Positional Rankings: Defense

Written by Andrew Parsons on March 25, 2013


2013 NFL DRAFT- Defense

Edge Players (43 DE/34 OLB)

1. Cornelius Carradine, FSU (43 DE)

2. Dion Jordan, Oregon (34 OLB)

3. Barkevious Mingo, LSU (34 OLB)

4. Ezekial Ansah, BYU (43 DE)

5. Bjoern Werner, FSU (43 DE)

TIER 2

6. Cornelius Washington, Georgia (43 DE)

7. Alex Okafor, Texas (43 DE)

TIER 3

8. Jarvis Jones, Georgia (34 OLB)

9. Damontre Moore (34 OLB)

TIER 4

10. Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi (34 OLB)

11. Quanterrus Smith, WKU (34 OLB)

12. Michael Buchanan, Illinois (43 DE)

13. Corey Lemonier, Auburn (34 OLB)

14. Malliciah Goodman, Clemson (43 DE)

15. John Simon, Ohio State (34 OLB)

16. Trevardo Williams, UConn (34 OLB)

 

TIER 5

17.  Stansly Maponga, TCU (43 DE)

18. Sam Montgomery, LSU (43 DE)

19. Lavar Edwards, LSU (43 DE)

20. Brandon Jenkins, FSU (34 OLB)

21. Mike Catapano, Princeton (43 DE)

22. Devin Taylor, South Carolina (43 DE)

23. Travis Johnson, San Jose State (34 OLB)

 

(Walter Stewart omitted due to injury)

 

Interior Players (43 DT, 34 DT/DE)

1. Star Lotulelei, Utah (34 DE)

2. Sharrif Floyd (43 DT)

3. Jesse Williams, Alabama (NT)

4. Datone Jones, UCLA

5. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri (43 DT)

TIER 2

6. Jordan Hill, Penn State (43 DT)

7. Jonathan Hankins, Ohio State (NT)

8. Sylvester Williams, North Carolina (43 NT/34 DE)

TIER 3

9. Margus Hunt, SMU (34 DE)

10. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern St. (34 NT)

11. Joe Kruger, Utah (34 DE)

12. Kawaan Short, Purdue (43 DT)

TIER 4

13. Jonathan Jenkins, Georgia (34 NT)

14. Bennie Logan, LSU (43 DT)

15. William Gholston, Michigan State (34 DE)

16. Kwame Geathers, Georgia (34 NT)

17. Akeem Spence, Illinois (43 DT)

18. Jared Smith, New Hampsire

19. Chris Jones, Bowling Green

20. Montori Hughes, University of Tennessee-Martin

21. Josh Boyd, Mississippi State

22. Corey Grissom, USF

 

Outside Linebackers:

1. Arthur Brown, Kansas State (Would also be top MLB)

TIER 2

2. Sio Moore, UConn

3. Devonte Holloman, South Carolina

TIER 3

4. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

5. Ty Powell, Harding

6. Kiko Alonso, Oregon

7. Zavier Gooden, Missouri

TIER 3

8. Gerald Hodges, Penn State

9. Phillip Stewart, Houston

10. Jelani Jenkins, Florida

11. Sean Porter, Texas A&M

12. Keith Pough, Howard

TIER 4

13. Lerentee McCray, Florida

14 Jake Knott, Iowa State

15. Kenny Tate, Maryland

16. Chase Thomas, Stanford

(Michael Mauti omitted due to injury)

 

Middle Linebacker:

1. Alec Ogletree, Georgia

TIER 2

2. Kevin Minter, LSU

3. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

4. AJ Klein, Iowa State

TIER 3

5. Kevin Reddick, North Carolina

6. Nico Johnson, Alabama

TIER 3

7. Vince Williams, Florida State

8. Jon Bostic, Florida

9. Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers

10. Brandon Hepburn, Florida A&M

11. Tom Wort, Oklahoma

 

Cornerbacks

1. Jamar Taylor, Boise State

2. Dee Milliner, Alabama

3. Leon McFadden, San Diego State

4. Xavier Rhodes, FSU

TIER 2

5. DJ Hayden, Houston

6. Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana

7. Jonathan Banks, Mississippi State

8. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

9. Desmond Trufant, Washington

10. Darius Slay, Mississippi State

11. Will Davis, Utah State

12. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, UConn

TIER 3

13. BW Webb, William and Mary

14. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

15. Sanders Commings, Georgia

16. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois

17. Logan Ryan, Rutgers

TIER 3

18. Khalid Wooten, Nevada

19. Aaron Hester, UCLA

20. Tharold Simon, LSU

21. Josh Johnson, Purdue

22. Brandon McGee, Miami

23. Mike Edwards, Hawaii

TIER 4

24. Adrian Bushell, Louisville

25. Marc Anthony, California

26. Nickell Robey, USC

27. Johnny Adams, Michigan State

TIER 5

28. Dax Swanson, Sam Houston State

28. Dwayne Gratz, UConn

29. Micah Hyde, Iowa

30. Steve Williams, California

 

Saftey:

1. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

2. Matt Elam, Florida

3. Jonathan Cyprien, FIU

TIER 2

4. DJ Swearinger, South Carolina

5. Eric Reid, LSU

6. David Amerson, North Carolina State

7. Duke Williams, Nevada

8. Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse

9. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

TIER 3

10. TJ McDonald, USC

11. JJ Wilcox, Georgia Southern

12. Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

TIER 4

13. Earl Wolff, North Carolina State

14. Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

15. Shawn Williams, Georgia

TIER 5

16. Rontez Miles, California (PA)

17. Robert Lester, Alabama

18. Daimion Stafford, Nebraska

19. Zeke Motta, Notre Dame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Parsons

Andrew is an avid follower of the NFL and takes great interest in the NFL Draft. He has a background in football, and enjoys the process of watching and evaluating talent. Andrew appreciates the challenge that comes with scouting, and aspires to one day be a part of the decision making process for a team. See all posts by Andrew Parsons.