2021 NFL Draft Prospects: 3-4 Defensive End



The top 2021 quarterback prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2021 prospect. ** - denotes 2024 prospect.

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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

2021 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

2022 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. Marvin Wilson, 3-4DE, Florida State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 317.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    9/5/20: Wilson totaled 44 tackles with five sacks, four passes defended and a forced fumble in 2019. He was a disruptive presence, showing pass-rushing potential, strength, quickness and athleticism. Team sources said they were projecting Wilson to the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft had he decided to skip his senior year. If Wilson improves in 2020, he could be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

    Wilson had a decent 2018 season for the Seminoles as their best interior defender. On the year, he totaled 42 tackles with 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two passes batted and 4.5 tackles for a loss.




  2. Christian Barmore**, 3-4DE, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 310.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.18.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    9/5/20: Barmore flashed ability as part of Alabama's rotation in 2019. It was only his redshirt freshman season, so he could easily be primed to break out in 2020 or 2021. Barmore has good size with length at the point of attack to go along with quickness and athleticism. He could be the next Alabama interior lineman who becomes an early-round prospect, similar to Quinnen Williams, Da'Ron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Raekwon Davis among others.


  3. Tedarrell Slaton, 3-4DE, Florida
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 343.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.6.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
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    9/5/20: Slaton recorded 29 tackles with two sacks and a pass defended in 2019. He played well to close out the regular season, but he was wise to go back for his senior year. Slaton did not produce a big stat line for the Gators in 2018, but the big nose tackle caused a lot of disruption and plugged a lot of gaps at the point of attack. He totaled 21 tackles with two for a loss on the year. Team sources have remarked how Slaton jumped out at them and was impossible to ignore while grading the Gators' 2019 NFL Draft prospects. For the NFL, Slaton projects as a heavy nose tackle.


  4. Cory Durden*, 3-4DE, Florida State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 312.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
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    9/5/20: Durden has good size to him with athleticism and quickness at the point of attack. He had a breakout year as a redshirt sophomore in 2019, showing some pass-rushing skills and upside to be better as an upperclassman. If Durden can continue to get after the quarterback, he could rise. Having Marvin Wilson next to him to draw attention could help Durden produce a big junior year.




  5. LaBryan Ray*, 3-4DE, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 292.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.9.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
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    9/5/20: Ray recorded nine tackles with a sack and forced fumble during his 2019 season. He went out of the lineup in September because of a foot injury that required surgery. He was wise to return to Alabama for 2020.

    While Quinnen Williams was the star of the Alabama defensive line in 2018, Ray flashed at times for the Crimson Tide and had some nice moments that year. Ray totaled 39 tackles with six for a loss, 2.5 sacks and two passes batted for the season. Ray could take on a bigger role as a redshirt junior and has upside to rise.


  6. Carlos Basham, 3-4DE, Wake Forest
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 275.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2021): 1.
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    9/5/20: Basham showed a big improvement from his sophomore to junior seasons when went from 4.5 sacks in 2018 to 11 in 2019. His run defense remained steady with 64 tackles as a sophomore and 57 as a junior. In his a breakout redshirt junior year, Basham also had three forced fumbles and three passes batted. He has good size for the NFL in terms of height and weight, but has surprising quickness with an impressive ability to close for a thickly built defensive end. Basham has athletic upside and could be a riser during the draft process.


  7. Kwity Paye*, 3-4DE, Michigan
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 277.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
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    9/5/20: Paye had an impressive junior year, as he was a well-balanced defender at the point of attack. Paye's developed strength helps him set the edge and hold his ground. He also showed pass-rush ability with upside and he could improve with more experience. Paye has the upside to be a riser.


  8. Aidan Hutchinson*, 3-4DE, Michigan
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 278.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.86.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
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    9/5/20: Hutchinson had a breakout sophomore season for the Wolverines as a tough defender and flashed pass-rush ability. He has excellent size for the next level, where he could be a base end in a 4-3 or a 3-4 five-technique defensive end. Improving his pass-rush production could help Hutchinson to rise as a junior and/or senior if he returns to college.


  9. Thomas Booker*, 3-4DE, Stanford
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 281.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.88.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-4.
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    9/5/20: Over his first two seasons at Stanford, Booker was a solid defender at the point of attack. He had 3.5 sacks with 29 tackles as a freshman and improved in his sophomore year with 50 tackles, four sacks and three passes batted. Booker has quality size to him with upside to develop.




  10. Neil Farrell Jr., 3-4DE, LSU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 319.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/5/20: Ferrell was a rotational defender for LSU with only three starts as a junior, but he flashed athletic ability with pass-rush potential and was a solid run defender. With Rashard Lawrence moving onto the NFL, Farrell should be a starter as senior. If he can increase his pass-rush production, he could rise.


  11. Dare Odeyingbo, 3-4DE, Vanderbilt
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 280.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.88.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/5/20: Odeyingbo is a big defensive end who can set the edge and be a tough run defender at the point of attack. He has good length and the potential to be a base end in a 4-3 or a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4. Odeyingbo needs to improve his pass-rush production in 2020.


  12. Naquan Jones*, 3-4DE, Michigan State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 339.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.4.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/5/20: Jones put up very little production 2019, but he is a heavy nose tackle and gap filler. Those players aren't expected to produce big stat lines. Entering the 2018 season, the Michigan State defensive tackle who seemed to be the program's top interior lineman was Raequan Williams, but Jones, then a sophomore, was the team's top interior defender. In 2018, he had 26 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one pass batted and one forced fumble.


  13. Rashad Weaver*, 3-4DE, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 270.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/5/20: Weaver had a strong 2018 season to get on the radar for NFL advance scouts, but his redshirt junior year ended before it started with a season-ending injury suffered in training camp. If Weaver can stay healthy and build on his 2018 production, he could be a riser for the 2021 NFL Draft.


  14. Marquiss Spencer, 3-4DE, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 285.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.9.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/5/20: Spencer played in four games before going out for the year with an upper body injury. Prior to that, Spencer was a rotational backup for Mississippi State. He needs to stay healthy and produce as a senior.




  15. Bobby Brown III*, 3-4DE, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 315.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/5/20: Brown has the athletic upside to rise as a junior. He showed improvement and took on a larger role as a sophomore. To rise, Brown needs to get better in the pass rush and put more pressure on the quarterback, particularly with some sack production as an upperclassman.


  16. Khyiris Tonga, 3-4DE, BYU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 321.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.48.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/5/20: Tonga is a solid run defender who has size at the point of attack. He will need to produce more as a pass rusher during his senior year to rise.


  17. Esezi Otomewo*, 3-4DE, Minnesota
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 275.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.15.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    9/5/20: Otomewo flashed as a sophomore to earn a spot on NFL teams' preseason watch list. He has good length, but needs to get stronger and fill out his frame for the next level if he is going to line up inside. At his current listed measurements, he would fit best as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense, but even in that scheme, he should get stronger for taking on NFL offensive linemen. Improving his run defense and pass-rush potential would help Otomewo to rise as a junior and/or senior.


  18. Michael Clemons, 3-4DE, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 270.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
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    9/5/20: Clemons has potential, but he has not yet produced a big year for Texas A&M. Clemons, however, has enough upside that scouts place him on their preseason watch lists. The senior needs to produce more in 2020.




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

2021 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

2022 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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