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
13

Payton
Turner

DE
Houston   Mascot
Houston Mascot
270lbs 6-6 4.98 43 273.8 78 Strengths High-effort, thickly built defender with good strength and the leverage to create a pile. Locates_ the ball quickly a...
14

Adetokunbo
Ogundeji

DE
Notre Dame   Mascot
Notre Dame Mascot
252lbs 6-4 4.75 23 163.8 77 Strengths Flashes upper-body strength to rip and has the punch to push through interior linemen on stunts and twists. Plays wi...
15

Rashad
Weaver

DE
Pittsburgh   Mascot
Pittsburgh Mascot
270lbs 6-5 4.83 17 106.8 75 Strengths Strong tackler. Has good power in hands and can anchor, shed, and chase. Flashes strength at the point of attack wit...
16

Tommy
Togiai

DT
Ohio State   Mascot
Ohio State Mascot
300lbs 6-2 4.97 16 94.8 75 Strengths Played with good leverage, even on the nose, despite average bulk. Hustle defender with a good bull rush inside that ...
17

Jaylen
Twyman

DT
Pittsburgh   Mascot
Pittsburgh Mascot
290lbs 6-2 5.51 13 83.7 74 Jaylen enjoyed an impressive season in 2019, collecting 10.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. Somewhat undersized for his position...
18

Osa
Odighizuwa

DT
UCLA   Mascot
UCLA Mascot
279lbs 6-2 4.73 21 132 73 Strengths Flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand use. Forceful with his upper body to defeat blocks....
19

Jay
Tufele

DT
USC   Mascot
USC Mascot
305lbs 6-3 5.00 10 78.4 71 A former rugby player, Jay plays with an extremely high motor and is a high effort player that is surprisingly athletic for a big ...
20

Tyler
Shelvin

DT
LSU   Mascot
LSU Mascot
346lbs 6-3 5.40 11 83 70 Strengths Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves ...
21

Milton
Williams

DL
Louisiana Tech   Mascot
Louisiana Tech Mascot
278lbs 6-4 4.92 38 227.7 70 Strengths Has fluid footwork to redirect, reverse momentum and close with a burst. Regularly first off the ball with good snap ...
22

Marvin
Wilson

DT
Florida State   Mascot
Florida State Mascot
305lbs 6-5 5.25 15 88.4 69 Strengths Can make the impressive chest-to-chest bear hug tackle in the hole due to his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield...
23

Alim
McNeill

DT
NC State   Mascot
NC State Mascot
320lbs 6-2 5.21 20 122.8 69 Strengths Delivers a strong punch and uses his hands to shed blocks to make plays in the hole or outside the box. Uses lower-bo...
24

Khyiris
Tonga

DL
BYU   Mascot
BYU Mascot
321lbs 6-4 4.99 31 201.6 68 Strengths Quarterbacks and ballcarriers feel his strength when he plants them in the backfield. Looks the part with natural si...