Posts Tagged ‘Defensive Ends’

2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
The versatility Mississippi State's Preston Smith can bring to a defensive line makes him a potential early-round draft pick. (Photo: Spruce Derden)

The versatility Mississippi State’s Preston Smith can bring to a defensive line makes him a potential early-round draft pick. (Photo: Spruce Derden)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

For a time this season, the Mississippi State Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in the team’s history, which they achieved by playing and defeating some of the best teams in the SEC with a stout defense. One of the leaders on that defense was senior defensive lineman Preston Smith, who finished the year with 48 total tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions.

An interesting facet of Smith’s game is that he doesn’t have a definite position. In games this season he has lined up as a 0-, 1-, 3-, 5- and 7-technique along the defensive line. He has shown the ability to produce from anywhere on the field.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

While there were a record number of underclassmen that declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, Vic Beasley was not one of them. Projected as a first-round pick by many, Beasley decided to return for his senior year at Clemson and possibly improve his draft stock even more.

After totaling 13 sacks as a junior, Beasley already has eight this year. Playing mostly as a 4-3 defensive end in Clemson’s defense, Beasley also has played a significant amount of time from a stand up position as an outside linebacker. He has an elite skill-set that allows him to rush the passer from a multitude of positions and alignments.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Cedric Reed, DE, Texas

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Cedric Reed has been highly productive for the Texas Longhorns but has some limitations to overcome as an NFL prospect. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

Cedric Reed has been highly productive for the Texas Longhorns but has some limitations to overcome as an NFL prospect. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

For the first time since 1937, the Texas Longhorns had zero players taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. Cedric Reed hopes that was just a fluke.

Following in the footsteps of former teammates Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat, senior defensive end Reed is the focal point of a rejuvenated Texas defensive line under new head coach Charlie Strong. Listed at 6’5″ and 272 pounds by Texas’ official athletics website, Reed has great size for his position. An edge defender in Texas’ 4-3 scheme, he gives offenses a multitude of reasons to game plan for him.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Defensive Ends

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Jadeveon Clowney is the star of this year’s defensive end draft class. (Photo: Jeff Blake — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Perhaps it’s the draftnik in me since I’ve said this about every position, but there is intriguing talent throughout this year’s draft class of defensive ends. In a league where pass-rush and stout defensive line play is at a premium, the defensive end position is among the most important to have a great rotation at.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Defensive End Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Stanford’s Trent Murphy stands out as the top defensive end of the senior class. (Photo: Jason O. Watson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The 2014 senior crop of defensive ends is full of hybrid type players who may project to play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. I based these rankings off of the positions these players primarily play in college, so all of the players ranked currently play defensive end.

The class doesn’t have any sure-fire top ten players but there are plenty of players with starter upside.

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