Jason’s Defensive Positional Rankings, Post-Combine, as of March, 16th, 2014

My updated Top 10 at each defensive positions, except ILB, FS, and SS, are below, with a summary of each prospect.

Defensive Ends:

1. Jadeveon Clowney*, South Carolina

– Clowney is a sure fire tackler, and a pass rush beast. Probably the best DE prospect in years, even with a down 2013 season. But the question is, will he be a 4-3 End, or a 3-4 End. If he adds extra weight, while still being fast, he could be a tremendous 3-4 DE.

2. Kony Ealy*, Missouri

– Ealy has good size for a 4-3 DE, and goopd speed. Gets pressure easily. But he need to add some extra weight to be more versatile in my opinion. With some added weight, he could be a 3-4 End, and OLB if need be.

3. Stephon Tuitt*, Notre Dame

– Tuitt is just a pass rush beast. Commands double teams, bull rushes the offensive lineman, and creates havock. But he does miss some easy tackles, and gets beat by the fast QBs.

4. Scott Crichton*, Oregon State

– Crichton is a good tackler, and a decent pass rusher. He does however get beat by quick and fast QBs. He should be a top 50 pick.

5. Kareem Martin, North Carolina

– Martin is a good tackler, and a good pass rusher. He does lack elite speed. And may be a tweener though. Is he a 4-3 End, or a 3-4 OLB. Either way he should be a top 75 pick.

6. Chris Smith, Arkansas

– Smith is a good tackler, and a good pass rusher. Also might be a tweener, DE or OLB? Also doesn’t get great pressure on the offensive players.

7. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

– Jeffcoat is a good pass rusher, a good overall tackler, and doesn’t give up on any play. Although he does seem like a tweener, and he struggles against top Tackles.

8. Michael Sam, Missouri

– Sam has good speed, and gets pressure easily. He is undersized for a 4-3 End, thus he might be moved to 3-4 OLB, or he would need to gain extra weight to be a End.

9. Trevor Reilly, Utah

– Reilly has good size, height wise, decent speed, although he is undersized in the weight department, and gets overpowered at times. He should still be a late day 2 pick.

10. Dominique Easley, Florida

– Easley is a good pass rusher, and a good tackler. But he can get greedy, and ends up costing the team. He should be a mid round pick.

Defensive Tackles:

1. Louis Nix III*, Notre Dame

– Nix commands double teams, a bull rusher. Usually a run stuffer, faster than you would think for a man of his size. And a dominant NT. Although he does struggle against top RBs, and misses some easy tackles.

2. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

– Hageman is a high riser, who had a great 2013 season. He is a good tackler, a run stuffer, good pass rusher, with good size, and speed. But he does get beat by fast RBs.

3. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

– Donald is a high riser. Who gets good penetration, strong, tough, and gets pressure on the QB, and a good pass rusher. But he may be undersized for a DT, more likely a true DE. If he bulks up, and becomes a solid DT. And he is a bit on the slow side.

4. Timmy Jernigan*, Florida State

– Jernigan is a true run stuffer, he is just a big body, a good tackler, and a good pass rusher. He does get pushed around too much at times.

5. DaQuan Jones, Penn State

– Jones is also a high riser. He is a good tackler, who commands double teams, and gets good pressure on the QB easily. Only downside might be that he is on the slow side.

6. Will Sutton, Arizona State

– Sutton is a tackling machine, has decent speed, and a good pass rusher. But he does have some weight concerns, is a 3-4 End or maybe a NT? Plus his production was down in 2013. But I expect him to be a Top 50 pick.

7. Ego Ferguson*, LSU

– Ferguson has good size, a big body, good speed, and gets pressure easily. But he does have trouble with speedy players. A likely top 100 pick.

8. Kelcy Quarles*, South Carolina

– Quarles has good size, he is a sack machine, and always making the tackles. He might be a bit slow, but not many flaws. He should be a top 100 pick.

9. Anthony Johnson*, LSU

– Johnson is a bull rusher, run stiffer, good speed, and good size for a DT. He does get man handled at times. He should be a top 100 pick.

10. George Uko*, USC

– Uko is a good run stuffer, good tackler, and a decent pass rusher. But he is not the fastest DT. He should be a top 125 pick.

Outside Linebackers:

1. Khalil Mack, Buffalo

– Mack is real good pass rusher, and doesn’t give up on plays. But is he a product of playing against lower level FBS schools. He also gets beat by fast QBs, and RBs.

2. Anthony Barr, UCLA

– Barr is an eliter pass rusher, just a beast. Sure tackler. Gets off the edge easily, and makes it look easy. He does struggle against fast and shifty players.

3. Trent Murphy, Stanford

– Murphy is a good tackler. With decent speed. Good pass rusher. Now is he a OLB or a DE in a 4-3 scheme due to his size frame. But not many flaws.

4. Ryan Shazier*, Ohio State

– Shazier is a solid tackler, good pass rusher, hard hitter, good size, and decent speed. He does overshoot on on plays, and gets caught up against top Tackles.

5. Kyle Van Noy, BYU

– Van Noy is a good pass rusher, gets pressure easily, a good tackler, and a quick OLB. He might be considered a 1-year wonder, he does struggle in pass rush at times, and has trouble with fast QBs. Plus he is not overally fast. But he should be a top 50 pick, and possibly a 1st rounder.

6. Dee Ford, Auburn

– Ford is a good tackler, good pass rusher, and a good cover OLB. While he lines up at DE, he is an OLB in the NFL. Not many concerns. He should be a top 75 pick.

7. Carl Bradford, Arizona State

– Bradford has good size for a OLB, and a good tackler, and pass rusher. He is on the slow side, and gets beat at times. He should be a top 75 pick.

