip moves or swim moves plus he has remarkable block shedding for a defensive tackle. To top that off McDowell does command double teams and even triple teams on tape.




  6. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-5 275 lb Taco Charlton has the versatility to play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end with his versatility. That can make Charlton a special player plus there is a video of him with a Taco Bell noise in the background every time he had a big play against Penn State in 2015.


    Taco Charlton had 1 assisted tackle in Michigan's season opener. Charlton missed the next two games with an injury. Charlton dominated against Penn State, Indiana, and Rutgers to the point where he is moving up from a seventh round prospect to a fifth round prospect.


    Taco Charlton had 3 quarterback hurries against Michigan State. He did not get a sack, but he got pressure on the opposing quarterback.


    Taco Charlton SWOT Report

    Strengths: Taco Charlton may be the best defensive end in this years draft when it comes to rip and swim moves. Taco Charlton played like a complete pass rusher in 2016. Charlton also has spin and stab moves in addition to his rip and swim moves. He has athletic calves and knows how to use his arms and hands to get by opposing offensive tackles with an instnat reaction time off the snap.


    Weaknesses: Taco Charlton needs to improve as a run stuffer and someone who drops back into coverage. Charlton has immense potential, but coaches need to spend his rookie year challenging him to correct these issues in his game.


    Opportunities: 19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 21. Detroit Lions, 22. Miami Dolphins, 23. New York Giants, and 28. Dallas Cowboys are the most likely scenarios. Taco Charlton is a top 30 prospect and I doubt either one of the Super Bowl 51 teams will get the chance to draft Charlton.


    Threats: There are no threats with Taco Charlton. He's extremely disciplined and the only remote concern you could make with Charlton is the lack of experience as a starter since Charlton only had 4 career starts at Michigan prior to 2016.



    Before 2016

    Taco Charlton had 21 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 30 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, and 5.5 sacks in 2015. Charlton can play the 5-technique, the 6-technique, the 7-technique, the 8-technique, or the 9-technique.




  7. Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 273 lb Solomon Thomas has excellent speed for a defensive end. He played as a pure 3-4 left end and 4-3 left end at Stanford against opposing right tackles and opposing right guards.


    Thomas has violent hands and dominates as a run stuffer. He's still a project with his pass rushing. Thomas did well on tape against USC right tackle Zach Banner and North Carolina right tackle Jon Heck.


    Solomon Thomas SWOT Report

    Strengths: Solomon Thomas is probably going to best as a 4-3 left end. He is arguably the best run stuffer in this years draft, but he hasn't played like the 5 star recruit and pass rusher he was hyped up to be coming out of High School. His ability will intrigue teams though because he plays with a mean streak.


    Weaknesses: Thomas lacks the length to play 3-4 left end which is where he played at Stanford. I see Thomas as mainly a 4-3 left end in the NFL.


    Opportunities: 11. New Orleans Saints, 21. Detroit Lions, 23. New York Giants, 32. New England Patriots, and 40. Carolina Panthers are the most likely scenarios. Thomas is a first to second round pick that will probably go in the late first or early second round.


    Threats: Solomon Thomas never put together a season with more than 4 sacks at Stanford. Thomas needs to add more muscle and get stronger if he wants to succeed in the NFL.



    Before 2016

    Solomon Thomas was a 4-3 right end as a pass rusher in High School before committing to Stanford. David Shaw converted him to a run stuffer and Stanford mainly utilized Thomas as a run stuffer in 2015 after Thomas redshirted in 2014. Thomas needs to be used more as a pass rusher in 2016.


    Thomas likely projects to a 7-technique player in the NFL. His pass rushing has to improve in 2016.




  8. Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 259 lb Tarell Basham had an incredible 2016 season with 29 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 49 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, and 12 quarterback hurries.


    The only NFL left tackles that Tarell Basham faced were Toledo's Storm Norton and Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia. Basham was able to use his burst off the snap to get by Garcia. He pressured Troy's quarterback into throwing an interception in the 2016 Dollar General Bowl.


    Tarell Basham had issues with explosiveness on tape. Basham corrected this and is now one of the most complete 4-3 defensive ends on either side.


    Tarell Basham SWOT Report

    Strengths: Tarell Basham is a high character guy with perfect attendance in both High School and Ohio. He has long arms and big hands and can use his feet to get by opposing offensive linemen. Can play 4-3 right end or 4-3 left end. He's versatile enough to play defensive end on either side


    Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger and add 5-10 lbs of muscle. Had problems getting by the 6-6 310 lb Storm Norton for Toledo. Basham doesn't apply the rip and swim moves you want to see from a defensive end even though he has the hands and arm length to be a stud pass rusher in the NFL.


