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2011 NFL Draft - Ranking The DEs No. 11 to 25
Nebraska DE Pierre Allen
Nebraska DE Pierre Allen
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 14, 2011


From a college football perspective, here's the ranking of all the top defensive end prospects. ... No. 11 to 25

2011 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Defensive Ends - No. 11-25


By Pete Fiutak

- 2011 NFL Defensive End Rankings 

11. Allen Bailey, Miami 6-3, 285
As far as raw tools, it’s tough to find a better equipped talent on the end with rock-solid size with little to no fat on him, and the strength to throw weights around in the gym and beat up blockers when getting into the backfield. Fast off the ball, he can be used as a dangerous pass rusher and has the athleticism to overwhelm an offense. The problem is that all his talents don’t always translate to the field. He was mediocre at the Senior Bowl and didn’t do enough for the Canes when the spotlight was on. On pure tools he’s worth a high pick, but he needs to be a better football player.
CFN Projection: Second Round

12. Sam Acho, Texas 6-2, 262
One of the highest-character players in the draft, he’ll win the NFL Man of the Year before his career is out. On the field, he’s a supreme athlete who leads by example and will always bring the A effort to every practice and ever play. It would be nice if he was a little bigger and wasn’t so short and squatty, and he didn’t produce as well as a player with his talent should, getting erased by too many good blockers. He was always a good prospect and then he upped his stock in a big way at the Combine and at the Senior Bowl. He’ll be the type of player every team wants to have, and he’ll be great in the locker room.
CFN Projection: Third Round

13. Cliff Matthews, South Carolina 6-4, 257
It should all be there with a great frame, a chiseled physique, and good quickness, but he’s not as fluid as he needs to be for an outside linebacker, and he’s not quite there bulk-wise to be a regular, consistent end. Tough, he’s willing to work and willing to do whatever is needed to try to produce and make a play. Consistent, he doesn’t make a slew of mistakes. The tweener issue will limit what he can do, and he’s not a creative pass rusher, but he should be a nice starter and a great part of a rotation as long as the rest of the line has talent.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

14. Greg Romeus, Pitt 6-5, 264
It’s all about his knee. He has the length and the right frame to be a true defensive end, and he has the room to put on more good weight. Strong, he’s physical enough to do some shoving around, while he’s tough enough to fight against the run. Again, though, it’s all about a knee that was injured late in the season and might put his timetable back a year. Along with the knee is a back issue that likely won’t go away, but overall, his biggest problem could end up being a lack of NFL athleticism that’ll put a hard ceiling on what he can do. Even so, he should be a great value pick.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

15. Ricky Elmore, Arizona 6-5, 255
Is he a defensive end or is he an outside linebacker? A superior pass rusher who knows how to get to the quarterback, if he can add just a little more weight he should be a terrific 4-3 end. With his frame, he’s slippery and doesn’t stay blocked for too long and is tough as nails. He might not really look like it, but he can be beaten on and will always come back roaring. A true tweener, he’s not going to be great against the run, but he should carve out a nice role for himself as a third down pass rusher.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

16. Pierre Allen, Nebraska 6-4, 273
Surrounded by tremendous talent, including Ndamukong Suh, he played big and showed he could be the type of lineman who can work in any system. The problem is that he didn’t produce as well as he should have. While he’s a decent pass rusher, there’s absolutely nothing special about his game and he’s more of a prospect on his hard-working attitude and his size than his pure talent. It seems like he should be fantastic, and he has the raw tools and the right look, but he just isn’t a great football player. He’ll have to show he can do at least one thing at a high level to stick, but with his frame and his athleticism, he should be a decent part of a rotation.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

17. Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State 6-4, 268
A wildly productive, self-made performer who made himself into a force and the star of a productive line, he doesn’t have the tools or the talent, but he’s the type of player everyone wants. Not an athlete, not strong enough and without the raw NFL skills, he’ll never be anything great, but the former walk-on doesn’t take a play off. With the size and bulk to hold up against the run, he can work in almost any system. While he’ll never be a top starter, he’ll be an ultra-reliable backup who’ll be a fan favorite because of his effort. Unfortunately, he’s not going against Utah State anymore.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

