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
28

Naquan
Jones

DT
Michigan State   Mascot
Michigan State Mascot
340lbs 6-4 5.24 87 289
67.0
Strengths Can make the impressive chest-to-chest bear hug tackle in the hole due to his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield.Pr...
27

Josiah
Bronson

DL
Washington   Mascot
Washington Mascot
300lbs 6-3 5.05 102 357
67.0
Strengths Can make the impressive chest-to-chest bear hug tackle in the hole due to his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield.Pe...
26

Dayo
Odeyingbo

DE
Vanderbilt   Mascot
Vanderbilt Mascot
276lbs 6-6 4.77 41 110.4
67.0
Strengths Flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand use. Forceful with his upper body to defeat blocks. St...
25

Joshua
Kaindoh

DE
Florida State   Mascot
Florida State Mascot
265lbs 6-7 4.75 72 223
67.0
Strengths Naturally explosive player with decent get-off speed. Balanced through contact and stout against double-teams. Tackles t...
33

Bobby
Brown III

DL
Texas A&M   Mascot
Texas A&M Mascot
325lbs 6-4 5.18 55 174
66.0
Strengths Provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three technique.Quarterbacks and ballc...
32

Raymond
Johnson III

DE
Georgia Southern   Mascot
Georgia Southern Mascot
270lbs 6-3 4.92 97 331
66.0
Strengths Strong tackler. Has good power in hands and can anchor, shed, and chase.Aggressive with good awareness to track the ball...
31

Malcolm
Koonce

DE
Buffalo   Mascot
Buffalo Mascot
250lbs 6-3 4.81 90 296
66.0
Strengths Challenges inside with quickness and strong hands. Run-and-chase defender who can leave a mark.Aggressive with good awar...
30

Jonathon
Cooper

DE
Ohio State   Mascot
Ohio State Mascot
257lbs 6-4 4.69 79 271.3
66.0
Strengths He wins with all-out hustle, second and third effort and will contribute in the NFL.Flashes strength at the point of att...
29

Patrick
Johnson

DE
Tulane   Mascot
Tulane Mascot
255lbs 6-3 4.59 60 189.2
66.0
Strengths Flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand use. Forceful with his upper body to defeat blocks. St...
34

Jordon
Scott

DT
Oregon   Mascot
Oregon Mascot
311lbs 6-1 5.29 88 294.7
65.0
Strengths Provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three technique.Played with good lever...
36

Darius
Stills

DL
West Virginia   Mascot
West Virginia Mascot
285lbs 6-1 5.03 58 185.3
64.0
Strengths Delivers a strong punch and uses his hands to shed blocks to make plays in the hole or outside the box. Uses lower-body ...
35

Mustafa
Johnson

DE
Colorado   Mascot
Colorado Mascot
290lbs 6-2 4.92 89 295.2
64.0
Strengths Combines strength and footwork to fill holes inside, as well. Recovers from cut blocks or falling on his way to make a t...