8. Christian Jones, Florida State

– Jones has good size, and has good speed. He is a good pass rusher, and good tackler. He is also versatile, OLB or ILB. But he does get beat by fasy QBs and RBs, and struggles against the read option. He should be a top 100 pick.

9. Marcus Smith, Louisville

– Smith has good size, a good run stuffer, god tackler, and a good pass rusher. He is not the fastest player, and he would be undersized for a DE, thus he is more likely a 3-4 OLB. Should be a top 100 pick.

10. Adrian Hubbard*, Alabama

– Hubbard is a good tackler, and a good pass rusher. He does struggle in pass coverage at times. He should be a top 100 pick.

Inside Linebackers:

1. C.J. Mosley, Alabama

– Mosley is aversatile linebacker. He can play Outside and Inside. He is a sure fire tackler, good in coverage, beats blockers, and a fast linebacker. He is a bit small, and struggles against fast QBs.

2. Shayne Skov, Stanford

– Skov doesn’t give up on plays, and a good tackler. He also has good size for an ILB. He is a little slow, and gets burned at times.

3. Chris Borland, Wisconsin

– Borland is a good tackler, and has good speed. But he is really on the small size for an ILB, and gets beat by shifty and fast backs.

4. Yawin Smallwood*, Uconn

– Smallwood is a good tackler, special teamer, and good size for an ILB. He is a little slow, but too bad, and their really isn’t many negatives.

5. Lamin Barrow, LSU

– Barrow is a versatile linebacker, like Mosley, he can play OLB and ILB. He is a good pass rushing linebacker, and a good tackler. He is on the slow side as well, and gets manhandled at times. He also is on the small size.

6. Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky

– Jackson is a good tackler, and has good size for an ILB. But he is a little slow.

7. Max Bullough, Michigan State

– Bullough is a good tackler, and has solid size for a ILB. But he is on the slow side, and not the best cover linebacker.

8. Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA

– Zumwalt has good size, a special team blocker, hard hitter, and a good tackler. But is not the fastest linebacker.

Cornerbacks:

1. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

– Dennard is a good tackler, has good speed, makes plays when needed, is a play making cornerback, and able to run down faster QBs. He is a tiny CB, he tends to give to much room between receiver, and tends to committ silly penalties.

2. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

– Gilbert is a good cover corner, speedy CB, and a sure tackler. He is not the tallest CB, but bigger than the other top CBs, and he does get lost in coverage at times.

3. Bradley Roby*, Ohio State

– Roby is a fast, speedy cornerback. Decent tackler, and a good cover corner. He isn’t ther biggest CB, and gets lost in coverage. And needs to wrap up and tackle better.

4. Jason Verrett, TCU

– Verrett is a good cover corner, speedy and fast CB. A sure fire tackler, he makes plays all over the field, and tips ball easily. He is on the small side, he does give up minimal yardage, and small gains, mainly on easy passes, and catches.

5. Loucheiz Purifoy*, Florida

– Purifoy has good speed, good blitzing CB. Sure fire tackler, and a play maker. He creates turnovers after turnovers. He is a little small, but not bad. But he gets lost in coverage, and beat in coverage at times.

6. Marcus Roberson*, Florida

– Roberson is a good tackler, stuffs receivers, doesn’t allow any WR to get open. But he doesn’t have elite speed. He should be a top 50 pick.

7. Bashaud Breeland*, Clemson

– Breeland has good size, decent speed, is a good tackler, hard hitter, and a good cover cornerback. He does however give up some easy catches. He should see his name called in early day 2, Top 50 pick to me.

8. Vic Hampton*, South Carolina

– Hampton is a good tackler, good cover guy, and has decent speed. But he is a bit undersized. But he should be a top 50 pick.

9. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

– Fuller has good size, great speed, is a good cover corner, and a good tackler. But he does get beat at times. He should be a top 50 pick.

10. Pierre Desir, Lindenwood

– Desir has good size, and is a high riser. Good tackler, a good cover corner. But he might be a product of playing in a lower level division. But he should be a top 75 pick.

Free Safeties:

1. Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix*, Alabama

– Clinton-Dix has good size, and good speed. Sure fire tackler, and a play maker. He does get beat on easy routes.

2. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

– Joyner has good speed, and is a good tackler. Although he is really tiny for a DB. And not the best in coverage.
3. Calvin Pryor*, Louisville

– Pryor has good size, and is a hard hitter. But he is not the fastest Safety.

4. Ed Reynolds*, Stanford

– Reynolds has good size, and good speed. A hard hitter, good tackler, overall play maker, and a turnover machine. But he does get lost in coverage.

5. Marqueston Huff, Wyoming

– Huff has great speed, is a good tackler, and special teamer. But is not the tallest safety.

6. Terrence Brooks, Florida State

– Brooks has decent speed, and is a hard hitter. He is a bit undersized, and needs to wrap up better on tackles

7. Tre Boston, North Carolina

Boston is a good tackler, hard hitting Safety. and good size for a Safety. But he gets beat at times.

8. Jonathan Dowling*, Western Kentucky

– Dowling has good size, and is an INT machine. But is not overally fast.

Strong Safeties:

1. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

– Ward has good speed, and is a good tackler. He is however an undersized safety, and gets beat by speedy backs and receivers.

2. Dion Bailey*, USC

– Bailey is a good cover guy, he played linebacker some, so he has versatility. But he gets beat too many times.

3. Deone Buchannon, Washington State

– Buchannon has good size for a Safety, great speed, and a good tackler. But he gets beat at times.

4. Ahmad Dixon, Baylor

– Dixon has good size, good cover safety, and a good overall tackler. He has decent speed. He does struggle against top WRs and TEs.
5. Craig Loston, LSU

– Loston has great size for a Safety. Good tackler, and has decent speed.