2013 DE Class-
I love this class, and by that I mean that I may have never seen class of pass rushers that is this good in a long time. I see eight legitimate DEís in this class that could become double digit sack artists in the NFL. I expect a run on defensive end prospects to occur in the middle of the first round, many of these guys could be considered 43 or 34 fits because of how big and athletic they are.
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Most Intriguing Prospect: Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky, #4 2013 DE
Some might say that I have Quanterus Smith too high, and maybe I do but Im not going to be shy about moving talent up and letís be clear Smith has plenty of talent. The 6í5, 248 lbs DE from the Sun Belt conference has been turning heads left and right this season with his ability to beat the OT and get to the QB. He ranks among the nationís leaders in sacks and looks to only beginning to understand what he may be capable of doing.
Other 2013 DE Notes:
-If you donít know who Dion Jordan (Oregon, #1 2013 DE) is or have never seen him stop reading this right now, and go find some tape on him (click here). Ok now that youíve watched him, do I really need to say more?
-Along with Smith (above) another DE prospect who has come out of nowhere was Cornelius (Tank) Carradine (FSU, #3 2013 DE). Carradine came on in relief of Brandon Jenkins when he suffered a season ending injury and he has become a dominant force in the ACC. A former top ranked JUCO recruit Carradine is showing why FSU went after him so hard in recruiting.
-Two guys to watch who may not get billed as top prospects but have big time potential; Margus Hunt (SMU, #5 2013 DE) and Ezekial Ansah (BYU, #8 2013 DE). Both are athletic freaks who are still relatively new to the game of football. Hunt was a former track and field athlete who has become well known for his brute strength at the point of attack and ability to block kicks. Ansah came from the track background and has shocked people across the country with how much speed he has in his frame. Some whispers have already begun on if Ansah could sneak all the way into the first round?
-Division II pass rusher David Bass is my top ranked small school pass rusher, this guy is a beast coming off the edge in MIAA and knows how to get after it. Look for Bass to blow up post season workouts and skyrocket up boards.
-No DE prospect has been a bigger disappointment to me this year that Devin Taylor (South Carolina, #13 2013 DE). I could have dropped Taylor much lower but we wonder if maybe heís still trying to learn how to play within himself. By that I mean that he looks awkward with his pass rush and is not quite sure how best to utilize his long arms and thick frame. I think maybe with some improved coaching Taylor can get his game back to that next level.
-The last guy I want to mention is Cornelius Washington (UGA, #11 2013 DE), he is seriously miscast and over shadowed at UGA. Washington is a guy who has played up and down on the line, heís played inside and outside and heís done it all in a frame that goes about 6í4, 270ish. Heís an ideal LE in a 43 scheme and with his athleticism should be able to make an impact very quickly.