2014 NFL Draft - Big Board of DL Prospects

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Top 2014 NFL Draft DL Prospect Rankings

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  1. Leonard Williams, DT, USC - 6-5 - 298
    There are going to be quite a few All-American selectors that will look a bit foolish when the first player taken in the 2015 draft's profile reads only four organizations (The NFL Draft Report, FWAA, ESPN and Lindy's) according him rightful first-team honors. They were the same group that named him to their respective first-teams in 2013, making Leonard Williams t... Read More
  2. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson - 6-3 - 246
    Vic Beasley of Clemson is an elite NFL prospect at pass rusher, and projects as an early first round pick at outside linebacker for a team utilizing a 3-4 defensive scheme. Coming out of high school in Georgia, Beasley was a highly regarded athlete, having excelled at both running back and on defense. Beasley also averaged a double-double as an AAU basketball pl... Read More
  3. Shane Ray, DE, Missouri - 6'3 - 249
    Shane Ray is an elite pass rushing defensive end who projects in the NFL as a 3-4 outside linebacker from Missouri. He should be a top ten draft pick. Coming out of high school in Kansas, Ray was a highly regarded defensive end, having received first team All-State honors. He comes from good blood lines, as his father, Wendell Ray, was a 5th Round draft pick by th... Read More
  4. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska - 6-6 - 245
    The Arizona Western transfer posted 82 tackles with nine sacks at that school during his freshman year, but a broken leg sidelined him for the 2012 campaign. He moved on to Nebraska in 2013, adding 9.5 sacks and 16 tackles for losses among his 65 stops for the Huskers. Some scouts are viewing Gregory as a potential 3-4 linebacker, but I see him more as a rush end-type... Read More
  5. Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky - 6-4 - 267
    Nicknamed "Bud," the strong-side end has added over 20 pounds to his frame. He's delivered 152 tackles with 13.5 sacks and 22.0 tackles for losses since earning a starting job in 2012. He is able to redirect with no wasted motion and demonstrates proper knee bend and balance to be effective as a bull rusher. He is slippery getting through trash and has the straight-li... Read More
  6. Danny Shelton, DT, Washington - 6-2 - 332
    Statistically, Shelton fails to excite, as he's made just 113 tackles in three seasons, including 59 as a junior. He lacks the pass-rushing abilities of the elite defensive tackles and is considered more of a two-down, zero or one-technique in the NFL, which would be an ideal place for him. Still, for a player of his size, he shows a good first step off the snap. He c... Read More
  7. Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon - 6-7 - 296
    Recruited as a dual athlete (football and basketball), it took three seasons beforeArik Armstead became comfortable on the gridiron, but despite posting 2.5 sacks among his 5.5 stops for loss this season, his 46 tackles this season and posting 87 hits in 39 games with just four career... Read More
  8. Malcom Brown, DT, Texas - 6'2 - 320
    When considering interior defensive lineman, you're looking for versatility. A lot of big bodies can plug a hole pretty well, but what separates the best from the rest is the ability to also get into the backfield. Brown has that ability. In his junior year he racked up 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Only four interior lineman posted more tackles for loss than Bro... Read More
  9. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State - 6-3 - 320
    Playing out of position at defensive end has not seen Goldman produce statistically, as he has only 27 tackles with four tackles for losses in 24 games. A logical move to nose guard will be his calling card to the NFL, as he is a wide-body type with good shoulder and chest width, thick thighs and calves, long arms and a frame that can carry an additional 20-30 pounds ... Read More
  10. Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma - 6'6 - 334
    At 6'6-334, Phillips clearly has the size to be a good NFL nose tackle, and scouts say he has the athleticism to be a great one. However, he'll have to utilize the athleticism more than he did at Oklahoma. Scouts praise his ability to use his size to plug holes and free up space for linebackers. His athleticism is obvious as well but not as utilized. Scouts suspect th... Read More
  11. Eli Harold, DE, Virginia - 6-4 - 235
    One of the first underclassmen to declare for the 2015 draft, Eli Harold will have to undergo a crash course as a linebacker during training camp if he hopes to earn playing time next year. Tired of the losing Cavalier atmosphere, the junior recorded 54 tackles, as he ranked third on the team with seven sacks, causing a fumble on one of those QB drops that he recov... Read More
  12. Carl Davis, DT, Iowa - 6-5 - 313
  13. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA - 6-3 - 270
    Two separate hip surgeries kept Owamagbe Odighizuwa on the sidelines for the 2013 season, but based on his 2014 performance, he appears fully recovered as he reclaimed his weak-side rush end job. Before the injuries, he had 75 tackles with 13.0 stops-for-loss as a Bruin. He ... Read More
  14. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State - 6-2 - 288
  15. Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State - 6-3 - 294
  16. Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU - 6-6 - 240
  17. Nate Orchard, DE, Utah - 6-4 - 255
  18. Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State - 6-4 - 299
    While most NFL teams project Xavier Cooper to be a 4-3 base defense tackle, his performance in the speed drills and similar stellar effort as a sophomore while playing the "bandit" end position in the Cougars' 3-4 alignment could change some teams' minds when trying to figure where to... Read More
  19. Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA - 6-5 - 330
  20. Devonte Fields, DE, TCU - 6-4 - 250
  21. David Johnson, DT, TCU - 6'2 - 270
  22. Cedric Reed, DE, Texas - 6'5 - 269
    Up until the end of Reed' senior season at Texas, he never really reached the potential many thought he had when he was recruited. Well, he never actually reached that potential, but he did play his best football at the end of last season. That's a bit odd because apparently Reed played his senior year with a torn meniscus. Reed had surgery to repair the injury and wi... Read More
  23. Crishon Rose, DT, East Carolina - 6-4 - 303
  24. Deiontrez Mount, DE, Louisville - 6-4 - 234
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