NFL Draft Report: ‘Rush’ DE grades
Melvin Ingram (Nelson Chenault/USP)
Melvin Ingram (Nelson Chenault/USP)
The NFL Draft Report
Posted Apr 18, 2012


NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas ranks top 39 pass-rushing defensive ends. This list includes three potential first-round picks: South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram, Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus and Boise State’s Shea McClellin.

Here are the top 39 “rush” defensive ends in the draft, as rated by NFL Draft Report’s Dave-Te' Thomas. “Round” is Thomas’ prediction. “Grade” is based on pro potential.


INGRAM, Melvin

South Carolina

Height: 6:014 Weight: 264 40 time: 4.69

Round: 1 Grade: 7.8


MERCILUS, Whitney (J)

Illinois

Height: 6:035 Weight: 261 40 time: 4.67

Round: 1-2 Grade: 7.3


McCLELLIN, Shea

Boise State

Height: 6:033 Weight: 260 40 time: 4.62

Round: 1-2 Grade: 6.9


PERRY, Nick (J)

Southern Cal

Height: 6:026 Weight: 271 40 time: 4.55

Round: 1-2 Grade: 6.8


BRANCH, Andre

Clemson

Height: 6:042 Weight: 259 40 time: 4.68

Round: 2 Grade: 6.7


JONES, Chandler (J)

Syracuse

Height: 6:053 Weight: 266 40 time: 4.77

Round: 2 Grade: 6.5


CURRY, Vinny

Marshall

Height: 6:031 Weight: 266 40 time: 4.87

Round: 2-3 Grade: 6.4


JOHNSON, Cam

Virginia

Height: 6:034 Weight: 268 40 time: 4.75

Round: 3-4 Grade: 6.0


LEWIS, Ronnell (J)

Oklahoma

Height: 6:016 Weight: 253 40 time: 4.65

Round: 3 Grade: 6.0


BEQUETTE, Jake

Arkansas

Height: 6:045 Weight: 274 40 time: 4.75

Round: 4-5 Grade: 5.7


IRVIN, Bruce

West Virginia

Height: 6:030 Weight: 245 40 time: 4.41

Round: 2-3 Grade: 5.6


MASSAQUOI, Jonathan

Troy

Height: 6:021 Weight: 264 40 time: 4.81

Round: 5 Grade: 5.4


SMITH, Jacquies

Missouri

Height: 6:025 Weight: 253 40 time: 4.75

Round: 5-6 Grade: 5.3


BROUGHTON, Braylon

Texas Christian

Height: 6:041 Weight: 257 40 time: 4.55

Round: 6-7 Grade: 5.1


FUGGER, Tim

Vanderbilt

Height: 6:032 Weight: 248 40 time: 4.63

Round: 6-7 Grade: 5.1


LINDSEY, Brandon

Pittsburgh

Height: 6:015 Weight: 254 40 time: 4.85

Round: 6-7 Grade: 5.0


VERNON, Olivier (J)

Miami

Height: 6:021 Weight: 261 40 time: 4.73

Round: 7 Grade: 4.9


ALEXANDER, Frank

Oklahoma

Height: 6:036 Weight: 270 40 time: 4.80

Round: 7 Grade: 4.9


SOLOMON, Scott

Rice

Height: 6:030 Weight: 262 40 time: 4.88

Round: 7/FA Grade: 4.8


LAW, Cordarro

Southern Mississippi

Height: 6:02 Weight: 254 40 time: 4.83

Round: PFA Grade: 4.8


JARRETT, Jamaar

Arizona State

Height: 6:046 Weight: 265 40 time: 4.96

Round: FA Grade: 4.8


SHELBY, Derrick

Utah

Height: 6:027 Weight: 266 40 time: 4.87

Round: FA Grade: 4.8


BLATNICK, Jamie

Oklahoma State

Height: 6:031 Weight: 263 40 time: 4.81

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


LOCKETT, Kentrell

Mississippi

Height: 6:05 Weight: 243 40 time: 4.99

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


NALL, Darius

Central Florida

Height: 6:024 Weight: 256 40 time: 4.78

Round: FA Grade: 4.7


LATTIMER, Jake

Iowa State

Height: 6:017 Weight: 247 40 time: 4.74

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


BRYANT, D.J.