18. Ugo Chinasa, Oklahoma State 6-5, 264
Very tall and very athletic, he’s a pure pass rusher who should be a situational star. Forget about using him as an outside linebacker, and forget about using him as a run defender, but he’ll always bring his lunchpail and he’ll close extremely well. While he was a good college player, he wasn’t a great one and didn’t do quite enough to suggest that he’ll be better once he makes the jump up at the next level. However, if he’s a specialist, he could be a whale of a third down pass rusher.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

19. Markus White, Florida State 6-4, 266
Very quick for his size and with great character, he’s the type of player a coach wants to have around. Always working and always bringing positive energy, he’s a leader who doesn’t take a play off and wants to be better. Unfortunately, he suffers from seizures and is missing the NFL athleticism to be anything more than a very good backup, but with all his intangibles he should be a long-time reserve. It would be nice if he was stronger against the run, and it would be great if he was a more creative pass rusher, but he’ll have to settle for being a hard-working part of a rotation.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

20. Cheta Ozougwu, Rice (OLB) 6-2, 247
Way too small, he’s not going to do much against the run, and without the athleticism to be a top outside linebacker, it’ll be hard to find a place for him. However, he never, ever misses a tackle and is smart enough to always be in the right position. Good enough in off-season workouts to get on the radar, now he has to translate his good statistical college career into a role in some way. He’ll get erased by anyone who blocks him, and there’s nothing impressive about his game at an NFL level, but he’ll stick on quickness and hustle.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

21. Justin Trattou, Florida 6-4, 254
His college production wasn’t what it should’ve been, and he was never a top-shelf all-star, but he’s always working and he always beings the energy. With solid pass rushing skills, he could overcome a lack of size and he should be able to carve out a role in a rotation. Forget about him against the run and he’s missing the ability to cut easily when he gets into the backfield, but if he can go from Point A to Point B and can come up with stops, he’ll carve out a good career.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

22. Lazarius Levingston, LSU 6-4, 292
Very big and very strong, “Pep” is a typical LSU defensive end who eats up the run and is built to sit in the 3-4. While he worked as a tackle later in his Tiger career, but he’s an end in the NFL and he has the potential to grow into a surprising starter. He’s not a pass rusher, though, and doesn’t have the athleticism to fly into the backfield on a regular basis, but he could work on first downs against power running teams. He’ll be a luxury for a rotation, but with his size and drive he’ll stick on a roster for a few years.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

23. D’Aundre Reed, Arizona 6-4, 261
Extremely strong for an end, he came up with a good Combine and has been good enough in workouts to get a long, long look. It took a little while to get the chance, and then he took the opportunity and was solid. Unfortunately, he was a part of a rotation and didn’t stand out enough to earn a full-time gig; the stats weren’t there. He needs plenty of work on his technique and he’s not going to be ready to go out of the box, and if he’s not a great pass rusher in camp he’ll be a quick cut.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

24. Zane Parr, Virginia 6-4, 275 (Jr.)
Tall, lean, and with the right body, he can easily work as an end in any scheme and can hold up against the run. Only a developmental project, he shocked the coaching staff by coming out early when he could’ve used another year to up his buzz. More of a flier of a prospect than a ready-to-roll playmaker. There’s no pass rushing talent to rely on and he gets beaten up, but with his size, he could be a wad of clay who can be molded into a playmaker in time.
CFN Projection: First Round

25. Demarcus Dobbs, Georgia 6-2, 281
While he’s not tall enough, he has the bulk and the size to hold up on the end, and he’s strong enough to be good against the run, but he’s always hurt and he almost never came up as big as expected. Missing the pure pass rushing ability needed, it’ll be hard to get too excited about his potential. Versatility and athleticism will get him a long look, but he’s not a good enough football player to ever be more than a cog.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

- 2011 NFL Defensive End Rankings