April 26, 2017

2017 Defensive Lineman Prospects

#93 Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama


QB / RB / WR / TE / OT / IOL / EDGE / DL / LB / CB / S



Regarded as arguably the weakest positional group in the draft. These are players who project best as defensive tackles in a 4-3 defense,
or ends in a 3-4 scheme. Interior players. There are some big time talents at the top of the list, and there is some decent depth. However,
this class isn't very strong overall.

Prospect rankings are based on film breakdown provided by Draft Breakdown with a minimum of 3 games watched per prospect in most cases. Measurables, athletic testing, future roles and projections are also taken into effect.
Injuries, off the field issues, etc. will mot be taken into consideration. These rankings are based on talent and projections on the field. Players are grouped into "tiers" to separate them. Players that I project as early round picks will be placed in the "All-Pro"/"Pro Bowl" tiers for example. Prospects that I saw limited film of or was unable to watch at all will not be ranked, but listed under "Other Notable Prospects". Specifically, prospects well known in the scouting community and draft sites like CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus will be listed here.


Tier One: All-Pro Prospects


1. Jonathan Allen
Experience: Senior | School: Alabama
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 285 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 33 5/8" | Grade: Top 10


40 Time: 5.00 | Bench: 21 | Vertical: 30" | Broad: 108"
3 Cone: 7.49 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.50 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Jonathan Allen is a stud. He blends quickness and strength, and combines that with some excellent hand usage to be a dominant player. He looked almost unblockable at times this past season. His block shedding helps him be a beast against the run. His versatility should allow him to play multiple positions. Defensive end in a 4-3 who shifts inside on passing downs could be his role. Should look to add some pounds to his frame to be a full time defensive tackle. Revelations about his shoulder surgeries plus poor testing at the combine could cause him to slide. He's a top 5 talent.




Tier Two: Pro Bowl Prospects


2. Malik McDowell*
Experience: Junior | School: Michigan State
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 299 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/2" | Arm Length: 34 3/4" | Grade: Top 15


40 Time: 4.85 | Bench: 23 | Vertical: 28.5" | Broad: 112"
3 Cone: 7.69 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.53 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: McDowell flashes the ability to be a dominant player. He definitely needs to learn how to use his hands when engaged and use better technique, but his strength and athleticism allow him to get upfield and be a disruptive pass rusher. He also flashes the potential to be a dominant player versus the run. Because of his height, his pad level is usually high, and this causes some balance issues. All of the athletic gifts and tools are there. Prototype 3-4 defensive end.




3. Caleb Brantley*
Experience: Junior (RS)| School: Florida
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 306 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/4" | Arm Length: 32" | Grade: Round 1


40 Time: 5.14 | Bench: 21 | Vertical: 27" | Broad: 105"
3 Cone: 7.66 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.62 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Brantley is probably the most consistent disruptive interior defensive lineman I watched outside of the "elite" guys. He is a block shedding machine. He has a quick first step, great initial punch, and is a high motor player. He already has some nice counter moves to fall back on if he can't beat you with a bull rush as well. Has shown the necessary strength to anchor in the run game. Can shoot the gaps and split double teams with little effort. He does need to improve his awareness against the run, but the biggest knock on Brantley besides lack of elite production (Just 2.5 sacks this past season) is that he does not finish plays. Too many times he would get in the backfield only to fail to bring down the ball carrier. Needs to improve this if he wants to live up to his potential. He looks like a 3 technique defensive tackle in a 4-3, but there appears to be some scheme versatility with him.

*Just weeks before the draft, a report came out that he assaulted a woman, knocking her unconscious. I was much higher on him than most. He looked like a Day 2 lock. He's going to plummet.




