2023 NFL Draft Prospects: 3-4 Defensive End



The top 2023 3-4 Defensive End prospects available for the 2023 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2023 prospect. ** - denotes 2026 prospect.

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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

Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Travon Walker, Georgia
  • '21 - Christian Barmore, Alabama
  • '20 - Derrick Brown, Auburn
1. Clemson image Bryan Bresee*, 3-4DE/DT, Clemson
Height: 6-5. Weight: 300.
Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2
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9/24/22: A death in the family caused Bresee not to play in Week 3. He notched .5 sacks in Clemson's season-opening win over Georgia Tech and made two tackles against Furman. In 2022, Bresee has six tackles and .5 sacks.

7/5/22: Bresee (6-5, 300) was impressive in 2020, recording 33 tackles, four sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two passes defended. He totaled 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception in 2021 before tearing his ACL versus N.C. State. Bresee has good size to go along with some quickness and athleticism. He should only get better as he gains experience and develops physically. Bresee has the upside to be a riser.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M
  • '21 - Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
  • '20 - Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
2. Texas Tech image Tyree Wilson, 3-4DE/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 - Logan Hall, Houston
  • '21 - Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
  • '20 - A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
3. Clemson image Myles Murphy*, 3-4DE/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 - Josh Paschal, Kentucky
  • '21 - Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
  • '20 - Ross Blacklock, TCU
4. Florida image Gervon Dexter*, 3-4DE/DT, Florida
Height: 6-6. Weight: 308.
Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3
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9/24/22: Dexter had a solid game against Utah with five tackles. He then played really well versus Kentucky, collecting seven tackles, .5 sacks, and a diving interception.

7/5/22: Even though the Florida defense struggled in 2021, Dexter flashed and played well for the Gators. He totaled 50 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one pass defended on the year. Dexter has good size, length, quickness and strength. He could be poised for big things as an upperclassman.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Phidarian Mathis, Alabama
  • '21 - Marvin Wilson, Florida State
  • '20 - Marlon Davidson, Auburn
5. South Carolina image Zacch Pickens*, 3-4DE/DT, South Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 305.
Projected 40 Time: 5.00.
Projected Round (2023): 2-3
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9/24/22: Pickens has 18 tackles so far this year. He has been a solid run defender, but he has not been a factor in the pass rush.

7/5/22: Pickens was decent in 2020 with 35 tackles, but he was a breakout performer as a junior in 2021, racking up four sacks, 38 tackles and a pass defended for the Gamecocks. Pickens has good size to go along with quickness and athleticism. He could be riser if he continues to show interior pass-rush ability.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - John Ridgeway, Arkansas
  • '21 - Jared Goldwire, Louisville
  • '20 - Jordan Elliott, Missouri
6. Clemson image Ruke Orhorhoro*, 3-4DE/DT, Clemson
Height: 6-4. Weight: 295.
Projected 40 Time: 5.15.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4
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9/24/22: Orhorhoro has seven tackles and a sack at this point this year.

7/5/22: Orhorhoro took advantage of the opportunity of Bryan Bresee going out with injury to have a solid 2021 season. Orhorhoro totaled 36 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the year. While Orhorhoro might be a rotational backup, NFL teams like his potential and have him with a favorable projection entering his junior season.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Matthew Butler, Tennessee
  • '21 - Tedarrell Slaton, Florida
  • '20 - Raekwon Davis, Alabama
7. Missouri image Darius Robinson, 3-4DE/CB, Missouri
Height: 6-5. Weight: 290.
Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
Projected Round (2023): 3-4
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9/24/22: Robinson has seven tackles thus far this season.

7/5/22: Robinson flashed ability in 2021, recording 24 tackles and a pass broken up. His only collegiate sack came in 2020, but Robinson still managed to receive a favorable projection from NFL advance scouts.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Neil Farrell Jr., LSU
  • '21 - Bobby Brown, Texas A&M
  • '20 - Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina
8. Arizona State image Nesta Jade Silvera, 3-4DE/DT, Arizona State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 295.
Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/24/22: This year, Silvera has nine tackles and a forced fumble.

