2021 NFL DRAFT DEFENSIVE END RANKINGS

NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS BY POSITION

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*Player Profiles to be added for each prospect between now and the 2021 NFL Draft

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KWITY PATE, MICHIGAN

OVERALL RANK: 6

KWITY PAYE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Born in Guinea as refugee of Liberian civil war. High character player who was bullied as a child due to his background, very humble. Is said that when he speaks, people listen. Wants to go back and offer opportunities in Liberia.

  • Paye has a powerful build with plenty of muscle mass in his legs and a thick waist which he uses well to get underneath leverage on his initial engagement with opposing linemen.

  • He stays low on contact and can force opposing tackles to bend at the waist giving Paye an advantage on using speed to power rush. Tackles must know this is coming from him, but it still remains an extremely impactful go-to move for him.

  • Paye has played all along the line and is comfortable rushing from the middle or the edge.

  • He has an extremely high motor, so you better be ready to play when opposite him, his effort is consistent and has plenty of pace to chase down plays from the backside down the line.

  • On run defense he maintains gap discipline but shows inconsistency and at times plays too high, allowing opposing lineman to control him and move him off his spot. He needs to win on early contact, against longer offensive lineman his hands will offer few counters and at times his feet stop moving.

  • Works far better on stunts working out-to-in than in-to-out again due to lack of true bend. He aligns best as an outside end in a 4-3 defensive front with his hand in the dirt.

  • In a tough year to judge the top all-round edge prospect, Paye has it for us as the most polished prospect across all areas of his game.

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RONNIE PERKINS, OKLAHOMA

OVERALL RANK: 17

RONNIE PERKINS NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Perkins just looks like a mean dude off the edge and should be a first round pick.

  • He has excellent size and a truly powerful burst and first punch that he can translate into a speedy finish to get around tackles and to the quarterback.

  • He is one of the few edge prospects in this class who leap off the screen more often than not and has the potential to be disruptive all across the defensive line.

  • Gets off blocks cleanly and quickly whilst possessing genuine closing speed and an intimidating cat-like pounce thanks to his length and sheer power, bringing down ball carriers with ease.

  • He does have good bend, but often does not need to utilise this as he can just sail past blockers thanks to his exceptional explosion.

  • A bit of refinement is perhaps required in the run game, but such gap discipline should be cleaned up when he receives NFL level experience and coaching.

  • Was suspended due to a failed drugs test in early 2020, but that should not deter teams looking for a potential difference maker along their line towards the top of the 2021 NFL Draft. High potential every down player who could start right away.

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GREGORY ROUSSEAU, MIAMI

OVERALL RANK: 19

GREGORY ROUSSEAU NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Double-digit sacks as a redshirt freshman in 2019.

  • Compared to Calais Campbell entering Miami and moves incredibly well for his size.

  • He is extremely strong and runs through offensive tackles on occasion, getting to the QB at a very high rate.

  • When he is not bull rushing offensive tackles, he has one other way to get to the QB: his speed chop move, which is elite.

  • Needs to develop more pass rush moves, but due to his fluidity he could develop into an able coverage linebacker in a 3-4 scheme which would increase his value providing that teams see this potential in him.

  • Rousseau is not going to surprise you technique wise. He needs to develop more moves (spin move, etc) to help himself get to the quarterback in the NFL.

  • He is not as dominant at stopping the run as rushing the passer.

  • There isn’t a ton of film for him. He only played one season at the college level, and he was used exclusively as a pass rush specialist for half of that season.

  • Rousseau is raw, but he simply has a much higher upside than both teammates Jaelen Phillips or Quincy Roche due to a superior athletic profile and natural ability.

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JOSEPH OSSAI, TEXAS

OVERALL RANK: 33

JOSEPH OSSAI NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Ossai has an excellent athletic profile.

  • He’s rangy with long powerful arms and moves well sideline to sideline with an impressive burst when attacking vertically.

  • He possesses a red-hot motor and can always be seen around the ball or making his way to the ball even when he is positioned in another area of the field, the effort is not going to be a concern in the NFL.

  • His tackle radius is above average, and he tends to bring a runner down when latched on.

  • There are occasional inconsistencies with tackle angles mainly due to his urgency to get to the ball.

  • Whilst rushing the passer from the edge he looks far more effective as a stand-up rusher being able to explode and attack a gap rather than hand down at a wide position.

  • Does not have sufficient awareness to hold up consistently in coverage and should not currently be given man assignments.

  • In the run game, he sometimes struggles to disengage from pulling lineman and can get walled off far too frequently from the gap losing his body shape and balance.

  • Overall, his strengths will be best utilised at the next level by putting him in positions to succeed as a 3-4 outside linebacker allowing him to find the gaps along the line.

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AZEEZ OJULARI, GEORGIA

OVERALL RANK: 39

AZEEZ OJULARI NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Ojulari probably is not a full time day 1 starter in the NFL, but his ceiling certainly warrants a long hard look from teams searching for a speed pass rusher.

  • The Georgia defensive end could carve out a role early in his NFL career as a rotational end due to his rushing ability and smarts against the run.

