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.
|12||2||Javon Kinlaw||South Carolina||Sr||6’5||315||9||9||6.75|
|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|
|141||14||Larrell Murchison||NC State||Sr||6’2||294||7.38||10||5.928|
|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|
|191||21||Broderick Washington||Texas Tech||Sr||6’2||303||7.5||8||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|
|232||27||David Moa||Boise State||Sr||6’2||272||7.75||6||5.55|
|291||31||Robert Landers||Ohio State||Sr||6’1||283||7.25||5||5.1|
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.