2019 NFL Draft Prospects: 3-4 Defensive Ends



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 3-4 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. Quinnen Williams**, 3-4DE, Alabama
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 289.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.89.
    Projected Round (2019): Top-10.

    10/20/18: Source from multiple teams, including two general managers, tell WalterFootball.com that they are projecting Williams to be a high first-round pick if he stays consistent with his performance thus far and enters the 2019 NFL Draft. Sources say they are hearing at Alabama that the redshirt sophomore Williams plans on filing paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Board for the 2019 NFL Draft. If Williams hears a high first-round projection, he could easily enter the 2019 NFL Draft, and that is what many NFL evaluators think is likely.

    In 2018, Williams has 29 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and one pass batted. He has caused more disruption than the numbers indicate.

    Williams has broken out for Alabama this year. Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs garnered more preseason hype, but Williams has been the most consistent play-maker and disruptor on the Crimson Tide's defensive line. Williams is very fast at the point of attack with the ability to fire a gap and cause havoc in the backfield. The redshirt sophomore also has natural strength that is illustrated with a potent bull rush and the power to toss blockers to the side. If those measurements are legit, he could be a good fit as a three-technique in a 4-3 defense or as a five-technique in a 3-4.




  2. Derrick Brown*, 3-4DE, Auburn
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 322.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.95.
    Projected Round (2019): Top-16.

    10/20/18: Brown has played well this season while taking on a bunch of double teams. He is fast and powerful at the point of attack. Some scouts are really high on him and feel he has huge upside due to still being a very young player. Brown has 28 tackles with two sacks and six tackles for a loss so far in 2018. He played well versus LSU and Washington.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Brown checks in at 6-foot-4, 322-pounds with 34.25 inch arms, 8.5 inch hands, and 82.75 wing span. They him down at 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

    In many years, Brown would be the consensus-No. 1 interior defensive lineman; however, in this loaded draft class, Brown might go behind some other elite defensive line talents. Still, team sources love Brown with his quickness to push the pocket and the strength that he plays with. They see him as a three-technique for a 4-3, and he could play as a one-technique as well. Sources say they see Brown as a future first-round talent.

    In 2017, Brown was a really solid interior lineman for Auburn. He was a tough run defender and contributed some in the pass rush. He totaled 56 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles for the year. Brown has the upside to get better as he gains experience.


  3. Jeffery Simmons*, 3-4DE, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 301.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.95.
    Projected Round (2019): Top-25.

    10/20/18: Simmons has 26 tackles and 8.5 tackles for a loss and two passes batted on the season. He has played well while facing a ton of double teams.

    This season in the Hot Press, we reported how one team's scout said they were going to fight for Simmons in pre-draft meetings after doing their research into the background of Simmons. They said that the staff at Mississippi State and contacts at his hometown town speak highly of Simmons. He will have a lot of scrutiny because of a tape of him in a street fight, but there is no doubt that Simmons is a top-20 talent for the NFL. If team evaluators are comfortable with Simmons off the field, that could send his stock soaring high into the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

    8/29/18: Simmons is extremely talented athletically and possesses a ton of upside. In 2017, he totaled 60 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted. As a freshman, he had 40 tackles with two forced fumbles. While Simmons is a great athlete with a superb skill set, he comes with off-the-field baggage, including a video of him striking a woman with multiple punches in a street fight. Similar to Joe Mixon, that video could cause Simmons to slide in his draft class.


  4. Raekwon Davis*, 3-4DE, Alabama
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 316.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.17.
    Projected Round (2019): Top-25.

    10/20/18: Davis has 27 tackles with three for a loss and .5 sacks on the season. For the NFL, he projects as a nose tackle in a 3-4 or 4-3 who can also play five-technique end in a 3-4 defense. His lateral anchor is rare and truly phenomenal. Teams just can't move him at all in the ground game. Davis' lower and upper body strength gives him a rare ability to handle bump blocks and double teams without giving up any movement in the ground game. Davis may not produce the big sack total that he did last year, but team sources say they still feel that Davis is worthy of going as a top-20 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Davis checks in at 6-foot-6, 316-pounds with 35.25 inch arms, 10.88 inch hands, and a 85.25 inch wingspan. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 5.17 seconds.

    Davis could make it three years in a row that an interior defensive lineman from Alabama goes as a top-20 pick. Like Da'Ron Payne, Davis has a freaky combination of size, quickness and athleticism. As a sophomore, Davis showed interior pass-rush skills with a fast first-step, active hands with functional strength to fight off blocks, and a burst to close. Davis can use powerful bull rushes to power through blockers as well.

    Davis broke out in 2017 for the eventual National Champions, racking up 69 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and one interception. It was his first season of extended playing time, and he was very impressive. Davis definitely has early-round potential for his draft class.


  5. Rashan Gary*, 3-4DE, Michigan
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 287.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.00.
    Projected Round (2019): Top-25.

    10/20/18: Gary has been out of the lineup while nursing a shoulder injury. All night against Notre Dame, Gary burned the Irish offensive tackles and put steady hits on quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Gary totaled four tackles with .5 for a loss, but he played much better than the stat line indicates. In 2018, Gary has 22 tackles with 4.5 for a loss and two sacks.

    8/29/18: Gary notched 65 tackles with six sacks, one forced fumble and 12 tackles for a loss in 2017. Gary is a rare athlete who could turn into a dominant defender. Scouting sources say Gary has high first-round potential if he puts everything together. That could definitely happen during his junior season. One scouting sources who has done advance work on the 2019 class said that Gary is a rare physical talent similar to some former top-of-the-draft prospects, but Michigan doesn't turn him loose as a pass-rusher as much as other prospects were.




