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 Oct. 20, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
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

2020 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. Nick Bosa*, DE, Ohio State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 265.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): Top-10.

    10/20/18: Bosa went out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a core-muscle injury. His timetable to return was uncertain, but rather than returning to the Buckeyes, Bosa withdrew from Ohio State to start preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft. It could have helped Bosa to return this season and show NFL teams that he is healthy, but it is very understandable that he would not to take another injury risk.

    In 2018, Bosa totaled four sacks, 14 tackles with six for a loss and one forced fumble. His total playing time was roughly two games. In his final collegiate game taking on TCU, Bosa had a strip-sack that was recovered by Ohio State for a touchdown, but later was forced from the game with his core-muscle injury.

    In Week 1, Dre'Mont Jones and Bosa formed a lethal tandem who Oregon State was incapable of blocking. After coming close on a few plays, Bosa used his speed and strength to get to the quarterback for multiple sacks in the first half. The Beavers' offensive tackles were incapable of blocking Bosa, who constantly used speed to get upfield and active hands to knock down the blockers trying to get a hold of him. Bosa totaled two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one touchdown and four tackles for the contest despite only playing in the first half. He showed that he is an elite talent and a tremendous edge rusher.

    8/29/18: Like his older brother Joey, Nick Bosa looks like an elite edge defender. He is fast off the edge with the ability fire by tackles to get upfield. Bosa has excellent hands with functional strength to fight off blocks, a burst to close, and puts quarterbacks down hard. In the ground game, Bosa is solid, but it is his pass-rush potential that excites.

    Bosa had 34 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble in 2017. He was the Buckeyes' best defensive end even though he rotated with Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes. Bosa could explode as a junior now that those other three left for the NFL, which should leave Bosa playing every down in 2018. As a freshman, Bosa played well for Ohio State, recording 29 tackles with seven tackles for a loss and five sacks.






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

    10/20/18: Ferrell has 20 tackles with six sacks, eight tackles for a loss, two passes batted and a forced fumble thus far this season. Returning to school for looks like it was a wise decision on his part, because he has improved in his run defense and is more stout at the point of attack this year.

    8/29/18: In 2017, Clemson fielded a defensive line that was comprised of future first-round picks, and Ferrell was arguably the most consistent of the bunch. He created a lot of the big plays for the Tigers' other defensive linemen with the instant pressure he caused off the snap. Fellow defensive end Austin Bryant spent 2017 playing himself into an early-rounder, but Bryant did well cleaning up a lot of scrambling quarterbacks running away from Ferrell.

    Ferrell has superb speed with athleticism and the ability to bend around the corner. He is very fast off the snap to get upfield and put quick pressure on the quarterback. Ferrell is more disruptive than his stat line indicates. In 2017, he totaled 66 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. In 2016, Ferrell had an impressive redshirt freshman season for the Tigers as he totaled 44 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks and two passes batted.


  3. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 284.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2019): 1.

    10/20/18: On the year, Allen has totaled 36 tackles with 4.5 sacks, three passes batted, one forced fumble and 11 tackles for a loss on the year. He's played well for Boston College despite some extra attention. Allen is a tough run defender and steadily puts pressure on the quarterback.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Allen checks in at 6-foot-4, 284-pounds with 34 inch arms, 9.5 inch hands, and a wingspan of 79.88 inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds.

    Allen didn't receive the hype of teammate Harold Landry, but Allen was the better pro prospect and could easily have been picked before Landry if Allen had declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. Allen is a tough run defender who is strong to hold his ground at the point of attack. He anchors well and is tough to move. As a pass-rusher, Allen has an impressive first-step and burst out of his stance for a heavy defensive end. He has the strength to get pressure on the bull rush and the speed to close. Allen could use more pass-rushing moves for the NFL, and with his size and strength, it would be nice to see him add a club or rip move.

    Allen totaled 100 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, three passes broken up and an interception in 2017. In the NFL, Allen will be an asset as a run defender playing end in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. He looks like a potential first-rounder in the 2018 NFL Draft.


  4. Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 241.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    10/20/18: Sweat is up to totals of 24 tackles, 10 for a loss and 7.5 sacks on the year. He has been a dynamic pass-rusher this season. He dominated Auburn with a three-sack performance in the second half. He wasd also dominant against Florida left tackle Martez Ivey and was excellent against Kansas State.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Sweat checks in at 6-foot-6, 241-pounds with 35.5 inch arms, 10.13 inch hands, and a wingspan of 85.75 inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds.

