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NFL Draft 2015: Defensive lineman rankings

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Dante Fowler of the Florida Gators asks the crowd for noise during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on Nov.1, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Sam Greenwood

These are the top ranked defensive ends and tackles as of now heading into the 2015 NFL Draft April 30-May 2 in Chicago. (All measurements are from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 17-23.)

1. LEONARD WILLIAMS

Class: Junior

School: USC

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 302

Arms: 34 5/8 in

Hands: 10 5/8 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: 4.97 sec

Vert: 29 1/2 in

Broad: 8-10

Cone: 7.59 sec

Shuttle: 4.53 sec

Pros: Can play DT or out on edge; has good pass-rush moveset

Cons: Recovering from offseason shoulder surgery

2. DANTE FOWLER

Class: Junior

School: Florida

Ht: 6-2 1/2

Wt: 261

Arms: 33 3/4 in

Hands: 9 1/2 in

Bench: 19 reps

40-yard dash: 4.60 sec

Vert: 32 1/2 in

Broad: 9-4

Cone: 7.40 sec

Shuttle: 4.32 sec

Pros: Athletic pass rusher who can line up at DE or OLB

Cons: Needs to improve against run

3. VIC BEASLEY

Class: Senior

School: Clemson

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 246

Arms: 32 1/2 in

Hands: 9 3/8 in

Bench: 35 reps

40-yard dash: 4.53 sec

Vert: 41 in

Broad: 10-10

Cone: 6.91 sec

Shuttle: 4.15 sec

Pros: Uses good mix of speed and hand usage to rush passer

Cons: May be a 'tweener' due to lack of size

4. RANDY GREGORY

Class: Junior

School: Nebraska

Ht: 6-4 7/8

Wt: 235

Arms: 34 in

Hands: 10 in

Bench: 24 reps

40-yard dash: 4.64 sec

Vert: 36 1/2 in

Broad: 10-5

Cone: DNP

Shuttle: DNP

Pros: Athletic, explosive, long-armed edge rusher

Cons: A bit on the lean side; still improving technique

5. SHANE RAY

Class: Junior

School: Missouri

Ht: 6-2 1/2

Wt: 245

Arms: 33 1/8 in

Hands: 9 in

Bench: 21 reps

40-yard dash: DNP

Vert: DNP

Broad: DNP

Cone: DNP

Shuttle: DNP

Pros: Speedy edge rusher with great first step

Cons: Needs to convert speed to power better

6. DANNY SHELTON

Class: Senior

School: Washington

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 339

Arms: 32 in

Hands: 10 1/4 in

Bench: 34 reps

40-yard dash: 5.64 sec

Vert: 30 1/2 in

Broad: 7-11

Cone: 7.99 sec

Shuttle: 4.65 sec

Pros: Massive 0-tech eats up blockers; shone at Senior Bowl practice

Cons: Better run stuffer than pass rusher, which could limit value

7. EDDIE GOLDMAN

Class: Junior

School: Florida St.

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 336

Arms: 33 1/8 in

Hands: 10 1/8 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: DNP

Vert: DNP

Broad: DNP

Cone: DNP

Shuttle: DNP

Pros: Run-stuffing DT can eat space in middle or play five-tech DE

Cons: May have limited role because of inconsistent pass-rushing ability

8. ARIK ARMSTEAD

Class: Junior

School: Oregon

Ht: 6-7

Wt: 292

Arms: 33 in

Hands: 10 1/2 in

Bench: 24 reps

40-yard dash: 5.10 sec

Vert: 34 in

Broad: 99

Cone: 7.57 sec

Shuttle: 4.53 sec

Pros: Big lineman with upside; converts speed to power well

Cons: More of a projection than a certainty at this stage

9. MALCOM BROWN

Class: Junior

School: Texas

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 319

Arms: 32 1/2 in

Hands: 10 in

Bench: 26 reps

40-yard dash: 5.05 sec

Vert: 29 1/2 in

Broad: 8-2

Cone: 7.84 sec

Shuttle: 4.59 sec

Pros: Strong run defender can play inside or outside in 3-4

Cons: Sometimes could be more physical at point of attack

10. MICHAEL BENNETT

Class: Senior

School: Ohio St.

