2023 NFL Draft Prospects: Defensive End



The top 2023 Defensive End prospects available for the 2023 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2023 prospect. ** - denotes 2026 prospect.

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2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
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2024 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

Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
  • '21 - Kwity Paye, Michigan
  • '20 - Chase Young, Ohio State
1. Alabama image Will Anderson*, DE, Alabama
Height: 6-4. Weight: 235.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2023): Top-5
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9/24/22: In 2022, Anderson has recorded 15 tackles, two sacks, and an interception returned for a touchdown. He had some painful penalties against Texas, but he also has had clutch plays for the Crimson Tide.

7/7/22: Anderson was the rare freshman to start on Nick Saban's defense, but Anderson proved his special ability with a superb 2020 season. He was third in the SEC in sacks, with seven, while also recording 10.5 tackles for a loss and 52 tackles. Anderson was phenomenal in 2021 and the most dominant defensive player in college football, recording 101 tackles, 17.5 sacks and three passes defended. Not only was he a overwhelming pass rusher, but he was a strong, tough run defender.

Anderson has size, speed and athleticism, plus is an explosive playmaker. He lines up as an outside linebacker and will put his hand in the ground as a defensive end. Known as "The Terminator" by his teammates, Anderson is said to have a serious work ethic with an intensity that he expects his teammates to match. Anderson is a true "Alpha Dog" prospect for the NFL.

The NFL advance scouts gave Anderson the highest grade of any player eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft on the preseason watchlist of 2023 prospects. Anderson has the look of a No. 1-overall caliber prospect, like Myles Garrett or Jadeveon Clowney, and the only issue that might cause him not to go first overall could be the quarterback needs and market.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Travon Walker, Georgia
  • '21 - Jaelan Phillips, Miami
  • '20 - K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
2. Notre Dame image Isaiah Foskey*, DE, Notre Dame
Height: 6-5. Weight: 260.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2
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9/24/22: In 2022, Foskey has 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

7/6/22: Foskey broke out for the Fighting Irish as a sophomore in 2021, recording 11 sacks, six forced fumbles and 52 tackles. As a backup in 2020, he flashed his potential with 4.5 sacks and 20 tackles. Foskey has quality size and speed, which could give him the versatility to play as either a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. Some preseason evaluators feel Foskey has high potential.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
  • '21 - Jayson Oweh, Penn State
  • '20 - Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
3. Texas Tech image Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech
Height: 6-6. Weight: 275.
Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2
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9/24/22: Wilson has recorded 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks so far in 2022.

7/6/22: Wilson did not do much in 2020 and 2019, racking up 22 tackles and three sacks over that time, but he broke out with an impressive 2021 season. The junior recorded 37 tackles, seven sacks and a pass defended in 2021. Wilson has the size, length and strength to be a tough edge defender.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Jermaine Johnson, Florida State
  • '21 - Gregory Rousseau, Miami
  • '20 - Marlon Davidson, Auburn
4. Clemson image Myles Murphy*, DE, Clemson
Height: 6-5. Weight: 275.
Projected 40 Time: 5.00.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2
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9/24/22: Murphy did not play against Georgia Tech in the 2022 season opener, but he has six tackles and a sack over the two games since then.

7/6/22: Murphy was excellent as a freshman defensive end for Clemson in 2020, recording 51 tackles, 12 for a loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass broken up. Murphy has versatile size and could grow into being a defensive tackle for the next level. In 2021, Murphy recorded 37 tackles and seven sacks.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - George Karlaftis, Purdue
  • '21 - Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
  • '20 - A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
5. Iowa State image Will McDonald IV, DE, Iowa State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2.
View Ranking History

9/24/22: Team sources rave about McDonald speed, athleticism, and natural quarterback-hunting talent. They think he could be a 15 sacks-per-year player in the NFL. However, they also view him as limited to being a designated pass rusher because he struggles significantly as a run defender. McDonald is said to be a good, nice kid, but one who needs a lot of babysitting and escorting to be where he is supposed to be. Multiple pro team sources think McDonald will go in the back half of the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

7/7/22: Team sources rave about McDonald's pass-rush ability and his natural skills at getting after the quarterback. He is fast and athletic, allowing him to shoot past blockers and put steady heat on the signal-caller. NFL teams, however, say McDonald is terrible versus the run and even bad opponents can destroy him in the ground game. Hence, he might be more of a designated pass rusher as a pro. McDonald totaled 36 tackles, 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three passes batted in 2021. He recorded 10.5 sacks and 33 tackles in 2020 after recording six sacks in 2019.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State
  • '21 - Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
  • '20 - Jon Greenard, Florida
6. Kansas State image Felix Anudike-Uzomah*, DE/OLB, Kansas State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 255.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
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9/24/22: Team sources say they have been impressed with Anudike-Uzomah. In 2022, he has 2.5 sacks, nine tackles and a forced fumble.

