2019 NFL DRAFT DEFENSIVE END RANKINGS

1) Nick Bosa 6’3 265 Ohio State Buckeyes (JR)

STRENGTHS: Nick Bosa may very well be the most complete player in the entire 2019 NFL Draft…Nick Bosa brings a high level of tenacity and the highest level of athleticism…Bosa has all the moves you are looking for in a defensive end prospect…his bull rush is insane…quick, strong hands—beats his opponents to the punch…Nick Bosa is as strong in run defense as he is in rushing the passer…a high IQ football player who can set up the offensive line in a way that few prospects can…once he gets his hands on the QB or ball carrier, they’re going down to the ground…

WEAKNESSES: His first initial step off the line of scrimmage is just average…you would like to see him maximize his length advantage—would come in handy against bigger, longer NFL offensive lineman…he was not asked to drop back in coverage at Ohio State so you have to wonder how he would play as a 3-4 OLB if asked to do so…

COMP: Joey Bosa (brother)

OVERALL: Nick Bosa has all of the natural talent in the world…he is ready to have a high impact on a NFL Franchise from day one…he has double-digit sack total potential at the NFL level, and he’s not a one trick pony…he should also be a benefit in run defense as well…Bosa has been on the scouting radar for a long time…Nick Bosa is a guaranteed Top 3 pick, and I would be very surprised if he was not the #1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

2) Josh Allen 6’4 260 Kentucky Wildcats (SR)

STRENGTHS: Josh Allen is a versatile defender…can play as well in a two point stance as he can with his hand in the dirt…a high level athlete, Josh Allen has great length…Josh Allen possesses great flexibility and tremendous bend…a much improved player from a year ago…a very productive prospect…faced the highest level of competition that the NCAA has to offer…

WEAKNESSES: Josh Allen needs to develop better, and more counter moves…to fulfill his potential, Josh Allen will need to improve in converting speed to power…a swim move to reach the interior would go a long way in his development…fundamentals need to be stronger…will miss a tackle on occasion by not wrapping up…does not have the same run stuffing ability as he does a pass rusher…

COMP: Bradley Chubb

OVERALL: Josh Allen surprised many when he decided to return to Kentucky for his senior season…luckily for Allen, that was a wise decision as he thoroughly dominated SEC competition and raised his draft stock to an all-time high…give his high-level of production and improvement in 2018—Josh Allen is firmly in the conversation as a Top 5 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

3) Jachai Polite 6’2 245 Florida Gators (JR)

STRENGTHS: Jachai Polite is a versatile edge defender who should appeal to teams in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme…a high upside prospect…Polite has shown the ability to become a potentially dominant pass rusher…explosive off the line of scrimmage…puts offensive lineman in the blender…unreal spin move…a high IQ football player that has a nose for the football…

WEAKNESSES: The disadvantage to being a pure speed rusher, if offensive lineman can get their mitts on Jachai Polite, he does not have enough power to overcome it…can get swallowed up in the rush game…will have to get bigger in order to remain on the field for any length of time at the NFL level…needs to get much stronger to sustain his game at the NFL level…

COMP: Harold Landry

OVERALL: Jachai Polite leaped into the scouting consciousness in 2018 when, during his Junior season he totaled 11 sacks and almost 20 tackles for loss…Polite is an incredibly explosive athlete off of the line of scrimmage…gives offensive tackles fits with his elite quickness…there is downside to a player of his profile and makeup…I won’t think that Jachai Polite as currently constructed can hold up against the run in the NFL…I do believe he can put on functional weight without losing his explosiveness…with a high ceiling, Jachai Polite is a lock 1st rounder, and could go in the first half of the 2019 NFL Draft.

4) Brian Burns 6’3 235 Florida State Seminoles (JR)

STRENGTHS: The first thing that jumps off the tape about Brian Burns is just how explosive he is…he gets to the edge as fast as any pass rusher in the 2019 NFL Draft…lightning fast…possesses outstanding length…causes separation from the would-be blocker…Burns has a variety of pass rush moves including a very nice spin move…his agility and bend measurables are off the charts…plays with all out effort 24/7…can move him all around the defensive formation…

WEAKNESSES: Brian Burns most glaring weakness is his lack of prowess in run defense…at just 235—you have to wonder if he will get manhandled at the NFL level…does not have the lower body strength to be a punishing tackler…

COMP: Vic Beasley

OVERALL: Brian Burns is flat-out a dynamic prospect…he is a ball-hawking, defensive disruptive force off the edge…in a league that is prioritizing the pass rush now more than ever—Brian Burns is going to garner a great deal of attention as we move throughout the process…his size is certainly an issue—at just 235—he needs to add on weight to hold up long-term, but we want to see him add ‘good weight’ and not to slow him down…Brian Burns is a personal favorite of mine…I think he can add 15-20 lbs. early in his career and develop as a consistent force that offensive coordinators will have to game plan for…a lock 1st rounder, I’m thinking Brian Burns could sneak into the Top 15  picks of the 2019 NFL Draft.