Tier Three: Future Starter Prospects


4. Tanoh Kpassagnon
Experience: Senior | School: Villanova
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 284 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 5/8" | Arm Length: 35 5/8" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.83 | Bench: 23 | Vertical: 30" | Broad: 128"
3 Cone: 7.46 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.62 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: He is very raw, but he has so much upside that a team is likely to spend a second or third round pick on him. The pay off could be big. Kpassagnon is a freakish athlete for a player of his size, and he has exceptional length. He explodes off the ball, and flashes violent hands and an effective bull rush. He can also bend and shows the strength to set the edge and hold at the point of attack as a run defender. High motor player with an impressive tackle radius. If and when he learns how to use his hands more effectively and develop some pass rushing moves he could be a damn good NFL player. The tools are there. Needs to play with a lower pad level, especially when kicked inside.




5. DeMarcus Walker
Experience: Senior | School: Florida State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 280 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/2" | Arm Length: 33" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: N/A | Bench: 18 | Vertical: N/A | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Walker has some really impressive tape. The production (15 sacks) is hard to ignore. He's not an edge player. He doesn't have great athleticism or flexibility. What he is in an interior disruptor. His blend of power and quickness is just too much for interior lineman to handle. He has an effective swim move and explosive hands. Good motor as well. At 280 lbs., he's a bit too light to be an every down defensive tackle. Decent against the run, but can be a bit slow to diagnose at times, and can struggle to shed blocks on occasion. Could be a base 4-3 end who kicks inside on passing downs? If you figure out what to do with him, you'll be getting a great talent.




6. Larry Ogunjobi
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Charlotte
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 303 lbs.
Hand Size: 10" | Arm Length: 32 5/8" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.97 | Bench: 26 | Vertical: 32" | Broad: 116"
3 Cone: 7.55 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.75 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: He's a bit raw, but Ogunjobi has a ton of upside as a 3-technique defensive tackle. Can bull rush, but also uses his quickness and leverage to be a disruptive interior rusher. Very good player against the run as well. Won't be able to anchor against double teams, and has some more developing to do, but should be worth a Day 2 pick.




7. Chris Wormley
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Michigan
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 297 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/2" | Arm Length: 34 1/8" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.82 | Bench: 23 | Vertical: 31.5" | Broad: 110"
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Blends his quickness with strength. Played defensive end for Michigan, but projects as a disruptive 3 technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. Could play multiple positions on the defensive line. Great length which he uses to control opposing linemen. When rushing from the edge, relies too much on bull rush. Doesn't show much bend to beat tackles on the edge, and should look to add more counter moves. Has a pretty solid rip move. Much more effective rusher from the interior. Needs to do a better job of containing as a defensive end. Consistency and run discipline need to improve for him to reach his full potential.




8. Montravius Adams
Experience: Senior | School: Auburn
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 304 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 32 3/4" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.87 | Bench: 22 | Vertical: 29" | Broad: 108"
3 Cone: 7.08 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.55 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Adams should be viewed as a 4-3 nose tackle who has the upside to rush the passer from the interior as well. Could possibly play defensive end in a 3-4? He moves really well for a 300+ pounder. In fact, he blends strength, quickness, and good hand usage to be a disruptive interior player. Consistency isn't always there. When he gets locked up, too often he is content and doesn't try to disengage. He also struggles to anchor against double teams. Too small to be a nose tackle in a 3-4. Solid day two player.




Tier Four: Developmental Starter Prospects


9. Jaleel Johnson
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Iowa
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 316 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 5/8" | Arm Length: 33 1/4" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 5.38 | Bench: 19 | Vertical: 28" | Broad: 100"
3 Cone: 7.64 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.62 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Flashes the potential to be a disruptive interior rusher. He has a lot of raw power and uses his hands well, but does not offer much more than a standard bull rush at this point. Doesn't diagnose run plays as quickly as you would like, but can make plays on the ball carrier even while being blocked. Upside limited due to having below average athleticism. Can he anchor against double teams? May be limited to a 3 technique DT in a 4-3 defense. Consistency needs to improve, but his motor is a plus.




10. Carlos Watkins
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Clemson
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 313 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 3/8" | Arm Length: 34 5/8" | Grade: Round 4


40 Time: 5.06 | Bench: 25 | Vertical: 28" | Broad: 114"
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Quick first step. Can win with a very effective bull rush and good hand usage. When that fails, he seems to lack a go to counter move. Motor and consistency are question marks. Needs to improve instincts against the run. Flashes the ability to be a dominant interior pass rusher.




