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
49

Antwuan
Jackson

DT
Ohio State   Mascot
Ohio State Mascot
295lbs 6-2 5.23 60 Strengths Short, stumpy build so he typically wins the leverage battle. When he does so, Chapman can be tough to move, even showin...
50

Elijah
Ponder

DT
Cincinnati   Mascot
Cincinnati Mascot
275lbs 6-3 5.06 106 452 60 Strengths His strength up and down the line of scrimmage, and quickness for his size, make him a mid- to late-round target.Excelle...
51

Lorenzo
Neal

DT
Purdue   Mascot
Purdue Mascot
325lbs 6-3 5.35 104 442.5 60 Strengths Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves lin...
52

Romeo
McKnight

DE
Charlotte   Mascot
Charlotte Mascot
260lbs 6-5 4.86 117 638.5 59 Strengths Challenges inside with quickness and strong hands. Run-and-chase defender who can leave a mark.Aggressive with good awar...
53

Darius
Hodge

DL
Marshall   Mascot
Marshall Mascot
245lbs 6-2 4.71 59 Strengths Has the pursuit skills to stay in the action. Anticipates the snap. Country strong and very physical; seeks contact.Flas...
54

Ralph
Holley

DT
Western Michigan   Mascot
Western Michigan Mascot
285lbs 6-2 4.95 114 590 59 Strengths Excellent hustle-and-chase tackler. Good closing speed with change of direction to corral mobile quarterbacks.Plays with...
55

Victor
Dimukeje

DE
Duke   Mascot
Duke Mascot
265lbs 6-3 4.87 80 282 59 Strengths High-effort, thickly built defender with good strength and the leverage to create a pile. Locates_ the ball quickly and ...
56

O'Bryan
Goodson

DL
Memphis   Mascot
Memphis Mascot
297lbs 6-1 5.12 108 484 59 Strengths Short, stumpy build so he typically wins the leverage battle. When he does so, Chapman can be tough to move, even showin...
57

Cameron
Murray

DT
Oklahoma State   Mascot
Oklahoma State Mascot
300lbs 6-3 5.23 136 1223 59 Strengths Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves lin...
58

Shaka
Toney

DE
Penn State   Mascot
Penn State Mascot
252lbs 6-3 4.51 47 169.3 59 Strengths Versatile enough to drop and could be viewed as a 3-4 linebacker.Vision to locate the ball and recognize cut blocks. Can...
59

Ellison
Hubbard

DL
Colorado State   Mascot
Colorado State Mascot
285lbs 6-2 4.93 123 762 59 Strengths More of a hustling pass rusher than an accomplished or natural one, he'll make his mark as a fifth or sixth defensive li...
60

Devonte
Wyatt

DT
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
301lbs 6-3 5.03 54 187.7 59 Strengths Played with lean and leverage against the run, tough for one man to move (sometimes double-teams, too).Provides some sec...