2021 NFL DRAFT INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINE RANKINGS

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NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS BY POSITION

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

1

DAVIYON NIXON, IOWA

OVERALL RANK: 15

DAVIYON NIXON NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • 3-tech, potential to create havoc in the backfield. Good length, violent hands, high ceiling.

  • So agile for such a big man and is quick at the point of attack.

  • Is already a dangerous interior pass rusher, but is only just beginning to put it all together.

  • Excellent on run D, Nixon can occupy and shed blocks with ease and maintains solid discipline, awareness and leverage on all plays.

  • Makes opportunistic plays by consistenly sniffing out and pouncing on balls wherever there is an opportunity.

  • His playmaking ability is highlighted by a 71 yard pick six against Penn State. Simply put, he causes havoc on the interior defensive line and has the size and athletic profile to be an every down player in the NFL.

  • Suited best in a 4-3 as an interior pass rush presence. A position that is very highly coveted whilst us mere mortals reside in Aaron Donald's world.

2

CHRISTIAN BARMORE, ALABAMA

OVERALL RANK: 27

CHRISTIAN BARMORE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Explosive get off, wins with a powerful bull rush but also has an ability to win in ways beyond that.

  • Could be a better finisher though and sometimes doesn't complete the play, allowing the QB to get free or missing the tackle altogether.

  • Does have fantastic athletic ability though and can win with his quickness and superior balance.

  • His inside rush has immense potential and a super high ceiling, but he is liable to be too easily pushed backwards in the run game against double teams. Needs to prove that he can counter this at the next level in order to be a true three down defender.

3

JAYLEN TWYMAN, PITTSBURGH

OVERALL RANK: 28

JAYLEN TWYMAN NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Has some real explosion and power on the interior defensive line.

  • Appears to have slightly shorter arms than what is ideal, but his power makes up for this on the inside.

  • Shows violent hands and rips offensive linemen away from him which enables him to destroy the middle of the pocket.

  • All NFL teams covet genuine sack producers on the inside and his 10.5 sacks and 12 TFL in 2019 highlight his potential.

  • Has excellent speed and mobility and if his frame checks out with teams when his official measurements are announced, he could be one to watch on draft day.

  • He needs to convince teams that he won't be bullied by interior O-linemen who attempt to use his mobility against him on the inside and that is why his size is slightly concerning. Having said that, his combination of moves and balance have the potential to negate such counters.

4

MARVIN WILSON, FLORIDA ST

OVERALL RANK: 41

MARVIN WILSON NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Wilson is a former outstanding High School recruit and was once thought of as a high first round pick due to his ability to play across the defensive line at the 1, 3 or 5-tech spots, possessing the ability to rush the passer from the interior as well as occupying multiple blockers in the run game.

  • However, back-to-back season ending injuries have seen his draft stock plummet somewhat. 8.5 sacks across 2018 and 2019 do highlight Wilson's pass rushing prowess, but he is unlikely to be able to become a highly productive sack artist in the NFL as he wins mainly through his effort as opposed to a skilled set of moves.

  • He is able to get off blocks effectively though and he moves well laterally along the line, showing an ability to scythe through traffic and double teams.

  • This serves him well in the run game and compliments his effort, but it will be a lot tougher to do this in the NFL when he comes up against more disciplined, seasoned pros.

  • He is not a natural speedy pass rusher, but will offer a team push up the middle and pressure as a rotational DT.

  • Has the awareness to bat down passes at the line of scrimmage as he displayed against Trevor Lawrence amongst others.

  • Projects as a second round pick to a team who needs a mobile nose tackle/1 tech who can provide some interior penetration but also get outside to the edge and contain the run if need be.

  • If a team has faith in the face of his injury history, then it would not be a surprise to see him sneak into the back end of the first.

5

JAY TUFELE, USC

OVERALL RANK: 55

JAY TUFELE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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6

TYLER SHELVIN, LSU

OVERALL RANK: 68

TYLER SHELVIN NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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7

LEVI ONWUZURIKE, WASHINGTON

OVERALL RANK: 85

LEVI ONWUZURIKE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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8

ALIM MCNEILL, NC STATE

OVERALL RANK: 107

ALIM MCNEILL NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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9

TOMMY TOGIAI, OHIO ST

OVERALL RANK: 115

TOMMY TOGIAI NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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10

OSA ODIGHIZUWA, UCLA

OVERALL RANK: 123

OSA ODIGHIZUWA NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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DARIUS STILLS, WEST VIRGINIA

OVERALL RANK: 138

DARIUS STILLS NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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12

MARLON TUIPULOTU, USC

OVERALL RANK: 146

MARLON TUIPULOTU NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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13

CARLO KEMP, MICHIGAN

OVERALL RANK: 147

CARLO KEMP NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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14

MUSTAFA JOHNSON

OVERALL RANK: 148

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15

LORENZO NEAL, PURDUE

OVERALL RANK: 181

LORENZO NEAL NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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16

KHYIRIS TONGA, BYU

OVERALL RANK: 194

KHYIRIS TONGA NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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17

JARED GOLDWIRE, LOUISVILLE

OVERALL RANK: 197

JARED GOLDWIRE NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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18

BOBBY BROWN III, TEXAS A&M

OVERALL RANK: N/A

BOBBY BROWN III NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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19

ISAIAHH LOUDERMILK, WISCONSIN

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ISAIAHH LOUDERMILK NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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20

JOSIAH BRONSON, WASHINGTON

OVERALL RANK: N/A

JOSIAH BRONSON NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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21

TA'QUON GRAHAM, TEXAS

OVERALL RANK: N/A

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22

MALIK HERRING, GEORGIA

OVERALL RANK: N/A

MALIK HERRING NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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23

NAQUAN JONES, MICHIGAN ST

OVERALL RANK: N/A

NAQUAN JONES NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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24

XAVIER KELLY, ARKANSAS

OVERALL RANK: N/A

XAVIER KELLY NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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25

TEDARRELL SLATON, FLORIDA

OVERALL RANK: N/A

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