    Sweat debuted for the Bulldogs with an excellent 2017 season as a dynamic edge defender. He totaled an SEC-leading 10.5 sacks, with 15.5 tackles for a loss and 48 tackles for the year. To start out his collegiate career, Sweat played at Michigan State before some disciplinary issues led to him leaving for the junior college ranks at Co-Lin Community College. Sweat could add weight to become a defensive end, stay as an outside linebacker, or be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

    Sweat is a dangerous pass-rusher who shows good instincts and natural feel as an edge rusher. He has good play recognition and uses his instincts to get in the right position to affect the quarterback or disrupt plays. For a tall defender, Sweat has a nice ability to redirect, and he uses that to get after the quarterback or defend the perimeter. As a pure pass-rusher, Sweat is quick off the edge with the speed to turn the corner and run around offensive tackles. One of his most impressive traits is his active hands to fight off blocks while using his feet at the same time. Sweat has some functional strength that he uses to get off blocks and shows impressive hand placement to get under the pads of blockers or rip them away from him. Sweat's excellent length helps him to do that and also makes it harder for offensive tackles to get into his chest. Once he gets free, Sweat has burst to close on the quarterback.




  5. Jachai Polite*, DE/OLB, Florida
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    10/20/18: Polite has been a force on the edge for Florida this season. The junior has an odd body type, but he could be a good rotational edge rusher in a 4-3 and would fit well as a 3-4 outside linebacker. In 2018, Polite has seven sacks with four forced fumbles, 26 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and three passes batted. He has natural feel as a pass-rusher with speed, athleticism, moves, and a nose for the quarterback. Polite is a bit of tweener, and as a result, being a 3-4 outside linebacker could be his best fit in the NFL. Polite is a solid run defender despite the body type of lacking length on the edge. He is a fearless defender who can set the edge, and his plays come in pursuit, especially from the back side. Sources tell me that Polite is a good guy off the field who is loved by his teammates.

    8/29/18: Polite is a bit of tweener in that he has the height of a tackle but the weight of a defensive end. Polite has good speed and athleticism at the point of attack. In 2017, he totaled 22 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, and two sacks. Polite had two sacks as a freshman.


  6. Jalen Jelks, DE/OLB, Oregon
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    10/20/18: Jelks has 31 tackles with four for a loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted so far in 2018. He has been solid for Oregon, although not overly impressive.

    8/29/18: According to NFL team preseason data, Jelks checks in at 6-foot-5, 244 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.80 seconds. They have him with 33.75-inch arms, 9-inch hands, and an 81.63-inch wingspan. Jelks had a breakout redshirt junior season in which he recorded 59 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks and seven passes batted. Jelks had totaled 40 tackles and five sacks over his previous two seasons as a backup for Oregon.

    In the pass rush, Jelks is quick off the edge and shows nice vision with instincts to adjust to the offense. He has the speed to close and can run around blockers. Jelks flashes some ability to bend his long frame, and that make him harder to block. Oregon rushed Jelks from the inside over guards far too often, and his natural home is rushing off the edge. He's a terrible misfit at defensive tackle. Lining him up on the inside suppressed Jelks sack potential, and he could produce more if he's given the opportunity to go against offensive tackles.

    As a run defender, Jelks is a good pursuit player and flows well to the ball. He reads his keys well and is able to get in good position to get in on tackles. For the NFL, Jelks is going to need to add more weight to his frame. He is lean and could have issues with downhills runs coming straight at him. He also gets into trouble in the ground game and pass rush when he stands up too high. For a pro defense, Jelks probably would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker.


  7. Joe Jackson*, DE, Miami
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 258.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    10/20/18: Early in the season. Jackson wasn't playing well. He did not do much against LSU in the season opener. Taking on Toledo, Jackson collected two tackles for a loss, but those came on plays that he went unblocked. Jackson, however, faced a lot of one-on-ones in the pass rush that he lost to linemen who won't be playing in the NFL. It was a disappointing performance from Jackson. but it seemed to wake him up because he went on a tear with some good games against North Carolina and Florida State. In 2018, Jackson has 27 tackles with nine for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, three passes batted, and an interception returned 42 yards for a touchdown.

    8/29/18: Jackson is a dangerous edge defender with a nose for the quarterback. He has excellent speed off the edge to go along with length and size. With his nice build, Jackson could grow into a solid base end in a 4-3 defense. In 2017, he had 59 tackles with 11.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble. He was impressive in his play against Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey, a first-round pick and starting tackle in the NFL. As a freshman, Jackson had 8.5 sacks with 32 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles. In speaking to a general manager, they said they think that Jackson will go early in his draft class. Another national scout said they liked Jackson's length but felt his strength and technique needed work, thus they didn't have him high just yet.