5) Clelin Ferrell 6’4 260 Clemson Tigers (JR)

STRENGTHS: Clelin Ferrell has the size, frame, and athleticism that NFL teams covet…he gets off the line quickly and gets his hands on the opposition quickly, and effectively…his length allows him to bring down the ball carrier even when he is engaged on a block…plays with a high level of tenacity and aggressiveness…

WEAKNESSES: Clelin Ferrell needs to develop additional flexibility…needs to work on developing the edge and getting to the passer with speed…questionable pass rushing ability in a two-point stance…not the type of player you want to drop into coverage…don’t overcomplicate things…

COMP: Marcus Davenport

OVERALL: Clelin Ferrell has developed into a complete player…solid as a pass rusher, and as a run defender…he’s a 4-3 defensive end—period…size and length to win at the next level…Clelin Ferrell is just scratching the surface of his potential…Ferrell has emerged as the defensive line prospect to own out of Clemson…I would expect to see Clelin Ferrell drafted in the top 10 picks of the 2019 NFL Draft.

6) Montez Sweat 6’4 245 Mississippi State Bulldogs (SR)

STRENGTHS: Montez Sweat is an upper-echelon athlete that should translate very well to the NFL game…freakish length and explosive…Sweat is tough against the run, likewise against the pass…has the functional strength to overwhelm offensive lineman and drive them back into the Quarterback…

WEAKNESSES: Montez Sweat does not produce in all schemes like you would like to see…if you can get standing up, rather than his hand in the dirt, he plays a bit too high and loses his leverages…his hips have been a bit stiff in the past…if offensive lineman can get in the first punch, it jostles Montez Sweat and he has a difficult time recovering…not effective dropping into coverage—will need a lot of work here…

COMP: Ezekiel Ansah

OVERALL: Montez Sweat is a high-level athlete, it’s not hard to see why scouts are getting very excited about his potential…Montez Sweat projects best to a 4-3 defensive end where he can set the end against the run, while coming off the edge to pressure the Quarterback…Montez Sweat has a high ceiling, and with the way the NFL views high end pass rushers, Sweat has many admirers…I would expect Montez Sweat to be a candidate for a Top 10-25 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

7) Charles Omenihu 6’6 275 Texas Longhorns (SR)

STRENGTHS: The first thing that pops on the screen when evaluating Charles Omenihu is his tremendous size and length…does a great job of using his length to his benefit by keeping offensive lineman away from him…his huge wingspan allows him to reach the oppositions ball carrier—where others would not be able to make the play…a versatile defender—Charles Omenihu could find success on the outside, or along the interior…a very gifted athlete…has the skill set that has the eye of the NFL scouting community…

WEAKNESSES: The biggest question mark for Charles Omenihu is where he will play at the next level…it is questionable whether he has the speed to play on the outside…it is also questionable whether he has the strength in the lower half to be able to sustain playing at the defensive tackle position…some will view Charles Omenihu as a one year wonder given his level of production…

COMP: Arik Armstead

OVERALL: Charles Omenihu is one of the faster rising prospects as we head towards the NFL Draft…the scouting community will most certainly be challenged while evaluating Omenihu…the primary issue that I see is ideally he plays a 3-4 Defensive End—which limits his appeal to many teams who don’t play a 3-4 base…regardless, he has top notch athleticism and appears to be just scratching the surface of his potential…I would expect Charles Omenihu to be drafted between the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

8) Zach Allen 6’4 285 Boston College Eagles (SR)

STRENGTHS: For an athlete 6’4 285 Zach Allen is very fast getting off the line and possesses a myriad of pass rushing moves…one of the better sets of hands of any defensive line prospect in the 2019 draft…strong at the point of attack…fundamentally and technically sound…super strong—opposing offensive lineman are not going to enjoy going to battle with Zach Allen…a savvy and cerebral prospect—Zach Allen knows how to play the game…outstanding in run defense…has a nose for the ball…

WEAKNESSES: You have to wonder if Zach Allen can indeed play the defensive end position…he is extremely stiff and will struggle mightily establishing the edge at the NFL level…Zach Allen will never be considered a sack artist…his numbers in this department will always leave you wanting…Zach Allen lacks agility and quickness—so his sideline to sideline ability is extremely limited…will not measure very long at the Scouting Combine…

COMP: Margus Hunt

OVERALL: Zach Allen is a fascinating defensive line prospect heading into the 2019 draft…Allen does not have the speed and agility to play defensive end in the NFL, so he will likely have to adapt his game and develop as a defensive tackle…the good news is Zach Allen has displayed the toughness and strength in order to do so, and might be a great fit in this new role…admittedly, Zach Allen’s draft stock is a bit more fluid than most at this point…I would expect Zach Allen to be selected in the 2nd-3rd round range in the 2019 NFL Draft.

