1. JADEVEON CLOWNEY, South Carolina (6-5½, 266, 4.52, 1) — Third-year junior. “He’s one of those guys that comes out every four, five years,” said one scout. “Freak. He needs to get a little stronger and needs technique, but as far as ability he’s going to be hard to stop. He’s bigger than Clay (Matthews). He can be 280 easily. And he’s a lot more athletic. He doesn’t corner like (Jevon) Kearse did. He’s like a young Julius Peppers.” Sixth in Heisman Trophy voting in 2012 after a 13-sack season. Just three sacks in ’13. “He’s what (Robert) Quinn was last year to St. Louis or sort of what Matthews is for Green Bay,” another scout said. “He’s a special attention guy coming off the corner that’s got so much twitch it just scares you.” Two-year starter with 130 tackles (47 for loss) and 24 sacks. “He’s as talented as any defensive end I’ve ever seen, but I can’t measure his heart,” a longtime scout said. “He could be the best defensive player in pro football, and I don’t think it would take much of an effort. The only negative I have is he didn’t improve that much since he was a freshman. But did you see the last series against Wisconsin when that bowl game was on the line? He tipped like two passes and tackled a guy for a loss. In the Michigan bowl game the year before he made those two huge plays when the game was on the line. That’s what the guy can do.” Scored 14 on the 50-question Wonderlic intelligence test. “Comes across OK,” said one scout. “Kind of soft-spoken. I think he just plays.” From Rock Hill, S.C. “I think his physical talent is being overblown,” said another scout. “At what point of his life has he had to push himself? Now you’re going to give him this money and say, ‘Do something you’ve never done in your life before … against guys you just can’t run over?’ I would not put my job on the line for that guy. Who has a profile like that that’s been successful in the NFL?”
2. STEPHON TUITT, Notre Dame (6-5½, 304, 5.01, 1-2) — Compared by one scout to DE Tyson Jackson, the No. 3 pick in 2009. “Same guy,” one scout said. “That’s all he is. Big dude. Zero pass rush.” Third-year junior with 127 tackles (25 for loss) and 21½ sacks. “Really talented guy,” another scout said. “Athletic for a big man. Can play square and hold the point. He can do everything you want from a DT. Effort is the key with him. There’s times where he just kind of wallows around. The kid’s a good kid. He’s young (turns 21 on May 23). Maybe he hasn’t figured it out yet.” Led DEs in the bench press with 31 reps. Wonderlic of 23. “I don’t think he played real well this year,” a third scout said. “He gained so much weight and had a bad year. He’s a very stiff guy. Very strong. He’s not elite.” From Monroe, Ga.
3. KONY EALY, Missouri (6-4, 265, 4.69, 1-2) — Fourth-year junior with 25 starts in 38 games at DE. “I think he could grow into a five-technique,” said one scout. “I see him as a rush guy like Paul Kruger was in Baltimore. Where 80, 90% of the time he’s rushing. He could do that and eventually grow into a D-end.” The 4-3 teams view him as a base end. “I question his fire,” another scout said. “If you got the right kind of coaching and put a boot into him, he might be a very good player. Whenever something doesn’t work he just shuts her down. He’s just kind of out of control. He gets washed out, then he’ll make a big-time play.” Finished with 93 tackles (27½ for loss) and 14 sacks. Wonderlic of 10. “He thinks he’s already an Aldon Smith-type player,” a third scout said. “Classic con man. I don’t trust this kid. He will be just a big pain in the (expletive). He’s one of those ‘let somebody else draft him’ guys.” From New Madrid, Mo. Added a fourth scout: “There’s no outstanding traits about him other than he gives you some versatility in a bad (defensive-line) draft. He’s a mess. Somebody’s going to draft him because they need a defensive end and overdraft him.”
4. DEE FORD, Auburn (6-2, 248, 4.61, 2) — His game revolves almost solely on anticipating the snap. “That’s how he gets everything,” one scout said. “He just jumps, jumps, jumps. Just a little guy that’s not a special pass rusher. He’s got to be a 3-4 guy, but I don’t think he’s that kind of an athlete.” Started 20 of 52 games at DE, finishing with 93 tackles (27½ for loss) and 20½ sacks. “Kind of a one-trick pony guy,” a second scout said. “Just an outside rusher with limited moves at this point. He’s so undersized, he’s not really a factor against the run. If he doesn’t win with quickness and speed right off the bat he doesn’t have the strength, bulk or length to hold the point, anchor and rip off blocks.” From Odenville, Ala. “He’s relentless,” a third scout said. “Little tight. You can play down with smaller guys. Depends how you use him.”