  8. Chase Winovich, DE/OLB, Michigan
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 258.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    10/20/18: In 2018, Winovich has 38 tackles with 10.5 for a loss, three sacks and a pass batted. He dominated Notre Dame to open the season. All night, Winovich showed serious speed off the edge with the athleticism to dip underneath blockers and the strength to fight off the hands of blockers. Winovich is able to use his hands and feet at the same time while seeing the field well. With his non-stop motor, Winovich pursues plays all over the field. His physical look and style of play resembles Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. Sources are projecting Winovich to the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Winovich checks in at 6-foot-2, 258-pounds with 31.88 inch arms, 10 inch hands, and a wingspan of 78.63 inches. They him running the 40-yard dash in 4.70 seconds.

    Winovich was a gritty defender who was always around the ball for the Wolverines in 2017. He had an excellent season, totaling 79 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles. He had five sacks in the previous season. Given his length and weight issues, Winovich might be better off moving to 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.


  9. Joe Gaziano*, DE, Northwestern
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 275.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2020): 2-3.

    10/20/18: In 2018, Gaziano has 17 tackles with 6.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He needs to improve his run defense and get faster at getting to the quarterback. A lot of his sacks have been coverage sacks with Gaziano showing good effort.

    8/29/18: Gaziano was one of the Wildcats' top defenders last season to help form a tough defense. He totaled nine sacks, 36 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and five passes batted on the year. That was an impressive improvement over his redshirt freshman season of 24 tackles, 6.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks and two passes batted.


  10. Carl Granderson, DE, Wyoming
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 261.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    10/20/18: Granderson has 20 tackles with with 4.5 for a loss, two sacks, one interception and one pass batted this season. Some team sources told me that Granderson impressed them in watching him at fall practice.

    8/29/18: Sources have told me that Granderson earned a preseason selection on team's watch lists as a prospect for the first through fourth rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Allen checks in at 6-foot-5, 261-pounds with 34.75 inch arms, 9.38 inch hands, and 82.13 inch wingspan. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds.

    In 2017, Granderson totaled 77 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He had four sacks as a sophomore. Granderson owns a nice frame and could add weight in a pro strength and conditioning program. In the spring of 2018, Granderson had to recover from a UCL tear in his left elbow.




  11. Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 252.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    10/20/18: So far in 2018, Ximines has 40 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two passes batted and one interception this season.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Ximines checks in at 6-foot-3, 252-pounds He has 32.75 inch arms, 9.5 inch hands and a wingspan of 78.5 inches. He is said to run the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds.

    Sources have told me that Ximines earned a preseason selection on team's watch lists as a prospect for the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. In 2017, he recorded 44 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, three passes batted and four forced fumbles. He had 7.5 sacks as a sophomore and five as a freshman. Ximines might fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL given his body type.


  12. Porter Gustin, DE/OLB, USC
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 267.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/20/18: Gustin has played well for USC in 2018, showing his ability to get after the quarterback off the edge. He has 28 tackles with seven sacks and one pass broken up thus far.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Gustin checks in at 6-foot-4, 267-pounds with 33.5 inch arms, 10 inch hands, and a wingspan of 78.75 inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.80 seconds.

    Gustin had 16 tackles with three tackles for a loss and three sacks in 2017. Toe and biceps injuries sidelined him after three games. He missed five games, came back to play against Arizona State, and then missed the remaining contests. Gustin was wise return to USC for 2018 to put together a healthy season before going pro.

    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 has started at outside linebacker and could be a good fit for 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.


  13. Brian Burns*, DE/OLB, Florida State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 218.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/20/18: Some sources say that Burns should return to Florida State in order to get stronger for the NFL. Burns has 23 tackles with 9.5 tackles with a loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and two passes batted in 2018.

    8/29/18: In 2017, Burns had 48 tackles with 13.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks and four passes batted. He put more pressure on the quarterback than the numbers indicate. Burns notched 9.5 sacks in his debut season for Florida State and finished 2016 in impressive fashion. Scouts have said that Burns has a ton of athletic ability and upside. He should gain weight as he ages and fill out to being a starting edge defender.


  14. Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/20/18: In 2018, Ferguson has 25 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, six sacks, one forced fumble and three passes broken up. Some sources are intrigued with Ferguson, but others aren't high on him.

    8/29/18: Ferguson recorded 39 tackles with seven sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss in 2017. Last in the season, sources told me that Ferguson didn't have a great year and should return to school for 2018. They had Ferguson as a mid- to late-rounder for the 2018 NFL Draft if he had decided to declare. Ferguson wisely went back to school.

