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2 Malik McDowell 10 Michigan St Jr 6060 295 1

SI (Ranks #3 DT) - McDowell did not have a great season with teams focusing extra attention on him, but he’s still a disruptive, highly versatile prospect.

Injuries and poor play around him prevented him from having the breakout year...but has the NFL body and athleticism to develop into a dominant interior player, regardless of scheme....was a force to be reckoned with when healthy earlier in 2016. Through the first four games, he amassed 18 total pressures and 11 run stops. - PFF

High athletic ceiling...Very good physical traits: Height, Length, Speed overall athleticism. Can dominate both vs. run or pass..Needs to get bigger and stronger....Sack production lower than it should be...slow to diagnose and locate ball...kind of streaky...Unlimited talent - can be good as he wants to be..."If he gets with the right team and the right coach, look out.".., - PFW

Scheme-versatile - Spartan coaches moved him around...This, in turn hurt his production...Has a high NFL ceiling due to his athletic gifts and raw understanding of what it takes to cause havoc...Can get caught up too far inside. High-hipped and long limbed, causing him to lose leverage battles Comp: Carlos Dunlap - NFLDS

Low sack total but was very disruptive and put a lot of heat on the QB. An ankle injury cost him multiple games late in the season. Final games weren't impressive/seemed to take his foot off the pedal. Said to have a high first-round skill set and will be a top-20 pick...perfect fit as a 3-4 defensive end...more athletic upside than DeForest Buckner or Arik Armstead... Teammates say he is generally a good guy and a hard worker. Tough to block in practice and a smart defender; however, some players didn't like him because he tried to embarrass them in practice. ...has a lot of upside to develop. At his best when uses his quickness to get upfield/can fire his gap and achieve penetration in the backfield. Nice ability to close. Can be a little stiff / not great at bending to redirect (typical of players of his stature). Definitely could get better using his hands to shed blocks. Getting off blocks is definitely key to success vs. NFL offensive linemen. Could use more pass-rushing moves (too reliant on speed or bull rush). - WalterFB -

Forty: 4.85...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 23..VJ: 28.5...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

13 Lowell Lotelelei 118 Utah Jr 6020 310 1

 

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9 Vita Vea 96 Washington rSo 6040 332 2

SI (Ranks #5 DT) -

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14+ Jarron Jones 121+ Notre Dame rSr 6060 316 2

SI (Ranks #10 DT) - Jones (knee/foot) finished the year on the rise after battling injuries.

Excellent size: Very long arms and good strength/power...Quick off the ball, sheds & makes plays....Good COD...Has blocked kicks and battted down passes...Motor is somewhat inconsistent...Tends to play tall...not relentless pursuer...Doesn't come across as "tough guy"...Might not have the defensive mentality and would be better off on the offensive side of the ball...How high he goes may have a lot to do with workouts and interviews...Scout Says: ..."...had a few games where he really looked good, but the rest of the season was poor. I wonder if he really likes to play. He might be better off as an offensive tackle."... - PFW

Played over center but has the athleticism to play inside in a 4 - 3...Enticing skill set but inonsistent play merits close monitoring by a NFL coaching staff...Inconsistent pad level (will play too high)..."Spotty hand use"...durability concern (Lis Franc and MCL injuries)...- NFLDS

More active for Notre Dame than stats illustrate. A disruptive defender who makes plays in the backfield in the ground game as well as putting heat on the QB. Versatile size for a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. Stock could really rise in the leadup to the 2017 NFL Draft. Early in 2015, Jones tore his MCL and went out for the season. He was having a quality 2014 season before a foot injury caused him to miss the final two contests. Tied Sheldon Day for the most tackles and could be even better as a junior /should form a tough tandem with Day.- WalterFB

Forty: 5.33...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP:22. ..VJ: 20.5...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

10 Elijah Quails 97 Washington rJr 6010 313 2-3

Descriptions suggest a fireplug NT type with some quickness and agility...Issue would appear to be conditioning and sustainable motor - Gollin

SI (Ranks #9 DT) -

Huge wide-body ...very strong and powerful at POA...never gives ground...will occupy two blockers...Quick to diagnose and react...Very good run defender...But too heavy for frame - needs to shed 10 pounds and tighten up body...Prototype zero-techer for a 30-front defense...projects as not more than a 2-down player... - PFW

