My Final 2015 Defensive Positional Rankings, as of April, 30th, 2015

Below are my Final Positional Rankings, Defensive wise

Defensive Ends:

1. Leonard Williams*, USC (6’5, 302 lbs, 4.97 40 Time)

Analysis: Williams has great size, is a solid pass rusher, a decent tackler, versatile, can play End, and D-Tackle, has good speed, a dominant player, has a high motor, and is always in on every play. The only downside is that he makes some silly mistakes, and misses some easy tackles.

2. Dante Flower Jr.*, Florida (6’2, 261 lbs, 4.60 40 Time)

Analysis: Fowler has decent speed, is a solid pass rusher, a solid edge rusher, decent size for a 3-4 DE, and a good tackler. He does tend to make some mental mistakes, and may have to switch to being a 3-4 OLB in the NFL.

3. Shane Ray*, Missouri (6’2, 245 lbs, 4.55 40 Time)

Analysis: Ray is a dynamic edge rusher, a great pass rusher, a good tackler, has good speed, a disruptive pass rusher, always in on the play, and never gives up on plays. He is however undersized for an NFL DE, so he likely plays OLB in the NFL.

4. Randy Gregory*, Nebraska (6’4, 235 lbs, 4.64 40 Time)

Analysis: Gregory has decent speed, is a good pass rusher, a good tackler, and a dynamic edge rusher. He does have a lighter size frame, not really a DE in the NFL, more likely to be a OLB, he over pursues at times, and gets pushed around by bigger o-lineman. The only other negative is the fact that he failed a drug test at the combine, for Marijuana.

5. Alvin Dupree, Kentucky (6’4, 269 lbs, 4.58 40 Time)

Analysis: Dupree is a great pass rusher, a sack specialist, has good speed, and has good size, height wise. He does get manhandled at times, is inconsistent at times. He probably moves to OLB, but I can see him playing as a 4-3 DE.

6. Nate Orchard, Utah (6’3, 250 lbs, 4.80 40 Time)

Analysis: Orchard is a good pass rusher, a good tackler, and a good edge rusher. However he is undersized to be a DE, so he likely plays OLB, or somewhat as a hybrid between DE and OLB, and he doesn’t have the best speed.

7. Owa Odigihuzwa, UCLA (6’3, 267 lbs,m 4.62 40 Time)

Analysis: Odighizuwa has decent size for a 4-3 DE, is a solid pass rusher, and a solid tackler. He isn’t the fastest edge rusher, and gets jammed at the line of scrimmage at times.

8. Danielle Hunter*, LSU (6’5, 252 lbs, 4.57 40 Time)

Analysis: Hunter is a solid tackler, a good pass rusher, a nice tall DE, and a has decent speed. He is however undersized weight wise to be an NFL DE, so he may have to play OLB in the NFL.

9. Henry Anderson, Stanford (6’6, 294 lbs, 5.03 40 Time)

Analysis: Anderson has great size frame, and is a solid tackler. He is however a slower DE, and gets beat by faster players.

10. Preston Smith, Mississippi State (6’5, 271 lbs, 4.74 40 Time)

Analysis: Smith has also been a high riser in recent months, he has solid size for a 4-3 DE, he is a good pass rusher, and a solid tackler. He doesn’t have ideal speed, but that shouldn’t hurt his stock come draft weekend.

11. Mario Edwards Jr.*, Florida State (6’3, 279 lbs, 4.84 40 Time)

Analysis: Edwards has a solid size frame, is a solid tackler, and a decent pass rusher. However he does get manhandled at times, is inconsistent at times, and a bit on the slow side.

12. Trey Flowers, Arkansas (6’2, 266 lbs, 4.93 40 Time)

Analysis: Flowers has solid size for a 4-3 DE, is a solid tackler, and a solid pass rusher. However he is a bit on the slow side.

13. Za’Darius Smith, Kentucky (6’4, 274 lbs, 4.74 40 Time)

Analysis: Smith has decent size, is a good tackler, and a good pass rusher. He does gets jammed at the line of scrimmage at times, and is not the fastest edge rusher.

