2021 NFL Draft: Final DL Rankings

For the most part, pro days are finished. All of the athletic testing we are going to get has been documented. The proverbial hay is in the barn. It is time to finalize all of my position rankings.

Each position group is scored differently in my formula. I take into account my tape grade (70-75% depending on the position). I also factor in production at the collegiate level (15% for all non-offensive linemen). The other main portion is an athletic score (15% for non-OL, 25% for OL). I also assign a small bump for each position group based on the value of that position in the NFL. Quarterbacks get the highest while RBs get the lowest.

With that being said, let’s look at the interior defensive linemen. I watched 36 in this draft cycle.

FINAL DEFENSIVE LINEMAN RANKINGS

TAPE PROD. ATH. TOTAL
1 Milton Williams Louisiana Tech 8.25 10 9.94 8.966
2 Daviyon Nixon Iowa 8.5 10 8.37 8.9055
3 Christian Barmore Alabama 8.5 10 8.22 8.883
4 Bobby Brown III Texas A&M 8.33 9 9.82 8.854
5 Tommy Togiai Ohio State 8.3 9 8.58 8.647
6 Darius Stills West Virginia 8.33 9 8.16 8.605
7 Levi Onwuzurike Washington 8.4 8 8.74 8.591
8 Osa Odighizuwa UCLA 8.27 9 7.64 8.485
9 Jaylen Twyman Pittsburgh 8.58 10 4.41 8.3675
10 Jay Tufele Southern Cal 8.25 9 6.45 8.2925
11 Jonathan Marshall Arkansas 7.35 9 9.99 8.1935
12 Ta’Quon Graham Texas 7.6 8 9.68 8.172
13 Alim McNeill NC State 8.4 5 8.52 8.108
14 Khyiris Tonga BYU 8.25 7 7.22 8.108
15 Marquiss Spencer Mississippi State 7.38 9 9.06 8.075
16 Marlon Tuipulotu Southern Cal 7.7 9 6.77 7.9555
17 Mike Boykin North Alabama 7 9 9.5 7.875
18 Kenneth Randall Charleston 7 10 8.16 7.824
19 Austin Faoliu Oregon 7.5 9 6.62 7.793
20 Jerome Johnson Indiana 7.75 10 4.44 7.791
21 Mustafa Johnson Colorado 7.67 9 5.62 7.762
22 Roy Lopez Arizona 7 10 7.48 7.722
23 Drew Wiley Kansas State 7 9 8.26 7.689
24 Jordon Scott Oregon 7.75 7 6.62 7.668
25 Marvin Wilson Florida State 7.92 7 5.45 7.6115
26 Isaiahh Lowdermilk Wisconsin 7.25 8 7.3 7.57
27 Elijah Ponder Cincinnati 7.75 6 5.76 7.389
28 T.J. Slaton Florida 7.2 6 7.96 7.334
29 Tyler Shelvin LSU 8.34 6 0.85 7.0655
30 Xavier Kelly Arkansas 7 6 6.62 6.993
31 Naquan Jones Michigan State 7.67 8 1.21 6.9505
32 Forrest Merrill Arkansas State 7.4 8 2.02 6.883
33 Jeremiah Littles South Alabama 7.1 10 1.29 6.8635
34 Quinton Bohanna Kentucky 7.75 5 2.28 6.717
35 Lorenzo Neal Purdue 6.75 6 1.48 6.047
36 Jovan Swann Indiana 5.5 5 7.82 5.973

Tomorrow we will look at the linebacker position.

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