2021 Prospect Rankings: 4-3 DE Edition (3/14/21)

1.) Jaelan Phillips – 6’5″ 260 lbs.

“There’s obvious buyer beware with Phillips but the talent quotient speaks loud when watching him play. He’s long and strong and at 4-3 end he’s a classical pro bowl caliber player vs. the pass and run.”

2.) Gregory Rousseau – 6’5″ 260 lbs.

“It took me a lot of tape to like Rousseau but after analyzing the traits and projecting a NFL weight program and coaching, I could see him being a menace to offenses in a 4-3 scheme as an end. He wins in similar fashion to Phillips, just less physical, which will need to improve at the next level. Boom or bust like a lot of the ends in this class.”

3.) Rashad Weaver – 6’4″ 265 lbs.

“I like Weaver’s work ethic and attention to detail. He already has a good understanding of studying opponents and implementing pass rush strategy. I like his upside if he stays healthy. He wins with his pass rush plan and leverage at the point of attack.”

4.) Payton Turner – 6’5″ 270 lbs.

“Turner is a physical player. Good ‘pop and pursuit’ prospect. Level of comp has to be taken into account but he performed well at the Senior Bowl. There will be an acclimation period but Turner should be a good rotational DL at the next level. He’s a safe pick if you want a player that’s not necessarily going to be a superstar but at least be serviceable to some capacity.”

5.) Carlos Basham Jr. – 6’3″ 281 lbs.

“I like Basham the further away he is from guard. As an edge hybrid/interior sub package rusher role he’d be excellent. I just don’t see enough consistency to be banging with the OL constantly. He and Turner could be swapped here. Turner has the prototypical DE disposition but Basham has better feet and overall athleticism. He could climb for me as the process goes on but for now he’s a good not great player. Needs NFL grooming.”

6.) Jayson Oweh – 6’5″ 256 lbs.

“The ultimate boom or bust prospect. Uber athletic and freakish but as raw as sushi. Has the ideal size and effort you want but detail, technique and strategy is lacking from his game.”

7.) Jonathon Cooper – 6’3″ 254 lbs.

“Cooper is athletic enough to be in a two point stance as a 3-4 OLB as well but he’d be a better 4-3 END if he adds some weight. There’s some lateral limitations to his game but overall can be a versatile piece in a multiple front scheme. His quickness and pursuit is top notch in this class.”

8.) Cameron Sample – 6’3″ 274 lbs.

“Sample was a highly respected player at the Senior Bowl. His strength and tenacity stands out. He has the ability to be a nuisance on the interior and exterior offensive line.”

9.) Tarron Jackson – 6’3″ 260 lbs.

“Another player that wins with brute force and tenacity. More of a linear player than anything but plays with great effort and finish.”

10.) Joe Tryon – 6’4″ 255 lbs.

“Tryon could also play in a 3-4 OLB role. I just think like with Cooper if he commits to 4-3 END he could be even better. Tryon has stiff lowers and his change of direction skills aren’t the best. So a more linear position where he can consistently utilize his patented bull rush would suit him well. I want Tryon to have a pre-draft coming out party so he can skyrocket up these rankings.”

(11-16, Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Milton Williams, Kobe Jones, Chauncy Gholston, Elerson Smith, Dayo Odeyingbo)

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