5. KAREEM MARTIN, North Carolina (6-6, 271, 4.72, 2) — Three-year starter. “He’s a lanky, very strong end,” one scout said. “More smoothness and finesse than explosive or quick twitch. Very smart (Wonderlic of 31) and aware. Probably will evolve into being a base end. He’s got the measurables to be a speed guy.” Longest arms (35 inches) at the position. “Developmental, long-armed guy,” a second scout said. “If you take him, you’re strictly projecting the fact his frame is what’s going to make him a good player. Because there’s not a lot of good tape on him at five-technique.” Had 178 tackles (45½ for loss) and 19½ sacks. “He doesn’t play with good leverage against the run on a consistent basis,” a third scout said. From Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
6. SCOTT CRICHTON, Oregon State (6-3, 271, 4.84, 2-3) — Fourth-year junior and one of only five Beavers underclassmen ever to declare early. “I don’t think you miss with him,” one scout said. “He goes 100 miles an hour all the time. He’s more than just a run-around chase guy. He’s tough.” Started at DE in college and probably is best suited to play LE in a 4-3. “He keeps his head down and plays under people’s pads,” one scout said. “This Crichton kid is going to be a terrific player.” Finished with 165 tackles (51 for loss) and 22½ sacks. “He will need to convert his mentality to more of an attack mode and less reading and reacting,” a third scout said. “He’s a base end or a three-technique. He was restricted by the scheme he played in.” From Tacoma, Wash.
7. ED STINSON, Alabama (6-3½, 288, 5.0, 3) — Two-year starter at DE. “He can play the point and he moves well enough,” said one scout. “He’s kind of short as a five-technique. He’d be better in a 4-3.” Finished with 105 tackles (15½ for loss) and 5½ sacks. “He’s a bit underrated,” a second scout said. “There is some concern about his injury (groin) because he hasn’t been able to do much. He can be a solid end.” One team removed him from consideration because of the groin injury that forced him out of the Senior Bowl and combine and hindered him last season. “If he was playing at McNeese or some place like that, people wouldn’t even be paying attention to him,” a third scout said. “I don’t think he can stop the run. He just stands and watches.” From Homestead, Fla.
8. BRENT URBAN, Virginia (6-6½, 296, 4.9, 3) — Two-year starter. “He is the blueprint of a 3-4 end physically,” one scout said. “Very strong.” Junior hockey player from outside Toronto. “He got too big and had to go to football,” said a second scout. “He is a poor man’s J.J. Watt. They look the same. They play the same. Everything about Urban is just lesser than what J.J. had.” Finished with 75 tackles (16½ for loss) and three sacks. His injury-punctuated off-season has worried some teams. “He’s a power guy,” a third scout said. “Size and length (34¼ arms). He can push the pocket but doesn’t have a lot of twitch to get an edge. Lot of batted balls. Plays hard. He’s an ideal 3-4 guy.” Wonderlic of 27.
9. WILL CLARKE, West Virginia (6-6, 273, 4.75, 3) — Some teams feel he can gain the additional 15 to 20 pounds necessary to be a 3-4 DE. “That might be the best thing for him,” one scout said. “If he got to the right place with the right coach he could be better. He flashes athleticism, awareness, bent-knee posture. You see him shouldering blocks. He’s got the capability of getting the lockout (with his arms), but he just doesn’t do it much. His best rush is power. He lacks breathtaking speed.” Finished with 110 tackles (28½ for loss) and 9½ sacks. “He looks like he’s a million miles away,” a third scout said. “He doesn’t use his hands very well. Nothing he can do to win, really.” From Pittsburgh, where he played TE as a prep.
10. TRENT MURPHY, Stanford (6-5½, 255, 4.85, 3) — Increased his sack and tackle for loss numbers each of his four years (three-year starter). “Just a try-hard guy from Stanford,” one scout said. “He’ll end up making a team and hanging around. He’s a lesser Kyle Vanden Bosch. You don’t want to like the guy but he ends up making plays. Not athletic or talented enough.” Biggest hands at the combine (111/8). Wonderlic of 28. “He’s just a guy that has kind of a knack,” another scout said. “He’s long and rangy. He’s got to have some strength development if he’s going to play full-time defensive end (in a 4-3).” Generally played OLB in a 3-4. Amassed 160 tackles (52½ for loss) and 32½ sacks. “Little bit of an enigma for me,” a third scout said. “He’s got all that stat production but when you watch him he’s not really tough or strong (just 19 reps on the bench). I don’t know where to play him. He’s not really a true edge guy.” From Phoenix, where he threw the discus 192-7 as a prep.
OTHERS: Chris Smith, Arkansas; Cassius Marsh, UCLA; Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama; Taylor Hart, Oregon; Larry Webster, Bloomsburg; Aaron Lynch, South Florida; Zach Moore, Concordia (Minn.); Eathyn Manumaleuna, Brigham Young; Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M; Ben Gardner, Stanford; Josh Mauro, Stanford; Ronald Powell, Florida.
