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Top 2014 NFL Draft DL Prospect Rankings

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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. Scott Crichton, DE , Oregon State Rising - 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
  5. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson Falling - 6-3 - 235
    UPDATE: Vic Beasley opted to return to Clemson for his senior year. He will enter the draft in 2015. Beasley is next in line to be a fantastic speed pass-rusher. The Tigers have produced a number of solid DE/OLB prospects over the years; however, Beasley may trump them all in raw talent. He may be a touch undersized right now to play 3-4 OLB. Excellent speed and bu... Read More
  6. Will Sutton, DT , Arizona State Rising - 6'1 - 288
    Drafted 3.18 by CHI
    After a dominating 2012 season in which he compiled 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss, Sutton's draft stock appears to be on a decline. He added some weight in 2013 and appeared to lose some of his quickness and burst. Sutton has gone from potential first rounder to Day 3 prospect or somewhere in between. Good athlete for his size. Will likely need to keep his pla... Read More
  7. Ego Ferguson, DT , LSU Rising - 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
  8. 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
  9. DaQuan Jones, DT , Penn State Rising - 6'3 - 333
    Drafted 4.12 by TEN
    This big-bodied interior defensive lineman greatly improved as a senior. Jones is now in the mix as a legit second-tier prospect at his position. Productive in ways which do not always translate statistically. Really tough guy to move around. Stays on his mark, anchors down and occupies running lanes. Disrupts and collapses the pocket. Technique lacks at times. He ... Read More
  10. Chris Smith, DE , Arkansas Rising - 6'3 - 266
    Drafted 5.19 by JAX
  11. Marcus Smith, DE , louisville Rising - 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

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