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Default Front Seven Rankings (Top 15 DE's/DT's/LB's)

Please continue with the discussion, criticism, and posting of other rankings now with the defensive linemen and linebackers.

Previous Rankings
Corners & Safeties (1/29): http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/...ad.php?t=55445
Receivers & Tight Ends (2/1): http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/...ad.php?t=55490
Quarterbacks & Running backs (2/3): http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/...ad.php?t=55531
Offensive Linemen (2/6): http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/...ad.php?t=55562

Defensive Ends

1. Bjoern Werner : FLORIDA STATE
2. Damontre Moore : TEXAS A&M
3. Ezekiel Ansah : BRIGHAM YOUNG
4. Sam Montgomery : LOUISIANA STATE
5. Datone Jones : UCLA
6. Alex Okafor : TEXAS
7. Cornellius Carradine : FLORIDA STATE
9. Corey Lemonier : AUBURN
10. Michael Buchanan : ILLINOIS
11. Malliciah Goodman : CLEMSON
13. William Gholston : MICHIGAN STATE
14. John Simon : OHIO STATE

Analysis: The six guys who top this list are all first round possibilities so once again we have a strong position within this draft. Ezekiel Ansah is easily one of the most discussed prospects, and it's tough to tell how high he will go but there's no doubt about the Top 20. Sam Montgomery was a pre-season Top 5 prospect, and while he didn't have the season most were hoping for, he was solid and possesses the skill set to be a fantastic all-around end in the NFL. Malliciah Goodman is one of the more intriguing and puzzling prospects in this draft class. Physically he has all the necessities to be a very good player, but to this point it has translated to the field enough to warrant a higher selection. Margus Hunt is in that same class, and it's almost a guarantee that he'll be overdrafted. Overall, a quality group of ends and the even the lower rated guys hold decent potential because they have tools to work with.

Defensive Tackles

1. Star Lotulelei : UTAH
2. Sheldon Richardson : MISSOURI
3. Shariff Floyd : FLORIDA
4. Sylvester Williams : NORTH CAROLINA
5. Kawann Short : PURDUE
6. Johnathan Hankins : OHIO STATE
7. Jesse Williams : ALABAMA
8. Brandon Williams : MISSOURI SOUTHERN
9. John Jenkins : GEORGIA
10. Akeem Spence : ILLINOIS
11. Kwame Geathers : GEORGIA
12. Bennie Logan : LOUISIANA STATE
13. Jordan Hill : PENN STATE
14. Chris Jones : BOWLING GREEN
15. Cory Grissom : SOUTH FLORIDA

Analysis: An incredible number of these players (8) have the chance to break into the first round from the sounds of it and quite possibly ten in the first two rounds. If there's an "elite" prospect in this defensive draft class, Star would be that guy, and Richardson and Floyd may join him in the Top 10. I understand why some scouts are drooling over Floyd, and he's jumped to #3 in my rankings because he proved to be more consistent than others listed and his potential is rather high as well. John Jenkins is a mountain of a man and I want to like him more a prospect, but more times than not he's just average when placed on the football field. Chris Jones is an under-the-radar prospect, who was extremely productive throughout his entire collegiate career, and reminds me of Colts' defensive lineman Ricardo Mathews as a prospect. Overall, the strongest position in this draft at the top, and there will be plenty of variation when discussing the rankings of these prospects.

Outside Linebackers

1. Dion Jordan : OREGON
2. Jarvis Jones : GEORGIA
3. Arthur Brown : KANSAS STATE
4. Barkevious Mingo : LOUISIANA STATE
5. Khaseem Greene : RUTGERS
7. Zaviar Gooden : MISSOURI
8. Chase Thomas : STANFORD
9. Gerald Hodges : PENN STATE
10. Sio Moore : CONNECTICUIT
11. Keith Pough : HOWARD
12. Ty Powell : HARDING
13. Kiko Alonso : OREGON
14. Sean Porter : TEXAS A&M
15. Trevardo Williams : CONNECTICUIT

Analysis: Dion Jordan is a unique prospect with his size, length and athleticism, and he's also scheme versatile (3-4 OLB, 4-3 SAM). Jarvis Jones had a terrific junior year at Georgia, but he doesn't take the number one spot due to the question marks with his spinal stenosis and after the combine he could drop further if it's determined that his career could very well be cut short due to his medical question marks. Barkevious Mingo has all the physical numbers to be a force at the next level, but he was an underwhelming player this season and he may be an athlete more than a football player. Chase Thomas had a strong year at Stanford, but the Senior Bowl proved he is stuck strictly as a 3-4 OLB and that'll hurt slightly come April. Sio Moore has been one of the brightest spots during the off-season games and his stock is well on the rise. Overall, a few guys have the potential to come in and wow us, and I see a bunch of steady starters in the league from this group.

Inside Linebackers

1. Kevin Minter : LOUISIANA STATE
2. Alec Ogletree : GEORGIA
3. Manti Te’o : NOTRE DAME
4. Vince Williams : FLORIDA STATE
5. AJ Klein : IOWA STATE
6. Nico Johnson : ALABAMA
7. Kevin Reddick : NORTH CAROLINA
8. Bruce Taylor : VIRGINIA TECH
9. Jon Bostic : FLORIDA
10. Michael Mauti : PENN STATE

Analysis: The inside backers are all about three guys, and they're led by Kevin Minter. Minter was the most impressive player on a talented Tigers' defense this year, and he possesses physicality along with sideline-to-sideline range. Alec Ogletree is an outstanding athlete, but questions on his toughness and ability to shed blocks knocks him off the top spot. AJ Klein is one of the more underrated prospects this year as an instinctive, physical, and experienced player inside. Kevin Reddick is tough to figure out; statistically you would expect to see a difference maker but far too often he's invisible on the field. Overall, a strong group at the top and steady the rest of the way.

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