7/7/22: Anudike broke out as a sophomore for the Wildcats in 2021, ripping off 11 sacks, six forced fumbles and 52 tackles. It was only his first season of significant playing time, and he could improve as he gains experience. Anudike-Uzomah might fit best in the NFL as a 3-4 outside linebacker.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Boye Mafe, Minnesota
  • '21 - Joe Tryon, Washington
  • '20 - Terrell Lewis, Alabama
7. Florida State image Jared Verse*, DE, Florida State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 251.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3
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9/24/22: Verse had a great start to open 2022, showing pass-rush ability and speed around the corner in a dominant performance versus LSU while recording three sacks and seven tackles. On the year, Verse has nine tackles and three sacks.

Team sources who have seen Verse in person say he is a good looking kid with strength and athletic ability. They say he runs well, plays hard, and has impressive tools. However, they feel he is raw and not naturally instinctive. That is not surprising considering the huge jump in competition that Verse has made for 2022. Sources feel Verse could be an eventual NFL starter but still needs development. They think he is more of a third-rounder right now but believe he could play and workout his way into the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

7/6/22: Verse started out his collegiate career at Albany before transferring to the Seminoles for 2022. At Albany, Verse was very undersized and added weight while switching from tight end to defensive end. In two seasons playing in 15 games, Verse totaled 74 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. If Verse translates to the ACC, he could be a riser to watch.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Logan Hall, Houston
  • '21 - Payton Turner, Houston
  • '20 - Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina
8. LSU image B.J. Ojulari*, DE, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 244.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3
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9/24/22: In 2022, Ojulari has 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks thus far. He is a good pursuit player with speed and athleticism, but he has problems getting off blocks.

7/7/22: The NFL advance scouts expected Ali Gaye to be the top edge defender for LSU in 2021, but Gaye ended up getting hurt, leaving the role to Ojulari, who put together an excellent season. On the year, Ojulari collected seven sacks and 54 tackles. In his impressive freshman season, he recorded four sacks, one forced fumble and 16 tackles. Ojulari could be a good fit in the NFL as a 3-4 outside linebacker.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Drake Jackson, USC
  • '21 - Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
  • '20 - Curtis Weaver, Boise State
9. Georgia image Nolan Smith, DE/OLB, Georgia
Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3
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9/24/22: In 2022, Smith has six tackles and a pass batted.

7/7/22: In 2021, Smith was a dangerous edge rusher for Georgia. He played hard and totaled 55 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles. In 2020, Smith had 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Smith is quick off the edge, but he needs to grow stronger for the NFL. He flashed ability as an underclassman and should improve as he gains experience. Smith's bigger role as a pass rusher and run defender should only grow in 2022.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Josh Paschal, Kentucky
  • '21 - Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh
  • '20 - Bradley Anae, Utah
10. Ohio State image Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 268.
Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
Projected Round (2023): 2-3
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9/24/22: Harrison has five tackles thus far in 2022. He has not been impressive and was quiet against Notre Dame to open the season.

7/6/22: Harris has a quality skill set with upside to produce more. Thus far in college however, he has not become a dominant defensive end who can replace Chase Young or the Bosa brothers. In 2021, Harrison collected 33 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and four passes defended. He had two sacks in 2020 and 3.5 in 2019. If Harrison produces a big senior year, he could rise.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - David Ojabo, Michigan
  • '21 - Quincy Roche, Miami
  • '20 - Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
11. LSU image Ali Gaye, DE, LSU
Height: 6-6. Weight: 258.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2023): 2-3
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9/24/22: Gaye has four tackles thus far this season.

7/6/22: Gaye has never put together a big season of production, but he has an excellent skill set and could break out in 2022. In 2020, he recorded 32 tackles with two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. Some of the NFL advance scouts had a high preseason projection on Gaye for 2021, but he only played in four games because of injury, totaling 19 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Gaye has a lot of upside.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Cameron Thomas, San Diego State
  • '21 - Victor Dimukeje, Duke
  • '20 - Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
12. Pittsburgh image Habukkuk Baldonado*, DE, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-5. Weight: 260.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2023): 2-3
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9/24/22: So far this year, Baldonado has 10 tackles and .5 sacks.

