Top Defensive Line prospects 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.

Player Rankings - Defensive Line prospects

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

Gregory
Rousseau

DE
Miami   Mascot
Miami Mascot
260lbs 6-6 4.68 2 16.6 91 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...
2

Jaelan
Phillips

DE
Miami   Mascot
Miami Mascot
266lbs 6-5 4.56 5 54.6 90 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...
3

Christian
Barmore

DT
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
310lbs 6-5 4.93 3 29.8 90 Not in the same sort of class as previous Crimson Tide DT Quinnen Williams, Barmore is nevertheless one of the highest rated defen...
4

Daviyon
Nixon

DT
Iowa   Mascot
Iowa Mascot
305lbs 6-3 5.15 7 55.7 89 Nixon is a powerful presence on the line. He has had a really impressive season (being a finalist for both the Outland Trophy...
5

Kwity
Paye

DE
Michigan   Mascot
Michigan Mascot
272lbs 6-4 4.52 1 16.4 89 Raw prospect with intriguing potential and impressive physical ability. Showed a lot of improvement over the 2020 season. Hardwork...
6

Jayson
Oweh

DE
Penn State   Mascot
Penn State Mascot
252lbs 6-5 4.36 9 66.3 87 A raw prospect (many have questioned whether he might not have been better served returning to the Lions for another season) he ha...
7

Patrick
Jones II

DE
Pittsburgh   Mascot
Pittsburgh Mascot
260lbs 6-5 4.83 8 59.6 85 Strengths Aggressive with good awareness to track the ball and attack. Tenacious, tough, competItIve and versatile. Has fluid ...
8

Levi
Onwuzurike

DT
Washington   Mascot
Washington Mascot
288lbs 6-3 5.07 4 53 85 Explosive defensive tackle, Levi Onwuzurike is long and rangy. He has good technique and is athletic (as can be seen on ...
9

Joe
Tryon

DE
Washington   Mascot
Washington Mascot
262lbs 6-5 4.78 12 83 84 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...
10

Carlos
Basham Jr.

DE
Wake Forest   Mascot
Wake Forest Mascot
285lbs 6-5 4.64 6 55.1 84 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
Oklahoma   Mascot
Oklahoma Mascot
247lbs 6-3 4.71 14 88 82 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
Notre Dame   Mascot
Notre Dame Mascot
270lbs 6-3 4.71 27 178.7 79 Strengths Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves ...