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Old 02-09-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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Default 2008 NFL Draft Defensive End Rankings

2008 NFL Draft Defensive End Rankings
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This was already a good class of senior defensive ends, but the group improved significantly when several underclassmen declared for the draft in the postseason.
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POSITION GRADE B+
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This experienced and proven group of prospects should produce several early selections on draft day.
The leader of the group is Chris Long, who grades out as a top-five pick.

Several key juniors like Calais Campbell, Vernon Gholston, Derrick Harvey and Phillip Merling make this a very good class.


Defensive End Rankings

1. Chris Long, 6-4, 285, Virginia
A relentless defender, Long - the son of Hall of Fame player Howie Long - recently completed a dominant career for the Cavaliers.

2. * Calais Campbell, 6-7, 280, Miami
This huge defensive end has the athletic package to become an elite NFL player if he continues to develop.

3. * Vernon Gholston, 6-4, 260, Ohio St.
This athletic end is a force on the outside, where he has played both up and down in his short college career.

4. * Derrick Harvey, 6-4, 250, Florida
Harvey is an explosive edge pass rusher. He has the burst to make game-changing plays from the outside.

5. Quentin Groves, 6-4, 255, Auburn
This athletic outside pass rusher struggled with injuries in 2007 after a strong junior season. He looks to impress at the NFL Combine.

6. Lawrence Jackson, 6-4, 260, USC
This athletic defender had a strong finish to his career with the Trojans. His impressive play continued at the Senior Bowl, and he elevated his ranking.

7. * Phillip Merling, 6-5, 270, Clemson
This early entrant has been a force in the ACC over the past three seasons. He improves a good class of edge pass rushers.

8. Cliff Avril, 6-3, 250, Purdue
Avril is an athletic 'tweener type. If he has a strong Pro Day and/or Combine performance, he could move further up the charts.

9. Jason Jones, 6-5, 270, Eastern Michigan
Jones is an intriguing prospect who showcased his fine talent at the Senior Bowl. His performances during the week left a strong impression with NFL scouts.

10. Chris Ellis, 6-4, 260, Virginia Tech
Ellis is a quick edge rusher who has shown the necessary burst from the outside to get to the passer and make sacks.

11. Kendal Langford, 6-5, 275, Hampton
This small-college standout is a fine athlete who has shown the ability to stack against the run. He also is big and powerful enough to push the pocket.

12. * Johnny Dingle, 6-2, 265, West Virginia
Dingle is an agile junior who decided to leave the Mountaineers early. He is a strong prospect who plays the run and pass equally well.

13. Jeremy Thompson, 6-4, 265, Wake Forest
14. Kenny Iwebema, 6-4, 265, Iowa
15. Darrell Robertson, 6-4, 245, Georgia Tech
16. Ervin Baldwin, 6-2, 270, Michigan St.
17. Chase Ortiz, 6-1, 260, TCU
18. Chris Harrington, 6-5, 270, Texas A&M
19. Bryan Mattison, 6-3, 270, Iowa
20. Rob Jackson, 6-3, 255, Kansas St.
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2008 NFL Draft Defensive End Rankings

yay fact is everyone has forgotten about tommy blake who was once projected as a top 10 pick... i say we nab him in the 7th..
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Default Re: 2008 NFL Draft Defensive End Rankings

One of these DE's should be on the menu.

I have been hung up on scouting the 6'5" plus guys but then I remember Kimo who stacked up at 6'3" / 6'4". Who are we missing that fits into the same mould of player as Kimo? Should we be looking at the DT list to find a player to rotate with Keisel? ( Bryant, Okam, Moore)
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I have been pushing for Kendal Langford for awhile now....if he into the 4th round he would be someone worth looking at.
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ellis is a good player.. had a good season at VT..
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ellis is a good player.. had a good season at VT..
..but loses points...for attending VT.
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I have been pushing for Kendal Langford for awhile now....if he into the 4th round he would be someone worth looking at.
LLT.. I dont really think that the young man will be around that long. He is rising up everyone's boards right now and that is gonna get him drafted maybe too early. But I wouldnt mind at all seeing the Steelers select him in the 2nd round.
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One of these DE's should be on the menu.

I have been hung up on scouting the 6'5" plus guys but then I remember Kimo who stacked up at 6'3" / 6'4". Who are we missing that fits into the same mould of player as Kimo? Should we be looking at the DT list to find a player to rotate with Keisel? ( Bryant, Okam, Moore)
Great Points.
I think that when I go look at draft analysis on each player, no matter which one it is, I go to the DT position to look for our DE's list. I think that Okam would be a nice fit here in Pittsburgh or Balmer from UNC either one.
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LLT.. I dont really think that the young man will be around that long. He is rising up everyone's boards right now and that is gonna get him drafted maybe too early. But I wouldnt mind at all seeing the Steelers select him in the 2nd round.
I see him rising also....good for him...sucks for me.
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