    Ferguson had a huge 2016 season, racking up 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two passes broken up, 16 tackles for a loss and 49 tackles. Ferguson impressed as a freshman as well with six sacks, 35 tackles and two forced fumbles. He could stand to grow stronger for the NFL.


  15. Corbin Kaufusi, DE, BYU
    Height: 6-9. Weight: 285.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/20/18: Kaufusi had an impressive game against Wisconsin, having his way with Badgers right tackle David Edwards. It was embarrassing for Edwards the way Kaufusi routinely beat him and pushed him around. Kaufusi has 34 tackles with seven for a loss and six sacks thus far this year. He would be a great fit as a 3-4 defensive end in the NFL.

    8/29/18: The big-bodied Kaufusi has the potential to break out in 2018. He stopped playing basketball for BYU and is focused on football. He only started five games in 2017 while recording 31 tackles and 2.5 sacks, but is expected to be a starter in 2018.




  16. Youhanna Ghaifan*, DE/DT, Wyoming
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 290.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2020): 2-4.

    10/20/18: So far in 2018, Ghaifan has 30 tackles with seven for loss, two sacks, four passes batted and one forced fumble.

    8/29/18: Ghaifan had a productive 2017 season, totaling 69 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles. The redshirt sophomore season was a good complement to Carl Granderson. Ghaifan's weight has fluctuated, but he should settle in the 280-300 range to be a disruptive tackle on the inside as a pro.


  17. Terrell Lewis*, DE/OLB, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 257.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/20/18: Lewis has not yet played this season.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Lewis checks in at 6-foot-5, 257-pounds with 34.5 inch arms, 9.38 inch hands, and a wingspan of 83.38 inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds.

    Lewis was playing well in the 2017 season opener before sustaining an injury that cost him most of the season. He totaled just 16 tackles with a sack for the year, but scouts who watched 2018 spring football were raving about him. Sources believe Lewis has a ton of potential, but tragedy struck again as Lewis tore an ACL in the summer of 2018. He is trying to come back and play later in the 2018 season, but that seems unlikely.

    The edge defender, formerly known as Terrell Hall, Lewis developed behind the scenes for Alabama in 2017. Scouts have told me that in practice Lewis was very impressive as he is big and quick, plus possesses surprising change-of-direction skills. They said that Lewis has a great build and is dripping with upside. He has really impressed them watching him in practice during the past few seasons.


  18. Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 268.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/20/18: In 2018, Bryant has 16 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Bryant checks in at 6-foot-4, 268-pounds with 34.88 inch arms, 9.13 inch hands, and a wingspan of 82.13 inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds.

    Bryant was the fourth member of Clemson's super star defensive line in 2017, and he did well cleaning up a lot of the disruption caused by Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence. On the year, Bryant totaled 8.5 sacks with 50 tackles, 15.5 for a loss, one interception and two forced fumbles. Some sources were high on Bryant, while others say they graded him as late second-day prospect heading into his senior year.

    Bryant missed eight games for Clemson in 2016. As a result, he had 13 tackles with two sacks on the season. In 2015, he had 23 tackles with 1.5 sacks. Clemson feels that Bryant has a lot of ability and is excited about him for 2018.


  19. Ben Banogu, DE/OLB, TCU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-4.

    10/20/18: In 2018, Banogu has 19 tackles with 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

    8/29/18: Banogu can get away with playing defensive end in the Big XII, but for the NFL, he will probably have to move to outside linebacker. Banogu is a fast edge rusher with some plus athletic ability. In 2017, he totaled 49 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He had 45 tackles and five sacks in 2016.


  20. Christian Rector*, DE, USC
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 275.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    10/20/18: This year, Rector has 12 tackles with one for a loss, one pass batted and one forced fumble.

    8/29/18: With Porter Gustin injured in 2017, Rector took advantage of the opportunity to have an impressive season for the Trojans. He totaled 7.5 sacks with 11 tackles for a loss, 35 tackles and two forced fumbles on the year. Rector was also held back by a hand injury that forced him to miss a couple of games after surgery. As Gustin's replacement, Rector showed some flexibility to play defensive end and outside linebacker. It will be interesting to see how USC uses Rector with Gustin back but having to replace Uchenna Nwosu and Rasheem Green.


  21. Anthony Nelson*, DE, Iowa
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    10/20/18: Nelson has 22 tackles with 5.5 for a loss and five sacks on the season.

    8/29/18: Nelson was a solid defender for Iowa over the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he totaled 41 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, four passes batted and two forced fumbles. He had six sacks, 33 tackles and two forced fumbles as a redshirt freshman.