7/6/22: Baldonado broke out in 2021, racking up nine sacks, 41 tackles and one forced fumble. He had four sacks and 30 tackles as a freshman in 2019. Baldonado has quality size with disruptive speed.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina
  • '21 - Cameron Sample, Tulane
  • '20 - Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
13. Washington image Zion Tupuola-Fetui, DE/OLB, Washington
Height: 6-3. Weight: 246.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4
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9/24/22: Tupuola-Fetui has recorded four tackles thus far this season. He has not stood out for Washington.

7/7/22: With Joe Tryon sitting out the 2020 season, Tupuola-Fetui took the opporunity to be an electric defender for the Huskies, recording seven sacks and three forced fumbles. Tupuola-Fetui has good size to play on the edge in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. He tore an Achilles tendon in the spring 2021, and he only returned to the field in late October, recording eight tackles and a sack in his limited 2021 action.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
  • '21 - Janarius Robinson, Florida State
  • '20 - Jabari Zuniga, Florida
14. Missouri image Trajan Jeffcoat, DE, Missouri
Height: 6-4. Weight: 276.
Projected 40 Time: 4.89.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/24/22: Jeffcoat has four tackles in 2022.

7/6/22: Jeffcoat started making his presence felt in 2020 when he had six sacks and 23 tackles for the Tigers. In 2021, his run defense was improved, resulting in 34 stops, but his pass rush production declined to 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Jeffcoat could rise with a big senior year.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Micheal Clemons, Texas A&M
  • '21 - Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo
  • '20 - James Lynch, Baylor
15. Ohio State image Javontae Jean-Baptiste, DE, Ohio State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 253.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/24/22: Thus far this year, Jean-Baptiste has recorded five tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.

7/6/22: Jean-Baptiste has yet to produce a big season for Ohio State but he has a good enough skill set to get on NFL teams' preseason watch list. In 2021, he collected 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks. That was the same exact production as 2019, and he had six tackles and a sack in 2020. Jean-Baptiste needs to produce more as a senior.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Amare Barno, Virginia Tech
  • '21 - Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
  • '20 - Nick Coe, Auburn
16. Clemson image K.J. Henry, DE, Clemson
Height: 6-4. Weight: 260.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/24/22: Henry has 10 tackles, a sack and forced fumble so far in 2022.

7/6/22: Henry flashed some ability as a junior with 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and 22 tackles. He could be poised for a big senior year because Bryan Bresee and Myles Murphy should command attention and leave Henry facing consistent one-on-ones. Henry could rise as a senior.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Jeffrey Gunter, Coastal Carolina
  • '21 - Ta'Quan Graham, Texas
  • '20 - D.J. Wonnum, South Carolina
17. Georgia Tech image Keion White*, DE/3-4DE, Georgia Tech
Height: 6-4. Weight: 260.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/24/22: White has 15 tackles and three sacks thus far this season.

7/6/22: White made it onto NFL teams' preseason watch list mainly from his 2019 season at Old Dominion, when he collected 19 tackles for a loss, 62 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, an interception and a pass batted. Old Dominion did not play football in 2020, and while White transfered to Georgia Tech for 2021, he missed the majority of the year with an injury.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
  • '21 - Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame
  • '20 - Chauncey Rivers, Mississippi State
18. San Jose State image Viliami Fehoko, DE, San Jose State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 263.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/24/22: Fehoko has 11 tackles and pass batted in 2022.

7/6/22: Fehoko put together an impressive 2021 season for the Spartans, totaling 37 tackles, seven sacks and three forced fumbles. In 2020. he had six sacks and 36 tackles. Fehoko also has totaled 11 passes batted over his collegiate career. If Fehoko builds on his 2021 performance, he could rise.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky
  • '21 - Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
  • '20 - Trevis Gipson, Tulsa
19. Rice image Ikenna Enechukwu*, DE, Rice
Height: 6-3. Weight: 256.
Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/24/22: On the year, Enechukwu has five tackles and 2.5 sacks.

7/6/22: Enechukwu is a little undersized, but he flashed some ability to harass the quarterback and pursue to the ball in 2021. He totaled 49 tackles and 5.5 sacks on the year. Enechukwu will need to produce more to rise.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Zach VanValkenburg, Iowa
  • '21 - Michael Clemons, Texas A&M
  • '20 - Alton Robinson, Syracuse
20. Stephen F. Austin image B.J. Thompson*, DE/OLB, Stephen F. Austin
Height: 6-6. Weight: 225.
Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
View Ranking History

9/24/22: Thompson has three tackles thus far this year.