    Opportunities: 38. Los Angeles Chargers, 40. Carolina Panthers, 41. Cincinnati Bengals, 44. New Orleans Saints, and 52. Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the most likely scenarios. Tarell Basham is a top 50 talent and a team that missed the playoffs can draft this 4-3 defensive end.


    Threats: Basham is a young man that will keep his head on straight. He may be a rotational player in his first or second season, but you are getting a future starter if you draft him in the second round.



    Before 2016

    Tarell Basham had a perfect attendance at Hargrave Military Academy. Basham carried that attendance on to Ohio where he had 7.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss as a true freshman in 2013.


    Basham struggled in 2014. Basham rebounded with 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss, and 11 quarterback hurries in 2015. IF Basham can put together a season with double digit sacks, tackles for a loss, and quarterback hurries he has a chance to rise up draft boards.




  9. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-7 280 lb Tanoh Kpassagnon has the versatility to play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end with his versatility. That can make Kpassagnon a special player down the road. Kpassagnon had 21.5 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks in 2016.


    Kpassagnon's toughest opponent was Pittsburgh. Kpassagnon had 2 tackles for a loss to get by left tackle Adam Bisnowaty. Kpassagnon stopped Bisnowaty on running plays, but was kept in check on passing situations.


    Tanoh Kpassagnon SWOT Report

    Strengths: Tanoh Kpassagnon is an outstanding run stuffer. His hands are quite powerful. Kpasssagnon can pack a punch and provide a pop which will throw opposing offensive tackles off. He is a attacker on pass rushing situations and a slasher on running plays. Kpassagnon's flexibility and tackling are his two best assets on tape outside of his pass rushing and run stuffing. Kpassagon has the rip, swim, cut, and club combos you want from a defensive end in the 4-3 or 3-4.


    Weaknesses: Kpassagnon can be isolated against double teams. This was shown in Villanova's opener against Pittsburgh where he was double teamed by left tackle Adam Bisnowaty and left guard Dorian Johnson. His footwork needs to improve. Lowering his pad level is another thing Kpassagnon will have to work on. Struggles with dropping back into coverage. Played mostly FCS teams outside of Pittsburgh.


    Opportunities: 46. Baltimore Ravens, 50. Denver Broncos, 52. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 53. Detroit Lions, and 54. Miami Dolphins are the most likely scenarios. Tanoh Kpassagnon had a lot of issues heading into Mobile. He's corrected those weaknesses though with a strong week in Mobile and should be a day 2 pick.


    Threats: There are no threats with Tanoh Kpassagnon. He's going to be an NFL starter. Teams have to ask themselves if they want to use him as a rotational 4-3 defensive end until he corrects his weaknesses or if they want to draft him as an immediate starter at the 5-technique position. I personally feel like Tanoh Kpassagnon will be much more successfull in the 3-4, but at the same time he has the size to play in a 4-3 and could develop into a Pro Bowl 4-3 defensive end if a team remains patient with him.



    Before 2016

    Tanoh Kpassagnon had 6.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss in 2015. The 6-6 292 lb defensive end projects as a 5-technique player in the NFL.




  10. Davon Godchaux, DE, LSU Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 293 lb Davon Godchaux is a 4-3 defensive tackle at LSU, but he's also lined up as a 3-4 right end in the 5 technique. I think Godchaux gets drafted by a team running the 3-4 which is why I have him as a defensive end instead of a defensive tackle.


    Davon Godchaux had 4 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, and 9 total tackles. Godchaux needs to continue to play at a high level.


    Davon Godchaux had good tape against Mississippi State and Auburn. Godchaux seems like an ideal 3-4 defensive end in the NFL.


    Godchaux had 9 total tackles against Ole Miss. Godchaux needs to add some muscle if he wants to be a 4-3 defensive tackle. I see him as more of a 3-4 defensive end at this point.


    Davon Godchaux SWOT Report

    Strengths: Davon Godchaux has the versatility to play 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end with his versatility. Godchaux has the ideal size of a defensive end. Has the rip and swim moves to play the 5-technique. Used deadly swim moves along with impressive speed off the snap to get by Ryan Ramczyk off the edge.


    Weaknesses: Godchaux has the size of a defensive end. He has the frame, length, and arm stance of a defensive tackle with some NFL Scouts comparing his body to that of a pug or bulldogs. Godchaux gets neutralized very easily against quality guards.


    Opportunities: 46. Baltimore Ravens, 50. Denver Broncos, 53. Detroit Lions, 55. New York Giants, and 57. Houston Texans are the most likely scenarios. Davon Godchaux is a second round prospect right now. A poor NFL Combine puts him in serious jeopardy of falling to day 3 though.


