Dexter Lawrence*, 3-4DE, Clemson
Height: 6-5. Weight: 340. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2019): 1. 2/22/18: Lawrence totaled 34 tackles with 2.5 sacks in 2017. While his numbers were down year over year from his freshman season, he helped create a lot of sacks for those around him. Lawrence was a tremendous freshman to help Clemson win the National Championship. NFL sources already rave about Lawrence, who was impossible to ignore in 2016. Lawrence was an All-Freshman selection all over the nation while being the ACC Rookie of the Year for that season. He totaled 63 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and a pass batted as a freshman. One national scout for a NFC team told me that they thought Lawrence was among the top two most disruptive defensive linemen in 2016 along with Alabama's Jonathan Allen. With other good talent around Lawrence and his experience, he could dominate as a junior.
Rashan Gary*, 3-4DE, Michigan
Height: 6-5. Weight: 287. Projected 40 Time: 5.00. Projected Round (2019): 1-2. 2/22/18: Gary notched 65 tackles with six sacks, one forced fumble and 12 tackles for a loss in 2017. Gary is a rare athlete who could turn into a dominant defender. Scouting sources say Gary has high first-round potential if he puts everything together. That could definitely happen during his junior season. One scouting sources who has done advance work on the 2019 class said that Gary is a rare physical talent similar to some former top of the draft prospects, but Michigan doesn't turn him loose as a pass-rusher as much as other prospects.
Christian Wilkins, 3-4DE, Clemson
Height: 6-4. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.00. Projected Round (2019): 1-2. 2/22/18: In 2017, Wilkins totaled 60 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He played well all year, using his speed and athleticism to cause disruption at the point of attack. In speaking with sources at multiple teams, they see Wilkins as a future first-rounder. He is a fast interior pass-rusher who can collapse the pocket and provide an inside pass rush. Wilkins dominated Miami in the ACC Championship.
Wilkins played well for Clemson in 2016 as part of a tough defensive line that controlled the point of attack. The sophomore recorded 48 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 10 passes batted. Wilkins made 33 tackles and two sacks as a freshman in 2015. He has a nice skill set with upside.
Wilkins had to play a lot of defensive end in 2016 because of injury. He displayed a nice ability to play there, but his NFL home is on the inside. As a pass-rusher, Wilkins was able to get after the quarterback with pressure coming around the corner. He looked the most dangerous when lining up over guards and firing past them to cause disruption in the backfield. While he played a lot of end, at his weight, Wilkins really doesn't have edge rusher speed for the NFL. He will have to rush from the inside as a pro, but that is his natural position anyway. Wilkins was a solid run defender, too. He has a strong, thick lower body to hold his ground at the point of attack.
Jeffery Simmons*, 3-4DE, Mississippi State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 301. Projected 40 Time: 4.95. Projected Round (2019): 1-2. 2/22/18: Simmons is extremely talented athletically and possesses a ton of upside. In 2017, he totaled 60 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted. As a freshman, he had 40 tackles with two forced fumbles. While Simmons is a great athlete with a superb skill set, he has off-the-field concerns, including a video of him striking a woman with multiple punches in a street fight. Similar to Joe Mixon, that video could cause Simmons to slide in his draft class.
Raekwon Davis*, 3-4DE, Alabama
Height: 6-7. Weight: 306. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2019): 1-2. 2/22/18: Davis broke out in 2017 for the eventual National Champions, racking up 69 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and one interception. It was his first season of extended playing time, and he was very impressive. Davis definitely has early-round potential for his draft class.
Zach Allen, 3-4DE, Boston College
Height: 6-5. Weight: 285. Projected 40 Time: 4.79. Projected Round (2019): 1-2. 2/22/18: Allen didn't receive the hype of teammate Harold Landry, but Allen was the better pro prospect and could easily have been picked before Landry if Allen had declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. Allen is a tough run defender who is strong to hold his ground at the point of attack. He anchors well and is tough to move. As a pass-rusher, Allen has an impressive first-step and burst out of his stance for a heavy defensive end. He has strength to get pressure on the bull rush and speed to close. Allen could use more pass-rushing moves for the NFL. With his size and strength, it would be nice to see him add a club or rip move.
Allen totaled 100 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, three passes broken up and an interception in 2017. In the NFL, Allen will be an asset as a run defender playing end in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. He looks like a potential first-rounder in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Derrick Brown*, 3-4DE, Auburn
Height: 6-5. Weight: 316. Projected 40 Time: 5.00. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 2/22/18: In 2017, Brown was a really solid interior lineman for Auburn. He was a tough run defender and contributed some in the pass rush. He totaled 56 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles for the year. Brown has the upside to get better as he gains experience.