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 293

Arms: 33 5/8 in

Hands: 10 1/4 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: DNP

Vert: DNP

Broad: DNP

Cone: DNP

Shuttle: DNP

Pros: Good burst; uses hands well to disengage and rush passer

Cons: Sometimes disappears on tape due to fatigue

11. OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA

Class: Senior

School: UCLA

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 267

Arms: 33 3/4 in

Hands: 11 in

Bench: 25 reps

40-yard dash: 4.62 sec

Vert: 39 in

Broad: 10-7

Cone: 7.36 sec

Shuttle: 4.19 sec

Pros: Relentless run defender who can play in any scheme

Cons: Sometimes plays with stiff hips; needs to improve as pass rusher

12. ELI HAROLD

Class: Junior

School: Virginia

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 247

Arms: 33 in

Hands: 9 3/8 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: 4.60 sec

Vert: 35 in

Broad: 10-3

Cone: 7.07 sec

Shuttle: 4.16 sec

Pros: Explosive first step off snap; can play DE or OLB

Cons: Could stand to bulk up a bit to handle more powerful tackles

13. NATE ORCHARD

Class: Senior

School: Utah

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 250

Arms: 33 3/4 in

Hands: 10 1/4 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: 4.80 sec

Vert: 31 1/2 in

Broad: 9-7

Cone: 7.28 sec

Shuttle: 4.43 sec

Pros: High-motor pass rusher has great athleticism

Cons: Needs to improve against run; may be a 'tweener' due to lack of size

14. CARL DAVIS

Class: Senior

School: Iowa

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 320

Arms: 34 5/8 in

Hands: 11 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: 5.07 sec

Vert: 33 in

Broad: 8-7

Cone: 7.91 sec

Shuttle: 4.47 sec

Pros: Good size and strength; impressed at Senior Bowl practices

Cons: Lack of pass rush ability may limit him to two-down role

15. TREY FLOWERS

Class: Senior

School: Arkansas

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 266

Arms: 34 1/4 in

Hands: 10 in

Bench: 28 reps

40-yard dash: 4.93 sec

Vert: 36 1/2 in

Broad: 10-1

Cone: 7.34 sec

Shuttle: 4.40 sec

Pros: Long-armed DE uses disruptive hands well vs. run and pass

Cons: Doesn't have great burst or explosiveness off the snap

16. JORDAN PHILLIPS

Class: Sophomore

School: Oklahoma

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 329

Arms: 34 3/4 in

Hands: 9 3/8 in

Bench: 28 reps

40-yard dash: 5.17 sec

Vert: 30 in

Broad: 8-9

Cone: 7.88 sec

Shuttle: 4.68 sec

Pros: Massive zero-technique eats up blockers in middle

Cons: Sometimes disappears on tape after flashing skills

17. DANIELLE HUNTER

Class: Junior

School: LSU

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 252

Arms: 34 1/4 in

Hands: 10 1/2 in

Bench: 25 reps

40-yard dash: 4.57 sec

Vert: DNP

Broad: DNP

Cone: DNP

Shuttle: DNP

Pros: Very athletic, long-armed pass rusher

Cons: Needs to add more weight to play DE in pros; still raw technique-wise

18. HENRY ANDERSON

Class: Senior

School: Stanford

Ht: 6-6 1/4

Wt: 294

Arms: 33 1/2 in

Hands: 9 3/4 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: 5.03 sec

Vert: 30 in

Broad: 9-3

Cone: 7.20 sec

Shuttle: 4.19 sec

Pros: Sheds blockers well using his great length and disruptive hands

Cons: Not very athletic; may be limited to role as five-technique in 3-4 scheme

19. PRESTON SMITH

Class: Senior

School: Mississippi St.

Ht: 6-5

Wt: 271

Arms: 34 in

Hands: 10 5/8 in

Bench: 24 reps

40-yard dash: 4.74 sec

Vert: 34 in

Broad: 10-1

Cone: 7.07 sec

Shuttle: 4.28 sec

Pros: Balanced defender is solid tackler with long arms

Cons: Doesn't have great speed or power

20. MARIO EDWARDS

Class: Junior

School: Florida St.

Ht: 6-3

Wt: 279

Arms: 33 1/4 in

Hands: 10 7/8 in

Bench: 32 reps

40-yard dash: 4.84 sec

Vert: 32 1/2 in

Broad: 10

Cone: 7.44 sec

Shuttle: 4.55 sec

Pros: Big run-stopping body could play DE in 3-4 or DT in 4-3

Cons: Needs to improve as pass rusher

21. ZACH HODGES

Class: Senior

School: Harvard

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 250

Arms: 34 1/4 in

Hands: 9 7/8 in

Bench: DNP reps

40-yard dash: 4.68 sec

Vert: 33 1/2 in

Broad: 33 1/2

Cone: 10-5 sec

Shuttle: 4.65 sec

Pros: Bends the edge well when getting upfield

Cons: Needs to bulk up in order to handle bigger linemen in pros

22. ZA'DARIUS SMITH

Class: Senior

School: Kentucky

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 274

Arms: 32 5/8 in

Hands: 10 in

Bench: 23 reps

40-yard dash: 4.83 sec

Vert: 29 in

Broad: 9-5

Cone: 7.42 sec

Shuttle: 4.66 sec

Pros: Powerful, versatile lineman with great length

Cons: Needs to improve as pass rusher; likely limited to role as a 4-3 run-stopping end

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