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

Jovan
Swann

DL
Indiana   Mascot
Indiana Mascot
280lbs 6-2 5.09 53 Strengths Aggressive with good awareness to track the ball and attack. Tenacious, tough, competItIve and versatile.Flashes upper-b...
98

Brandon
Barlow

DL
Boston College   Mascot
Boston College Mascot
255lbs 6-4 4.88 97 1380 53 Strengths High-effort, thickly built defender with good strength and the leverage to create a pile. Locates_ the ball quickly and ...
99

Luc
Bequette

DL
Boston College   Mascot
Boston College Mascot
290lbs 6-2 5.15 53 Strengths Strength gives ends a chance to twist inside and linebackers free lane to the passer on blitzes.Played with lean and lev...
100

TJ
Rayam

DT
Boston College   Mascot
Boston College Mascot
290lbs 6-0 5.31 53 Strengths Played with good leverage, even on the nose, despite average bulk. Hustle defender with a good bull rush inside that can...
101

Austin
Conrad

DE
Ohio   Mascot
Ohio Mascot
245lbs 6-2 4.83 95 1297 52 Strengths Easily gains inside leverage by shooting gaps.Flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand use. For...
102

Quincy
Roche

DE
Miami   Mascot
Miami Mascot
245lbs 6-3 4.64 19 116 51 Strengths Versatile enough to drop and could be viewed as a 3-4 linebacker.Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether insi...
103

Janarius
Robinson

DE
Florida State   Mascot
Florida State Mascot
260lbs 6-5 4.78 52 316.5 50 Strengths Flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand use. Forceful with his upper body to defeat blocks. St...
104

Tariqious
Tisdale

DE
Ole Miss   Mascot
Ole Miss Mascot
295lbs 6-5 4.61 28 184 49 Strengths Flashes nimble feet to chase running backs and mobile quarterbacks to the sideline when lined up at end. Spins off block...
105

Ta'Quon
Graham

DE
Texas   Mascot
Texas Mascot
294lbs 6-4 4.93 53 324.8 43 Strengths High-effort, thickly built defender with good strength and the leverage to create a pile. Locates_ the ball quickly and ...
106

Forrest
Merrill

DT
Arkansas State   Mascot
Arkansas State Mascot
338lbs 6-1 5.28 56 345.6 41 Strengths Girth and wide-body size with a strong upper and lower body. Extremely strong with the raw power to overwhelm blockers a...
107

Malik
Herring

DE
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
280lbs 6-3 4.92 32 207.4 35 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...
108

Cameron
Sample

DE
Tulane   Mascot
Tulane Mascot
280lbs 6-3 4.72 41 269.2 33 Strengths High-effort, thickly built defender with good strength and the leverage to create a pile. Locates_ the ball quickly and ...