  22. Jabari Zuniga*, DE/OLB, Florida
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    10/20/18: Zuniga has 23 tackles with 8.5 for a loss and 4.5 sacks so far in 2018. He needs to get stronger for the NFL. In a 4-3, Zuniga would be limited to being a designated pass-rusher, and he would definitely fit better as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

    8/29/18: Zuniga is mainly a 3-4 outside linebacker candidate for the NFL. He has some speed and athleticism on the edge. In 2017, Zuniga totaled 34 tackles with eight tackles for a loss and four sacks. In 2016, he flashed as a rotational player and situational pass-rusher with five sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss and 25 tackles. Zuniga needs to become stronger.


  23. Daelin Hayes*, DE/OLB, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    10/20/18: Hayes has 13 tackles with one pass broken up this year. He has flashed some serious speed and edge-rushing ability, and he was excellent in the season opener against Michigan, putting a lot of pressure on the quarterback.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Hayes checks in at 6-foot-3, 260-pounds with 32.5 inch arms, 9.5 inch hands, and a 78.38 inch wingspan. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.70 seconds. Hayes totaled 30 tackles with three sacks as a sophomore. He has a lot of potential and upside to do more as an upperclassman.


  24. Marlon Davidson*, DE, Auburn
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 278.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/20/18: So far in 2018, Davidson has 32 tackles with 2.5 for a loss, 1.5 sacks and one pass broken up.

    8/29/18: Davidson is a sturdy defender at the point of attack. He is a solid performer against the run, yet also can contribute some in the pass rush. Davidson totaled 43 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble last season. As a freshman, he had 38 tackles with six for a loss, 2.5 sacks, four passes batted and one forced fumble.




  25. Shareef Miller*, DE, Penn State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 256.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/20/18: Miller has 15 tackles with 8.5 for a loss and four sacks at this point in the season.

    8/29/18: Miller had 37 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss and five sacks in 2017. It was his first season of extended playing time, so he could build on that year now that he has a season of experience.


  26. CeCe Jefferson, DE, Florida
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 241.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/20/18: Jefferson was suspended for the first two games of the year. Since then, he has been more of a rotational backup for Florida. Jefferson has eight tackles with 1.5 for a loss, zero sacks and two passes batted in 2018.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Jefferson checks in at 6-foot-1, 241-pounds with 33.63 inch arms, 9.63 inch hands, and a wingspan of 81.75 inches. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.70 seconds.

    In 2017, Jefferson notched 47 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. Sources weren't impressed with Jefferson and felt he should return to Florida for 2018, but in the spring of 2018, he did grade out with a projection of being a potential prospect for the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft by the advance NFL scouts. Jefferson should be a candidate to move to 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level.

    Jefferson flashed for Florida over the previous two seasons as part of a rotation. As a freshman in 2015, he had 29 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Jefferson didn't take the next step as a sophomore with 30 tackles, 6.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks. The senior is capable of breaking out in 2018. His body type could make him more of a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL rather than a defensive end.


  27. Jonathan Ledbetter, DE, Georgia
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 277.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    10/20/18: So far this year, Ledbetter has 21 tackles with one for a loss.

    8/29/18: In 2017, Ledbetter totaled 38 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. He flashed late in the season, including 1.5 sacks in the playoff games against Oklahoma and Alabama. Ledbetter also could fit as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense.




  28. Malcolm Roach, DE, Texas
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 270.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    10/20/18: Roach has eight tackles thus far in 2018.

    8/29/18: In 2017, Roach totaled 37 tackles with four tackles for a loss, two sacks and one pass broken up. He has the potential to grow and could fit as a 3-4 edge rusher.


  29. Jesse Aniebonam, DE/OLB, Maryland
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 259.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    10/20/18: Aniebonam has 19 tackles with two sacks on the season.

    8/29/18: Aniebonam was playing well against Texas in the 2017 season opener, getting the better of Longhorns left tackle Connor Williams, before suffering what looked like a leg injury. Maryland said Aniebonam would be out several months, and he didn't return to the field in 2017.

    Aniebonam had a quality junior year with nine sacks, 46 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and one pass batted. He totaled four sacks over his freshman and sophomore seasons as primarily a backup. Size issues could force the redshirt senior to outside linebacker in the NFL.


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

    10/20/18: For 2018, Cowart has 20 tackles with four for a loss and three sacks.

    8/29/18: Cowart was the No. 1 recruit in the nation from Seffner, Florida coming out of high school, but he didn't live up to the hype in two seasons at Auburn. He had six tackles as a freshman and six tackles with one sack as a sophomore. There was talk that he would move inside to tackle as a junior, but he had only three tackles with .5 for a loss before leaving the Auburn program during the season. Cowart then transferred to Maryland.


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

2020 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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