Defensive End Rankings 2023 NFL Draft

DEFENSIVE END RANKINGS 2023 NFL DRAFT

Categorizing positions for the front seven in the NFL has become difficult of late. There used to be a clear separation between defensive tackle, defensive end, and outside linebacker – now DEs and OLBs are often lumped into a general non-specific EDGE category. We have in an attempt to provide some clarity over the position split the EDGE players into DEs and OLBs.

With this in mind, this lists prospects who are classified as defensive ends and edge players and excludes any obvious LBs. It has three players that stand out from the rest, Clemson’s Mile Murphy, Isaiah Foskey from Notre Dame, and BJ Ojulari from LSU.

Murphy a junior DE displays elite power and at 275 lbs is equally able as both a run stuffer and pass rusher. Foskey possesses similar traits and could easily be selected in the top half of the draft if he continues in the same vein as 2021.

Brother of Giants edge rusher Azeez Ojulari, BJ is a bit of a tweener at 245lbs - officially listed as a defensive end but has more linebacker traits. Despite this, he has impressive upside as a pass-rusher and will likely not make it passed the first day of the draft.

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Player Rankings - Defensive End

# Player Pos Team Weight Height 40YD AVG POS RANK AVG OVR RANK Rating Summary
1

Myles
Murphy

DE
Clemson   Mascot
Clemson Mascot
275lbs 6-5 4.57 2 8.6
91.1
Murphy can also win going speed-to-power, with the leg drive to push blockers back. A savvy, versatile and instinctive edge rushe...
2

BJ
Ojulari

DE
LSU   Mascot
LSU Mascot
250lbs 6-3 4.59 6 37.8
90.0
He’s a fluid mover in pursuit as well, capable of moving down the line and making plays in pursuit. Ojulari explodes off the line...
3

Felix
Anudike-Uzom...

DE
Kansas State   Mascot
Kansas State Mascot
255lbs 6-4 4.73 7 38.3
87.5
His long limbs and strong core strength allow him to power through blockers, and Anudike-Uzomah has the flexibility to loop inside...
4

Isaiah
Foskey

DE
Notre Dame   Mascot
Notre Dame Mascot
265lbs 6-5 4.72 5 26
87.2
Flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand use. Forceful with his upper body to defeat blocks. Strong hustl...
5

Derick
Hall

DE
Auburn   Mascot
Auburn Mascot
256lbs 6-3 4.56 10 44.3
87.1
Hall can be used as a rangy run defender inside, instinctive when it comes to locating the ball with the quickness to get to it be...
6

Zach
Harrison

DE
Ohio State   Mascot
Ohio State Mascot
272lbs 6-6 4.41 13 51.9
86.9
Ohio State has been a breeding ground for top-notch pass rushers - in particular, the Bosa brothers and Chase Young, and some scou...
7

Will
McDonald IV

DE
Iowa State   Mascot
Iowa State Mascot
236lbs 6-3 4.61 11 48
86.8
McDonald has a high motor and does a solid job setting the edge against the run. He has a lethal spin move and the pure speed to...
8

Colby
Wooden

DE
Auburn   Mascot
Auburn Mascot
284lbs 6-5 4.84 21 78.7
84.6
As a pass rusher, Wooden shows quickness off the line and has the fluid athleticism and flexibility to bend the edge. Combines e...
9

Habakkuk
Baldonado

DE
Pittsburgh   Mascot
Pittsburgh Mascot
260lbs 6-5 4.79 26 92
83.4
Baldonado chases well in pursuit, and Baldonado has the athleticism to play in space if asked to drop into coverage. Possesses ac...
10

Jared
Verse

DE
Florida State   Mascot
Florida State Mascot
251lbs 6-4 4.59 8 43.4
83.0
Verse possesses an intriguing blend of size and movement skills. He has good length, wide shoulders, and long arms, and Verse has ...
11

K.J.
Henry

DE
Clemson   Mascot
Clemson Mascot
255lbs 6-4 4.70 28 95.3
82.9
His hand use is excellent; he’s strong in the upper body and consistently swats away blockers. Henry has ideal length as an edge...
12

Ochaun
Mathis

DE
Nebraska   Mascot
Nebraska Mascot
260lbs 6-5 4.65 32 125
81.3
His spin move is already NFL-caliber, and Mathis displays a very good motor. Mathis shows impressive speed and overall athletici...

2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Defensive Line

We've compared players post combine 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

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2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Defensive Line

We've compared players 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

Check back after the combine as these numbers are likely to change.