Ryan Lownes’ Defensive Rankings

Written by Ryan Lownes on August 30, 2011


After unveiling his Top 50 Big Board and offensive rankings, Ryan stacks up the top draft-eligible defensive prospects.

 

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Defensive Ends

 

#

Name

School

Class

Notes

1

Donte Paige-Moss

North Carolina

Jr.

OLB

2

Quinton Coples

North Carolina

Sr.

3

Brandon Jenkins

Florida State

Jr.

OLB

4

Devin Taylor

South Carolina

Jr.

5

Brandon Lindsey

Pittsburgh

Sr.

OLB

6

Billy Winn

Boise State

Sr.

7

Andre Branch

Clemson

Sr.

8

Jake Bequette

Arkansas

Sr.

9

Vinny Curry

Marshall

Sr.

OLB

10

Vince Browne

Northwestern

Sr.

 

 

Defensive Tackles

 

#

Name

School

Class

Notes

1

Jerel Worthy

Michigan State

Jr.

2

Marcus Forston

Miami

Jr.

3

Jared Crick

Nebraska

Sr.

5T

4

Kheeston Randall

Texas

Sr.

5

Alameda Ta’amu

Washington

Sr.

NT

6

Jaye Howard

Florida

Sr.

7

Brandon Thompson

Clemson

Sr.

8

Josh Chapman

Alabama

Sr.

NT

9

Mike Martin

Michigan

Sr.

10

Tydreke Powell

North Carolina

Sr.

 

 

Outside Linebackers

 

#

Name

School

Class

Notes

1

Zach Brown

North Carolina

Sr.

2

Nico Johnson

Alabama

Jr.

3

Bruce Irvin

West Virginia

Sr.

DE

4

Travis Lewis

Oklahoma

Sr.

5

Ronnell Lewis

Oklahoma

Jr.

6

Tank Carder

TCU

Sr.

7

Danny Trevathan

Kentucky

Sr.

8

Lavonte David

Nebraska

Sr.

9

Nigel Bradham

Florida State

Sr.

10

Sean Spence

Miami

Sr.

SS

 

 

Inside Linebackers

 

#

Name

School

Class

1

Luke Kuechly

Boston College

Jr.

2

Vontaze Burfict

Arizona State

Jr.

3

Courtney Upshaw

Alabama

Sr.

4

Manti Te’o

Notre Dame

Jr.

5

Dont’a Hightower

Alabama

Jr.

6

Shayne Skov

Stanford

Jr.

7

Kevin Reddick

North Carolina

Jr.

8

Jerry Franklin

Arkansas

Sr.

9

Chris Marve

Vanderbilt

Sr.

10

Chris Galippo

Southern Cal

Sr.

 

 

Cornerbacks

 

#

Name

School

Class

1

Dre Kirkpatrick

Alabama

Jr.

2

Stephon Gilmore

South Carolina

Jr.

3

Cliff Harris

Oregon

Jr.

4

Alfonzo Dennard

Nebraska

Sr.

5

Chase Minnifield

Virginia

Sr.

6

Jayron Hosley

Virginia Tech

Jr.

7

Donnie Fletcher

Boston College

Sr.

8

Greg Reid

Florida State

Jr.

9

Shaun Prater

Iowa

Sr.

10

Janoris Jenkins

North Alabama

Sr.

 

 

Safeties

 

#

Name

School

Class

Notes

1

Kenny Tate

Maryland

Sr.

FS

2

Robert Lester

Alabama

Jr.

FS

3

Mark Barron

Alabama

Sr.

SS

4

T.J. McDonald

Southern Cal

Jr.

FS

5

Ray Ray Armstrong

Miami

Jr.

SS

6

Aaron Henry

Wisconsin

Sr.

FS

7

Eddie Whitley

Virginia Tech

Sr.

FS

8

Rashard Hall

Clemson

Jr.

FS

9

Lance Mitchell

Oregon State

Sr.

FS

10

Delano Howell

Stanford

Sr.

SS

Ryan Lownes

Ryan is currently an undergraduate student at Ohio University pursuing a degree in Sport Management. He has been attending the NFL Draft in New York City since 2005 and has aspirations of a career in scouting. He is currently a draft writer and analyst on the Draft Breakdown team, posting his latest rankings, mock drafts, scouting reports, and more. Be sure to follow Ryan on twitter for year-round NFL Draft analysis. See all posts by Ryan Lownes.