1. AARON DONALD, Pittsburgh (6-1, 286, 4.66, 1) — Recorded a historic 40 time for a three-technique and dominated the Senior Bowl. “You could compare him to (John) Randle or the Notre Dame guy that played in San Francisco (Bryant Young) and was really good,” one scout said. “There’s no bad tape on this guy. You want to know how to play a double-team? Watch this guy. Want to know how to play an angle block? Watch this guy. He’s low and has some strength (DT-leading 35 reps on the bench). Tommie Harris never made any plays in college.” Started 30 of 51 games, finishing with 181 tackles (66 for loss) and 29½ sacks. “Believe me, I hate small front-seven players,” another scout said. “But this guy is a small guy that doesn’t play small. Even against Miami, which has enormous O-linemen, they never kicked his (expletive) or drove him out of the hole. His initial quickness is just unbelievable. Every film they game-planned against him and the guy was still productive. He blew out the combine.” Scored 7 on first attempt at Wonderlic, then 25 on the second. One scout said he split the difference for record-keeping. “His speed is rare, and I can’t stand him,” a third scout said. “A 6-foot, 280-pound DT … who’s he going to beat in our league? I think the media has created this guy. Listen. He makes some plays, but our game is not built for him. I like him as a college player, but I don’t see him on our team making a difference.” From Pittsburgh.
2. RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN, Minnesota (6-6, 311, 4.99, 1-2) — Arrived as a 235-pound TE in 2009. “Physically, he’s got tools,” one scout said. “He’s one of those guys, you’ve got to see what’s underneath the grill.” Scored 13 on the Wonderlic. “Some people are smarter than their score,” said another scout. “In his case, I think his score matches up pretty well to what you see on tape. Those guys on that line at Minnesota played hard. Except him, he’s kind of fooling around. He had two sacks the whole year and he’s probably the most talented physical specimen in the Big Ten at the position. He has no feel on the pass rush. He just throttles it down whenever he gets stymied. If things don’t go he just stops. You’ve got your hands full coaching him. I just don’t think mentally it’s there.” Started his final two of four seasons, finishing with 91 tackles (24 for loss) and 10 sacks. “You’ve got to like him because of the ability,” a third scout said. “But he just wallows around sometimes. He gets knocked on his back. Takes himself out of games. But a big, giant guy. When he goes he hits heavy and shows a lot of athletic ability.” Born in Lansing, Mich., but grew up in Minneapolis.
3. LOUIS NIX, Notre Dame (6-2½, 331, 5.35, 1-2) — Fourth-year junior. “High risk, high reward,” one scout said. “He’s a 3-4 nose. Very stout. He has power rush. He’s got a personality. Not a distraction. It’s just staying on him to work and be conscientious of his diet. I’d take Raji over him. B.J. is just more reliable.” One of 13 siblings from Jacksonville, Fla. “He’s the purest of all nose tackles,” a second scout said. “He’s consistent but he’s got a little Notre Dame (expletive) to him.” Loquacious, loves interviews. “He calls himself ‘Irish Chocolate,'” said a third scout. “He’s more like that kid Baltimore took (Terrence Cody).” Finished with 123 tackles (14 for loss) and 2½ sacks. “Whatever he weighed at the combine (331), he’s going to be 350,” a fourth scout said. Long arms (33). Wonderlic of 23. “He can be better than Raji,” a fifth scout said. “A lot of people will say, ‘Well, he’s not into football that much.’ But where do you find guys that can do that? This year against Oklahoma the center (Gabe Ikard) kind of tied him up. That bothered me. But look at it this way. Notre Dame’s linebackers didn’t even go to the combine. That’s how bad they were.”
4. TIMMY JERNIGAN, Florida State (6-1½, 302, 5.03, 1-2) — Third-year junior. “For his size he’s exceptionally strong,” one scout said. “He’s the man-child in the weight program there. You see that power on tape. He does get swallowed up. His effectiveness as a nose can get nullified. He’s going to have to be a three-technique. I still think he’s got enough body quickness and tremendous raw power. Power is his main asset. He’s not a true nose unless you’re tilting him.” Started just one season, finishing with 139 tackles (25 for loss) and 8½ tackles. “Just a try-hard effort guy,” another scout said. “He’s not stout. He’s just consistent.” From Lake City, Fla. “He starts and is a good player,” a third scout said. “Like him, don’t love him. He’ll fade on you. You won’t see him sometimes. He has really good three-technique quickness but not first-round three-technique quickness. He has some strength, but he’ll get swallowed up by some big people.” Wonderlic of 20.