James Madison

Height: 6:034 Weight: 248 40 time: 4.76

Round: FA Grade: 4.6


HUNTER, Grant

Butler

Height: 6:02 Weight: 243 40 time: 4.70

Round: FA Grade: 4.5


BELL, B.J.

Nevada-Las Vegas

Height: 6:02 Weight: 250 40 time: 4.74

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


SAVOY, William

Louisville

Height: 6:01 Weight: 240 40 time: 4.69

Round: CMP Grade: 4.5


NDUKA, E. J.

Sam Houston State

Height: 6:04 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.71

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


MAYES, Chris

Wesley

Height: 6:03 Weight: 235 40 time: 4.82

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


BROWN, Morkeith

Temple

Height: 6:05 Weight: 260 40 time: 4.89

Round: CMP Grade: 4.4


SMITH, Andrew

Miami

Height: 6:02 Weight: 245 40 time: 4.94

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


RIESKAMP, Jeff

North Carolina State

Height: 6:03 Weight: 245 40 time: 4.67

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


OSBORNE, Tyler

Southern Utah

Height: 6:02 Weight: 242 40 time: 4.84

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


LEAK, Antonio

Henderson State, Ark.

Height: 6:011 Weight: 241 40 time: 4.76

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


ADEBAYO, Bo

Western Kentucky

Height: 6:03 Weight: 258 40 time: 4.80

Round: CMP Grade: 4.3


MARINOVICH, Mikhail

Syracuse

Height: 6:044 Weight: 253 40 time: 4.69

Round: CMP Grade: 2.5




Thomas' grades are based on pro potential and are not round projections.

8.5-9.0


Franchise Player: Immediate starter. ... Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury. ... Possesses superior critical factors in all areas. ... Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort. ... Rare talent.

7.8-8.4


Top Ten Player: Immediate starter. ... Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury. ... Possesses superior critical factors in most areas. ... Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort. ... Rare talent.

7.3-7.7


Star Quality: Eventual starter. ... Should make a significant contribution in his first year. ... Possesses above average critical factors. ... Has the talent and skills to start. ... Will contribute to upgrading the team. ... Can play without abnormal effort, but has some inconsistency in his play that will improve with refinement and development. ... Has no real weakness.

6.9-7.2


Impact Player: Possesses at least average to above average critical factors in all areas. ... Will contribute immediately, whether as a starter or a valuable reserve. ... Will move into the starting lineup with seasoning. ... Above average player who needs to refine certain areas.

6.4-6.8


Eventual Starter: Could move into the starting lineup within three years. ... Has average critical factors in all areas. ... Needs further development, but has the ability to contribute.

6.0-6.3


Potential Starter: Could force himself into the starting lineup with improved performances. ... Will make a team. ... Has average critical factors in most areas, but at least one with less than average quality that he will have a hard time overcoming. ... Probable draft choice.

5.5-5.8


Roster Player: Has the ability to serve as a key reserve and possible future starter. ... Has average critical factors, but more several areas that are less than average. ... Plays with normal extra effort.

5.0-5.4


Project: Has the skills to play pro ball with proper tutoring. ... May make a team based on need. ... Possesses no real strong critical factors and is probably below average in several areas that the player will have a hard time overcoming.. Possible draft choice, but only if that team is caught short on talent available at that position.

4.6-4.9


Developmental : Could make a team with an impressive showing in training camp. ... Not strong in most critical factors. ... Deficient in more than one area that he will not be able to overcome. ... At least average in the factor of competitiveness. ... May not make a team due to his limitations.

4.1-4.5


Camp Player: Has redeeming qualities that could allow him to play in the pros with improved performances. ... Deficient in more than one critical factor. ... Might make a team, but will always be the player that squad will look to replace.

3.5-4.0


Reject: Might make a team, but has glaring deficiencies in several critical factors. ... Below average competitor whose athletic skills will allow him to enter training camp, but has a difficult time in trying to make a team.

2.0-2.5


Unrated: Serious injury (2.0) or off-field problem (2.5).


Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.




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