  6. Zach Allen, 3-4DE, 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.


  7. Dexter Lawrence*, 3-4DE, Clemson
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 350.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.00.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    10/20/18: Lawrence has 12 tackles with one for a loss on the year. In the pass rush, he has created some pressures and caused some disruption.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Lawrence checks in at 6-foot-4, 350-pounds with 35.13 inch arms, 10.25 inch hands, and a wingspan of 85 inches. They him running the 40-yard dash at 5.00 seconds.

    Lawrence totaled 34 tackles with 2.5 sacks in 2017. While he wasn't as good as he was in 2016, and his production reflected that, he helped create a lot of sacks for those around him. Some team sources wonder if Lawrence was playing injured as a sophomore.

    Lawrence was a tremendous freshman to help Clemson win the National Championship. NFL sources raved about Lawrence in the 2017 season, because he was impossible to ignore in 2016. Lawrence was an All-Freshman selection all over the nation while being the ACC Rookie of the Year for that season. He totaled 63 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and a pass batted as a freshman. One national scout for a NFC team told me that they thought Lawrence was among the two most disruptive defensive linemen in 2016, along with Alabama's Jonathan Allen.

    With other good talent around Lawrence and his experience, he could dominate as a junior.


  8. Christian Wilkins, 3-4DE, Clemson
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 312.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    10/20/18: On the year, Wilkins is up to 20 tackles with 5.5 for a loss and two sacks. He has played well for Clemson this year.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Wilkins checks in at 6-foot-3, 312-pounds with 32.38 inch arms, 9.5 inch hands, and 80.5 inch hands. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.90 seconds.

    In 2017, Wilkins totaled 60 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He played well all year, using his speed and athleticism to cause disruption at the point of attack. In speaking with sources at multiple teams, they see Wilkins as a future first-rounder. He is a fast interior pass-rusher who can collapse the pocket and provide an inside pass rush. Wilkins dominated Miami in the ACC Championship.

    Wilkins played well for Clemson in 2016 as part of a tough defensive line that controlled the point of attack. The sophomore recorded 48 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 10 passes batted. Wilkins made 33 tackles and two sacks as a freshman in 2015. He has a nice skill set with upside.

    Wilkins had to play a lot of defensive end in 2016 because of injury. He displayed a nice ability to play there, but his NFL home is on the inside. As a pass-rusher, Wilkins is able to get after the quarterback with pressure coming around the corner. He looked the most dangerous when lining up over guards and firing past them to cause disruption in the backfield. While he played a lot of end, at his weight, Wilkins really doesn't have edge-rusher speed for the NFL. He will have to rush from the inside as a pro, but that is his natural position anyway. Wilkins is a solid run defender, too. He has a strong, thick lower body to hold his ground at the point of attack.






  9. Jerry Tillery, 3-4DE, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 304.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    10/20/18: To open the season, Tillery was phenomenal and dominated Michigan to help Notre Dame to a seven-point win. In 2018, Tillery has 21 tackles with seven sacks and three forced fumbles on the year. He is playing like a first- or second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Tillery checks in at 6-foot-6, 304-pounds with 33.63 inch arms, 10.63 inch hands, and a wingspan of 82 inches. They have him running a fast 40-yard dash at 4.80 seconds.

    Over the past few years, Tillery has played well for Notre Dame and has been active at the point of attack. For 2017, he totaled 47 tackles with nine for a loss, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Tillery had 37 tackles with three tackles for a loss in 2016. The sophomore played better than the numbers illustrate and caused some havoc in the backfield. Tillery has a good skill set to develop and is capable of compiling more production.


  10. Joe Gaziano*, 3-4DE, 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.


  11. Terry Beckner Jr., 3-4DE, Missouri
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 286.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    10/20/18: On the year, Beckner has 15 tackles with six for a loss and a pass batted. He possesses some athletic ability, but he has been inconsistent and has had some uneven performances.

    8/29/18: According to NFL teams' preseason data provided by team sources, Beckner checks in at 6-foot-3, 286-pounds with 32.63 inch arms, 8.38 inch hands, and 77.5 inch wingspan. They have him running the 40-yard dash in 4.90 seconds.

    Beckner played well for Missouri in 2017, showing some ability to rush the passer from the inside. He totaled seven sacks, 11 tackles for a loss, 38 tackles, one interception and two passes batted. Sources who have done advance work on the 2019 class said that Beckner graded out with the potential to go in the first four rounds entering the 2018 season. Beckner could slide in the 2019 NFL Draft because sources say he comes with some concerns about ACL injuries, doesn't have an impressive body, and is a bit tight as a defender.




  12. Corbin Kaufusi, 3-4DE, 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.


  13. Youhanna Ghaifan*, 3-4DE, 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.


  14. Christian Rector*, 3-4DE, 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.


  15. Anthony Nelson*, 3-4DE, 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.




  16. Raequan Williams*, 3-4DE, Michigan State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.11.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    10/20/18: Williams has 24 tackles with six for a loss and three passes batted so far this season.

    8/29/18: Williams has flashed some talent for the Spartans over the past two seasons. In 2017, he collected 31 tackles with 2.5 sacks after recording two sacks and 28 tackles during his freshman campaign. Williams has the upside to produce more as an upperclassman.


  17. Marlon Davidson*, 3-4DE, 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.


  18. Jonathan Ledbetter, 3-4DE, 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.


  19. Kingsley Keke, 3-4DE, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 305.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.24.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    10/20/18: Keke has 26 tackles with 4.5 sacks and seven tackles for a loss so far this season.

    8/29/18: In 2017, Keke totaled 54 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss and one sack. He is a quality run defender who showed more pass-rush potential as a sophomore with four sacks.


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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