    Threats: There are no threats with Tanoh Kpassagnon. He's going to be an NFL starter. Teams have to ask themselves if they want to use him as a rotational 4-3 defensive end until he corrects his weaknesses or if they want to draft him as an immediate starter at the 5-technique position. I personally feel like Tanoh Kpassagnon will be much more successful in the 3-4, but at the same time he has the size to play in a 4-3 and could develop into a Pro Bowl 4-3 defensive end if a team remains patient with him.



    Before 2016

    Godchaux had 12 solo tackles, 29 assisted tackles, 41 total tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, and 4 quarterback hurries in 2015. Godchaux can play the 3-technique, 4-technique, or 5-technique in the NFL.




  11. Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-5 265 lb Daeshon Hall is a 4-3 left end that plays across from the top pass rusher in College Football in Myles Garrett. You have to think that has helped Hall to some extent.


    Daeshon Hall made some critical plays against UCLA. Hall won a lot of one-on-one battles and that's done wonders for his draft stock.


    Hall has 11 quarterback hurries in 2016. Hall has stepped up and has been effective with Myles Garrett receiving double teams and triple teams to the point where it opens things up for Hall.


    Daeshon Hall SWOT Report

    Strengths: Daeshon Hall has the same EDGE ability that Myles Garrett had. Hall corrected his issues in Mobile and appears to be a future starter at defensive end.


    Weaknesses: Hall needs to get stronger and improve as a pass rusher. I think he has a good chance of succeeding though.


    Opportunities: 55. New York Giants, 60. Dallas Cowboys, 63. Atlanta Falcons, 64. New England Patriots, and 71. Los Angeles Chargers are the most likely scenarios. Daeshon Hall would be an ideal starter as a 4-3 right end or 4-3 left end on any of those teams.


    Threats: Daeshon Hall may struggle if he's drafted as a 4-3 right end. He will do well as a 4-3 left end though.



    Before 2016

    Hall had 21 solo tackles, 33 assisted tackles, 54 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, and 7 sacks in 2015. Hall has the versatility to play both 4-3 left end and 3-4 left outside linebacker.


    Hall is a guy who will take some pressures off of Myles Garrett. There is no question that Texas A&M has the most lethal pass rush in the SEC this year. That won't matter though unless Texas A&M's offense can keep up with their opponents.


    Hall can play two different techniques in the NFL. Hall can play either the 6-technique or the 7-technique in the NFL.




  12. Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 272 lb Hunter Dimick has the versatility to start at both 4-3 right end and 4-3 left end. Dimick needs to stay healthy in 2016.


    Hunter Dimick had 2 tackles for a loss and 1 sack against Southern Utah. We finally saw what Fitts and Dimick could do next to each other in a 24-0 shutout. The Utes have a chance to do something in the PAC 12 if both defensive ends play like this moving forward.


    Hunter Dimick had 5 sacks in his first four games. He even impressed against Zach Banner on USC. Dimick has cooled off the last three games, but is still a better prospect than Kylie Fitts. Dimick got hot again against Washington. Dimick may be a possible riser to keep an eye on after finishing the year with 40 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 54 total tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks, and 7 deflections from pass breakups in 2016.


    Hunter Dimick SWOT Report

    Strengths: Hunter Dimick is a natural 4-3 defensive end. He has the pass rushing and run stuffing you look for.


    Weaknesses: Hunter Dimick has durability concerns. That's my only issue with him at the moment.


    Opportunities: 60. Dallas Cowboys, 63. Atlanta Falcons, 64. New England Patriots, 71. Los Angeles Chargers, and 72. Carolina Panthers are the most likely scenarios. Hunter Dimick would be an ideal starter as a 4-3 right end or 4-3 left end on any of those teams in the second to third round.


    Threats: Hunter Dimick did not get an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl. That may be a threat to Dimick not being a day 2 pick with a poor 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    Hunter Dimick had 10 sacks at 4-3 left end next to Nate Orchard in 2014. Dimick missed some games with injuries in 2015 which caused Kylie Fitts to step in and replace him. In 2016, Kylie Fitts and Hunter Dimick will form a lethal pass rushing tandem in 2016.


    Dimick can play in the 6-technique or 7-technique as a 4-3 left end, 8-technique as a third defensive end near a tight end, or the 9-technqiue as a 4-3 right end. Hunter Dimick has explosion off the snap, but needs to show more rip and swim moves.




