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June 16, 2008

Category rankings: Defensive ends

Video: Best DEs by category | VOTE: Strongest | Against the run | Pass rusher | First step


The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the defensive ends.

Coming Next: Offensive line

DE RANKINGS: Strongest | Best against the run | Best pass rusher | Quickest first step

5. Michael Brockers, Houston Chavez
Brockers highlights
COMMITMENT: LSU
PARTICULARS: 6-6/255
THE BUZZ: He is a giant athlete with potential that has not been tapped.
4. Justin Chaisson, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman
Chaisson highlights
COMMITMENT: Oklahoma
PARTICULARS: 6-5/252
THE BUZZ: He had an overpowering performance at U.S. Army Combine.
3. Devon Kennard, Phoenix Desert Vista
Kennard highlights
PARTICULARS: 6-3/257
THE BUZZ: Has the most powerful lower body I've seen on film this year.
2. Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights (Ohio) High
Fellows highlights
COMMITMENT: Ohio State
PARTICULARS: 6-5/245
THE BUZZ: On film, he seems to toy with offensive linemen.
1. Malliciah Goodman, Florence (S.C.) West Florence
Goodman highlights
COMMITMENT: Clemson
PARTICULARS: 6-4/255
THE BUZZ: He is a dominant defensive end and clearly one of the best overall players in the nation.
OTHERS: Craig Drummond, Chicago Morgan Park; Anthony LaLota, Princeton (N.J.) Hun School; William Ming, Athens (Ala.) High; Donte Moss, Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside; Craig Payne, Ontario (Calif.) Colony.
BEST AGAINST THE RUN
5. William Ming, Athens (Ala.) High
Ming highlights
PARTICULARS: 6-4/250
THE BUZZ: He is an old-school, two-way mauler that loves to mix it up along the line of scrimmage.
4. Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights (Ohio) High
Fellows highlights
COMMITMENT: Ohio State
PARTICULARS: 6-5/245
THE BUZZ: He has superior lateral movement, and he's too tough and strong for linemen to move.
3. Justin Chaisson, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman
Chaisson highlights
COMMITMENT: Oklahoma
PARTICULARS: 6-5/252
THE BUZZ: If you run to his side of the field you are most likely going to be swallowed up by his long arms.
2. Nick Kasa, Broomfield (Colo.) Legacy
Kasa highlights
PARTICULARS: 6-7/245
THE BUZZ: Another long-armed giant. It's hard for offensive lineman to get to his body.
1. Donte Moss, Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside
Moss highlights
COMMITMENT: North Carolina
PARTICULARS: 6-4/235
THE BUZZ: Moss can really move, and he uses his arms well to ward off offensive lineman.
OTHERS: DeOnte Arnett, Forestville (Md.) Military Academy; Malliciah Goodman, Florence (S.C.) West Florence; Devon Kennard, Phoenix Desert Vista; Anthony LaLota, Princeton (N.J.) Hun School; Alex Okafor, Pflugerville (Texas) High.
BEST PASS RUSHER
5. Donte Moss, Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside
Moss highlights
COMMITMENT: North Carolina
PARTICULARS: 6-4/235
THE BUZZ: Two-way star has speed and size coming off the edge. He also plays running back, similar to native North Carolinian Julius Peppers.
4. Craig Drummond, Chicago Morgan Park
Drummond highlights
PARTICULARS: 6-5/260
THE BUZZ: Had a great performance at the Army Combine and racked up 18 sacks in 13 games last season.
3. Sam Montgomery, Greenwood (S.C.) High
Montgomery highlights
PARTICULARS: 6-4/230
THE BUZZ: A basketball player turned defensive end, the athletic Montgomery had 15 sacks last year.
2. Ryne Giddins, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Giddins highlights
PARTICULARS: 6-4/235
THE BUZZ: Quickness and power were the keys to his game. He recorded 21 sacks last season.
1. Devon Kennard, Phoenix Desert Vista
Kennard highlights
PARTICULARS: 6-3/257
THE BUZZ: Kennard uses his superior leg drive and quick twitch muscles to dominate the opposition. He made 24.5 sacks last season.
OTHERS: Fletcher Cox, Yazoo City (Miss.) High; Dyron Dye, Sanford (Fla.) Seminole; Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights (Ohio) High; Alex Okafor, Pflugerville (Texas) High; Craig Roh, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral.
QUICKEST FIRST STEP
5. Ed Stinson, Homestead (Fla.) South Dade
Stinson highlights
COMMITMENT: Florida State
PARTICULARS: 6-4/227
THE BUZZ: Another basketball player turned defensive end who likes to show off his athleticism.
4. Dyron Dye, Sanford (Fla.) Seminole
Dye highlights
PARTICULARS: 6-4/215
THE BUZZ: Dye showed at the US Army Combine that he can accelerate off the snap.
3. Alex Okafor, Pflugerville (Texas) High
Okafor highlights
COMMITMENT: Texas
PARTICULARS: 6-5/232
THE BUZZ: He was so quick at the Fort Worth Nike Camp that the coaches there thought he was an NFL prospect.
2. Fletcher Cox, Yazoo City (Miss.) High
Cox highlights
COMMITMENT: Mississippi State
PARTICULARS: 6-4/240
THE BUZZ: Cox uses his experience in track to get started the instant the ball is snapped.
1. Devon Kennard, Phoenix Desert Vista
Kennard highlights
PARTICULARS: 6-3/257
THE BUZZ: His great anticipation of the snap count often allows him to be in the backfield before the handoff.
OTHERS: Ryne Giddins, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood; Malliciah Goodman, Florence (S.C.) West Florence; Sam Montgomery, Greenwood (S.C.) High; Donte Moss, Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside; Olivier Vernon, Miami American.




 

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