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2012 NFL Combine - DE Analysis No. 11-25
West Virginia DE Julian Miller
West Virginia DE Julian Miller
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Posted Feb 21, 2012


Pre-Combine quick looks at the defensive ends invited to Indy. No. 11 to 25

2012 NFL Pre-Combine

DE Rankings - No. 11 to 25


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- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine DE Rankings 

11. Chandler Jones, Syracuse (Jr.) 6-5, 265 Proj. 3
Positives: A good-sized pure athlete. Tall, lean, and moves like a basketball player. Smooth as silk. … Can get bigger without a problem. He’s fine at 265, and he could be a dominator at 285 in a 3-4 alignment. … A fighter. He’ll push to make plays and has a great motor. Tries hard.

Negatives: Not all that physical. He might not work well as a 3-4 end without the bulk to hold up against the power offenses. … Needs a lot of development. For good and bad, he’s not where he needs to be. He’ll be picked with the hope that he can become something special, but he’s not there yet.

12. Jack Crawford, Penn State 6-5, 268 Proj. 4
Positives: Big. He’s a huge, tough end with intimidating size. … A good pass rusher. He might not have elite skills, but he’s disruptive and gets into the backfield. … A ton of upside. He’s not even close to reaching his full potential.

Negatives: Not particularly fast or athletic and not quite strong enough. Needs to hit the weight room. … More of a hard worker than an athlete. He’s not going to wow anyone in workouts. … Looks the part, but doesn’t play to it. Not the force he needs to be.

13. Malik Jackson, Tennessee 6-4, 285 Proj. 5
Positives: Just big enough to be used as a true tackle, or he could end up being a 3-4 end. … Moves well for his size. Does a nice job of holding up against the run. … A leader. He’s not going to dominate a line, but he’s not going to need to be motivated, either.

Negatives: Needs to get a log bigger. Not athletic enough to be a true 4-3 end, and not bulky enough to hold up inside. … Not great against the power running teams. Doesn’t hold up well when attacked. … Needs to find one thing he can do well. Good enough to be a backup at any spot up front, but not necessarily a starter.

14. Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina (Jr.) 6-4, 260 Proj. 6
Positives: The frame is there. He’s a tall, lean end with the potential to add a bit more good weight. … Smooth. Before getting hurt, he was able to zip into the backfield and get by on pure athleticism. … Nice against the run. Doesn’t seem like he has the body to do it, but he holds up well against power teams.

Negatives: he needs to rock up a bit. He needs to add good weight. … Torn ACL. He needs to show he has the burst back. … Questionable off the field. Had some issues, wasn’t always positive on it. He needs to show he’s ready to mature into a consistent player who wants to be great.

15. Oliver Vernon, Miami (Jr.) (OLB) 6-3, 255 Proj. 5
Positives: A tweener, but in a good way. He’s strong enough to handle himself as a 4-3 end, and athletic enough to be used as a linebacker. … A pure pass rusher. He could find a role as a specialist if needed. … Flies into the backfield. Looks like he’s shot out of a cannon when he gets a step.

Negatives: Got suspended and missed most of last year. He still has to show he can put it all together for a full season. … Was okay, but not consistently great. He’ll get drafted on potential. … Not quite athletic enough to shine as an outside linebacker.

16. Shea McClellin, Boise State 6-3, 248 Proj. 4
Positives: Athletic enough to be an outside linebacker. He has the fire and the toughness to handle himself no matter where he plays. … A fighter. He’s always working and always going 100 miles per hour to make a play. … Has a nice frame. Can beef up with good weight and work on the end in a 4-3, or could stay slim and be a pass rusher in a 3-4.

Negatives: Not big. He lost week over the last year and came to the Senior Bowl at under 250 pounds. He has to get a lot bigger to be an end. … He’s a battler, but he can be erased by anyone who can get a hand on him. … Might be a true tweener. Not athletic enough to be a starting linebacker, and not big enough to be an end.

17. Jacquies Smith, Missouri 6-2, 255 Proj. 5
Positives: A speed rusher. Comes off the edge in a blur. … Devastating when he has a bead on a ball carrier or a quarterback. … Could be devastating if he’s used just as a pass rushing specialist, but he’s athletic enough to grow into a hybrid role on the outside in some way.

Negatives: Not big enough to be a full-time end. Not big enough to carry much more weight. … Not going to do much against the run. He’ll be flattened by an NFL offensive tackle. … Needs to operate in space. Not good at getting through the wash.

