2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Def. Ends
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
Posted Aug 9, 2013

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1. Jadeveon Clowney, Jr. South Carolina
At 6-6 and 274 pounds he has ideal size, linebacker quickness and the will and fire to be special – he's the total package. Not just a pass rusher, he cranked out 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss, but he also made 54 tackles holding up well on a consistent basis whether run at or away from. The 4.5 sack performance was terrific, and he did what he could to change around the LSU game on his own, but he'll mostly be remembered for one massive, legendary – and borderline illegal – hit in the bowl win over Michigan that made him a household sports name. He's an intimidating force who has more than lived up to the hype, and now the pressure is on to be patient. Even if he's not generating big numbers and is getting beaten on, he has to maintain his focus and pick his spots. No matter what, he'll once again be a gamechanger.

2. Stephon Tuitt, Jr. Notre Dame
For all the accolades and attention heaped on Manti Te'o, insiders were quick to say that it wasn't crazy to suggest that the 6-6, 303-pound Tuitt was the team's best defensive player for a long stretch. He stepped in as a superstar recruit and was every bit as good as advertised considering he was a spot starter, and then he blew up last season making 47 tackles with 12 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and a 77-yard fumble return for a score in the opener against Navy. However, his sack production dipped over the second half of the season with just two in the final six games, and he was erased a bit late in the year, but with his combination of size, speed off the ball and closing ability, he's auditioning to be a dream of a 3-4 NFL end.

3. Jackson Jeffcoat, Sr. Texas
The former superstar recruit was supposed to be the program's next great pass rusher from the start, and while he has been fine and showed off with a good sophomore season making 63 tackles with six sacks and 18 tackles for loss, he hasn't quite ripped it up to the All-America level projected coming out of high school, missing time last year with a torn pectoral muscle. Even so, he's been really, really good making 31 tackles with four sacks and 11 tackles for loss in his six games of work last year, and he's primed to do even more now that he's in a salary drive for the NFL. With elite athleticism and room to add a little more weight to his 6-5, 245-pound frame, there's still another level to hit.

4. Scott Crichton, Jr. Oregon State
Spearheading the pass rush from the outside will be the 6-3, 260-pound Crichton, who's been a tall order for opposing tackles in each of his first two years of action. In 2012, he raised the bar from his Freshman All-American debut, racking up 44 tackles, 17.5 stops for loss and nine sacks. Crichton is a naturally-gifted athlete, fueled by an insatiable desire to get to the quarterback. He's also had a habit of fomenting turnovers, often by stripping the ball with one clean and ferocious swipe.

5. Aaron Lynch, Soph. USF
The former mega-recruit of Notre Dame sat out 2012, a year after debuting in South Bend with 33 tackles, seven stops for loss, 5.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hurries. The 6-6, 244-pound Lynch has the long arms, explosiveness into the backfield and hot motor that will conjure up images of a young Jevon Kearse. It's going to be fun watching No. 19 blossom into an NFL prospect this year.

6. Jeremiah Attaochu, Sr. Georgia Tech
7. Devonte Fields, Soph. TCU
8. Cassius Marsh, Sr. UCLA
9. Demarcus Lawrence, Jr. Boise State
10. Chris Smith, Sr. Arkansas
11. Leonard Williams, Soph. USC
12. James Gayle, Sr. Virginia Tech
13. Kareem Martin, Sr. North Carolina
14. Tyler Scott, Sr. Northwestern
15. Alvin "Bud" Dupree, Jr. Kentucky
16. Kony Ealy, Jr. Missouri
17. Ben Gardner, Sr. Stanford
18. C.J. Johnson, Jr. Ole Miss
19. Ryan Russell, Jr. Purdue
20. Martin Ifedi, Jr. Memphis
21. Marcus Rush, Jr. Michigan State
22. Taylor Hart, Sr. Oregon
23. Dee Ford, Sr. Auburn
24. Trey Flowers, Jr. Arkansas
25. Kerry Hyder, Sr. Texas Tech
26. Brock Hekking, Jr. Nevada
27. Jesse Joseph, Sr. Connecticut
28. Trevor Reilly, Sr. Utah
29. Jason Ankrah, Sr. Nebraska
30. Jamil Merrell, Sr. Rutgers