Build suggests a classic run-stuffer but his athleticism and intelligence allowed the Huskies to move him outside to DE...Projects best to be moved back inside in the prosHas deceptive initital quickness and lateral agility..."Cinder block frame" is pretty well maxed out...carries too much of his weight in the middle..Limited height and weight...relies too much on his spin move twhen his initial burst doesn't work... - NFLDS

Projects to be a nose tackle prospect who is a solid defender at the POA. Qualls may not stay on the field in passing situations, and that could hurt where he gets drafted. - WalterFB

Forty: 5.13...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP:33 ..VJ: 31.5...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

14+ Carlos Watkins 121 Clemson rSr 6030 309 2-3

Productive (50 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 2016)...Quick to find ball...excellent inside pass rusher...Will take off an occasional play...not as explosive as you'sd like...Soild player with upside/difference-maker if he learns to go all-out on every down... - PFW

Emerged as one of the elite pass rushers in the country in 2016 with 7.5 sacks and 9 tackes for loss...Has quickness to handle 3-technique, but barrel-chested frame suggests he'd be well-suited inside in a 3-4...Has ballast to stand up against double teams, but tecniques will need refinement....Waist-bender who'll play too high...was occasionally dropped off in coverage but "looked robotic and off-balance."..Not expected to star in the pros but should be a productive addition to his team's DL..., - NFLDS

Tough interior defender for Clemson and part of the program's forceful defensive line.Watkins could see a lot more blocking attention in 2016. Prior to last season, he was a backup. Superb against Auburn in the season opener and was a very steady disruptive presence for Clemson to close out the season. Ohio State in the first round of the playoffs and also played well against Alabama in the National Championship. - WalterFB

Forty: ...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 25...VJ: ...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

* Caleb Brantley * Florida rJr 6030 307 2-3

* Stock will likely drop due to recent assault incident.

SI (Ranks #2 DT) - Brantley can take over games from the interior because he's so quick off the ball.

Short - may not measure 6-2 (Note - checked in at 6-3 at Combine)...Very quick, strong powerful and explosive...Quick get-off...More of a pressure-guy than sackmeister...Holds the POA and occasionally gets penetration...Has maxed out growth...Will loaf on some plays...not elite pursuer....Could be an interior pass rusher in a 3-4 but more ideally suited to a 3-tech in a 4-3... - PFW

Lacked big numbers but "was a constant thorn in the side" of Seminole opponents"...2,5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss and 3 QB hurries in 2016...Lacks ideal size and sustained speed...Powerful imbs, low COG and quicks off the snap...Fla coaches loved his toughness and unselfishness...Tires quickly/lacks 2nd gear...can lose sight of ball on counter moves...Comp: Jonathan Babineaux - NFCDS

Very disruptive with serious quickness at the POA. Flashes a lot of potential, but just needs to get more consistent. He can be a fast, disruptive defender at the POA. If he can get more consistent, he could easily rise with his skill set to be a three-technique who causes havoc. Has the functional strength to shed blocks with a burst to close in a hurry. Effective interior pass-rusher who helps create sacks for his teammates. Is said to be getting first-round grades and is a first-round talent (also said that his listed measurements could be slightly inflated). Best fit would be a a 3-technique, gap-shooting defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. 3-4 teams agree that Brantley is a really good first round talent but also say there isn't a natural fit for Brantley in their scheme and he would have to be moved around. - WalterFB

Forty: 5.14...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 21..VJ: 27.0...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

11 Jake Repogle 100 Purdue Sr 6050 290 3

 

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14+ Charles Walker 121+ Oklahoma rJr 6020 310 3-4

"Makes some outstanding plays that very few can make"...Very good inside pass rusher..."Has some special to him" - very quick, who can dominate a game when he wants to...strong and explosive....Concussion in 2016 after 4 games...then quit on the team to "prepare" for the NFL...Selfish...Hot and cold player...lazy in pursuit...Second round talent with a late-round attitude - PFW

