2013 DRAFT: PASS RUSHERS
1. Dion Jordan – Oregon
6-6, 248 lbs
Dion Jordan is the most versatile pass rusher in the entire 2013 draft class because of the versatility he could provide to the team that drafts him. In the NFL he could become a ROLB, SLB, or a DE in a 4-3 scheme. Jordan is extremely athletic with outstanding length. Jordan played a variety of positions at Oregon, even lining up against slot wide receivers. Jordan is a natural bender and will be the best pass rusher in this draft class a few years from now.
2. Barkevious Mingo – LSU
6-4, 241 lbs
Barkevious “KeKe” Mingo is another long, athletic pass rusher, similar to Jordan. Mingo has an explosive first step and posses the ability to bend around left tackles. Mingo reminds some of a young DeMarcus Ware with his freakish ability to beat tackles off the line of scrimmage. Mingo was misused at LSU as he was primarily asked to control gaps and rarely asked to pin his ears back and get the quarterback. Mingo has a really high ceiling in the NFL, but will need to continue to build his body and improve his strength to hold up against the run.
3. DE Ezekial “Ziggy” Ansah
6-5, 271 lbs
A former track athlete from Ghana, Ansah might be the most physically gifted athlete in the entire draft class. At 6-5 and weighing in at 271 pounds, Ansah ran a 4.63 forty yard dash time and jumped 34.5 inches in the vertical jump without training. Ansah is as athletic as they come, but he has a long ways to go to become a dominant pass rusher. Right now Ansah relies solely on his athleticism to win and needs to learn the game before he will make an impact in the NFL. Ansah has elite potential and will be drafted high because of it. But in order for him to become worthy of his draft status, he will need to learn proper hand technique and develop pass rushing moves.
4. DE Tank Carradine – Florida St.
6-4, 276 lbs.
Carradine might have been number one on this list if he hadn’t torn his ACL late in the season as he is the most natural pass rusher in this draft class. Tank was very productive once he became the starter in 2012. He registered 11 sacks in 11 starts. Tank is an outstanding worker and plays with tremendous passion. The team that drafts Carradine might have to wait a year for him to fully recover, but they will be getting a future game changer at the defensive end position.
5. Jarvis Jones – Georgia
6-3, 240 lbs
Jarvis Jones was one of the premier sack artists in the NCAA last season, but a poor pre-draft process has dropped him down on my list. Jones is the prototypical 3-4 linebacker with elite football athleticism when he just is asked to rush the passer. Jones does posses violent hands that can knock offensive lineman off balance. The knock on Jones is that he isn’t the most explosive athlete moving in reverse and teams are afraid he won’t be able to effectively drop back into pass coverage.