11. Dalvin Tomlinson
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Alabama
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 311 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/2" | Arm Length: 33 1/2" | Grade: Round 4


40 Time: 5.19 | Bench: 27 | Vertical: N/A | Broad: 110"
3 Cone: 7.68 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.59 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: One of the better nose tackle prospects in the draft. Great blend of size, strength, and quickness. Uses his length to create leverage and uses this to his advantage. Shows disruptive hands to shed blocks and flash potential as an interior rushers. Can win with raw power. Can split double teams. May not have the size to anchor against them. Reactive and instinctive run defender. Motor is outstanding. Great technique. Immediate two down impact player with the ability to become a three down player.




Tier Five: Quality Backup Prospects


12. Vincent Taylor*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Oklahoma State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 299 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/8" | Arm Length: 34 3/8" | Grade: Round 5


40 Time: 5.07 | Bench: 26 | Vertical: 28.5" | Broad: 108"
3 Cone: 7.58 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.72 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Not a great athlete. Looks bigger than listed weight on the field. More of a nose tackle prospect than a disruptive interior rusher, though he flashes power as a rusher. He needs to improve against the run.




13. Elijah Qualls*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Washington
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 309 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 30 5/8" | Grade: Round 5


40 Time: 5.13 | Bench: 33 | Vertical: 31.5" | Broad: 105"
3 Cone: 7.65 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.66 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Could be a decent 4-3 nose tackle. Undersized to be a 3-4 nose tackle. Flashes quickness, but won't be a consistent interior pass rusher. Struggles to anchor against double teams, and struggles to consistently shed blocks. Flashes the instincts and discipline to be a solid run stopper, but doesn't have a lot of upside. Moves well for a 300+ pounder, but lacks length and doesn't have great athleticism. Pad level can be high at times, and overall consistency is an issue.




Notable Prospects


Charles Walker*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Oklahoma
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 330 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 5/8" | Arm Length: 33 3/4" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.96 | Bench: 25 | Vertical: 28" | Broad: 107"
3 Cone: 7.89 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.96 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Jarron Jones
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Notre Dame
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 310 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/2" | Arm Length: 35 1/2" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 5.33 | Bench: 22 | Vertical: 24.5" | Broad: 102"
3 Cone: 8.62 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.97 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Eddie Vanderdoes*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: UCLA
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 302 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 5/8" | Arm Length: 33 1/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.99 | Bench: 28 | Vertical: 28.5" | Broad: 111"
3 Cone: 7.69 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.39 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Davon Godchchaux*
Experience: Junior | School: Louisiana State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 301 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/4" | Arm Length: 32 3/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 5.27 | Bench: 22 | Vertical: N/A | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Nazair Jones*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: North Carolina
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 304 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 7/8" | Arm Length: 34 5/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 5.11 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 24.5" | Broad: 101"
3 Cone: 7.93 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.63 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Ryan Glasgow
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Michigan
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 300 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 5/8" | Arm Length: 33 3/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 5.13 | Bench: 24 | Vertical: 27.5" | Broad: 105"
3 Cone: 7.55 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.50 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Tanzel Smart
Experience: Senior | School: Tulane
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 296 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 5/8" | Arm Length: 32 7/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 5.24 | Bench: 22 | Vertical: 27" | Broad: 105"
3 Cone: 7.53 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.57 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




DeAngelo Brown
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Louisville
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 302 lbs.
Hand Size: N/A | Arm Length: N/A | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 5.58 | Bench: 36 | Vertical: 29.5" | Broad: 100"
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.84 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Southern California
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 333 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/4" | Arm Length: 33" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 5.23 | Bench: 28 | Vertical: 26" | Broad: 95"
3 Cone: 7.83 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.84 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Woody Baron
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Virginia Tech
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 275 lbs.
Hand Size: N/A | Arm Length: N/A | Grade: N/A


40 Time: N/A | Bench: N/A | Vertical: N/A | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A