A quick interior defender who can put pressure on the quarterback, but he only played in four games because of a concussion before leaving the Sooners to start his preparation for the Draft. A player who could rise. He had an impressive 2015 season with 36 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble. Stock could really rise as interior pass-rushers are always in demand. - WalterFB

Forty: 4.96...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 25..VJ: 28.0 ...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

12 Jaleel Johnson 107 Iowa rSr 6030 316 3-4

Profiles as a DL to keep our eye on - Gollin

Good size/arm-length...Scheme-versatile...Thick build...Tough and competitive...Good pgm guy - showed improvement every year...Will play early and contribute as a rookie...Lacks ideal height and speed...Body needs to be tighter...Some guys may have better physical traits, but there are few who are better FB players.... - PFW

"One of the Big 10's best defensive linemen" in 2016...racking up 7.5 sacks and 10 TFL...Heavy handed homewrecker inside...projects as a 3-technique with starting potential...understands, timing, length and leverage...Quick to find ball...energy is unrelentling (i.e. unblockable stretches) but can also take him out of some plays..Limited scheme versatility - NFLDS

Forty: 5.38...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 19..VJ: 28.0...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

14+ Montravius Adams 121+ Auburn Sr 6040 304 3-4

Just adequate size for a NT..Very strong/makes the plays he should make...good tackler...streaky...not much of a pass rusher...Plays stronger than his size...More of a rotational/2-down type... - PFW

Big DT with strong upper and lower body...Wins almost excusively with exolosive first step...Can be out-techniqued and turned around...will stop moving his feet...Sudden but straight-linish...Understands his role in the defense...Improved play in 2016...Naturally strong but has trouble holding his ground...- NFLDS

Has a ton of physical talent, but has to maintain good conditioning and not get lazy with his motor. Turned in some solid play in the season opener against Clemson and continued that throughout the year. At times, he looks like a first-round talent with speed and size at the POA, but he lacks consistency. His motor and conditioning are questionable as well. Would be a beast on some plays and a ghost for others. Could be a good mid-round pick with flexibility to play tackle in a 4-3. In a 3-4/could play five-technique defensive end or NT (his weight could be much higher than his listed number). Had a tremendous opening to the 2015 season, but didn't maintain that level of play. Had too many snaps. Cooled down significantly after his hot start to that season. Has demonstrated the ability to be a speedy disruptor at the POA with pass rush to go along with run defense. - WalterFB

Forty: 4.87...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 22..VJ: 29.0...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

14+ Ryan Glagsow 12+1 Michigan rSr 6030 302 3-4

If we had time to revise our Top 120, Glagsow would be elevated to be on that list. If we were to put together a "short list" of guys you'd want on a winning roster, Glagsow would profile as one of those players. Would be a good mid-late round pick.

"Legitimate tough guy"...Competes on every snap...Good hand-use...hustles in pursuit...very good tackler...Good but not great size...will never be an elite pass rusher...Arms fairly short...Makes a lot of plays in the run game...very good rotational 2-down player... - PFW

"A 280 pound walk-on who turned into a 300 lb fortress"...Hard-nosed old school lineman with a 'follow me' attitude but will probably be limited to a 2-down role...Relatively light anchor and "light in the pegs"...Marginal skillls and creativity as a pass rusher....- NFLDS

Had a quality season for Michigan, plugging running lanes and contributing some pass rush. As a senior, he totaled 39 tackles with 4 sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass broken up- a big improvement over his junior year. Prior to that, he was a backup. Could get consideration on Day 3 as a 4-3 NT or a 3-4 DE. - WalterFB

Forty: 5.13...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 20..VJ: 27.5...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

5 Larry Ogunjobi 47 Charlotte rSr 6020 294 4

SI (Mention as Sleeper) - Under-the-radar name: Larry Ogunjobi of Charlotte, who notched a Senior Bowl invite. He eats up space.

