2016 DL Rankings
1. Joey Bosa DE, Ohio State | 6’6″ – 275lbs
Dominant pass rusher with great length and athleticism. Plays with great leverage and finishes when rushing the passer. Has the ability to dip his shoulders coming off the edge and accelerate to the quarterback. Reminiscent of Clay Matthews as a pass rusher and playmaker.
2. Shaq Lawson DE, Clemson | 6’3″ – 270lbs
A solid well-rounded player who is effective in the run and pass game. Lawson is a technician who wins with his hands and sets up blockers for counter moves. Strong leader and locker room player, who has shown toughness and the willingness to play through injury.
3. Shilique Calhoun DE, Michigan State | 6’5″ – 250lbs
Athletically gifted disruptive playmaker off the edge. Has the ability to beat tackles off the edge and run down plays from behind. Finishes plays in the backfield.
4. Kevin Dodd DE, Clemson | 6’4 – 270lbs
Breakout player, solid against the run and special ability as a pass rusher. Flashes the ability to dip the shoulder off the edge and beat tackles off the snap.
5. Robert Nkemdiche DE, Ole Miss | 6’4″ – 290lbs
Explosive player who dominates with power and speed. Is a disruptive player in the backfield and strong against the run. Can play all the positions along the line and overpowers guards and centres with his strength.
6. Noah Spence DE, Eastern Washington | 6’3″ – 260lbs
An explosive athlete off the edge, converts speed to power and overwhelms tackles. At his best chasing down the quarterback off the edge, can set the edge in the run game and will have an immediate impact.
7. Emmanuel Ogbah DE, Oklahoma State | 6’4 – 275lbs
Technically sound, stout player, and has the combination of speed and strength to overwhelm tackles. Physical player who plays with a high level of intensity.
8. Carl Nassib DE, Penn State | 6’6″ – 273lbs
Relentless player off the edge, who knows how to finish a sack on the quarterback. Plays with incredible leverage for his height, ability to split blockers and shed blocks against the run game. Playmaker who has a knack for getting to the quarterback.
1. DeForest Buckner DT, Oregon | 6’7″ – 300lbs
Strength and length are the key attributes of his game. Incredibly athletic for his size and has the ability to use leverage to get under or or shed tackles/guards. Physical player with tremendous upside and the ability to impact passing lanes with his length.
2. A’Shawn Robinson DT, Alabama | 6’4″ – 320lbs
Ability to use his arms and extend to get off blockers, has incredible range at 320lbs. Consistent and disciplined effort and pursuit. The type of player that can anchor a defense and has the ability to free up linebackers to make plays.
3. Adolphus Washington DT, Ohio State | 6’4″ – 290lbs
Stout against the run, maintains leverage and does not get driven back. Ability to get up field and make plays in the backfield, sometimes gets too far up field and out of the play. Beats blockers with speed, quickness and use of his hands. Doesn’t possess elite quickness or speed, but is a playmaker at the position.
4. Sheldon Rankins DT, Louisville | 6’2″ – 303lbs
Disruptive player with the ability to get upfield. Occasionally gets washed in the run game, but plays with good leverage. Plays with quickness and agility that is rare for his size. Needs to gain strength.
5. Jonathan Bullard DT, Florida | 6’4″ – 300lbs
Great burst off the ball, plays with power and strength. Disciplined player who maintains leverage and often chases plays down from behind. Ability to create penetration and get in the backfield.
6. Jarran Reed DT, Alabama | 6’3″ – 311lbs
Dominant player who draws double teams. Excels as a run defender and has ability to rush the passer.
7. Sheldon Day DT, Notre Dame | 6’2″ – 285lbs
High motor player with the ability to play anywhere along the defensive line. Undersized player, but makes up for his lack of size with quickness and agility.
8. Austin Johnson DT, Penn State | 6’4″ – 323lbs
Strong at the point-of-attack with the ability to fight through blocks, has the strength to take on double teams. Impressive mobility and athleticism for his size. Immovable in the run game.
9. Andrew Billings DT, Baylor | 6’2″ – 310lbs
Best suited to be a space eater. Has the strength and power to anchor and absorb multiple blockers. Best potential as a nose tackle or a run defending tackle in a 4-3 defense. One of the few players who could develop into an elite nose tackle.
10. Vernon Bulter DT, Louisiana Tech | 6’3″ – 325lbs
Pocket pushing defensive tackle with the ability to play in the backfield and collapse the pocket. Limited athleticism and struggles to make plays outside the pocket. Ideal one gap penetrator in a 4-3 defense. Solid run defender.