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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Defensive Ends

The top 2015 defensive end prospects available for the 2015 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2016 prospect. ** - denotes 2017 prospect.

This page was last updated Sept. 3, 2013. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C | DE | DT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | NT | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | 3-4 DE | NT | 3-4 OLB | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2015 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K

  1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 272.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2015): Top-Five Pick.

    9/3/13: It is already known that Clowney plans on entering the 2014 NFL Draft. However if there is an injury or something unforeseen that happens, he does have the eligibility to return to South Carolina and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

    Clowney is a NFL-ready phenom who head coach Steve Spurrier said was ready to turn pro coming out of high school. Clowney has been as good as advertised after being the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Clowney was the SEC Freshman of the Year and a Second-Team All-SEC selection in 2011. He totaled 36 tackles with eight sacks, 12 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles. Clowney did well against top competition including a good game against Georgia's Cordy Glenn.

    That trend continued last year as Clowney dominated the SEC. He has a rare skill set with elite speed, strength and athleticism. Clowney could turn into the "Andrew Luck" of defensive draft prospects: a high-pick lock who is extremely coveted by every team in the NFL and a safe selection to turn into an elite franchise player.

    Clowney was one of the best players in college football last year. The sophomore amassed 54 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, two passes batted and 13 sacks. He finished sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.

    Clowney has incredible explosion off the snap. He is lightning fast coming off the edge and has the power to shed blocks. Plus, Clowney has already developed an arsenal of pass-rushing moves. He wrecks game plans and constantly requires double-, or even triple-, teams. Clowney also seems to have the ability to get some of his sacks sheerly on the basis of intimidation.

    Clowney is extremely strong against the run in taking on offensive linemen. He is a stout defender at the point of attack and maintains his gap. While Clowney already is an impact player, the scary part is he has immense upside and seems to be just scratching the surface of what he can be. The junior has the physical talent to be a dominant NFL player and is the best defensive prospect to enter the next level since Ndamukong Suh.

    Personal: Son of Josenna Clowney. Raised by Josenna and maternal grandparents John and Josephine Clowney. His father, David Morgan, served 12 years in prison for robbery. Was nicknamed "Doo-Doo" as a child.

  2. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 303.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2015): Top-25 Pick.

    9/3/13: Tuitt was one of last season's breakout stars who led Notre Dame to the National Championship game. He was a dominant force for the Fighting Irish with his combination of power and surprising quickness. Tuitt recorded 12 sacks with 47 tackles, three forced fumbles, one pass break up and a 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown (against Navy) in 2012.

    Manti Te'o received all the headlines, but Tuitt and Louis Nix were phenomenal for the Fighting Irish. Like the rest of the Notre Dame defense, Tuitt had a disappointing performance to end the season against Alabama. However, Tuitt played with a hernia in the final two games of the year and clearly wasn't his normal self.

    Tuitt was a backup as a freshman, yet had 30 tackles with two sacks. The junior could be even more of a force in 2013 now that he has a year of starting experience, but he will see a plethora of double-teams. Tuitt has the size to play defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense or defensive end in a 3-4 set.

  3. Leonard Williams*, DT/DE, USC
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 290.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.11.
    Projected Round (2015): 1.

    9/3/13: Williams took the Pac-12 by storm as a freshman in 2012. The Daytona Beach, Florida product excelled for defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Williams recorded eight sacks, 64 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, four passes batted, an interception and two fumble recoveries. If Williams continues to build as a sophomore and junior, he could be a high first-round pick.

  4. Aaron Lynch*, DE, South Florida
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 262.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-3.

    9/3/13: The Notre Dame transfer was forced to sit out the 2012 season, but he may only need one more season of college to prove that he is a first-round prospect. Lynch played really well for Notre Dame in 2011 as freshman, recording 33 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He was just scratching the surface of his talent.

    Lynch left the Fighting Irish due to homesickness for Florida and landed with the Bulls. He should dominate the Big East in 2013.

    Personal: Majoring in interdisciplinary social science. Son of Alice Lynch.

  5. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-3.

    9/3/13: Crichton has displayed some natural pass-rushing and play-making ability over the last two years for Oregon State. The sophomore turned in an impressive 2012 season with nine sacks, 17 tackles for a loss, 44 tackles and a forced fumble. He had six sacks, 14.5 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles and 74 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2011.

