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
85

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...
86

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...
87

Tarron
Jackson

DE
Coastal Carolina   Mascot
Coastal Carolina Mascot
260lbs 6-2 4.68 64 217.2 54 Strengths Aggressive with good awareness to track the ball and attack. Tenacious, tough, competItIve and versatile.Plays with leve...
88

Leevel
Tatum III

DL
Fresno State   Mascot
Fresno State Mascot
259lbs 6-1 4.97 128 875 53 Strengths High-effort, thickly built defender with good strength and the leverage to create a pile. Locates_ the ball quickly and ...
89

Michael
Pitts

DT
Cincinnati   Mascot
Cincinnati Mascot
248lbs 6-4 4.69 147 1414 53 Strengths Fast in a straight line. Excellent wide and .bull rushes when he's first off the snap.Challenges inside with quickness a...
90

Taylor
Riggins

DE
Buffalo   Mascot
Buffalo Mascot
250lbs 6-2 4.92 146 1412 53 Strengths Flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand use. Forceful with his upper body to defeat blocks. St...
91

Michael
Williams

DT
SMU   Mascot
SMU Mascot
290lbs 6-2 5.36 150 1441 53 Strengths Rarely goes to the ground, showing good balance from his high school wrestling days.Average quickness and power and his ...
92

Nick
McCann

DL
Texas Tech   Mascot
Texas Tech Mascot
305lbs 6-2 5.28 145 1400 53 Strengths Played with lean and leverage against the run, tough for one man to move (sometimes double-teams, too).Lower than offens...
93

Cullen
Wick

DL
Tulsa   Mascot
Tulsa Mascot
260lbs 6-4 4.99 151 1477 53 Strengths Excellent hustle-and-chase tackler. Good closing speed with change of direction to corral mobile quarterbacks.Average qu...
94

Jordan
Whittley

DL
Oregon State   Mascot
Oregon State Mascot
358lbs 6-1 5.20 149 1438 53 Strengths Provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three technique.Combines strength and ...
95

Will
Rodgers III

DE
Washington State   Mascot
Washington State Mascot
249lbs 6-4 4.99 148 1426 53 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...
96

Kevin
Kegler

DT
South Florida   Mascot
South Florida Mascot
294lbs 6-2 5.09 144 1396 53 Strengths Rarely goes to the ground, showing good balance from his high school wrestling days.Strength gives ends a chance to twis...