Defensive Line Rankings 2024 NFL Draft

Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan (2) is brought down by Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Jer'Zhan Newton (94) and linebacker Isaiah Gay (92) for a loss in the fourth quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan (2) is brought down by Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Jer'Zhan Newton (94) and linebacker Isaiah Gay (92) for a loss in the fourth quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

DEFENSIVE LINE RANKINGS 2024 NFL DRAFT

The 2024 NFL draft defensive line class is a solid group and while not containing any super high-level picks it still has a number of prospects who can dominate at the pro level. After an impressive debut in 2021, Ohio State'sMaason Smith's 2022 season was hampered by an ACL tear. As he approaches full recovery, the expectations for this DT/DE hybrid are high for his return in 2023. Standing at 6'5" and weighing 300 pounds, Smith's rare combination of versatility - able to play all along the line, and huge raw talent makes him the potential top-rated defensive line prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Former five-star prospect Ohio State's, J.T. Tuimoloau is a huge athletic talent, he runs in the low 4.6's and weighs in at 270 lbs He's put up good numbers during his first two years and is due for a breakout season, if he does he has high first-round potential.

While playing on the best defense in the nation at Ohio State Michael Hall Jr. put up an impressive season in 2022 despite having to fight for playing time on a loaded Buck Eye team. He's quick enough to line up outside the OT and has the strength to easily hold up inside. Assuming he gets the reps in 2023 expect a breakout year from him.
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Player Rankings - Defensive Line

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

Laiatu
Latu

DE
/ED
UCLA   Mascot
UCLA Mascot
259lbs 6-5 4.64 2 14.9
89.6
Laiatu Latu's trajectory is on the rise, as he's quickly becoming one of the most dominating pass rushers in college football in 2023....
2

Jared
Verse

DE
/ED
Florida State   Mascot
Florida State Mascot
254lbs 6-4 4.58 1 12.4
89.5
In 2023, Jared Verse, now a fifth-year senior, is looking to boost his draft stock for the 2024 NFL Draft. He wants to be mentioned in...
3

Jer'Zhan
Newton

DL
Illinois   Mascot
Illinois Mascot
304lbs 6-2 4.95 3 19.5
89.5
Jer'Zhan Newton, despite being on the smaller side for a defensive lineman, stands out for his dynamic play at Illinois. His ability to...
4

Byron
Murphy II

DL
Texas   Mascot
Texas Mascot
297lbs 6-0 4.87 5 28.1
88.2
Byron Murphy II emerges as a standout defensive tackle in this year's draft class, primarily due to his exceptional abilities as an...
5

Chop
Robinson

DE
/ED
Penn State   Mascot
Penn State Mascot
254lbs 6-3 4.48 4 23.7
88.1
Chop Robinson's ascent to a potential first-round talent in the 2024 NFL Draft is anchored by his explosive athleticism and notable...
6

Darius
Robinson

DL
/ED
Missouri   Mascot
Missouri Mascot
285lbs 6-5 4.95 8 45.4
86.9
Robinson's transition from the interior to the edge has highlighted his adaptability and physicality, making him a fit for NFL defenses...
7

Kris
Jenkins

DL
/ED
Michigan   Mascot
Michigan Mascot
299lbs 6-3 4.91 9 52.6
86.2
Kris Jenkins from Michigan is catching eyes as a potential NFL draft pick, especially for teams looking for muscle on the defensive...
8

T'Vondre
Sweat

DT
Texas   Mascot
Texas Mascot
366lbs 6-4 5.27 12 57.1
86.2
Sweat's size and strength, hallmarks of his college career, translate well into the pro game. As a run-stopper, his capacity to absorb...
9

Adisa
Isaac

DE
/ED
Penn State   Mascot
Penn State Mascot
247lbs 6-4 4.74 16 63.1
86.0
Adisa Isaac's trajectory from a top-tier recruit to a key contributor at Penn State outlines a prospect with significant upside at the next...
10

Braden
Fiske

DL
Florida State   Mascot
Florida State Mascot
292lbs 6-4 4.78 21 75.3
86.0
Displayed an incredible combination of size and speed with a 4.78 forty at 292 pounds. He also put up elite numbers in vertical, and...
11

Ruke
Orhorhoro

DT
Clemson   Mascot
Clemson Mascot
294lbs 6-4 4.89 17 65.8
85.8
Possesses a tall, solid frame with adequate length, having done a commendable job in losing excessive weight and firming up his...
12

Bralen
Trice

DE
/ED
Washington   Mascot
Washington Mascot
245lbs 6-4 4.72 7 39.7
85.3
Bralen Trice is an impressive edge prospect, equipped with the raw physical attributes and tactical acumen to make an immediate impact in...

2024 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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2024 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.