2013 NFL Draft Defensive End Rankings

"Bjoern Werner"

How high could Werner go?

The defensive end position is a premium position in the NFL and receives premium pay for the good ones.  With the influx of higher octane passing games came the need for better, faster pass rushers.  The 2013 class has a chance to be a special one

For continuity purposes, we will use the player’s collegiate position despite the fact that some of these guys will stand up in the NFL. 

The junior class of pass rushers is loaded with talent but the senior class is not far behind them.  Guys like Dion Jordan and Cornellius Carradine have emerged this season giving this senior class a few headliners.  Until declarations have been made we will keep the classes separated.  Here’s a look at the 2013 NFL Draft defensive end rankings. 


1. Dion Jordan I Oregon I 6’6” I 249

There is no denying the physical talents of Dion Jordan.  He has special physical tools but hasn’t yet played at a consistent level to earn the right to be thought of as a top 10 pick in April’s draft.  Jordan doesn’t produce huge sack numbers because he drops into coverage which is likely what he’ll be doing in the NFL as a standup linebacker.  The Aldon Smith comparison have already come and will continue.  With solid pre-draft workouts, Jordan could work his way into Aldon Smith range.


2. Ezekiel Ansah I BYU I 6’5” I 270

Ansah is about as raw as they come but you couldn’t draw up a better looking defensive end.  His physical tools are plentiful with an enormous ceiling.  Three years ago, teammates had to show the Ghana native how to put on equipment.  Now he’s a legitimate pro prospect with a second round grade.  Enormous ceiling with this guy.


3. Datone Jones I UCLA I 6’4 I 275

Jones is playing really well during his senior season and worked his way into a day two selection.  I like Jones more than most and feel he could he a mid-day two pick.  Jones’ blend of size and athleticism should intrigue scouts and his 2012 tape will back up the measurables.


4. Cornellius Carradine I Florida State I 6’4” I 265

Carradine has risen as fast as any prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft.  Carradine filled in for the injured Brandon Jenkins and may have worked his way into the second round range of April’s draft.  The former JUCO star has 8 sacks in 9 nine games this season and has the physical tools to be a good one at the next level.


5. Alex Okafor I Texas I 6’5” I 265

I’m not as high on Okafor as many are but he’s a fringe first rounder even so.  Okafor doesn’t possess that elite edge speed to be considered in the top 25 picks in the draft.  That said, he has more than enough power and more than adequate athleticism to warrant a pick right outside the top 25 picks.  I don’t see this guy projecting to OLB in the NFL.


6. John Simon I Ohio State I 6”2” I 270

Simon’s work ethic on and off the field is legendary.  He may be the pound for pound strongest man in college football.  Unfortunately, he hasn’t experienced the same dominance on the field this season.  He was unblockable at times as a junior but hasn’t been so this season.  He’s also a bit of a tweener in the NFL that may be a man without a position.


7. Margus Hunt I SMU I 6’7” I 280

Hunt shares a similar story to Ezekiel Ansah.  While he’s not got the feet of Ansah he is on the same level as an athlete considering his size.  He’s a powerful rusher with surprising burst for a 280-pounder.


8. Quanterus Smith I Western Kentucky I 6’5” I 248

Smith is the nation’s top sack artist.  He has above average movement skills which may lead him to shifting to OLB in the NFL.  There are some downsides with Smith but as a pure pass rusher, he’s worth a look in the 2nd to 3rd round.


9. Lavar Edwards I LSU I 6’4″ I 258 I DRAFT PROJECTION: 4-5

10. Michael Buchanan I Illinois I 6’5” I 240 I DRAFT PROJECTION: 3-4

11. Travis Johnson I San Jose State I 6’3” I 245 I DRAFT PROJECTION: 4-5

12. Devin Taylor I South Carolina I 6’7” I 267 I DRAFT PROJECTION: 4-5

13. Brad Madison I Missouri I 6’4” I 265 I DRAFT PROJECTION: 5

14. Craig Roh I Michigan I 6’4” I 280 I DRAFT PROJECTION: 5-6

15. Travis Long I Washington State I 6’4” I 245 I DRAFT PROJECTION: 5-6


1. Bjoern Werner I Florida State I 6’4” I 256

Werner burst onto the national scene in 2011 and hasn’t stopped impressing since that point.  He’s still relatively new to the game with an enormous ceiling.  Werner has the blend of power and speed to warrant a top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, should he declare.

2. Damontre Moore I Texas A&M I 6’4” I 250

Like Mingo, Moore’s NFL career may be spent at OLB.  He’s a natural pass rusher with speed to burn off the edge.  He is on a terror in 2012 following a spectacular sophomore season and has earned a top 15 selection should he declare.

3. Barkevious Mingo I LSU I 6’5” I 240

Mingo may have the highest ceiling of any 2013 prospect.  That said, it hasn’t translated to the field enough to rate him as a top 5 pick, like most expect him to be.  Mingo is a pure speed rusher that will most likely play OLB in the NFL.

4. Sam Montgomery I LSU I 6’5” I 260

Montgomery was able to bulk up over the offseason and looks better suited as a 4-3 end.  He doesn’t possess the same burst as his teammate but has been more productive from a numbers standpoint.  On tape, Montgomery is the more disruptive of the pair and could wind up being a steal should he fall past the top 15.

5. Corey Lemonier I Auburn I 6’3” I 242

6.  Khalil Mack I Buffalo I 6’3” I 245

7.  William Gholston I Michigan State I 6’6” I 278

8.  James Gayle I Virginia Tech I 6’4 I 268 

Author: Brad

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  • Mprofetta

    A few thoughts on the ’13 draft and your Cleveland Browns.

    I’m guessing that the Browns will be selecting somewhere in the 5 to 9 range of the ’13 draft, and It’s a good bet that they’ll be drafting defense. They’re set at DT with Rubin/Taylor/Winn and at MLB with Jackson, so I’m thinking they’ll go with a pass-rusher…perhaps someone to replace Juqua Parker as Frostee Rucker’s tag-team partner at RDE. However, if/when Pat Shurmur is fired, will Cleveland retain Dick Jauron? If they don’t, could you see the Browns moving to a 3-4, with a D-line of Winn/Rubin/Taylor and Sheard standing up at OLB? Assuming Jarvis Jones pops off in the top-five, I think that Jordan, Mingo, and Moore would be the obvious options for the Browns in that situation. Who would be your preference?

    What do you think about Manti Te’o as Jackson’s inside partner in a 3-4, or even as an OLB in the 4-3? I think that Te’o is a realistic option for the Browns in that 5 to 9 range.