Dexter Lawrence*, DT, 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.
Ed Oliver*, DT, Houston
Height: 6-2. Weight: 290. Projected 40 Time: 5.00. Projected Round (2019): 1. 2/22/18: In 2017, Oliver had 73 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. He continued the strong play from his debut season despite seeing extra blocking attention all year. As a freshman, Oliver dominated at the point of attack, starting with his debut game against Oklahoma. From the beginning, Oliver overwhelmed offensive linemen with his quickness, athletic ability, and physicality. He totaled 66 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes batted that season. Like Dexter Lawrence, Oliver look like future top prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Rashan Gary*, DT, 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, DT, 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*, DT, 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*, DT, 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.
Derrick Brown*, DT, 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.