2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Defensive Ends



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 defensive end prospects available for the 2019 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2020 prospect. ** - denotes 2021 prospect.

This page was last updated Aug. 22, 2017. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Arden Key, DE, LSU
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 1.

    8/22/17: Key was one of the best players in college football in 2016. He recorded 56 tackles with 14.5 for a loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes broken up on the year. Key flashed a ton of potential as a freshman for LSU, totaling 41 tackles with 6.5 for a loss, five sacks and one pass broken up. The junior is a dangerous pass-rusher with excellent speed and the ability to bend around the corner. He is lightning-fast off the edge and has a ton of upside to develop.






  2. Dorance Armstrong Jr., DE/OLB, Kansas
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 241.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    8/22/17: In 2016 as a sophomore, Armstrong had some serious production with 10 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, 56 tackles and three forced fumbles while being a First-Team All-Big XII selection. One general manager told me that they think Armstrong is a stud and can't see him staying for his senior year in 2018. They said that Armstrong could be on a par or better than Boston College senior edge rusher Harold Landry. That general manager thought Landry would have been a late first- or second-round pick if he had entered the 2017 NFL Draft.


  3. Andrew Brown, DE, Virginia
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 285.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    8/22/17: Brown is a sturdy defender at the point of attack and impressed last year. Scouting sources say that Brown has a first-round skill set entering the 2017 season. In 2016, he totaled six sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and 38 tackles. Brown has good size to be a base end with quickness and athleticism to get after the quarterback.




  4. Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    8/22/17: Sweat has a lot of talent and was starting to flash as a sophomore in 2016. He had seven sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 41 tackles and one forced fumble on the year. Sources say that Sweat has a first-round skill set and could explode as a junior.


  5. Clelin Ferrell*, DE, Clemson
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 265.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    8/22/17: Ferrell turned in an impressive redshirt freshman season for the Tigers in 2016 as he totaled 44 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks and two passes batted. Ferrell has a good skill set with size, so he could easily rise with his year of experience.




  6. Nick Bosa*, DE, Ohio State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 270.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.



  7. Brian Burns*, DE/OLB, Florida State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 218.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.



  8. Jabari Zuniga*, DE/OLB, Florida
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.



  9. Porter Gustin, DE/OLB, USC
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    7/24/17: Gustin may end up growing into a defensive end, but he showed some edge skills as a freshman and sophomore. In 2015, he totaled 5.5 sacks while also chipping in 25 tackles with 6.5 for a loss. It was an impressive season from a freshman, and he was only a rotational player with two starts. As a sophomore, Gustin notched 68 tackles with 5.5 sacks and four passes batted. He started at outside linebacker and could be a good fit for a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.




  10. CeCe Jefferson, DE, Florida
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 261.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.



  11. Terrell Lewis*, DE, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 254.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.



  12. Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 265.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.



  13. Malcolm Roach, DE, Texas
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 270.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.



  14. Hercules Mata'afa, DE, Washington State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.



  15. Byron Cowart, DE, Auburn
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.



  16. Walter Brady, DE, Middle Tennessee State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.



2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P




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