7/5/22: Silvera has been a quality interior defensive lineman for the Miami Hurricanes over the past couple of seasons. In 2021. he notched 38 tackles after recording 35 stops the previous season. As a senior, it would help Silvera to improve his pass-rush production. He had one sack in 2020 and one in 2019, but zero in 2021. After 2021, Silvera transferred to Arizona State for his senior year.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - LaBryan Ray, Alabama
  • '21 - Ta'Quan Graham, Texas
  • '20 - Nick Coe, Auburn
9. West Virginia image Dante Stills, 3-4DE, West Virginia
Height: 6-4. Weight: 280.
Projected 40 Time: 5.00.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/24/22: Stills has eight tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble this season.

7/5/22: Stills could be a riser because he has shown some pass-rush ability in multiple seasons for the Mountaineers. In 2021, he had seven sacks to go along with 36 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception. He notched two sacks and 35 tackles in 2020, but in 2019, he had seven sacks alongside 23 tackles. Stills may have been graded higher by the NFL advance scouts if his body type wasn't that of a tackle/end tweener. For the pros, Stills could lose weight to be play end or add weight to be a full-time tackle.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Esezi Otomewo, Minnesota
  • '21 - Naquan Jones, Michigan State
  • '20 - Leki Fotu, Utah
10. Florida State image Fabien Lovett*, 3-4DE/DT, Florida State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5
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9/24/22: Lovett has two tackles thus far this year. He has gained a lot of weight and probably has gotten too heavy.

7/5/22: Lovett flashed speed off the ball with good size and athleticism in 2021. He recorded 28 tackles and two sacks on the year. With his skill set, Lovett could grow into a disruptor at the point of attack.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Tariquios Tisdale, Ole Miss
  • '21 - Michael Clemons, Texas A&M
  • '20 - Rashard Lawrence, LSU
11. Missouri image Trajan Jeffcoat, 3-4DE/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 - Dante Stills, West Virginia
  • '21 - Marquiss Spencer, Mississippi State
  • '20 - Robert Windsor, Penn State
12. Mississippi State image Jaden Crumedy*, 3-4DE/DT, Mississippi State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6
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9/24/22: Thus far in 2022, Crumedy has 23 tackles, a sack and one forced fumble,

7/5/22: Crumedy recorded 23 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble in 2021. He produced more in 2020 with 32 stops and two sacks. Crumedy has functional size to be a tackle or five-technique.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Akial Byers, Missouri
  • '21 - Khyiris Tonga, BYU
  • '20 - Josiah Coatney, Ole Miss
13. Texas image Alfred Collins*, 3-4DE/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

  • '21 - Lorenzo Neal, Purdue
  • '20 - Chauncey Rivers, Mississippi State
14. Oklahoma State image Tyler Lacy, 3-4DE/DT, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 295.
Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA
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9/24/22: Lacy has 11 tackles and two sacks thus far in 2022.

7/5/22: In 2021, Lacy collected 34 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. It was his second season of decent production after 32 tackles and four sacks in 2020. It would help Lacy if he could add weight for the NFL.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Raequan Williams, Michigan State
15. Wisconsin image Isaiah Mullens, 3-4DE/DT, Wisconsin
Height: 6-4. Weight: 297.
Projected 40 Time: 5.13.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA
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9/24/22: This season, Mullens has recorded six tackles.

7/5/22: Mullens could fit best as a technique prospect for the NFL. He had 24 tackles with two sacks in 2021. Mullens could be better now that he has a year of experience.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Christian Rector, USC
16. Michigan State image Jacob Slade, 3-4DE/DT, Michigan State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 315.
Projected 40 Time: 5.35.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA
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9/24/22: Slade has three tackles so far this year.

7/5/22: Slade recorded 40 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two passes batted as a junior in 2021. If he builds off last year, his first as a starter, he could rise.





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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