  • Ojulari is slightly undersized and can get a little lost and pushed around against the run, but he is a disciplined gap defender who has good play recognition, showing on multiple occasions that he is not easily fooled by play action or screens.

  • To become a more polished rusher in the NFL, Ojulari will need to prove that he has more moves than his jab and swipe move that he relies on almost exclusively.

  • Question marks remain as to whether he has enough dip and explosion to bend around fleet footed linemen, but his length projects well to a team who wants to take a leap of faith regarding his upside.

  • May only become a situational pass rusher, but that is an important role in today's NFL that teams are eager to fill with low cost assets.

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DAYO ODEYINGBO, VANDERBILT

OVERALL RANK: 45

DAYO ODEYINGBO NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Has the size and length to play inside and out and the versatility to play either in a 4-3 or 3-4.

  • Is not yet fully polished in terms of legitimate pass rush moves, but not many are in this class and Odeyingbo possesses a higher ceiling if he gets it all together.

  • As mentioned, he has excellent size and length, but he also clearly has the athletic ability to finish as he pursues ball carriers by taking good angles and has the speed to chase them down.

  • Likely best on the outside, kicking in on obvious passing downs the sky is the limit for Odeyingbo and he should be a first or second day pick provided that teams are happy with his medicals. Unfortunately he tore his achilles in late January which could affect his draft stock somewhat, but if he falls (even if he has to redshirt a year), then he could be a bargain on draft day. 

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PATRICK JONES II, PITTSBURGH

OVERALL RANK: 46

PATRICK JONES II NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Possesses an explosive get off and usually appears to be a split second ahead of everyone else on the snap.

  • Jones has a relentless drive; whether that is on display whilst chasing down the quarterback or in pursuit of ball carriers on screen plays, it cannot be said that Jones takes plays off.

  • A decent run defender, but is slightly lean and can get pushed around in traffic. Having said that, his lateral agility allows him to navigate through bodies well and locate ball carriers across the line where needed.

  • Has an impressive swim move and an ability to get skinny through multiple blocks in order to chase down signal callers. Even on plays where he does not get the best of his blocker, he is often seen to drive his man backwards, suffocating the quarterback in the pocket.

  • Jones is a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme at the NFL level. He does not have experience dropping into coverage to become an LB in a 3-4, and probably does not possess the size and length required to be a full time starter as an end in a 3-4 scheme either.

  • If he continues to develop a burgeoning pass rush move repetoire, then Jones could flourish as a starting LEO/wide DE in the league.

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JAELAN PHILLIPS, MIAMI

OVERALL RANK: 48

JAELEN PHILLIPS NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Came into 2020 slightly under the radar due to Miami's prized pass rushing duo of Gregory Rousseau and Quincy Roche, but after finishing the year with 8 sacks and 15.5 TFL, he is now being touted as a day one pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

  • This is absolutely a potential outcome, but I am not sure I quite see it. Whilst Phillips has an ideal and lengthy frame with a compelling motor, he underwhelms more often than not and is anonymous on too many plays despite his obvious effort.

  • He does show a good ability to work around the edge thanks to his physicality and flexibility, but can get overpowered at times, which may lead to him being easily negated by tackles in the NFL if he does not win with his first step or savvy hand placement.

  • There is a prospect here to work with though, and Phillips has potential as an athletic specimen, but needs some refinement and teams will want to ensure his injury history checks out after retiring from the game in 2018 due to a string of nagging issues. If they can be assured of this, as well as be convinced that will maintain a passion for the game after his emphatically successful comeback, then he will be a shrewd pick as long as he goes no higher than the mid-late second.

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JOE TRYON, WASHINGTON

OVERALL RANK: 72

JOE TRYON NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Breakout 2019 campaign. Nice frame and tons of upside to be an impactful edge rusher at the next level who has a length and fluidity to set the edge.

  • Immense athletic upside who can rush inside and out with an excellent motor. Tryon plays with excellent effort and is relentless in pursuit.

  • He has a set of pass rush moves that are under developed, but shows the potential with both his hands and explosive movement to refine these into a complete array at the next level.

  • He is a little raw at this point, with barely two years of experience and does not play with optimal leverage, sometimes allowing himself to be pushed around by blockers. Will need to show more consistency with the drive in his lower body that is clearly there.

  • The potential is obvious. Tryon displays twitch, a quick first step and excellent timing off the snap. Strong 2nd round pick who could rise up draft boards and sneak into the back end of the 1st.

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JAYSON OWEH, PENN ST

OVERALL RANK: 74

JAYSON OWEH NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Bags of potential as a pure pass rusher, but is not the best run defender.

  • The tape shows that he can be fooled sometimes and he loses battles containing the edge too often to walk into an NFL team and become an every down defender straight away. Simply is not effective enough against the run.

  • Oweh is raw as a pass rusher too, but does appear to have the athletic upside to pose a problem from the edge as he develops.

  • He will not necessarily have an immediate impact other than as a situational pass rusher, but could grow into a more consistent role with time and NFL coaching as he learns to convert his speed into power more effectively whilst building a set of refined pass rush moves.