14. Anthony Chickillo, Miami(Fla.) (6’3, 267 lbs, 4.79 40 Time)
15. Lynden Trail, Norfolk State (6’7, 269 lbs, 4.891 40 Time)
16. Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota State (6’3, 255 lbs, 4.77 40 Time)
17. Frank Clark, Michigan (6’3, 271 lbs, 4.79 40 Time)
18. Cedric Reed, Texas (6’5, 269 lbs, 4.90 40 Time)
19. Corey Crawford, Clemson (6’5, 283 lbs, 5.01 40 Time)
20. Martin Ifedi, Memphis (6’3, 275 lbs, 4.88 40 Time)
21. Tarvaris Barnes, Clemson (6’3, 282 40 Time, 4.80 40 Time)
22. Deion Barnes*, Penn State (6’4, 255 lbs, 4.75 40 Time)

Defensive Tackles:

1. Danny Shelton, Washington (6’2, 339 lbs, 5.64 40 Time)

Analysis: Shelton is just a big body, a run stuffer, a good tackler, disruptive on the line of scrimmage, and a dominant defensive tackle. He is on the slow side, and gets beat by fast backs at times.

2. Arik Armstead*, Oregon (6’7, 292 lbs, 5.10 40 Time)

Analysis: Armstead has good size, is a good pass rusher, and a good tackler. He also is versatile, he can play DT, and DE. However he doesn’t have the best speed for a D-Lineman, and some view him as a potential project.

3. Malcolm Brown*, Texas (6’2, 319 lbs, 5.05 40 Time)

Analysis: Brown has great size, can play DT, and Nose Tackle in a 3-4 scheme, a run stuffer, and a solid tackler. He is a slower defensive lineman, and he gets beat by faster players.

4. Carl Davis, Iowa (6’5, 320 lbs, 5.07 40 Time)

Analysis: Davis is a big body, a run stuffer, a solid tackler, and makes play when needed. He is on the slow side, and gets stuffed at times on the line of scrimmage.

5. Jordan Phillips*, Oklahoma (6’5, 329 lbs, 5.17 40 Time)

Analysis: Phillips has great size, is a a pure run stuffer, and a solid tackler. He is on the slow side, and gets beat by faster players.

6. Eddie Goldman*, Florida State (6’4, 336 lbs, 5.30 40 Time)

Analysis: Goldman is a huge defensive lineman, a solid tackler, a run stuffer, and potentially can play all over the defensive line in 3-4, and 4-3 schemes. He does get manhandled at times, is on the slow side, and gets beat by faster backs.

7. Michael Bennett, Ohio State (6’2, 293 lbs, 4.95 40 Time)

Analysis: Bennett has solid size, has decent speed, and is a good tackler. He does get beat by larger offensive lineman, and is sometimes manhandled.

8. Xavier Williams, Northern Iowa
9. Xavier Cooper*, Washington State (6’3, 293, 4.88 40 Time)
10. Grady Jarrett, Clemson (6’1, 304 lbs, 5.08 40 Time)
11. Gabe Wright, Auburn (6’3, 300 lbs, 5.07 40 Time)
12. Joey Mbu, Houston (6’3, 313 lbs, 5.54 40 Time)
13. Tyeler Davison, Fresno State (6’2, 316 lbs, 5.18 40 Time)
14. Marcus Hardison, Arizona State
15. Chris Covington*, Rice (6’2, 289 lbs, 5.09 40 Time)
16. Derrick Lott, UT-Chattanooga (6’4, 314 lbs, 4.99 40 Time)
17. Darius Philon*, Arkansas (6’1, 298 lbs, 5.00 40 Time)
18. Rakeem Nunez-Roches*, Southern Miss (6’2, 307 lbs, 5.02 40 Time)
19. Kaleb Eulls, Mississippi State
20. Ellis McCarthy*, UCLA (6’5, 338 lbs, 5.21 40 Time)
21.J.T. Suratt, South Carolina (6’1, 304 lbs, 5.19 40 Time)
22. Angelo Blackson, Auburn (6’4, 318 lbs, 5.02 40 Time)
23. Leterius Walton, Central Michigan (6’5, 319 lbs, 5.25 40 Time)
24. Deon Simon, Northwestern State (6’4, 321 lbs, 5.12 40 Time)

Outside Linebackers:

1. Vic Beasley, Clemson (6’3, 246 lbs, 4.53 40 Time)

Analysis: Beasley has a solid frame, is a good tackler, a good pass rusher, and a good edge rusher. He doesn’t have elite pass rusher speed.

2. Shaq Thompson*, Washington (6’0, 228 lbs, 4.91 40 Time)

Analysis: Thompson is versatile, he played all over the field at U-Washington, has good size, is a good pass rusher, and a solid tackler. He doesn’t have the fastest speed, and gets beat by speedy players. He’s also viewed by some as not likely to be a NFL OLB, but rather a Safety in the NFL.

3. Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville (6’4, 259 lbs, 4.95 40 Time)

Analysis: Mauldin has a solid size frame, is a solid pass rusher, and a solid tackler. He is however on the slower side, and he isn’t used to playing OLB, so he must get used to playing in coverage.

4. Max Valles*, Virginia (6’4, 251 lbs, 4.83 40 Time)

Analysis: Valles has a solid size frame, is a solid tackler, and a solid pass rusher. He is however on the slow side for an edge rusher.

5. Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington (6’2, 253 lbs, 4.75 40 Time)

Analysis: Kikaha is a nice tall edge rusher, a solid pass rusher, and a solid tackler. He is on the slow side, and a little light to be a DE, so he is likely a OLB.

6. Eli Harold*, Virginia (6’3, 247 lbs, 4.60 40 Time)

Analysis: Harold is a tall edge rusher, a solid tackler, a solid pass rusher. However he is a little on the slow side, he is also a little undersized for a DE, and gets stuffed at the line of scrimmage at times.

7. Kwon Alexander*, LSU (6’1, 227 lbs, 4.55 40 Time)

Analysis: Alexander has solid size, and decent speed. He is a good tackler, and doesn’t give up on plays, and has a high motor. However he does get overpowered at times.

8. Zach Hodges, Harvard (6’2, 250 lbs, 4.68 40 Time)

Analysis: Hodges has solid size, is a solid tackler, and a solid pass rusher. He is a bit on the slow side, and gets stuffed at times. He also could be a product of playing lesser level of competition.

9. Markus Golden, Missouri (6’2, 260 lbs, 4.90 40 Time)
10. Martrell Spaight, Arkansas (5’11, 236 lbs, 4.88 40 Time)
11. Tony Washington, Oregon (6’3, 250 lbs, 4.75 40 Time)
12. Xzavier Dickson, Alabama (6’3, 260 lbs, 4.74 40 Time)
13. Davis Tull, UT-Chattanooga (6’2, 248 lbs)
14. Jordan Hicks, Texas (6’1, 236 lbs, 4.68 40 Time)
15. Jake Ryan, Michigan (6’2, 240 lbs, 4.65 40 Time)
16. Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma (6’3, 262 lbs, 4.81 40 Time)
17. JR Tavai, USC (6’1, 249 lbs, 4.68 40 Time)
18. Alani Fua, BYU (6’5, 238 lbs, 4.73 40 Time)

Inside Linebackers:

1. Eric Kendricks, UCLA (6’0, 232 lbs, 4.61 40 Time)

Analysis: Kendricks is a solid tackler, a hard hitter, and has decent size. He doesn’t have the best speed.

2. Stephone Anthony, Clemson (6’3, 243 lbs, 4.56 40 Time)

Analysis: Anthony is a great big ILB, is good in coverage, and a good tackler. He is also a hard hitter. However he is on the slow side.

3. Paul Dawson, TCU (6’0, 235 lbs, 4.93 40 Time)

Analysis: Dawson has good size, is a hard hitter, a solid tackler, and versatile, he can play ILB and OLB. However he is a bit on the slow side, but not many other flaws.

4. Bernardrick McKinney*, Mississippi State (6’4, 246 lbs, 4.61 40 Time)

Analysis: McKinney has solid size, has decent speed, is a good tackler, and a hard hitter. But he isn’t the best in coverage.

5. Denzel Perryman, Miami(Fla.) (5’10, 236 lbs, 4.78 40 Time)

Analysis: Perryman is a good tackler, he forces turnovers, doesn’t miss many tackles, and is a good coverage linebacker. However he does get beat bt fast backs, is on the slow side, and is not the biggest linebacker.

6. Taiwan Jones, Michigan State (6’3, 245 lbs, 4.95 40 Time)

Analysis: Jones has solid size, is a solid tackler, and a hard hitter. However he doesn’t have the best speed.

7. Ramik Wilson, Georgia (6’0, 245 lbs, 4.77 40 Time)

Analysis: Wilson has solid size, and a solid run stuffer. However he misses some easy tackles, and is on the slower side.

8. Hayes Pullard, USC (6’0, 240 lbs, 4.78 40 Time)

Analysis: Pullard has decent size, is a good pass rusher for an ILB, a good tackler, and a good cover linebacker. However he tends to miss some tackles, and gets beat by fast players, as he is on the slow side.

