The Grand National Championships

April 22, 2010

The Weekday DE.

Filed under: Breakdowns,Draft Nerd — by Andrew @ 7:34 am

The thing about defensive end is the reemergence of the 3-4 as a viable form of defense. Some guys I list here will be an Outside Linebacker. Some guys at OLB may end up as a 4-3 DE. But this is a deep and strong class. You need pass rush? You could hit it big here.

1. Derrick Morgan Georgia Tech (A powerful threat as a 4-3 DE who may be a Franchise 3-4 OLB.)
2. Jason Pierre-Paul So. Florida (He’s got spectacular physical skills and a great motor. But that being said? He may play too fast. Athleticism without control leads to a draft bust status. Is he going to be another JUCO Bust? Maybe.)
3. Everson Griffen USC (He’s got great physical skills, but no motor.)
4. Carlos Dunlap Florida (The East Coast Everson Griffen)
5. Tyson Alualu California (A strong and physically gifted 3-4 DE with a waxing and waning motor.)
6. Alex Carrington Arkansas State (The mid-major Carlos Dunlap.)
7. Corey Wooton Northwestern (A strong, physical 3-4 DE with a more consistent motor than Tyson Alualu.)
8. Austen Lane Murray State (Killed it in the FBS for a bad Murray State team. He’s got room to grow into a 3-4 Defensive End.)
9. Brandon Lang Troy (He may not have the power to be a truly great 4-3 DE, but in a 3-4 system? He’s a second round sleeper. He loves to attack the ball carrier.)
10. Greg Hardy Ole Miss (If he wasn’t Mr. Glass? He would be the #1 Defensive end off the board. And I love Morgan.)
11. Jermane Cunningham Florida (A bit of a tweener in aspects beyond the pass rush, but in terms of pure pass rush? He’s got a good motor.)

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