7/7/22: Thompson has flashed some ability for the Lumberjacks and made it onto NFL teams' preseason watch list. For the next level, Thompson will need to get stronger and add a lot of weight to his frame.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Xavier Thomas, Clemson
  • '21 - Shaka Toney, Penn State
  • '20 - Oluwole Betiku, Illinois
21. Texas image Alfred Collins*, DE, Texas
Height: 6-5. Weight: 292.
Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/24/22: Collins has one tackle thus far in 2022.

7/6/22: Collins has good size and the upside to produce more as he gains experience. Collins recorded 25 tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble in 2021. The junior has he potential to rise, and he could be a candidate to move inside to defensive tackle.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Isaiah Thomas, Oklahoma
  • '21 - Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State
  • '20 - McTelvin Agim, Arkansas
22. Eastern Michigan image Jose Ramirez*, DE, Eastern Michigan
Height: 6-2. Weight: 251.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7
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9/24/22: Ramirez has seven tackles so far this year.

7/6/22: Ramirez made his presence felt in 2021, notching 62 tackles with 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Ramirez is short and lacks length for the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
  • '21 - Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina
  • '20 - Christian Rector, USC
23. Florida A&M image Isaiah Land*, DE/OLB, Florida A&M
Height: 6-4. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7
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9/24/22: On the year, Land has four tackles.

7/6/22: Land was a beast in 2021, leading the FCS with 19 sacks and 25.5 tackles for a loss. Land is a serious pass rusher, but he needs to add weight to be an edge defender in the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Tariquios Tisdale, Ole Miss
  • '21 - William Bradley-King, Baylor
  • '20 - Trevon Hill, Miami
24. Washington State image Brennan Jackson, DE, Washington State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 255.
Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7
View Ranking History

9/24/22: So far this year, Jackson has 14 tackles.

7/6/22: Jackson had a solid junior year for the Cougars in 2021, totaling 46 tackles, five sacks, an interception and two passes defended. If he builds on that performance, he could rise.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Dante Stills, West Virginia
  • '21 - Marquiss Spencer, Mississippi State
  • '20 - LaDarius Hamilton, North Texas
25. UTEP image Praise Amaewhule*, DE/OLB, UTEP
Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA
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9/24/22: So far this year, Amaewhule has recorded eight tackles.

7/7/22: Amaewhule showed some pass-rush potential in 2021, recording 38 tackles, 5.5 sacks, five passes batted and two forced fumbles. He also played well in 2020 with seven sacks, eight passes batted and one forced fumble. Amaewhule would be rated higher if he weren't very undersized for an NFL defensive end.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Andre Anthony, LSU
  • '21 - Chauncey Golston, Iowa
  • '20 - Keisean Lucier-South, UCLA
26. Nebraska image Ochaun Mathis, DE, Nebraska
Height: 6-5. Weight: 257.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA
View Ranking History

9/24/22: Mathis has racked up 24 tackles and one sack so far in 2022. He did not impress in the outings against Northwestern and Oklahoma.

7/6/22: Mathis has been a decent contributor over the past three seasons for TCU ,recording tackle totals of 40, 46 and 45. His best season came in 2020, when he notched nine sacks and a forced fumble. He dipped to four sacks in 2021, and rebounding in 2022 is necessary for him to rise.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Sam Williams, Ole Miss
  • '21 - Malik Herring, Georgia
  • '20 - Malcolm Roach, Texas
27. Missouri image Isaiah McGuire, DE, Missouri
Height: 6-4. Weight: 266.
Projected 40 Time: 4.88.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA
View Ranking History

9/24/22: McGuire has four tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble thus far in 2022.

7/6/22: McGuire had a respectable season for the Tigers in 2021, recording 55 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble. McGuire needs to build on that performance as a senior.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Dominique Robinson, Miami (Ohio)
  • '21 - Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State
  • '20 - Houston Miller, Texas Tech
28. Northwestern image Adetomiwa Adebawore, DE, Northwestern
Height: 6-2. Weight: 265.
Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA
View Ranking History

9/24/22: So far this year, Adebawore has 14 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

7/6/22: In 2021, Adebawore recorded 4.5 sacks, 36 tackles, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. He lacks height and length for the NFL.





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

2023 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

2024 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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