They might not all show up and workout, but these are the five best defensive end prospects going into the 2018 NFL Combine.
Daily Five: Defensive End Rankings Before The NFL Combine
From the college perspective, how good are these guys? Go ahead and breakdown and analyze every positive and negative on all of the top prospects going into the 2018 NFL Combine. This isn’t that hard.
In an awful year for defensive ends overall, just simplify it – who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level? At least at the moment, here are your five best defensive ends.
5. Jeff Holland, Auburn
Career Statistics: 71 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles.
Why Jeff Holland Is Here On The List: He’s probably not going to wow anyone in Indy, but the tape on his last season will look a whole lot better than his workout.
Auburn’s leading pass rusher is a 6-2, 250-pound tweener with a more physical game than his size would suggest. He’s tough enough against the run to get by, and he’ll push his way into the backfield to make plays.
More of a power, try-hard type who makes things happen because coming up with big plays appears to be in his DNA, he’ll work his way into a job.
However, there’s a chance he gets pushed down in the draft – some aren’t going to see him as a must-have if he doesn’t work out well. He’s not going to be the smoothest player through the short drills, and he might not look all that quick. Painfully horrible cliche time: you can’t measure heart.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Just how athletic is he? The coaches will love him because he’ll do everything needed to make himself a player, but is there a hard ceiling on what he can do if he can’t move with lightning quickness?
Bottom Line: A good value pick after the second round, he’ll be a solid pass rusher who creates ways to do big things. He might not be a speed rusher, but he’ll be a solid starter.