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2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Defensive Line
By Jonathan Hull

Defensive Ends

1. Dion Jordan, Oregon

Jordan established himself as the best pass rushing prospect in the draft with his Combine performance. No he didn't have the more productive career off the edge at Oregon, but his athleticism and potential is off the charts. It's hard not to like a guy with his build. At 6-7, he still has room to add weight and now lose any of his agility. He could also be a 3-4 OLB. He's one of the elite talents of this draft.

 

2. Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

Ansah is very similar to Jordan in that he didn't produce much in college, but his upside is tremendous. At 6-5, 271 pounds, Ansah ran a 4.62 40 and showed elite explosion. A 1.56 second 10-yard split is unreal for a guy his size. The only question is what position does Ansah project best as. Is he a 4-3 end or maybe a 3-4 end? He could still be viewed as a 3-4 OLB because of his athleticism. One thing is certain, he's now a top 10 pick.

 

3. Bjoern Werner, Florida State

I would say Werner was more athletic than some thought, but he still dipped a bit on draft boards because of the incredible performances by Jordan and Ansah. He was highly productive at Florida State and has a motor that just won't quit, similar to Grant Wistrom. There's no doubt he's a 4-3 end, who can be a consistent force in opposing backfields. He might slide out of the top 10 because of some of the other talent with more upside, but Werner is more ready to contribute right away than any other pass rusher in this class.

 

4. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Moore's stock is plummeting and it could fall even further. He didn't lift, run or interview well and he pulled a hamstring in the process. I can't help but think he's about to go into a further free fall, especially if his pro day doesn't go as planned. Perhaps some team will scoop him, but I think any thoughts of him being a 3-4 OLB are gone.

 

5. Alex Okafor, Texas

Okafor didn't work out at the combine, but he was so good at he Senior Bowl, his stock is holding steady. With the way Moore is falling, Okafor is likely to slip back into the top 20 overall picks. He truly was a disruptive force his senior year and is capable of being an impact rookie.

 

Biggest rise: Ansah, BYU -- There were many guys that could fit here, including Jordan and Florida State's Cornellius Carradine, but Ansah helped himself the most. He confirmed what many suspected with his athleticism, and that was huge. He went from being a raw prospect taken in the late first round to a top 10 pick. Huge move.

 

Biggest drop: Moore, Texas A&M -- Like I said above, don't be surprised if it gets worse before it gets better for Moore. I also think LSU's Sam Montgomery deserves honorable mention for this spot. He was unproductive as a junior, which hurt his stock directly, but admitted in interviews he didn't always play hard. He's gone from potential No. 1 overall pick to a third rounder.

 

The Rest of the Field

6 Margus Hunt SMU
7 Datone Jones UCLA
8 Cornellius Carradine Florida State
9 Corey Lemonier* Auburn
10 Sam Montgomery* LSU
11 Michael Buchanan Illinois
12 John Simon Ohio State
13 William Gholston* Michigan St.
14 Devin Taylor South Carolina
15 Travis Johnson San Jose St.
16 Brandon Jenkins Florida State
17 Joe Kruger* Utah
18 Malliciah Goodman Clemson
19 Stansly Maponga* TCU
20 Larry Webster Bloomsburg
21 David Bass Mo. Western St.
22 Lavar Edwards LSU
23 Tourek Williams FIU
24 Joe Vellano Maryland
25 Sean Progar No. Illinois
26 Marquis Jackson Portland State
27 Eric Martin Nebraska
28 Tremayne Scott Ohio
29 Quanterus Smith W. Kentucky
30 Brad Madison Missouri
31 Mike Catapano Princeton
32 Aldrick Fordham South Carolina
33 Craig Roh Michigan
34 Dan Giordano Cincinnati
35 Izaan Cross Georgia Tech

 

Defensive Tackles

1. Sharrif Floyd, Florida

I've been on the Floyd bandwagon for months. He's been the No. 2 DT on my board since October, but I didn't think he would pass Star Lotulelei for the top spot. But due to health concerns for Lotulelei, Floyd is now the No. 1 DT in a strong class for the position, and a likely top five pick.

 

2. Star Lotulelei, Utah

I was tempted to drop Lotulelei one more spot on this board, but I'll wait for the official prognosis. He played his entire senior year with this heart condition, and played extremely well. He's capable of being the most dominant DT in this class, and still has No. 1 overall pick talent. The health concern could drop him out of the top 10, though.

 

3. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

If it wasn't for Floyd, we'd all be talking about Richardson's combine. He was incredible in his own right. Richardson show a nice combination of strength and athleticism, and it shouldn't shock anyone if he's taken before Lotulelei in the top 10. It all depends on need.

 

4. John Jenkins, Georgia

I know Sylvester Williams is being listed here more often, but I can't get over the way Jenkins moves for a 360-pound DT. He didn't run a 40, but anyone who watched the Senior Bowl got a taste of what he's capable of doing. He was quicker than any other DT in attendance and consistently blew by opposing O-linemen, showing he's more than just a two-down player. He did participate in drills at the Combine and looked good doing so. But when you don't run a 40, you tend to get overlooked by draftniks.

 

5. Kawann Short, Purdue

Again, many will be upset Sylvester Williams isn't in my top five. I like Williams, but Short has been my guy at DT for more than a year now. He's my favorite prospect at the position, capable of taking over games. Any 4-3 team looking for a 3-technique will greatly value Short.

 

Biggest rise: Floyd, Florida -- His combine has his stock soaring. I've had him as a top 15 selection for a while, but he propelled himself into the top five range. In fact, it wouldn't be shocking if Kansas City took him No. 1 overall.

 

Biggest drop: Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State -- Once considered a sure-fire first-round selection, Hankins has been passed up by other DTs on the board. His workouts weren't horrid at the combine, but it's hard to say he was more than above average. This is not an above average group of DTs.

 

The Rest of the Field

6 Sylvester Williams North Carolina
7 Johnathan Hankins* Ohio State
8 Jesse Williams Alabama
9 Akeem Spence* Illinois
10 Bennie Logan* LSU
11 Brandon Williams Mo. Southern
12 Kwame Geathers* Georgia
13 Josh Boyd Mississippi St.
14 Jordan Hill Penn State
15 Chris Jones Bowling Green
16 Everett Dawkins Florida State
17 Montori Hughes Tenn-Martin
18 Abry Jones Georgia
19 Cory Grissom South Florida
20 T.J. Barnes Georgia Tech
21 Jamarkus McFarland Oklahoma
22 Kapron Lewis-Moore Notre Dame
23 Jared Smith New Hampshire
24 William Campbell Michigan
25 Scott Vallone Rutgers
26 A.J. Francis Maryland
27 Anthony McCloud Florida State
28 Gilbert Pena Ole Miss
29 Brandon Moore* Texas
30 Will Pericak Colorado
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