9. Mike Hull, Penn State (6’0, 237 lbs, 4.86 40 Time)
10. Bryce Hager, Baylor (6’1, 234 lbs, 4.60 40 Time)
11. Trey DePriest, Alabama (6’0, 254 lbs, 4.80 40 Time)
12. Ben Heeney, Kansas (6’0, 231 lbs, 4.59 40 Time)
13. Jeff Luc, Cincinnati

Cornerbacks:

1. Trae Waynes*, Michigan State (6’0, 186 lbs, 4.31 40 Time)

Analysis: Waynes has good size, has great speed, is a hard hitter, a good cover cornerback, and a good tackler. However he does tend to get beat at times.

2. Marcus Peters*, Washington (5’11, 197 lbs, 4.53 40 Time)

Analysis: Peters has good size, is a good cover cornerback, and a solid tackler. While he has good size, he isn’t the tallest CB, but that shouldn’t hurt his stock. He does whiff on some tackles, and his only issue at U-Washington is that he got kicked off the football team for arguing with a coach.

3. Byron Jones, Uconn (6’0, 199 lbs, 4.50 40 Time)

Analysis: Jones has good size, is a solid cover corner, and a good tackler. He doesn’t have the best speed.

4. Jalen Collins, LSU (6’1, 203 lbs, 4.48 40 Time)

Analysis: Collins has great size, is a good cover corner, a good tackler, and has really good speed. However he tends to get beat at times. He may also be being looked at being a Safety in the NFL.

5. Quinten Rollins, Miami(Ohio) (5’11, 195 lbs, 4.57 40 Time)

Analysis: Rollins has decent size, has decent soeed, is a ball hawk, a good tackler, and a good cover cornerback. However he does get beat at times, and gets lost in coverage. He is also being viewed by many as a Safety in the NFL.

6. Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest (6’0, 188 lbs, 4.52 40 Time)

Analysis: Johnson has solid size, decent speed, is a ball hawk, a good cover cornerback, and a good tackler. However he does get beat at times, and gets lost in coverage at times.

7. Eric Rowe, Utah (6’0, 205 lbs, 4.45 40 Time)

Analysis: Rowe has solid size, is a ball hawk, a good cover cornerback, and a solid tackler. However while he has a great 40 time, his tape doesn’t show it, and he could be viewed as a tweener, more of a Safety, rather than a CB.

8. Alex Carter*, Stanford (6’0, 198 lbs, 4.51 40 Time)

Analysis: Carter has good size, is versatile, can play CB and Safety, is a solid tackler, and has decent speed. However he does get beat at times.

9. Ronald Darby*, Florida State (5’10, 193 lbs, 4.38 40 Time)

Analysis: Darby is a solid tackler, a good cover cornerback, and has great speed. However he isn’t the tallest CB.

10. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon (5’9, 192 lbs, 4.45 40 Time)

Analysis: Ekpre-Olomu is a hard hitter, a decent tackler, a ball hawk, is a good tackler, and has good speed. However he is undersized, gets beat by tall WRs, and commits too many penalties.

11. Jacoby Glenn*, Central Florida (6’0, 179 lbs, 4.44 40 Time)

Analysis: Glenn has good size, from a height stand point, he is a good tackler, and has great speed. However he is a bit light.

12. Kevin White, TCU (5’9, 183 lbs, 4.63 40 Time)

Analysis: White is a nice high riser, he is a good tackler, and a good cover cornerback. However he is undersized, and doesn’t have the best speed.

13. D’Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic (5’10, 187 lbs, 4.45 40 Time)

Analysis: Smith has really good speed, is a good tackler, and a solid cover cornerback. However he isn’t the tallest CB.

14. Steven Nelson, Oregon State (5’10, 197 lbs, 4.49 40 Time)

Analysis: Nelson has really good speed, is a good tackler, and a good cover cornerback. However he is a bit undersized.

15. P.J. Williams*, Oregon State (6’0, 194 lbs, 4.57 40 Time)

Analysis: Williams is a good tackler, a hard hitter, and has good size. He doesn’;t have the best speed, he struggles in coverage at times, and recently had a DUI incident, which may effect his draft stock.

16. Senquez Golson, Ole Miss (5’8, 176 lbs, 4.46 40 Time)

Analysis: Golson is a good tackler, a good cover cornerback, and has really good speed. However he is really undersized.

17. Doran Grant, Ohio State (5’10, 200 lbs, 4.44 40 Time)

Analysis: Grant has really good speed, is a good tackler, and a good cover cornerback. However he is a little undersized.

18. Josh Shaw, USC (6’0, 201 lbs, 4.44 40 Time)

Analysis: Shaw has solid size, really good speed, is versatile, can play CB and Safety. However he had some off the field issues with lying.