18. Tyrone Crawford, Boise State 6-4, 285 Proj. 4
Positives: A true end who can play in any system. Bulked up enough to work as a 3-4 end. … Strong enough to hold up against the run. Active when double teamed and battles to get to the ball. … Athletic for his size. Moves well off the ball and can get into the backfield.

Negatives: Needs polish. For good and bad, he needs a lot of work and isn’t a finished product. … Not much of a pass rusher. He’s not going to be fast enough to get into the backfield on a regular basis. … Has to prove he can hold up on a regular basis. He didn’t really show up until this year.

19. Julian Miller, West Virginia 6-3, 256 Proj. 7
Positives: A good-looking pass rusher with a high end. He’s a hustle player who makes plenty of plays on want-to. … Can tackle. He holds up well against the run and should be able to shed blocks without much of a problem. … Good and breaking through blocks to get into the backfield. A fighter.

Negatives: Has to prove he can be a consistent pass rushing threat at the next level. Was moved around throughout his career and has to find a home. … Not elite athletically and not big enough to be dominant against the run. No room to get any bigger. … Not really an outside linebacker. WAY too slow.

20. Taylor Thompson, SMU 6-6, 266 Proj. 6
Positives: A great frame. Played most of his career at around 280, and he lost weight and got even quicker. He can beef back up again without a problem. … Strong. Holds up well and doesn’t get shoved around. Just fine as a 3-4 end. … A run defender. Could turn out to be among the best ends in this draft against the run.

Negatives: Major question marks about his desire. Doesn’t bring the heat on every play. … Not really a pass rusher. Not a speed rusher in any way. … Might need a fire lit under him. He has the tools, but he needs to want it on every play.

21. Scott Solomon, Rice 6-3, 278 Proj. 7
Positives: A hard-working pass rusher. Consistently good at getting into the backfield. … Active. Did a great job of being disruptive and helping to change around games. … Good-sized and holds up well against the run. Made plenty of plays both when chasing down ball carriers and with runs coming right at him.

Negatives: Not fast. Came up with most of his sack production against the weaker teams. … Came back and was productive, but missed all of 2010 with a foot injury. … Not fast off the ball. Gets a good push, but he’s not going to fly past anyone.

22. Jamie Blatnick, Oklahoma State 6-3, 270 Proj. 5
Positives: Big. Can be used as a 3-4 end and can hold up well against the run. … Athletic enough to have been used as an outside linebacker. A tackler. … Smart. Really smart and doesn’t make too many mistakes.

Negatives: Not fast enough. He’s better when he can be physical and can’t turn the corner well. … Doesn’t have any special physical tools. More of a football player than a pure prospect. … Needs to refine his skills to be a full-time end. Needs plenty of technique work.

23. Frank Alexander, Oklahoma 6-3, 262 Proj. 6
Positives: One of the Big 12’s better pass rushers. Worked in several alignments and always produced. … Moves well off the ball. Physical and consistent. He’ll mix it up one play, and will get around the corner the next. … A true end. He’s ready out of the box.

Negatives: Not a great all-around athlete. Decent in all areas, but doesn’t stand out physically. … Not all that great in space. Nice on the move, but doesn’t misses on some plays here and there. … Not really fast enough to be a 4-3 end, and not quite strong or big enough to work as a 3-4 end.

24. Broderick Binns, Iowa 6-0, 262 Proj. FA
Positives: A mainstay on the Iowa offensive line. Always showed up and always brought the A effort. … Good at coming up with big things on the move and has proven to hold up well against the run. … A playmaker. Always seemed to be around the ball.

Negatives: Doesn’t have the body. Way too short and has no room to get any bigger. … Can get caught up in the wash. Disappeared a bit too often. … Not an NFL pass rusher in any way. He might have to work as a 3-4 end only.

25. Kentrell Lockett, Ole Miss 6-5, 243 Proj. FA
Positives: When he’s right, he’s ultra-athletic and a blur off the ball. … Moves well enough to be used as an outside linebacker if needed. … A team leader. Fights his tail off and will do whatever is needed to make a play.

Negatives: Major health concerns. Suffered a torn ACL and had a scare with his heart. … Not big enough. Needs to add more functional weight. Has the frame to do it, but he’s just not big enough. … Can be erased by a big blocker. Has a tough time getting free.   

- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine DE Rankings 

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