2016 CFN Preseason All-America Defensive Ends. Who are the best and brightest defensive ends coming into the college football season?
2016 CFN Preseason All-America Defensive Ends
1. Myles Garrett, Jr. Texas A&M
Exactly what you want in an NFL pass rusher, the 6-5, 262-pounder is a special athletic marvel the right size, the right family background, and the right game coming up with 24 sacks in his first two seasons despite being the target of every blocking scheme. Now it’s time to show the NFL scouts why he’s the slam-dunk first pick in the upcoming draft.
2. Derek Barnett, Jr. Tennessee
The best pass rusher and end in the country not named Myles Garrett, the 6-4, 257-pounder has been terrific against the run in his first two seasons while growing into an even stronger and pass rusher with 20 sacks so far. Consistent, quick, and strong, he’s got the total package.
2016 CFN Preseason Second-Team All-America Defensive Ends
3. Charles Harris, Jr. Missouri
The Mizzou program just keeps cranking them out. The Tigers are known for their elite pass rushers, and Harris was the next in line coming up with seven sacks and a whopping 18.5 tackles for loss. A former star basketball player working as a defensive end, he’s as quick as it gets off the ball and when he’s closing in on a quarterback.
4. Jonathan Allen, Sr. Alabama
Really? He came back for another year? It seemed like a mortal lock for the 6-3, 294-pounder to go off to the NFL, but he shocked everyone by coming back to be the anchor of yet another great Crimson Tide defensive front. Technically an end, he’s like a defensive tackle with pass rushing skills, coming up with 12 sacks last year while also doing a solid job in the rotation against the run.
2016 CFN Preseason Third-Team All-America Defensive Ends
5. DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State
The 6-3, 277-pounder isn’t a blur into the backfield as much as he is a pounder who can blast through a line – and can also fly around a tackle when needed. He came up with 10.5 sacks last year going non-stop to make big plays, and now it’s time to take his game to a whole other level. He’ll be a key part of some NFL team’s line next year, but first he’ll anchor one of the nation’s best defenses.
6. Deatrich Wise Jr., Sr. Arkansas
How much does it stink to be a superstar pass rusher in a conference with a slew of defensive ends who should be in the NFL right now? Wise will start getting his time in the spotlight, especially from the NFL scouts after growing into a better pass rusher for a 6-5, 280-pounder. It took a while to get the production going, but now he’s the main man for a good Hog line.