  13. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 250 lb Trey Hendrickson added 20 lbs of muscle to now weigh 270 lbs heading into 2016. Trey Hendrickson is likely to play 4-3 defensive end in the NFL.


    Trey Hendrickson had a solid opening performance. He needs to build on that in 2016.


    Hendrickson struggled against Miami FL. Hendrickson has been spectacular since with 8.5 tackles for a loss, 7 quarterback hurries, and 5 sacks in 2016.


    Trey Hendrickson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Trey Hendrickson is a great pass rusher and run stuffer. I feel like he can be a future starting defensive end.


    Weaknesses: Trey Hendrickson has short arms that are being compared to C-Lo Green's arms. He dominated the East West Shrine game so I'm willing to look past that.


    Opportunities: 71. Los Angeles Chargers, 72. Carolina Panthers, 73. Cincinnati Bengals, 82. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 92. Dallas Cowboys are the most likely scenarios. Trey Hendrickson did well enough in the 2017 East West Shrine game to be a third round pick.


    Threats: Trey Hendrickson is a day 2 pick. With a poor 2017 NFL Combine he could be a day 3 pick.



    Before 2016

    Hendrickson had 13.5 sacks in 2015. Hendrickson also displayed the vesatility to be used as a 4-3 right end or a 3-4 right outside linebacker. Trey Hendrickson is mainly a 9-technique player.




  14. Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 255 lb Dawuane Smoot is capable of gaining 10 lbs of muscle to bulk up to 6-2 265 lbs. This leads me to believe that 4-3 left end as a run stuffer will be Smoot's natural role in the NFL.


    Smoot had 15 tackles for a loss, 10 quarterback hurries, and 5 sacks in 2016. Smoot's athleticism is incredible, but he got schooled and exposed against Michigan right tackle Erik Magnuson, Western Michigan right tackle Taylor Moton, and North Carolina right tackle Jon Heck.


    Dawuane Smoot SWOT Report

    Strengths: Dawuane Smoot is a fantastic run stuffer. He's your ideal speed rusher off the edge.


    Weaknesses: Smoot has extremely small hands that is one thing that may keep him from succeeding in the NFL.


    Opportunities: I have the Carolina Panthers taking Smoot in the late third round. Some have first round grades on Smoot others have second round grades on Smoot and I have a third round grade on Smoot.


    Threats: Dawuane Smoot is a day 2 pick. Smoot does not have many threats even though I do not see any upside with him either.



    Before 2016

    Dawuane Smoot has talent. He's gonna have to step up and lead the Illinois defense without Jihad Ward.




  15. Keionta Davis, DE, Chattanooga Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-4 260 lb Keionta Davis plays 4-3 right end at Chattanooga. Davis also has the versatility to play 3-4 right outside linebacker and will probably convert to outside linebacker in the NFL. Davis is the top FCS outside linebacker eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Keionta Davis had 1 assisted tackle in Chattanooga's season opener. Davis has 8 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks so far this season.


    Keionta Davis had 6 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 44 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, and 10.5 sacks in 2016. David played in the 2017 Senior BOwl, but failed to do anything that stood out.


    Keionta Davis SWOT Report

    Strengths: Keionta Davis has very good production. Davis is a natural pass rusher and run stuffer. That's the biggest reason he's got a shot of being a day 3 pick.


    Weaknesses: Davis lacks the explosion and first step quickness off the edge. That's a concern with me at this point.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Keionta Davis. He is really consistent on tape. If he was faster, there is no question he'd be a day 2 pick.


    Threats: Keionta Davis had a horrible 2017 Senior Bowl. He's probably a day 3 pick and a rotational rusher until he improves his speed in the NFL.



    Before 2016

    Keionta Davis had 17 tackles for a loss and 13.5 sacks in 2015. Davis showcased the ability to play the 9-technique at 4-3 right end plus he's versatile enough to move to right outside linebacker where he projects to play in the NFL.




  16. Karter Schult, DE, Northern Iowa Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 265 lb Karter Schult is going to be a 4-3 right end for Northern Iowa in 2016. Schult is a late-round pick at the moment.


    Karter Schult had 4 solo tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks against Iowa State. Northern Iowa's defensive end is already off to another strong start in 2016.


    Karter Schult has dominated for Northern Iowa. Schult has 39 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 53 total tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble in 2016.


    Karter Schult SWOT Report

    Strengths: Karter Schult has very good production. Schult is a natural pass rusher and run stuffer. That's the biggest reason he's got a shot of being a day 3 pick.


    Weaknesses: Schult lacks speed, struggles in coverage, and only faces FCS players.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Karter Schult. He is really consistent on tape. If he was faster, there is no question he'd be a day 2 pick.


