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Draft Preview: Defensive Ends



Joey Bosa
6-5, 269, Ohio State

The top edge rusher in the draft class was an impact player all three years at Ohio State. Was most productive as a sophomore, posting 13.5 sacks en route to All-American honors. Combination of strength against the run and superior pass-rush ability could make him a top-five pick.

Leonard Floyd
6-6, 244, Georgia

Floyd led the Bulldogs in sacks each of his three seasons, finishing with 17 for his career. Lengthy frame and lighter build makes him an edge rusher in a 3-4 scheme. Will likely come off the board in the middle of Round One.

Shaq Lawson
6-3, 269, Clemson

Waited for his chance to start as a junior last season and burst onto the scene, recording 12.5 sacks, 25.5 tackles for loss and All-American honors. Battled through injuries and didn't miss a single game. First-round prospect possesses traits to fit in any defensive scheme.

Emmanuel Ogbah
6-4, 273, Oklahoma State

Ogbah was an extremely productive pass rusher in college, posting 24 sacks in his two years as a starter. Showed impressive speed at the combine, running a 4.63 40-yard dash (second-best time among defensive linemen). Considered a late first-round selection.

Kevin Dodd
6-5, 277, Clemson

Like his teammate Lawson, Dodd waited for his chance and made the most of it in 2015. Finished the year with 12 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss. Was phenomenal in the National Championship game against Alabama, recording three sacks and working his way into a first-round projection.


Jonathan Bullard
6-3, 285, Florida

The Shelby, N.C. native posted 6.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss to earn All-SEC honors as a senior. Has the size and strength to also operate as an interior lineman. Considered a second-round prospect, but has a chance to break into the first round.

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