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  1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina - 6'5 - 258
    Drafted 1.1 by HOU
    Since he was a teenager, everyone knew Clowney had NFL potential. He rated as the No. 1 high school prospect according to multiple sources back in 2011. Now with the league-mandated three years under his belt, he will make the jump to the NFL, which is where he belongs. Clowney is already a grown man with special skills. Fantastic length, athleticism and strength. ... Read More
  2. Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame - 6'2 - 352
    Drafted 3.19 by HOU
    Nix is a big, two-gap lane filler who can clog the middle and occasionally spring loose to rush the passer. He provided the open lanes which brought success to MLB Manti Te'o last season. An excellent run defender who will occupy blockers, cause disruption and move the pile. Nix could have made the jump to the NFL last season after Notre Dame's near run to a Nation... Read More
  3. Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State - 6'2 - 292
    Drafted 2.16 by BAL
    Jernigan really burst onto the scene over his last two seasons with the Seminoles. He wasn't even a full-time starter in 2012; however, he was firmly on the map as a potential star at the beginning of 2013 due to his supreme abilities to penetrate the backfield and disrupt play after play. Jernigan put on a great show in the BCS National Championship, despite losin... Read More
  4. Dee Ford, DE , Auburn - 6'2 - 246
    Drafted 1.23 by KC
    Ford is a prototypical pass-rushing defensive end who can bend the edge with speed and an explosive burst off the line. He has a chance to hear his name called on Day 1, but this largely depends on if he garners any interest from 3-4 teams who feel he could transition to OLB. Has a natural athleticism and put that on display at the Senior Bowl with two sacks. Pract... Read More
  5. Scott Crichton, DE , Oregon State - 6'3 - 260
    Drafted 3.8 by MIN
    Crichton looks like an ideal 4-3 DE at the next level. He has adequate size and a nice burst coming off the edge. He has some limited experience playing inside, so there is a long-term potential for him to grow into a 3-4 DE, assuming he adds the necessary weight over the coming years. An excellent anchor at the end of the line. Doesn't penetrate into the backfield... Read More
  6. Demarcus Lawrence, DE , Boise State - 6'3 - 244
    Drafted 2.2 by DAL
    This highly productive player is a high ceiling prospect blessed with excellent athleticism and great frame to build upon. Lawrence was a two-time All-Mountain West selection. Suspended three times for violating team rules. Lawrence could fit in a couple roles depending upon team need. Has enough athleticism to develop into a 3-4 OLB or bulk up into a LDE in a 4-3.... Read More
  7. Dominique Easley, DT, Florida - 6'2 - 280
    Drafted 1.29 by NE
    Easley is a bit undersized for the position and will need to find the correct niche when advancing to the NFL. He is packed tight at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds and could afford to add more lower body strength and girth throughout. Relentless style of play. Not particularly strong in his base; however, his active hands are always fighting for leverage. A bit sloppy in ... Read More
  8. Marcus Smith, DE , louisville - 6'3 - 252
    Drafted 1.26 by PHI
    Smith was the 2013 AAC Defensive Player of the Year, an award that was well-deserved. He piled up 14.5 sacks, the second-most in all of college football. Long athlete with excellent body control. Shows excellent bend around the corner. Good first step and explodes into offensive linemen. Looks to affect balance and tie up his opponent's feet. Very athletic and agil... Read More
  9. Ego Ferguson, DT , LSU - 6'3 - 308
    Drafted 2.19 by CHI
    Ferguson has seen his stock drop considerably in recent months. Concerns about his pass-rushing limitations may restrict his playing time. Ferguson is at his best when he can occupy space and hold ground. By occupying lanes, he disrupts the game. Could be a little more consistent with his pad level and not bending at the waist. Needs to stay low with better knee be... Read More
  10. Kareem Martin, DE , North Carolina - 6'6 - 260
    Drafted 3.20 by ARI
    Martin tested out very well at the NFL combine and because of that, he is now climbing most draft boards. Now securely considered a Top 100 prospect, Martin should be a lock to be selected in the early rounds. An excellent size-strength-speed candidate. Projects as a 4-3 DE and would need to add a lot of bulk to transition to 3-4 DE. Really peaked as a senior with ... Read More

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