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
37

Daniel
Archibong

DT
Temple   Mascot
Temple Mascot
300lbs 6-6 5.33 44 274 63 Strengths Tall, solid frame with adequate length and has done a nice job losing the bad weight and firming his body.Can make the i...
38

Justus
Reed

DL
Virginia Tech   Mascot
Virginia Tech Mascot
255lbs 6-3 4.78 62 422 63 Strengths Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves lin...
39

David
Anenih

DL
Houston   Mascot
Houston Mascot
240lbs 6-3 4.67 78 703 62 Strengths He has the classic frame and long arms with some explosion, power and ability to close.Offers some versatility, rushing ...
40

Carlo
Kemp

DL
Michigan   Mascot
Michigan Mascot
286lbs 6-3 5.12 66 492 62 Strengths Flashes upper-body strength to rip and has the punch to push through interior linemen on stunts and twists.Combines stre...
41

Quinton
Bohanna

DT
Kentucky   Mascot
Kentucky Mascot
357lbs 6-4 5.46 45 276.5 62 Strengths Has the ability to create a pile in the middle, even showing the ability to split the occasional double-team. However, i...
42

Ralfs
Rusins

DT
Liberty   Mascot
Liberty Mascot
325lbs 6-6 5.22 77 687 62 Strengths Has the ability to create a pile in the middle, even showing the ability to split the occasional double-team. However, i...
43

Ali
Fayad

DE
Western Michigan   Mascot
Western Michigan Mascot
255lbs 6-2 4.76 67 518.5 62 Strengths He's not an elite pass rusher and projects as a left end in a 4-3 defense. If he layers on more muscle, he might fit in ...
44

Justus
Te'i

DL
Utah State   Mascot
Utah State Mascot
260lbs 6-3 4.77 80 765 61 Strengths Aggressive with good awareness to track the ball and attack. Tenacious, tough, competItIve and versatile.Vision to locat...
45

Jack
Heflin

DL
Iowa   Mascot
Iowa Mascot
312lbs 6-4 5.30 60 393 61 Strengths Rarely goes to the ground, showing good balance from his high school wrestling days.Combines strength and footwork to fi...
46

Brandon
Pili

DL
USC   Mascot
USC Mascot
325lbs 6-4 5.16 69 575.5 61 Strengths Has the upper-body strength to rock his opponent back onto his heels.Surprising initial quickness off the snap. Relies m...
47

Jonathan
Marshall

DL
Arkansas   Mascot
Arkansas Mascot
317lbs 6-3 4.75 57 354.5 61 Strengths Big-bodied rusher with very good upper-body strength. Strong and stout at the point of attack with the measurables to oc...
48

Dion
Novil

DL
North Texas   Mascot
North Texas Mascot
330lbs 6-4 5.28 71 637.5 60 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 ...