19. Ladarius Gunter, Miami(Fla.) (6’1, 202 lbs, 4.69 40 Time)

Analysis: Gunter has really good size, and a good tackler. However he isn’t the fastest, and it’s unknown whether he will play CB or Safety in the NFL.

20. Charles Gaines*, Louisville (5’9, 180 lbs, 4.44 40 Time)

Analysis: Gaines has really good speed, is a good cover cornerback, and a good tackler. However he is undersized.

21. Justin Cox, Mississippi State (6’0, 191 lbs, 4.36 40 Time)
22. Nick Marshall, Auburn (6’1, 207 lbs, 4.54 40 Time)
23. Lorenzo Doss*, Tulane (5’10, 182 lbs, 4.50 40 Time)
24. JaCorey Shepherd, Kansas (5’11, 199 lbs, 4.54 40 Time)
25. DeShazior Everett, Texas A&M (6’0, 193 lbs, 4.55 40 Time)
26. Quandre Diggs, Texas (5’9, 196 lbs, 4.56 40 Time)
27. Imoan Claiborne, Northwestern State
28. Bobby McCain, Memphis (5’9, 195 lbs, 4.51 40 Time)
29. Julian Wilson, Oklahoma (6’2, 205 lbs, 4.58 40 Time)
30. Damian Swann, Georgia (6’0, 189 lbs, 4.50 40 Time)
31. Craig Mager, Texas State (5’11, 201 lbs, 4.44 40 Time)

Free Safeties:

1. Damarious Randall, Arizona State (5’10, 196 lbs, 4.46 40 Time)

Analysis: Randall is a high riser, he is a solid tackler, and has really good speed. He doesn’t have the best size, but that shouldn’t effect his draft stock.

2. Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss (6’2, 208 lbs, 4.60 40 Time)

Analysis: Prewitt has good size, is a solid tackler, a hard hitter, and a good cover safety. However he isn’t the fastest.

3. Anthony Harris, Virginia (6’1, 183 lbs, 4.57 40 Time)

Analysis: Harris has nice size, is a solid tackler, and all around play maker in the secondary. He doesn’t have the best speed, but that shouldn’t hurt his stock come draft night.

4. Derron Smith, Fresno State (5’10, 200 lbs, 4.50 40 Time)

Analysis: Smith has good speed, is a good cover safety, a good tackler, and a hard hitter. However he is a bit undersized.

5. Gerod Holliman*, Louisville (6’0, 218 lbs, 4.55 40 Time)

Analysis: Holliman has good size, good speed, is a good tackler, and a hard hitter. However he isn’t the best cover safety, and he whiffs at times on tackles.

6. Durell Eskridge*, Syracuse (6’2, 208 lbs, 4.50 40 Time)

Analysis: Eskridge has great size, is a solid tackler, and has good speed. He does get beat by faster players at times.

7. Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State (6’0, 208 lbs, 4.60 40 Time)

Analysis: Drummond has solid size, is a good tackler, and a hard hitter. However he isn’t the fastest safety.

8. Chris Hackett*, TCU (6’0, 195 lbs, 4.81 40 Time)

Analysis: Hackett is a nice prospect, he has good size, is a hard hitter, a decent cover safety, and a solid tackler. He doesn’t have the best speed though.

9. Clayton Geathers, Central Florida (6’1, 218 lbs, 4.55 40 Time)
10. James Sample*, Louisville (6’2, 209 lbs, 4.56 40 Time)
11. Tevin McDonald, Eastern Washington (5’11, 195 lbs, 4.63 40 Time)
12. Deon Marlowe, James Madison (6’1, 203 lbs, 4.58 40 Time)

Strong Safeties:

1. Landon Collins*, Alabama (6’0, 228 lbs, 4.53 40 Time)

Analysis: Collins has solid size, a hard hitter, a solid tackler, and also a special teams standout. He doesn’t have the best speed.

2. Jasquiski Tartt, Samford (6’1, 221 lbs, 4.53 40 Time)

Analysis: Tartt has nice size, is a solid tackler, and a good cover safety. He doesn’t have the best speed, but not too bad, and his success might be due to play for a lower level college.

3. Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern (5’11, 208 lbs, 4.59 40 Time)
4. Adrian Amos, Penn State (6’0, 218 lbs, 4.56 40 Time)
5. Jordan Richards, Stanford (5’10, 211 lbs, 4.65 40 Time)
6. Sammie Carter, TCU (6’1, 215 lbs, 4.65 40 Time)
7. Nick Perry, Alabama
8. Jermaine Whitehead, Auburn (5’11, 197 lbs, 4.59 40 Time)