    Threats: Karter Schult did not get expousre at the 2017 Senior Bowl or the East West Shrine Game. That hurts Schult more than anything else.



    Before 2016

    Karter Schult had 81 total tackles, 23 tackles for a loss, and 15 sacks in 2015. If Schult can match those numbers at 4-3 right end in the 9-technique, in 2016, he could move up draft boards.




  17. Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 269 lb Avery Moss played 4-3 right end at Youngstown State with Derek Rivers complimenting him at 4-e left end. Moss faced left tackles, but did not have the experience that Rivers had.


    Avery Moss had 42 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 59 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, and 8 quarterback hurries in 2016. Moss will be a solid 4-3 right end in the NFL in a rotational role.


    Avery Moss SWOT Report

    Strengths: Avery Moss has quick feet. Moss faces tough left tackles in the FCS.


    Weaknesses: Avery Moss has really small hands. He's also a one year starter with a lack of experience plus he plays in the FCS.


    Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on Avery Moss. He is really consistent on tape. If he was faster, he might be a fourth round pick.


    Threats: Avery Moss was okay at the 2017 East West Shrine Game. Moss didn't stand out in any way though.



    Before 2016

    Avery Moss began his career at Nebraska. He'd eventually transfer to Youngstown State.




  18. Terence Waugh, DE, Kent State Projected Round 6th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-1 261 lb Terence Waugh is versatile enough to play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, 3-4 right outside linebacker, or 3-4 left outside linebacker.


    Kent State's senior defensive end stood out on tape with 12 tackles for a loss and 8 sacks so far in 2016. Waugh faced Cam Robinson 3 times on tape and won two of the battles in Kent State's loss to Alabama.


    Terence Waugh SWOT Report

    Strengths: Terence Waugh has good rip and swim moves. I see a pretty complete EDGE rusher.


    Weaknesses: Waugh does not have very many weaknesses. In fact he's probably one of the more under looked players.


    Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on Terence Waugh. He is really consistent on tape. If he was faster, he might be a fourth round pick.


    Threats: Nobody is talking about Terence Waugh. Even though I have a sixth round grade on him you can easily make a case that Waugh goes undrafted.



    Before 2016

    Terence Waugh had 12 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks in 2015. Waugh knows how to play the 6-technique, 7-technique at 4-3 left end, 8-technique, and the 9-technique. Waugh is extremely versatile on tape, but struggled against Marshall left tackle Clint Van Horn despite getting 4 sacks against the right tackle. Waugh needs to match his 2015 numbers plus do well against a quality left tackle if he wants to move up in 2016.




  19. Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern Projected Round 6th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 265 lb Ifeadi Odenigbo dominated in 2016. He didn't produce a lot of tackles, but showed he could be a sack artist on tape.


    Ifeadi Odenigbo SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ifeadi Odenigbo has good rip and swim moves. I see a good defensive end.


    Weaknesses: Odenigbo does not get a lot of tackles. He also needs to show more explosion on running plays.


    Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on Ifeadi Odenigbo. He may not even get drafted.


    Threats: Nobody is talking about Ifeadi Odenigbo. Even though I have a sixth round grade on him you can easily make a case that Odenigbo goes undrafted.



    Before 2016

    Ifeadi Odenigbo had 8.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss in 2014 as a sophomore redshirt. He regressed in 2015 and now needs a huge senior season in order to rebound.




  20. Lewis Neal, DE, LSU Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 264 lb Lewis Neal is barely big enough to play 4-3 left end. There is an outside chance Neal moves to 3-4 left outside linebacker in the NFL.


    Lewis Neal didn't show up against Wisconsin. Neal needs to do more to avoid falling on draft boards.


    Lewis Neal had some success against Justin Senior. Mississippi State's right tackle had problems defending blocks against Lewis Neal on tape.


    Lewis Neal SWOT Report

    Strengths: Strong and thick defender. Can use his hands to generate pop on blocks. Knows how to be an effective pass rusher and run stuffer at times.


    Weaknesses: Lewis Neal struggles with double teams. He also lacks the frame to be a 4-3 defensive tackle, a 3-4 defensive end, or a 4-3 defensive end. He may end up having to be used as a depth player.


    Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on Lewis Neal. He may not even get drafted.


    Threats: Even if Lewis Neal gets drafted, there is a good chance he will get cut in Training Camp. Hopefully Neal gets a chance to prove himself.



    Before 2016

    Lewis Neal led LSU with 8 sacks in 2016. Neal is not a sack artist or a guy with the ideal size to play 4-3 left end. Neal knows how to play the 6-technique and 7-technique at 4-3 left end.







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