2012 NFL Combine - Defensive Ends
Arkansas DE Jake Bequette
Arkansas DE Jake Bequette
Posted Feb 21, 2012

Pre-Combine quick looks at the defensive ends invited to Indy.

2012 NFL Pre-Combine

Top Ten DE Rankings

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- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine DE Rankings. No. 11 to 25
1. Quinton Coples, North Carolina 6-6 281 Proj. 1
Positives: Versatile enough to be used as an end in a 4-3 or a 3-4. He can handle himself on the inside without a problem. … Long and with room to get a little bit bigger. He added weight this last year and didn't lose a thing. … Can move. He might not be a speed rusher, but he has the athleticism to get into the backfield on a regular basis.

Negatives: Does he want it? He might turn out to be the type of end who comes up with phenomenal sack numbers by making one play a game and taking the rest off. … Disappointing last year when he should've taken his game up to another level. … Big-time bust potential. He might need a constant fire lit under him.

2. Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (OLB) 6-2, 276 Proj. 1
Positives: A playmaker. He always seems to be around the action and he's always making things happen. … Athletic enough to be used as an outside linebacker if needed and could become the best pure end in the draft. … Moves like a much smaller player. Smooth as silk.

Negatives: Doesn't really look the part. He's a short, squatty end without a lot of length. He's more like a pumped up linebacker than an end. … Is he the real deal? The light seemed to go on last year, but it's not like he had the most consistent career. … No room to get bigger. He might only be able to be used on the outside.

3. Whitney Mercilus, Illnois (Jr.) 6-3, 265 Proj. 2
Positives: Might be the best pure pass rusher in the draft. Totally and completely dominated last year, and didn't shut it down over the second half of the year even when the rest of the team went in the tank. … When he gets a step, it's over. He doesn't miss sacks and is rarely a half step late. … He'll bring the fire. No dog concerns. Always working.

Negatives: Is he the real deal? There were hints he could become special, but he only got it done for one year. … Still needs technique work. Got by on being far more athletic than everyone else. … Struggles a bit to hold up against the run. Gets shoved around a bit too easily.

4. Nick Perry, USC (Jr.) 6-3, 250 Proj. 2
Positives: Out of central casting. Rocked up and looks like a football player. … Fast, fast, fast. A blur off the edge. At the very least he could have a good career as a pass rushing specialist. … Flies off the ball. He'll rip apart the slower offensive tackles and will always keep them on their toes.

Negatives: Isn't going to get any bigger and isn't huge. He's a pure 4-3 pass rusher. … He'll have problems with the run. He can be blocked and needs to function in space. … Might be a one-trick pony. He's not going to be a complete end.

5. Vinny Curry, Marshall 6-3, 265 Proj. 2
Positives: An ultra-productive college player who didn't take anything for granted. He's always fighting to get into the backfield. … Strong. Might turn out to be the best all-around end in the draft. Fine against the run. … Doesn't get blocked easily. Slippery.

Negatives: Good at everything but won't be elite at any one thing. Solid, but won't be spectacular. … Not a speed rusher. He's a worker, not an athlete. … Needs to get a lot stronger and has to keep working. He'll do it, but he might not be ready out of the box.

6. Andre Branch, Clemson (OLB) 6-4, 260 Proj. 2
Positives: Part outside linebacker, part end. He's a hybrid more than a tweener. … Long, tall, and with an NFL body. He could become a pure pass rushing end with a little more good weight added on. … Gets around the edge in a hurry. Zips to the quarterback and flies off the snap past tackles.

Negatives: Not a run defender. He'll be tried out at outside linebacker, but he won't be good enough against the power running teams. … Didn't turn it on until this year. The skills and tools are there, but he has to prove he can be consistent. … Banged up. He has a back problem which might not get better after getting beaten up at the next level.

7. Cam Johnson, Virginia (OLB) 6-3, 267 Proj. 3
Positives: Versatile enough to work as an outside linebacker and could turn into a dangerous pass rusher as either a 4-3 end or a 3-4 linebacker. … Still improving and still filling out his frame, He should get to 275 without any issues. … An athletic talent. There's a high ceiling and terrific upside.

Negatives: Inconsistent. When he's on, he can be dominant, but he doesn't have the switch flipped often enough. … Not physical enough. He doesn't mix it up and isn't a killer. … A better prospect than a college football player. He'll test well, but it won't always match up with the tape.

8. Trevor Guyton, California 6-3, 283 Proj. 3
Positives: Tough enough to be used on the inside and become a 4-3 tackle or a 3-4 end. … Strong. Good football strength and holds up well. … A leader for the line. He's the type of player coaches want to work things around.

Negatives: Not a pass rusher. He's a good all-around player, but he's not going to wow anyone off the edge. … Not creative enough when it comes to making plays. He gets the job done, and that's it. … Has he hit the ceiling? He's about as big as he's going to get and there's not a lot of upside. This is what he is.

9. Jake Bequette, Arkansas 6-4, 264 Proj. 3
Positives: Motor always running. He's a try-hard type who works hard to get into the backfield and make plays. He doesn't take plays off. … Moves well. He's not going to be a linebacker at the next level, but he can read plays in space and make plays. … A pass rusher. It might not be pretty, but he gets to the quarterback.

Negatives: Not an athlete. There's a limited upside without a speed element to his pass rushing game. … Can be erased. Needs one-on-one blocking. … Came across as a bit overconfident to some scouts.

10. Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy 6-2, 270 Proj. 4
Positives: Fast off the edge and tremendous at getting to the quarterback. A beefed up outside linebacker who'll get into the backfield. … When he gets a bead on a quarterback, it's over. Flies to the ball. … Great on the move. Great in pursuit.

Negatives: Can he play at his bigger weight? He's far faster and far better at around 255 pounds and would be at his best at under 250. … Very, very questionable want-to against the run. Not known for being all that physical. … Major concerns about his character. Needs the right position coach and he has to take to his strength and his conditioning coach. 
- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine DE Rankings. No. 11 to 25