2022 NFL Draft Prospects: Defensive End



The top 2022 Defensive End prospects available for the 2022 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2022 prospect. ** - denotes 2025 prospect.

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2020 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 | P

2021 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 | P

2022 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 | P

  1. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Chase Young, Ohio State
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
    • '20 - Chase Young, Ohio State
    • '19 - Nick Bosa, Ohio State
    Gregory Rousseau*, DE, Miami
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-2.
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    7/13/20: Rousseau was one of the best edge defenders in college football during 2019. Despite being a redshirt freshman, he collected 15.5 sacks with two forced fumbles and 54 tackles on the year. Rousseau has an excellent skill set with upside to develop. His sack numbers may decline as a redshirt sophomore and/or junior with double teams and scheming, but he could become a more developed player in the years to come




  2. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
    • '21 - Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
    • '21 - Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
    • '21 - Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '20 - K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
    • '19 - Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
    Joe Tryon, DE/OLB, Washington
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 262.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
    View Ranking History

    7/13/20: After serving as a backup during his freshman season, Tryon broke out in 2019 as one of the top pass-rushers in the Pac-12. He totaled eight sacks with 41 tackles and one pass batted on the year. Tryon has a lot of upside and could be a player who develops well under Jimmy Lake


  3. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '21 - Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
    • '21 - Jaelen Phillips, Miami
    • '20 - Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
    • '19 - Rashan Gary, Michigan
    Kayvon Thibodeaux*, DE/OLB, Oregon
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 242.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
    View Ranking History

    7/13/20: Thibodeaux had a superb freshman season for the Ducks, doing a great job of getting after the quarterback. As a sophomore and junior, it would help Thibodeaux to gain more strength as he will need more weight to hold up as a run defender and to shed blocks from NFL offensive linemen. He has plenty of time to add weight and get stronger as a sophomore


  4. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Nick Coe, Auburn
    • '21 - Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '21 - Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
    • '21 - Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
    • '20 - Marlon Davidson, Auburn
    • '19 - Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
    Zach Harrison*, DE, Ohio State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 255.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
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    7/13/20: Harrison was a top recruit because he has a great skill set that he flashed as a freshman in 2019. Harrison showed the potential to emerge as an impactful defensive end during his sophomore year and beyond. With Chase Young in the NFL, Harrison could take over as a starter and enjoy a breakout 2020 for the Buckeyes




  5. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Jonathan Garvin, Miami
    • '21 - Jonathan Garvin, Miami
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
    • '21 - Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
    • '20 - A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
    • '19 - Brian Burns, Florida State
    Drake Jackson*, DE, USC
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 275.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
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    7/13/20: Jackson had an impressive debut for the Trojans in 2019. He showed some pass-rush potential with a quality set of size and speed. Given his skill set, Jackson has the upside to improve his production as he gains more experience


  6. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Curtis Weaver, Boise State
    • '21 - Thomas Booker, Stanford
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
    • '21 - Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
    • '21 - Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
    • '20 - Jon Greenard, Florida
    • '19 - Zach Allen, Boston College
    George Karlaftis*, DE, Purdue
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 265.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
    Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
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  7. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Thomas Booker, Stanford
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
    • '21 - Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
    • '21 - Thomas Booker, Stanford
    • '21 - Jaelen Phillips, Miami
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
    • '20 - Terrell Lewis, Alabama
    • '19 - Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
    Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 278.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.86.
    Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
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    7/13/20: Hutchinson had a breakout sophomore season for the Wolverines as a tough defender and flashed pass-rush ability. He has excellent size for the next level, where he could be a base end in a 4-3 or a 3-4 five-technique defensive end. Improving his pass-rush production could help Hutchinson to rise as a junior and/or senior


  8. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Joe Gaziano, Northwestern
    • '21 - Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Thomas Booker, Stanford
    • '21 - Thomas Booker, Stanford
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Jaelen Phillips, Miami
    • '21 - Jaelen Phillips, Miami
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '20 - Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina
    • '19 - Jachai Polite, Florida
    Thomas Booker, DE, Stanford
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 281.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.88.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
    View Ranking History



  9. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Patrick Johnson, Tulane
    • '21 - Patrick Johnson, Tulane
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
    • '21 - Payton Turner, Houston
    • '20 - Curtis Weaver, Boise State
    • '19 - Chase Winovich, Michigan
    Brenton Cox, DE/OLB, Florida
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 247.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
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  10. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Isaiahh Loudermilk, Wisconsin
    • '21 - Isaiahh Loudermilk, Wisconsin
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Thomas Booker, Stanford
    • '21 - Thomas Booker, Stanford
    • '21 - Brenton Cox, Florida
    • '21 - Thomas Booker, Stanford
    • '20 - Bradley Anae, Utah
    • '19 - Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
    Tyreke Smith, DE, Ohio State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 267.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
    View Ranking History



  11. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Kylan Wilborn, Arizona
    • '21 - Joshua Kaindoh, Florida State
    • '21 - Joshua Kaindoh, Florida State
    • '21 - Joshua Kaindoh, Florida State
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Payton Turner, Houston
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '20 - Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
    • '19 - Ben Banogu, TCU
    Joshua Kaindoh, DE, Florida State
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 258.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
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  12. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Joshua Paschal, Kentucky
    • '21 - Joshua Paschal, Kentucky
    • '21 - Joshua Paschal, Kentucky
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Thomas Booker, Stanford
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '20 - Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
    • '19 - Austin Bryant, Clemson
    Joshua Paschal, DE, Kentucky
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 284.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.81.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
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  13. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Victor Dimukeje, Duke
    • '21 - Victor Dimukeje, Duke
    • '21 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
    • '21 - Victor Dimukeje, Duke
    • '20 - Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
    • '19 - L.J. Collier, TCU
    Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 265.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
    Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
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  14. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Janarius Robinson, Florida State
    • '21 - Janarius Robinson, Florida State
    • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
    • '21 - Cameron Sample, Tulane
    • '20 - Jabari Zuniga, Florida
    • '19 - Joe Jackson, Miami
    Kameron Butler, DE, Miami (Ohio)
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 252.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
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  15. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Joshua Paschal, Kentucky
    • '21 - Joshua Paschal, Kentucky
    • '21 - Victor Dimukeje, Duke
    • '21 - Janarius Robinson, Florida State
    • '20 - James Lynch, Baylor
    • '19 - Anthony Nelson, Iowa
    Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 270.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
    Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
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  16. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '21 - Cameron Sample, Tulane
    • '21 - Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo
    • '20 - Nick Coe, Auburn
    • '19 - Jalen Jelks, Oregon
    Randy Charlton, DE, Central Florida
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 258.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
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  17. Previous Seasons

    • '21 - Dare Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
    • '21 - Dare Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
    • '21 - Dare Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
    • '21 - Janarius Robinson, Florida State
    • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
    • '20 - D.J. Wonnum, South Carolina
    • '19 - Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan
    Boye Mafe, DE, Minnesota
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 260.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
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2020 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 | P

2021 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 | P

2022 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 | P





 








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