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
97

Ta'Quon
Graham

DE
Texas   Mascot
Texas Mascot
294lbs 6-4 4.93 95 324.8
43.0
Strengths High-effort, thickly built defender with good strength and the leverage to create a pile. Locates_ the ball quickly and ...
98

Forrest
Merrill

DT
Arkansas State   Mascot
Arkansas State Mascot
338lbs 6-1 5.28 100 345.6
41.0
Strengths Girth and wide-body size with a strong upper and lower body. Extremely strong with the raw power to overwhelm blockers a...
99

Malik
Herring

DE
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
280lbs 6-3 4.92 67 207.4
35.0
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...
100

Cameron
Sample

DE
Tulane   Mascot
Tulane Mascot
280lbs 6-3 4.72 77 269.2
33.0
Strengths High-effort, thickly built defender with good strength and the leverage to create a pile. Locates_ the ball quickly and ...
101

Wyatt
Hubert

DE
Kansas State   Mascot
Kansas State Mascot
270lbs 6-3 4.85 75 244
32.0
Strengths Flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand use. Forceful with his upper body to defeat blocks. St...
104

Austin
Faoliu

DT
Oregon   Mascot
Oregon Mascot
300lbs 6-3 5.09 92 309.3
30.0
Strengths Lower than offensive lineman on every short-yardage play. Good agility and ability to change direction for his size.Prov...
103

Matthew
Butler

DL
Tennessee   Mascot
Tennessee Mascot
291lbs 6-4 5.08 27 408
30.0
Strengths Played with good leverage, even on the nose, despite average bulk. Hustle defender with a good bull rush inside that can...
102

Marquiss
Spencer

DE
Mississippi State   Mascot
Mississippi State Mascot
300lbs 6-4 4.92 104 375.3
30.0
Strengths Quarterbacks and ballcarriers feel his strength when he plants them in the backfield.Delivers a strong punch and uses hi...