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
73

Eli
Howard

DL
Texas Tech   Mascot
Texas Tech Mascot
280lbs 6-4 5.10 118 659.7 56 Strengths Flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand use. Forceful with his upper body to defeat blocks. St...
74

Aubrey
Solomon

DL
Tennessee   Mascot
Tennessee Mascot
315lbs 6-5 5.14 116 638 56 Strengths Quarterbacks and ballcarriers feel his strength when he plants them in the backfield.Strong tackler. Has good power in h...
75

Tyriq
Harris

DE
Charlotte   Mascot
Charlotte Mascot
236lbs 6-3 4.79 135 1217 55 Strengths Vision to locate the ball and recognize cut blocks. Can rip past blockers and pull down ballcarriers when he cannot full...
76

Alexy
Jean-Baptist...

DL
Florida International   Mascot
Florida International Mascot
245lbs 6-3 4.72 137 1273 55 Strengths Relentless and strong off the edge as a pass rusher when fresh. Gets under the pads of tackles to bull rush them into th...
77

Drew
Wiley

DT
Kansas State   Mascot
Kansas State Mascot
300lbs 6-4 5.35 55 Strengths Tall, solid frame with adequate length and has done a nice job losing the bad weight and firming his body.Strong tackler...
78

Elijah
James

DT
Liberty   Mascot
Liberty Mascot
300lbs 6-5 5.10 138 1274 55 Strengths Can make the impressive chest-to-chest bear hug tackle in the hole due to his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield.Pl...
79

Richard
Burney

DE
Virginia   Mascot
Virginia Mascot
275lbs 6-4 4.96 131 1065 55 Strengths Coordinated with smooth movement skills. High-effort rusher and works through the whistle. Relentless worker, fighting o...
80

Jarrod
Hewitt

DL
Virginia Tech   Mascot
Virginia Tech Mascot
280lbs 6-1 5.14 125 790 55 Strengths Combines strength and footwork to fill holes inside, as well. Recovers from cut blocks or falling on his way to make a t...
81

Marlon
Tuipulotu

DT
USC   Mascot
USC Mascot
305lbs 6-3 5.07 46 167.5 55 Strengths Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves lin...
82

Tyree
Turner

DL
UAB   Mascot
UAB Mascot
305lbs 6-1 5.13 142 1384 54 Strengths Lower than offensive lineman on every short-yardage play. Good agility and ability to change direction for his size.Shor...
83

Tyree
Turner

DL
UAB   Mascot
UAB Mascot
305lbs 6-1 5.13 143 1384 54 Strengths Provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three technique.Rarely goes to the gro...
84

Shane
Simmons

DE
Penn State   Mascot
Penn State Mascot
247lbs 6-3 4.83 132 1088 54 Strengths Easily gains inside leverage by shooting gaps.Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keep...