Defensive Line Rankings 2021 NFL Draft

DEFENSIVE LINE PROSPECT RANKING 2021 NFL DRAFT

If any NFL teams are desperate for help and need top-level talent across the defensive front, they will need to look elsewhere because this year's class doesn't possess any obvious instant Plug'n'Play NFL superstars. Our latest mock doesn't have defensive linemen picked until #14, which will buck a recent trend of early selections for them.

The likely first pick will be Gregory Rousseau from Miami who's a raw but exciting talent who posted some very impressive numbers in 2019 (19.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks) before he opted out of the 2020 season for covid reasons.

Michigan's Kwiry Paye is a similar raw prospect with intriguing potential and impressive physical ability. Showed a lot of improvement over the 2020 season. He is a quality pass rusher - which means that there will always be a demand for his services on draft day. Christian Barmore from Alabama, who recently produced Quinnen Williams is the top rating defensive tackle prospect. Capable of playing at a number of spots along the lines. Big and powerful but without a lot of experience there are gaps to his game but an impressive amount of potential.

YOUR NFL GM VS. AUTODRAFT

Ever wondered what would happen if your favorite team just went into the draft without doing any independent research, without studying hours of tape, or even listening to team scouts? Well, after many years of watching NFL teams making numerous questionable ‘reaches’ in the draft, and totally ignoring the prevailing wisdom - we decided to re-examine all your team’s drafts over the last ten years.
The results are (sometimes) interesting – but what it really does show, is that on the whole - NFL teams would have done better by putting their feet up and just switching on autodraft.
Take a look, we have every team's draft since 2011 rated.

Player Rankings - Defensive Line

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

Gregory
Rousseau

DE/ED
BUF   Mascot
BUF Mascot
260lbs 6-6 4.68 3 16.6
91.0
A raw but exciting talent who posted some very impressive numbers in 2019 (19.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks) before he opted o...
3

Christian
Barmore

DT
NE   Mascot
NE Mascot
310lbs 6-5 4.93 4 29.8
90.0
Not in the same sort of class as previous Crimson Tide DT Quinnen Williams, Barmore is nevertheless one of the highest rated defen...
2

Jaelan
Phillips

DE/ED
MIA   Mascot
MIA Mascot
266lbs 6-5 4.56 7 54.6
90.0
Jaelen Phillips did not have the most direct path to the 2021 draft. A top ranked recruit in 2017 injuries and an off field accide...
5

Daviyon
Nixon

DT
CAR   Mascot
CAR Mascot
305lbs 6-3 5.15 9 55.7
89.0
Nixon is a powerful presence on the line. He has had a really impressive season (being a finalist for both the Outland Trophy...
4

Kwity
Paye

DE/ED
IND   Mascot
IND Mascot
272lbs 6-4 4.52 2 16.4
89.0
Raw prospect with intriguing potential and impressive physical ability. Showed a lot of improvement over the 2020 season. Hardwork...
6

Jayson
Oweh

DE
BAL   Mascot
BAL Mascot
252lbs 6-5 4.36 11 66.3
87.0
A raw prospect (many have questioned whether he might not have been better served returning to the Lions for another season) he ha...
8

Levi
Onwuzurike

DT
DET   Mascot
DET Mascot
288lbs 6-3 5.07 5 53
85.0
Explosive defensive tackle, Levi Onwuzurike is long and rangy. He has good technique and is athletic (as can be seen on ...
7

Patrick
Jones II

DE/ED
MIN   Mascot
MIN Mascot
260lbs 6-5 4.83 10 59.6
85.0
Strengths Aggressive with good awareness to track the ball and attack. Tenacious, tough, competItIve and versatile. Has fluid ...
10

Joe
Tryon

DE
TB   Mascot
TB Mascot
262lbs 6-5 4.78 13 83
84.0
Tyron is a pass rusher that can play as an OLB or as a DE - and that sort of versaatility is coveted. He has good size and build a...
9

Carlos
Basham Jr.

DE
BUF   Mascot
BUF Mascot
285lbs 6-5 4.64 8 55.1
84.0
After enjoying a breakout season in 2019 Carlos proceeded to have a decent 2020 which has prevented him from pushing his way to th...
11

Ronnie
Perkins

DE/ED
NE   Mascot
NE Mascot
247lbs 6-3 4.71 16 88
82.0
Strengths Offers some versatility, rushing from a two-and three-point stance with the playing speed to stand up in space. Flash...
12

Daelin
Hayes

DE/ED
BAL   Mascot
BAL Mascot
270lbs 6-3 4.71 38 178.7
79.0
Strengths Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves ...

2021 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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2021 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.