5. DaQUAN JONES, Penn State (6-4, 323, 5.38, 2-3) — Voted MVP of the 2013 Nittany Lions by teammates. “More of a space-eater,” one scout said. “He’s a good kid. Plays hard. He could get overdrafted because he’s big and strong and those guys go higher than they should sometimes. If you want a guy to eat the blocks up he’ll do it. Just don’t think he’s a pass rusher.” Started two of four seasons, finishing with 92 tackles (15½ for loss) and 4½ sacks. Played three-technique but some teams project him to one- or five-technique. “I didn’t see him as a nose,” another scout said. “Maybe I want too big, the (Casey) Hampton or B.J. Raji or (Vince) Wilfork. But he can take two blocks.” From Johnson City, N.Y.
6. DOMINIQUE EASLEY, Florida (6-1½, 288, 5.0, 2-3) — Blew out his left ACL late in 2011 and his right ACL last season in practice after three games. “The knees are OK with us,” one scout said. “That’s what will make him fall to the second round or maybe early third.” Penetrating style of DT best suited for 4-3 teams. “He’s as good as (Aaron) Donald,” another scout said. “Really a good player.” Started 26 of 32 games, finishing with 72 tackles (18 for loss) and 5½ sacks. “Plays hard,” a third scout said. “When he hits it right, he’s disruptive. But he’s disruptive both ways. He’ll get knocked out of the hole. He’ll get gashed. Hurt all the time. He has five career sacks. We’ve got people here who love him.” From Staten Island, N.Y. Added another scout: “Even big, strong guys have trouble with him because he’s in their pads so fast. He can create inversion. That’s how he survives. Big guys will wash him. He gets swallowed.”
7. EGO FERGUSON, Louisiana State (6-3, 308, 5.13, 2-3) — Started one season at DT in a 4-3 before departing as a fourth-year junior. “He’s not a pass rusher, but he’s a very strong, physical guy that works hard,” said one scout. “Really wants to be good. Impressive person. Good family.” Posted 85 tackles (five for loss) and one sack. “He’s overrated,” a second scout said. “In a year or two he could get to be a starter. He didn’t make enough plays. Because he was at LSU and wore that uniform, his (reputation) was a little bit that.” From Mims, Fla.
8. SHAMAR STEPHEN, Connecticut (6-5, 320, 5.24, 3-4) — Three-year starter. “UConn had a terrible season, but this guy played really well,” one scout said. “He’s the reason (Yawin) Smallwood got a lot of tackles. He’s a big space-eater run player. Not a pass rusher. They’re getting beat by 40 points and this kid was still playing his (expletive) off. He’s a little limited athletically.” Finished with 130 tackles (17 for loss) and five sacks. “He’s a big, strong guy when he wants to be,” said another scout. “No help on the rush. Doesn’t go hard very often. On the ground too much.” From Brookville, N.Y.
9. DANIEL McCULLERS, Tennessee (6-7, 350, 5.32, 4) — Weighed about four bills in junior college. “He can’t move — that’s the problem,” said one scout. “But all he’s got to do is fall down and he creates a pile. I wouldn’t mess with him but somebody will.” Started in a 3-4 in 2012 and in a 4-3 in ’13. “His arms (365/8) are as long as I’ve seen and hands are 11,” a second scout said. “He’s so big and so strong.” Finished with 72 tackles (10 for loss) and 1½ sacks. “Dog, lazy, doesn’t love football,” a third scout said. “I wouldn’t touch him.” Scored 11 and then 17 on the Wonderlic. “He’s not going to have any trouble picking up a system,” said a fourth scout. “Raised by his grandparents. Good kid. He just hasn’t played consistently.” From Raleigh, N.C.
10. WILL SUTTON, Arizona State (6-0½, 300, 5.35, 4) — Two-time Pac-12 defensive player of the year even though he had 13 sacks in 2012 and then merely four in ’13. “He’s this round-bellied, short-legged, short-armed fat guy who reminded me of Jimmie Jones at Dallas,” one scout said. “There’s so much not to like about him. Then all of a sudden he’s making plays. He’ll have trouble with power at the NFL level.” Was a disruptive force at about 275 as a junior before deciding to add about 40 pounds for last season. “He lost everything he had,” another scout said. “He’s still short but now he doesn’t have the quickness and burst. Somebody will try to cut the weight on him to see if he can get that back.” Finished with 161 tackles (45½ for loss) and 20½ sacks. Father, Mickey, played in three games at CB and returned five punts for the ’89 Packers. From Corona, Calif.
OTHERS: Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech; Anthony Johnson, Louisiana State; Caraun Reid, Princeton; Jay Bromley, Syracuse; Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina; Deandre Coleman, California; Khyri Thornton, Southern Mississippi; Tenny Palepoi, Utah; Beau Allen, Wisconsin; Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State; Bruce Gaston, Purdue; Mike Pennel, Colorado State-Pueblo; Zach Kerr, Delaware.