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2021 NFL Prospect Rankings: Defensive Ends

Michigan

Projected Round: 1

Ourlads' Snippet - Has rare quickness, bend, and agility for his size. Wins a lot of battles with late movement and sheer head-to-toe power. Lined up all over the Michigan front and that is the kind of role he will thrive in at the next level. Has the power presence to play inside the tackle’s shoulder on all downs, but notably against the pass where he can provide elite interior rush. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Miami

Projected Round: 1

Ourlads' Snippet - He is an every down defender capable of being a dominant force if he keeps focused and his body healthy. Tall and long edge presence that comfortably holds NFL-caliber weight for the edge and still has plenty of room for more functional muscle mass. Talented across the board. Easy bend and turn, stemming from quality flexion in his knees and hips. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Penn State

Projected Round: 1/2

Ourlads' Snippet - Will catch a lot of eyes as a result of his physical tool set. He is tall, long, strong, and very fast. He may be one of the fastest and most explosive defenders in the entire class of defensive ends. However, his play never got to a point where it matched that kind of potential. He started just eight games over his career, played in just 24 total, and recorded only one sack over his final 12 games. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Miami

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - A disruptive and versatile pass rush talent. Checks several boxes, but there are questions revolving around his movement. Elite frame when it comes to height, length, and potential for muscle mass additions. Versatile inside-out rusher who excels in one-on-one situations. Prevents the blocker from locking on. Crafty and fast with his hands. Appears out of control but is actually wildly accurate and coordinated with his upper body. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Wake Forest

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - Has the ideal body for an inside- outside versatile lineman that can change his style at the snap of a finger. His power and hand striking are both elite. At the very least, the defense can rely on him to control one or two gaps against the run. He has the ability to reach the passer from any and all angles. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Pittsburgh

Projected Round: 2/3

Ourlads' Snippet - Has an attractive frame with current thickness and width that has plenty of room for more functional muscle. A physical player at the point of attack that does a nice job using his heavy hands and natural bend. There is a lot to work with when looking at his potential as a versatile inside-out lineman. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Washington

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - He is a physical freak that wears the pads well. More than just an athlete. His engine is always on and will make plays away from the point of attack routinely. Matches that physical ability and power with attitude. Has a nastiness that will immediately elevate the presence of a defense. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Oklahoma

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - An edge defender lining up primarily at defensive end in a five or wide nine alignment. Has played in both a two and three point stance. Flashes first step quickness he shoots his hands into blockers with a powerful jolt. Solid run defender on the edge he can flatten and maintain ball side leverage on edge runs. He can shed with a quick push-pull move. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Northern Iowa

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - Will likely be a rotational player as a rookie but he should be a starter by his second season and has Pro Bowl potential. Outstanding height and length with big hands. Gets his long arms in the throwing lane. Very good athlete with good burst and acceleration. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Pittsburgh

Projected Round: 3/4

Ourlads' Snippet - He is tall and fast with average power. Needs further development in the weight room before he can be thrown into every down duty at the next level. With that said, he was a very productive player that totaled 32 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the past three seasons combined. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Vanderbilt

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - With a body that all defensive line coaches want to work with, he screams upside. An every down threat who can line up both outside and inside. Has solid athletic ability and a good lockout game. Started to blossom in 2020 but he tore his Achilles tendon in January while training for the draft. This will likely cause him to miss all of 2021, so whoever drafts him will need to look at him as a 2022 contributor in all likelihood. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Houston

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Won’t ever be a pure burner up the edge but if he can continue his path of progression from a skill set perspective, the tools he possesses can make him a solid left defensive end-type and one that can shift inside in specific situations. Has an ideal frame for the position. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Iowa

Projected Round: 4/5

Ourlads' Snippet - Does a lot of the little things right to maximize his talent and abilities. Doesn’t have the ideal juice and explosion off the edge, he fires out low with long arms and a twitchy reaction-type ability to move. Has a wide frame that can easily hold more weight. His experience playing outside and inside the tackle will make him sought after by the schemes that like to move their linemen around. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Tulane

