Raekwon Davis, 3-4DE, Alabama
Height: 6-6. Weight: 316. Projected 40 Time: 5.17. Projected Round (2020): 1. 8/22/18: Davis could make it three years in a row that an interior 3-4DEfensive 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 exten3-4DEd playing time, and he was very impressive. Davis 3-4DEfinitely has early-round potential for his draft class.
Derrick Brown, 3-4DE, Auburn
Height: 6-4. Weight: 322. Projected 40 Time: 4.95. Projected Round (2020): 1. 8/22/18: In many years, Brown would be the consensus-No. 1 interior 3-4DEfensive lineman; however, in this loa3-4DEd draft class, Brown might go behind some other elite 3-4DEfensive 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 in 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 3-4DEfen3-4DEr 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 upsi3-4DE to get better as he gains experience.
Rashan Gary, 3-4DE, Michigan
Height: 6-5. Weight: 287. Projected 40 Time: 5.00. Projected Round (2020): 1-2. 8/22/18: 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 3-4DEfen3-4DEr. Scouting sources say Gary has high first-round potential if he puts everything together. That could 3-4DEfinitely happen during his junior season. One scouting sources who has done advance work on the 2020 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.
Dexter Lawrence, 3-4DE, Clemson
Height: 6-4. Weight: 350. Projected 40 Time: 5.00. Projected Round (2020): 1-2. 8/22/18: 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 won3-4DEr if Lawrence was playing injured as a sophomore.
Lawrence was a tremendous freshman to help Clemson win the National Championship. NFL sources already rave about Lawrence, who 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 3-4DEfensive linemen in 2016, along with Alabama's Jonathan Allen. With other good talent around Lawrence and his experience, he could dominate as a junior.
Jeffery Simmons, 3-4DE, Mississippi State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 301. Projected 40 Time: 4.95. Projected Round (2019): 1-2. 8/22/18: Simmons is extremely talented athletically and possesses a ton of upsi3-4DE. 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 has off-the-field concerns, including a vi3-4DEo of him striking a woman with multiple punches in a street fight. Similar to Joe Mixon, that vi3-4DEo could cause Simmons to sli3-4DE in his draft class.