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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
|8||Cornellius Carradine||Florida State|
|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|
|21||David Bass||Mo. Western St.|
|25||Sean Progar||No. Illinois|
|26||Marquis Jackson||Portland State|
|29||Quanterus Smith||W. Kentucky|
|32||Aldrick Fordham||South Carolina|
|35||Izaan Cross||Georgia Tech|
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|
|11||Brandon Williams||Mo. Southern|
|13||Josh Boyd||Mississippi St.|
|14||Jordan Hill||Penn State|
|15||Chris Jones||Bowling Green|
|16||Everett Dawkins||Florida State|
|19||Cory Grissom||South Florida|
|20||T.J. Barnes||Georgia Tech|
|22||Kapron Lewis-Moore||Notre Dame|
|23||Jared Smith||New Hampshire|
|27||Anthony McCloud||Florida State|
|28||Gilbert Pena||Ole Miss|