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2014 NFL Draft Rankings: 3-4 Defensive Ends
By Matt Horkman

1. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
Hageman is versatile enough to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, though his best position is defensive end in a 3-4. Hageman has outstanding size (6-foot-6, 310 pounds) and length. He’s strong, evident by his 32 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the combine. He doesn’t exactly explode off the ball and his strength doesn’t translate into power on the field. Still, Hageman is a high-upside prospect comparable to Richard Seymour. He’ll hear his name called on day one.

2. Stephon Tuitt, Notre DameStephon Tuitt
A two-year starter for the Fighting Irish, Tuitt struggled with injuries early in 2013. He did closeout the season strong, however, putting himself into round one consideration. He lacks the consistency to be an all-pro, but he has outstanding measurables. Despite projecting as a five-technique, he has the ability to provide a pass rush. He’s also solid versus the run. His best tape comes from 2012.

3. Caraun Reid, Princeton
Good athleticism and size makes Reid a high-upside prospect. He’s tenacious off the ball, shooting gaps and making plays. He needs to get stronger versus the run, but overall, he has the size and athleticism to be a three-down player for a 3-4, kicking inside during sub packages.

4. Brent Urban, Virginia
An injury at the Senior Bowl prevented Urban from competing at the combine as well as his pro day, so his draft stock has been stagnant ever since. Still, his size (6-foot-7, 295 pounds) makes him intriguing to 3-4 teams. His athleticism also adds to his potential.

5. Will Clarke, West Virginia
Scheme versatile and quick-footed, Clark has the size to add weight and develop into a traditional five technique. He demonstrates enough strength to hold the point of attack and is a moderate athlete. He won’t wow you with his performance, but he could develop into a reserve or even emerge as a low-end starter.

6. Taylor Hart, Oregon
Hart was a productive three-year starter, who moved around Oregon’s defensive line. He currently weighs around 280 pounds, but he has the frame to play between 290-300 pounds. He hustles on every play. 

7. DeAndre Coleman, California
Misused inside at California, Coleman will play the five-technique defensive end in the pros. He’s a good run defender with ideal size, though he doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher. He’ll stick around the league as a backup, playing mostly against the run.

8.  Ed Stinson, Alabama
A space-eating defensive lineman, Stinson was a two-year starter for Nick Saban’s defense. He plays with power, holding his ground against the run. He also pushes around opposing offensive lineman. He’ll fit into a 34 front’s rotation.

9. Josh Mauro, Stanford
Mauro has good size (6-foot-6, 271 pounds) and plays with intensity. He has the frame to add 10-20 pounds and settle in as a five technique. He lacks the movement skills to develop as a pass rusher, but he is strong enough to take up blocks and hold the line against the run.

10. George Uko, USC
It’s hard to get a read on where Uko will play at the next level. He isn’t big enough to play inside along a 43 front, and he lacks the athleticism to be an edge rusher. His size (6-foot-3, 283 pounds) suggests he’s a five-technique defensive end. He’ll need to get stronger if he’s to push for playing time, though.

Best of the Rest
Eathyn Manumaleuna, BYU
Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama
Kaleb Ramsey, Boston College
Shamar Stephen, Connecticut
Kerry Wynn, Richmond

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