1) Cameron Jordan, Cal
Range: Top 20
Synopsis: It’s scary how big and how athletic he is. He has phenomenal versatility, but will be best off play as a 3-4 DE. Knows how to get to the quarterback, but needs to add a few other moves. A true student of the game.
2) JJ Watt, Wisconsin*
Range: Top 20
Synopsis: Former walk-on who’s talent was matched with a surprisingly great combine. Watt is what happens when you combine hard work and talent. He’s stout against the run, but could be a better pass rusher.
3) Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple*
Range: 1st Round
Synopsis: Massive size for a 3-4 DE but a fluid athlete who does a great job getting to the QB. He left early and played at a terrible school, but made the most of it. He needs better leverage and plays too tall sometimes.
4) Cameron Heyward, Ohio St
Range: Late 1st – Mid 2nd
Synopsis: 4 year starter at Ohio State and put up good numbers there. Heyward is the ideal size and is athletic enough for the 3-4 as well. He plays the run well, but his pass-rushing ability is lacking and he needs to get to the QB more.
5) Christian Ballard, Iowa
Synopsis: Play DE and DT at Iowa, but with how much force and brute strength he plays with, his best fit is at DE in the 3-4. He never put up good numbers and is a better athlete than football player at this point.
6) Lawrence Guy, Arizona St*
Range: 4th – 5th
Synopsis: Left after a mediocre junior season, but has the body type that fits the 3-4. He has the tools to be a better pro player than he was in college with his size, speed, and strength. He’s a true sleeper prospect.
7) David Carter, UCLA
Synopsis: Didn’t start until his senior season, but made the most of it. He has a non-stop motor and is a team player. Good size and an underrated athlete. He could play DT, but this is his best position in the NFL.
8) Brandon Bair, Orgeon
Range: 5th – 6th
Synopsis: He has the frame, but Bair needs to add strength to the 3-4 defense. He isn’t the greatest athlete which puts him as a 3-4 DE. He plays the run well and hustles, but won’t be a dominant pass rusher.
9) Lazarius Levingston, LSU
Range: 6th – 7th
Synopsis: Had a standout sophomore year before going sackless his next two seasons. Still, he plays the run well and is quick enough and big enough to fit as a 3-4 DE in the NFL. May never be more than a backup.
10) Zane Parr, Virginia*
Range: 7th – UDFA
Synopsis: Left after his junior year and didn’t really put up any numbers at Virginia. He has some tools to work with, but Parr should have stayed at Virginia. He’ll need to get bigger and stronger.