9) Joe Jackson 6’5 260 Miami (FL) Hurricanes (JR)

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10) Anthony Nelson 6’7 271 Iowa Hawkeyes (JR)

STRENGTHS: Anthony Nelson is one of the stronger defensive ends in the 2019 draft class…very strong lower half and can bull rush offensive lineman into the backfield…counter moves to attack the interior of the offensive line is high level…good hands…strong initial punch…dislodges large human beings…great length and frame should be appealing to many scouts…consistent, solid tackler…

WEAKNESSES: Anthony Nelson has a lack of quickness that may be magnified at the NFL level…what comes off on tape is the stiffness of Anthony Nelson’s hips…his functional fluidity is lacking…does not play well in space…will not be a prospect who can drop back into coverage…his pass rushing leaves much to be desired…

COMP: Emmanuel Ogbah/Vinny Curry

OVERALL: Anthony Nelson is a bit of a ‘tweener’—in the fact that I’m not sure if he projects to 4-3 defensive end or to the interior of the defensive line…Nelson was a productive prospect, but his lack of fluidity and speed will likely bite him as it relates to the NFL game…it would appear that Anthony Nelson projects ideally as a run-stuffing defensive end prospect in the Emmanuel Ogbah/Vinny Curry mode…the NFL covets speed more so now than ever…they want that pass rushing ability off the edge…so Anthony Nelson will ultimately be devalued…I would expect to see Anthony Nelson selected in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

11) Oshane Ximines 6’4 255 Old Dominion (SR)

STRENGTHS: Oshane Ximines has the skill set that has the NFL community salivating about his draft stock…Ximines has the size and quickness that translates to the next level…quickness off the line of scrimmage…Ximines can move laterally down the line and his quickness and acceleration is apparent as he finds the ball carrier and makes the play…a versatile athlete who can play off the edge in any scheme, 4-3 or 3-4…a variety of pass rushing moves…a smart player who can diagnose the play…

WEAKNESSES: Oshane Ximines needs to develop additional physicality and to play through contact with a higher level of success…not very strong in the lower half…you have to wonder if he will be blown off the ball at the next level…a liability in run defense with his slight frame…Ximines does not have that elite level of quickness off the ball—which given his stature—he will need to find success at the NFL level…

COMP: Jerry Hughes

OVERALL: Oshane Ximines has gone from under the radar, small-school prospect to fully under the NFL Draft microscope in just a few short weeks…Ximines should appeal to all teams at the NFL level as he is scheme diverse…far from a finalized prospect—Ximines will need a lot of work and refinement to develop into a full-time starter at the NFL level…he has the frame to add some weight and strength, in particular, in the lower half…the Scouting Combine is going to be large for Oshane Ximines to solidify his value in the eyes of scouts and GMs…at the end of the day, I would expect him to be selected between the 2nd-3rd rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

12) Chase Winovich 6’3 255 Michigan Wolverines (SR)

STRENGTHS: Chase Winovich plays the game all out, every single snap…a true blue collar type of player, Winovich galvanizes his defensive teammates…Winovich plays with proper technique and is relatively polished in the nuances of the game…possesses a variety of pass rush moves…good, quick hands…can shed a block at the point of contact…relentless drive…

WEAKNESSES: Chase Winovch needs to become a more consistent form tackler and wrap up thoroughly…his speed off the edge isn’t anything special…finds himself moved past the backfield with ease far too often…Winovich is not the best athlete…not very fluid—has shown some stiff tendencies…

COMP: Brooks Reed

OVERALL: Chase Winovich may not be the high-tier athlete that several of his contemporaries are, but he certainly gets the most out of his athletic gifts…relentless is the best way to describe his overall game—leaves it all out there on the field…the problem is that he does not have the best bend off the edge, so he is countered relatively easy by bigger, stronger athletes—which is what he will see a ton of at the NFL level. Chase Winovich brings high-energy and excellent intangibles, so there is something to like here, currently I would suggest that he will ultimately wind up in the 2nd-3rd round range of the 2019 NFL Draft.