    Crichton needs to improve his hand usage and the ability to shed blocks. He has some quickness and strength, but needs his repertoire of pass-rushing moves to get better. Crichton is too reliant on a bull rush. If the junior checks in smaller than his listed measurements, he will have to move to outside linebacker.

    Personal: Majoring in human development and family sciences. Son of Lucky and Malama Crichton.

  6. Devonte Fields*, DE, TCU
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 240.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-3.

    9/3/13: Fields took the Big 12 by storm last year as a First-Team All-Conference pick and the Big XII Freshman of the Year. He also was voted as the best defensive player in the conference by the media. Fields broke out with 10 sacks, 53 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, four passes batted, two forced fumbles and an interception. Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson said Fields and Arizona Cardinals edge-rusher Alex Okafor were the two best players he played in college. The speedy Fields should get bigger as a sophomore and junior.

    Fields raised some off-the-field red flags with a two-game suspension to start the 2013 season. The suspension was for the vague "violation of university and team policy." Head coach Gary Patterson also criticized Fields' performance in spring practice.

    Personal: Son of Monica Fields.

  7. Donte Fowler Jr.*, DE, Florida
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 277.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-3.

    9/3/13: Fowler was a First-Team All-SEC freshman in 2012 even though he was only a rotational backup. Fowler is taking over a starting spot this season with Sharrif Floyd in the NFL. Fowler had 30 tackles with eight tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks lsat year. He was one of the top recruits in the nation and could be poised for a breakout sophomore season.

  8. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 275.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-3.

    9/3/13: Ealy contributed a decent 2012 season with 37 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, seven passes batted and a forced fumble. However, the sophomore had Sheldon Richardson causing a lot of disruption on the line. Missouri needs Ealy to step up and produce more as a junior now that Richardson is in the NFL.

    Personal: Majoring in business management. Son of Willie Ealy and Nettie Jones.

  9. Jonathan Bullard*, DE, Florida
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 271.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-3.

    9/3/13: Like Fowler, Bullard flashed as a rotational player in 2012. He also was a five-star recruit and Florida expects a breakout season from him. Bullard had 27 tackles with five tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and one pass batted last year. With Bullard, Fowler and Ron Powell, the Gators have the edge-rushers to help set up single blocks and produce solid individual sack totals.

  10. Mario Edwards Jr.*, DE, Florida State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 277.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-3.

    9/3/13: Edwards was stuck behind Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine in 2012, but he still managed to flash potential in backup duty. He ended up starting the final two games after Carradine was injured. Edwards totaled 17 tackles with 1.5 sacks, one pass batted and 2.5 tackles for a loss for the year. To go along with some speed, Edwards looks like he has some power to his game. Florida State is expecting Edwards to become a star in 2013 and 2014.

    Personal: Son of Mario Edwards who played for the Cowboys (2000-2003) and Buccaneers (2004).

  11. Bronson Kaufusi*, DE, BYU
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 282.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    9/3/13: With BYU losing Ziggy Ansah to the NFL and linebacker Kyle Van Noy a likely target for double-teams, Kaufusi is needed to step up as a sophomore. The freshman racked up 23 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks and one pass batted last year. Kaufusi seemed to be just scratching the surface of his potential.

  12. Henry Anderson, DE/DT, Stanford
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 282.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    9/3/13: Anderson is a strong and physical defender at the point of attack. He totaled 51 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, five passes broken up and a forced fumble in 2012. It was Anderson's first season of playing time, and he could be even better in 2013. Trent Murphy and Ben Gardner will demand a lot of blocking attention, so Anderson should see some favorable matchups. He's a good fit in a 3-4 defense.

    Personal: Majoring in political science. Won the Tommy Vardell Award epitomizing excellence in both athletics and academics.

  13. Jeoffrey Pagan, DE/DT, Alabama
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 290.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    9/3/13: Pagan came off the bench in 2012 and contributed some solid run defense. The sophomore totaled 23 tackles, four tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks as a rotational player. With Quinton Dial and Damien Square in the NFL, Pagan should take on a starting role in 2013 as a junior. He has the skill set to produce more as a junior and/or senior.

  14. Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

    9/3/13: Beasley had a breakout 2012 season with eight sacks, but the sophomore was only a situational pass-rusher with 14 total tackles on the year. Beasley must add weight to play defensive end. He should receive more playing time in 2013 with Malliciah Goodman in the NFL.

    Personal: Majoring in sociology.

