MIKE MAYOCK'S TOP FIVE
6-1, 285, Pittsburgh
Led the nation as a senior with an average of 1.6 sacks and 2.4 tackles for loss per game. … Also shined at NFL Scouting Combine, pacing defensive tackles in the bench press and 40-yard dash. … An explosive prospect who could be a top-15 draft pick.
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6-6, 310, Minnesota
Noted for brute strength and versatility. … Can line up directly over the center or play the three-technique. … Showed the ability throughout college career to overpower offensive linemen at both spots. … A player whose impact won't be measured in statistics.
6-2, 299, Florida State
The one underclassman among the five Florida State defensive players expected to be drafted, and he could be the first one taken. … Nimble on his feet for a 300-pounder. … Had nine tackles to help the Seminoles edge Auburn in the national championship.
6-2, 331, Notre Dame
A massive human being who carries his weight well. … Actually weighed more but dropped 23 pounds before combine. … Played only half of last season because of a knee injury that eventually required season-ending surgery.
6-2, 288, Florida
Might be a top-10 prospect if not for injury history that includes torn ACL in right knee last September. … Marked second non-contact ACL tear, the other one coming in left knee in 2011. … Reports that he could be ready for training camp have increased his draft stock.
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6-4, 297, South Carolina
Produced statistically superior season to Jadeveon Clowney in 2013, leading the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss to earn first-team All-SEC honors. … Benefitted from double teams of Clowney. … Quick and explosive pass rusher who could be picked on day two of draft (rounds 2-3).
6-3, 290, Texas Tech
Topped defensive tackles with a 4.33 in the 20-yard shuttle. … Second among defensive tackles with a 7.23 in the three-cone drill. … Either a late-round choice or priority college free agent.