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CARLOS BASHAM JR, WAKE FOREST

OVERALL RANK: 77

CARLOS BASHAM JR NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Basham Jr is an interesting prospect in that he may need to test well in order for teams to fall in love with him.

  • He is mentioned as a first rounder in many NFL mock drafts, but the tape just shows too many inconsistencies for this to become reality.

  • Basham is blessed with good size to play the DE position, but does not display the requisite athleticism required to become a full time starter in the NFL.

  • He does not have elite burst off the line of scrimmage and looks stiff, with his change of direction ability appearing sub par.

  • Basham does have a decent swim move when rushing the passer, but is too often nullified by his blocker, or pushed around, rendering him irrelevant on the play.

  • When one-on-one Basham can win and does get to the quarterback at a reasonable rate, but relies on his size and build to do this, as he does not have great explosion, bend or finesse when rushing the passer.

  • He does possess a good ability rushing the interior though, and so he does have a role in the NFL as a sub package pass rusher.

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QUINCY ROCHE, MIAMI

OVERALL RANK: 100

QUINCY ROCHE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Has very good quick hands at the point of attack keeping his body clean when he’s in full stride, has shown skill in intercepting a blockers reach to divert or chop across his body.

  • Has an excellent body feint cross chop inside step that he uses effectively and shows up regularly on film.

  • Whilst he doesn’t have an initial burst in his first step, he gets to top speed quickly and is able to penetrate gaps getting skinny between guard and tackle, or guard and center on stunts.

  • His speed enables him to get to the edge and shows good athleticism to turn the corner on the tackle’s outside hip.

  • Doesn’t possess elite strength and plays undersized at the position, is listed at 245lbs which is light for a 4-3 end. Is consistently out fought in the run game and when a tackle gets their hands on him, he’s usually unable to disengage.

  • He has a bull rush move but had more success with this at Temple than with Miami as he at times is pushed back in his stance. Has a very worrying lack of effort when chasing the ball carrier from the backside and jogs to the tackle point. 3rd-4th round projection.

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CAMERON SAMPLE, TULANE

OVERALL RANK: 102

CAMERON SAMPLE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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RASHAD WEAVER, PITTSBURGH

OVERALL RANK: 103

RASHAD WEAVER NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Measured in at the Senior Bowl with 33 and ¼ inch arms with just shy of an 83’’ wingspan. Uses his frame and length to his advantage by looking to extend his outside arm early on his first step to get inside of his opponent’s reach and control his initial engagement.

  • Uses his hands well to club counter and swipe when a tackle tries to dominate early in the rep. Has a wide base when holding a gap and shows patience and discipline against the run, letting the play develop before making a move to close on the runner on zone read and option plays.

  • He’s a sound tackler with a good radius and is able to crash down on inside runs with a high level of success, he shows strength to hold a runner from forward progress or pull back for negative gains.

  • Won’t be content to be held up in his pass rush, will constantly look to counter and use his quick hands to disengage. His hands really stand out as a dominant trait constantly working to keep his body clean.

  • Will work an edge against a tackle with slower foot speed but struggles at times to maintain the balance to really push off at an angle when placing his outside foot outside his frame to arc inwards.

  • Lacks any true burst and athleticism, this is occasionally evident when an opponent is sharper off the snap and beats him to a punch.

  • Despite his wide run base on engagement, he at times allows an opponent to get under his pads far too often and bullied by more physical lineman, it’s testament to his own counters and strength that he, at times, manages to overcome this but he needs to maintain lower leverage at the point of attack.

  • His effort is always on display and he does have a knack for making a play at the right time but when selecting him there needs to be a realistic expectation of what he can do for a team at the next level. Late 3rd/4th round pick.

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HAMILCAR RASHED JR, OREGON ST

OVERALL RANK: 106

HAMILCAR RASHED JR NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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JORDAN SMITH, UAB

OVERALL RANK: 112

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ADETOKUNBO OGUNDEJI, NOTRE DAME

OVERALL RANK: 141

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VICTOR DIMUKEJE, DUKE

OVERALL RANK: 144

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TARRON JACKSON, COASTAL CAROLINA

OVERALL RANK: 150

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DAELIN HAYES, NOTRE DAME

OVERALL RANK: 161

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ELIJAH PONDER, CINCINNATI

OVERALL RANK: 167

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PATRICK JOHNSON, TULANE

OVERALL RANK: 170

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PAYTON TURNER, HOUSTON

OVERALL RANK: 178

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SHAKA TONEY, PENN ST

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MALCOLM KOONCE, BUFFALO

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CHRIS RUMPH II, DUKE

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JONATHON COOPER, OHIO ST

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ELERSON SMITH, NORTHERN IOWA

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JUSTUS REED, VIRGINIA TECH

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MICHAEL CLEMONS, TEXAS A&M

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CHAUNCEY GOLSTON, IOWA

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WILLIAM BRADLEY-KING, BAYLOR

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WYATT HUBERT, KANSAS ST

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