  15. Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 269.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    9/3/13: Chickillo was a five-star recruit before breaking into the starting lineup as a freshman in 2011. He totaled 38 tackles with five sacks and one forced fumble. Chickillo totaled four sacks with 45 tackles and 6.5 tackles for a loss last year. He needs to increase his production as a junior and senior to live up to his billing. Chickillo has a combination of strength and speed to produce more.

  16. Ray Drew, DE/DT, Georgia
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 273.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.99.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    9/3/13: Drew is expected to step up with the Bulldogs losing the stars of their defense to the NFL. He had 23 tackles with one tackle for a loss last year as a sophomore backup.

    Drew worked his way onto the field as a freshman in 2011; no easy accomplishment as Georgia had a lot of experienced defensive linemen ahead of him. Plus, the Bulldogs utilize a 3-4 defense, so it is harder for linemen to get snaps. Drew totaled eight tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss in 2011.

    Drew looks like a natural five-technique defensive end for a 3-4 defense, but he has the quickness and the frame to be a 4-3 tackle if he puts back on the 10-20 pounds that he previously lost.

    Personal: Mass-media arts major.

  17. Frank Clark, DE, Michigan
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 273.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.86.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    9/3/13: The Wolverines are counting on Clark to step up and produce as a junior in 2013. He totaled 25 tackles with two sacks, nine tackles for a loss, three passes batted and a forced fumble last year. He had 10 tackles and .5 sacks as a freshman.

  18. Sheldon Day*, DE, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 290.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.95.
    Projected Round (2015): 5-7.

    9/3/13: Day could be poised for a breakout season playing on the same defensive line as Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix. Day saw action as a freshman last year and contributed 23 tackles with two sacks. The Fighting Irish coaching staff is looking at the sophomore to take on a bigger role in 2013.

    Personal: Majoring in management-consulting. Son of David Day and Carol Boyd.

  19. Noah Spence*, DE, Ohio State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 247.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-7.

    9/3/13: Spence had 12 tackles and a sack in the 2012 season opener against Miami of Ohio. He was a backup, but with Ohio State losing all four defensive line starters, he should become a starter in 2013.

    Personal: Son of Helen and Greg Spence.

  20. Jermauria Rasco, DE, LSU
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 262.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-7.

    9/3/13: Rasco could easily rise up the rankings over his junior and senior season. He was a backup in 2012 and totaled 10 tackles with two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. As a freshman in 2011, he had two sacks. Offseason shoulder surgery has limited Rasco leading up to the 2013 season.

    Personal: Son of Gwendolyn Rasco.

  21. Marcus Rush, DE, Michigan State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 245.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.

    9/3/13: Rush took over a starting spot on the Spartans' defensive line in 2011. The redshirt freshman registered 58 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss, four sacks, one forced fumble and five passes batted. Rush's production dipped to 38 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one interception, five pases batted and a forced fumble last year. The junior needs to become more productive and add weight for the NFL.

    Personal: Majoring in advertising. Son of Ginny and John Rush.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C | DE | DT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | NT | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2014 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | 3-4 DE | NT | 3-4 OLB | 4-3 OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2015 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K

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bryce 01-13-2014 03:42 am (total posts: 1)
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Trey Flowers
Vlora 01-03-2014 06:29 am (total posts: 1)
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Well I guess I don't have to spend the weekend firunigg this one out!
Alec 10-18-2013 02:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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Yea i agree with Big Boy

What is up for the lack of love shown towards Texas defensive prospects considering UT has a lot of former players absolutely tearing it up on sundays (especially DBs and Defensive Linemen)

Jackson Jeffcoat will be a stud ('14 prospect)
Chris Whaley is freak athlete and turning in a very prodcutive Senior year (Henry Melton 2.0 '14 prospect)

Malcom Brown is the best DT in the Big 12 and has all the physical tools

And last but not least Cedric Reed is the complete package. Size, quickness, acceleration, strength, plays the run very well.

I know since "Texas is down" the last couple years it is popular to hate but UT has an excellent tradition of putting defensive ballers in the league. Yet, BAMA has produced bust after bust and you guys at Walter football consider to show love tothem because of Nick Saban.

Funny when Nick Saban becomes Texas' next head coach in 2014 a lot of these prospects will most likely shoot up draft boards.
bigboy 09-23-2013 06:10 pm (total posts: 1)
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dont sleep on Cedric Reed out of Texas

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