Thick strong and explosive...Good get-off...finds the ball and makes plays...mostly a bull-rusher but has quick moves and can close on the QB...Lacks ideal height/needs to add weight...Must learn how to put combo moves together and better finish pass rush...... - PFW

Raw...Lacks ideal size for a NT but has penetrtion quicks...Balanced athlete with average length/frame and upper body mass...Hates to be blocked/plays with a nasty edge - NFLDS

Turned in four seasons of solid production - including his senior year, when he notched 65 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks and 2 passes broken up. - WalterFB

Senior Bowl - (Day 1) - "...Didn’t receive a ton of exposure this season, but he graded very well. In the first practice, Ogunjobi was able to disrupt run plays with the same penetrating style that earned him a 14.2 run-stop percentage during the season (No. 2 among all FBS defensive tackles). However, Ogunjobi showed that he isn’t just a one-trick pony, / very effective as an interior pass-rusher in the one-on-one drills..." - PFF

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4 Eddie Vanderdoes 45 UCLA xx 6030 305 xx

Very strong...Quick off ball...but too heavy and lacks good movement skills...Short arms...was quicker and more explosive before he added weight last year...Doesn't make many plays...Never fully recovered from knee injury suffered in 2015.....Scout Says: "I thought after his freshman year that he was going to be a top guy but after his injuries, he looks very average. If he can regain that old form, some team will get a bargain" - PFW

Blessed with very quick hands and feet for a man with his size and build. Uses his quickness to move up and down the line of scrimmage to disrupt plays against the run or to penetrate into the backfield...generated 24 QB pressures and 16 run stops this season....Interior quickness and hand usage will see him highly coveted in the draft. Biggest question will be if he can keep his legs healthy....- PFF

Former 5-star recruit dogged by injuries during past 2 seasons - NFLDS

Stout run defender at POA, but didn't show much in the pass rush. ...should have returned for his senior year. At the beginning of the 2015 season, Vanderdoes tore a knee ligament and went out for the year. UCLA said that his knee locked up on him earlier in the contest in which he was injured, but the final moment for him on the field came when he lifted up defensive tackle Kenny Clark (6-3, 310) while celebrating a touchdown catch that Clark made. Both were in on the goal-line offense. Was a tough defender in 2014 & came on late in that season and clearly has a lot of upside to develop.- WalterFB -

Forty: 4.99...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 28..VJ: 28.5 ...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

3 Stevie Tu'ikolovatu 44 USC xx 6010 331 xx

Huge man with incredible natural strength...Can toy with blockers because he can't be moved off the LOS...Strong tackler...plays hard...quick reactions...Will chase in pursuit but lacks the the speed to make the play...Will never be a pass rusher...Pure 3-4 NT...If he drops some weight and gains a step or two, he could be a monster, but right now projects as a backup rotational nose."Good guy to have for 20 - 25 downs a game."... - PFW

Senior Bowl - "...In 2016, Tu’ikolovatu earned the third-best run-stop percentage in the nation among interior defenders, but graded below-average as a pass-rusher. (Day 2) - "...had a practice reflecting his performance on the field this season. On plays that required him to show a range of motion, he struggled. This was particularly true as a pass-rusher. But he was able to handle anything that came into his zone, and he was tough to move on any interior run plays. He helped blow up the offense’s run play on a goal-line stand..." - PFF

Forty: 5.45...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 28 ..VJ: 24.5 ...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

6 Tanzel Smart 56 Tulane xx 6010 296 xx

High motor guy...Very quick off ball...quick hands...disruptive vs. run..some inside pass rush skills and some burst...Short...Will lose track of ball at times..Durable....Relentless chaser...commanded double teams ..."Top competitor who can't be counted out...Lack of size and bulk a limitation...Projects as a 4-3 NT...Late pick who has a chance.... - PFW

Showed some interior pass-rush skills as a senior, totaling 5.5 sacks with 67 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss and 1 forced fumble. Had a quality junior year with 62 tackles and 2 sacks. The steady production and performance landed Smart an invitation to the Senior Bowl. - WalterFB

Senior Bowl - (Day 1) - "Very disruptive player during the season as both a run-defender and a pass-rusher, finishing the season as our No. 5-ranked interior defensive linemen with an 88.7 overall grade. During practices, he continued his disruptive ways by quickly penetrating into the backfield to stop run plays. Also won a good share of his one-on-one pass rush drills with his interior quickness." - PFF

Forty: 5.24...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 22..VJ: 27.0...BJ: ...SS: ...LS: ...3C:

 

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