1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Dude is a monster. Huge and explosive. Some questions about his drive. If you want to nitpick, he’s a little high cut, might not be elite at bending the edge and that could hurt sack numbers. Could grow out of OLB position. Number one overall tools.
2. Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Some people have him as the #1 overall prospect over Clowney. That would be hard to say about a smaller school player, except that he was awesome when facing Ohio State. Sticks out like a sore thumb on tape at Buffalo. More traditional fit than Clowney as 3-4 OLB. But what would Clowney have looked like versus MAC competition? Can’t put him over Clowney. Top 5.
3. Anthony Barr, UCLA
Flashes huge potential. Barr’s workout numbers (6-5, 255, 4.6, 33 inch arms) make you get excited about his future. Still raw after making the switch to defense only two years ago. If he gets more consistent and realizes his full potential — look out. Mid-1st.
4. Dee Ford, Auburn
Unblockable at Senior Bowl. High motor, productive and really quick off the edge. Can really turn the corner. Average size at 6-2, 250. Late 1st-early 2nd round.
5. Kyle Van Noy, BYU
Van Noy is more of a pure linebacker in any scheme than the classic 3-4 OLB who would play end in a four man front. Athletic, instinctive, high motor player. Great blitzer. Good in space and at point of attack. 2nd round.
6. Marcus Smith, Louisville
I like Smith a little more than the most draft prognosticators. Good athlete in a straight line and laterally. Bursts off snap. Kept getting better and had 14.5 sacks as a senior. Measurables are solid (6-3, 251, 4.68, 35 inch vertical, 34 inch arm length). High character, high motor, productive and still improving. 2nd round.
7. Jeremiah Attouchu, Georgia Tech
Explosive player off the edge. Raw, but has first round tools. High motor. Better chasing the play than taking on blocks. needs to get stronger at point of attack. 2nd round.
8. Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
Productive edge rusher. Not big enough to play DE, but not super athletic in space. He slips behind Smith and Attouchu due to character concerns and so-so workouts. Didn’t face great competition and was handled by Joel Bitonio at Nevada. 2nd round.
9. Trent Murphy, Stanford
Long, productive, high effort rusher. A little stiff. Will struggle in space. Looks bigger than 250 lbs. Probably better off adding weight and playing end in a 4-3. 2nd-3rd round.
10. Carl Bradford, Arizona State
Short, compact edge rusher. Usually first man off the line. Can get under the pads of an OT, but will also get engulfed and nullified. Good motor. Can bend the edge. Undersized and not athletic enough to project as impact player. 3rd-4th round.