2020 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine DL Rankings

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The 2020 NFL Draft season is in full peak. We have made it through the Senior Bowl and we are now fast approaching the Scouting Combine.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be releasing my Pre-Combine position rankings. No score is final because of the lack of athletic testing data. This data will come after combine and pro days are completed.

Today, we will look at the defensive linemen. I have watched tape on 35 DL prospects to this point.

OR PR NAME SCHOOL CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT TAPE PROD. TOTAL
5 1 Derrick Brown Auburn Sr 6’4 316 9.33 10 7.098
12 2 Javon Kinlaw South Carolina Sr 6’5 315 9 9 6.75
20 3 Jordan Elliott Missouri Jr 6’4 325 8.5 10 6.6
38 4 Neville Gallimore Oklahoma Sr 6’2 304 8.67 8 6.402
48 5 Marlon Davidson Auburn Sr 6’3 297 8 10 6.3
49 6 Ross Blacklock TCU Jr 6’4 305 8 10 6.3
50 7 James Lynch Baylor Jr 6’3 295 8 10 6.3
64 8 DaVon Hamilton Ohio State Sr 6’3 327 8.38 8 6.228
70 9 Raequan Williams Michigan State Sr 6’4 287 8.33 8 6.198
90 10 Justin Madubuike Texas A&M Jr 6’3 303 7.75 10 6.15
91 11 Sosa Agim Arkansas Sr 6’2 307 7.75 10 6.15
112 12 Khalil Davis Nebraska Sr 6’1 308 7.58 10 6.048
130 13 Benito Jones Mississippi Sr 6’1 321 7.75 9 6
141 14 Larrell Murchison NC State Sr 6’2 294 7.38 10 5.928
148 15 Raekwon Davis Alabama Sr 6’6 303 8.33 6 5.898
152 16 Leki Fotu Utah Sr 6’5 337 8 7 5.85
153 17 Jason Strowbridge North Carolina Sr 6’4 267 7.75 8 5.85
167 18 Tanner Karafa Boston College Sr 6’2 285 7.67 8 5.802
181 19 Tyler Clark Georgia Sr 6’3 300 7.58 8 5.748
184 20 Josiah Coatney Mississippi Sr 6’3 309 7.83 7 5.748
191 21 Broderick Washington Texas Tech Sr 6’2 303 7.5 8 5.7
195 22 Rashard Lawrence LSU Sr 6’3 301 8 6 5.7
214 23 Robert Windsor Penn State Sr 6’4 287 7.58 7 5.598
215 24 Kirk Livingstone South Florida Sr 6’3 275 7.08 9 5.598
226 25 G.G. Robinson Louisville Sr 6’3 274 7.25 8 5.55
227 26 Teair Tart FIU Sr 6’3 304 7.25 8 5.55
232 27 David Moa Boise State Sr 6’2 272 7.75 6 5.55
257 28 Jamal Milan Illinois Sr 6’2 305 7.25 7 5.4
260 29 Benning Potoa’e Washington Sr 6’3 293 6.68 9 5.358
261 30 Luc Bequette Cal Sr 6’1 300 7.17 7 5.352
291 31 Robert Landers Ohio State Sr 6’1 283 7.25 5 5.1
292 32 Breiden Fehoko LSU Sr 6’3 291 7 6 5.1
293 33 Darrion Daniels Nebraska Sr 6’3 322 6.75 7 5.1
294 34 Mustafa Johnson Colorado Sr 6’2 285 6.5 8 5.1
323 35 Keiron Howard Maryland Sr 6’2 290 6.5 6 4.8

TOP GUYS

Derrick Brown takes over games. He has a combination of power, speed, and tenacity that hasn’t been seen from an interior defensive line prospect in at least five years. Javon Kinlaw has one of the best stories in the NFL Draft. He is also one of the best prospects. Men who are 315 pounds shouldn’t move that way. Kinlaw showed up against the best opponents on the Gamecocks’ schedule. It would not shock me if he and Brown were both top ten selections.

DL I LIKE MORE THAN MOST

Jordan Elliott quietly was one of the most productive defensive linemen in the SEC. Elliott is quick off the snap, making him very disruptive.

DL I LIKE LESS THAN MOST

Raekwon Davis was someone I once would have graded a first-round pick. Two years of lacking production and wild inconsistencies now leave me feeling he is a mid-round pick. Davis could have answered some of his questions at the Senior Bowl but he bailed on the game at the 11th hour.

LATE ROUND PROSPECTS TO TAKE A FLIER ON

Rashard Lawrence started for multiple years at LSU and is excellent as a run defender. His low production in 2019 brings his grade down. However, the talent is there to be a starter in the future.

Next time out, we will look at the linebackers.

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