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - A bit of a throwback defensive lineman in that he plays the game with power first, nastiness second, and athleticism third. A violent bully off the snap that will hand-strike blockers, lock his arms, lower his hips, and control the point of attack. Can stack and shed well, showing a physical presence when he meets the ball carrier. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Tulane

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - He plays a variety of roles rushing for the edge, setting the edge in the running game, or dropping back into coverage. He is just scratching the surface of his talent as a coverage player. Screams off the edge rushing the passer. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Georgia

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - Has a unique body type that can create different issues for both tackles and guards. Stout and powerful with heavy hands. When he plays the outside, he can get under the pads of his opponent and win with secondary moves. When he plays inside, he can out-quick his opponent off the ball. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Florida State

Projected Round: 5/6

Ourlads' Snippet - Overall, Kaindoh is a pure upside pick with major durability concerns, but he has the size, length, pedigree and athleticism to eventually figure it out in the NFL and become a good role player. Good burst up the field with his long strides. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Ohio State

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Is a versatile playmaker coming off the edge or leveraging guards and tackles from the inside. Explosive. Elected a team captain. Smart player with good on the field awareness. Plays with a low pad level. A natural knee bender who usually gets good extension. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Florida State

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Has an elite tool set across the board. Big on all levels with a rare wingspan (86 1/4”). There are some movement-based shortcomings where he won’t play to his timed speed. Has never quite been a true edge threat in the passing game but if he can learn to use rush moves, clean up some lower body stability, and play with more confidence he has the ability to be a starter. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Notre Dame

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Off the field, he is revered for intangibles, character, and work ethic. On the field, he is an assignment-savvy player who does a lot of the little things right. Techniques and pad level are consistent, he reads and reacts swiftly, and his engine is always on. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Northwestern

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - An ascending player who started to come on the last four games of the year where he was injury free for the first time in his career. Has the prototypical arm length and angular frame for a left 4-3 or a 3-4 defensive end. Flashes strength against double teams and is quick enough to get into the pass rush lanes. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Mississippi State

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - An athletic and mobile end who can pressure a quarterback, beat SEC blockers for sacks, and throw his body at a quarterback to trip them up. He also has experience dropping into coverage. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - He is a bendy and explosive edge rusher with natural traits. His ability to get under and around the outside shoulder of the tackle in combination with his unique length and ankle flexibility gives him a really high upside. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Kansas State

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Plays the game with contagious energy and all-out hustle. Is a throwback in the sense that he relies on instincts and effort more than he does speed. His hands are violent, accurate, and powerful. His base is incredibly strong and bendy, making him a constant winner in the leverage battle. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Georgia Southern

Projected Round: 6/7

Ourlads' Snippet - Plays low and with leverage on a blocker. Can bend. He usually lines up in a three point stance on the edge, but will kick down inside on certain sub packages. Has good initial quickness off the snap. Good upfield effort to pressure the quarterback. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Notre Dame

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - Doesn’t have enough burst to pose as a pure edge threat and he is too small for every down duty inside. What he does have is the kind of frame and length that could factor as a package-inside pass rusher once he adds the necessary bulk in which he should be able to hold. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Coastal Carolina

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - Plays best when on the move, angling across a defender’s face to penetrate and cause chaos. In the Senior Bowl he flashed his versatility moving from the edge to down inside to rush the passer and stuff the run. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Cincinnati

Projected Round: 7/PFA

Ourlads' Snippet - Plays bigger and faster than his verified measurables. The key to his game is quickness. If he can’t beat you on the first move it is a stalemate. Order the Ourlads' Draft Guide for the full report.

Iowa State

Projected Round: PFA


North Alabama

Projected Round: PFA


California

Projected Round: PFA


Mississippi State

Projected Round: PFA


Charlotte

Projected Round: PFA


Memphis

Projected Round: PFA


Virginia

Projected Round: PFA


Florida International

Projected Round: PFA


Texas Tech

Projected Round: PFA


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BYU

Projected Round: Camp


Charlotte

Projected Round: Camp


Boston College

Projected Round: Camp


Cincinnati

Projected Round: Camp