What's the one (1) thing these draft profiles from Fox Sports have in common.
Position: DE School/Team: Troy
Height: 6-4 Weight: 232 lbs.
Ware is an athletic defensive end with good change of direction. He also has a quick first step off the line and uses his hands effectively to get a solid punch. He has some pass rush potential, but he needs to develop more moves and refine his technique.
Ware has been a productive end in college, playing for an improved Troy program, and looked dominant at times. His great speed allows him to play sideline to sideline and cover more ground than an average defensive end. His 38 inch vertical leap is unheard of at his position. He has gained 35 pounds since his freshman year at Troy and may need to do that again to stay on the defensive line on Sundays.
Ware projects by many scouts as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
Position: DE School/Team: LSU
Height: 6-4 Weight: 298 lbs.
2004 turned out to be a very memorable season for Spears. He was named First-Team All-America by Walter Camp, AFCA, and the AP, was a semifinalist for the Lombardi, Bednarik, and Lott awards, and ranked second in the SEC with nine sacks.
Spears also posted 49 tackles, 17 for a loss, one interception, and 21 hurries en route to one of the most dominating seasons by a LSU lineman in school history. He has good size, long arms and a ton of athletic ability.
A playmaker that can score on the defensive side of the ball, Spears is a versatile athlete that was touted as one of the top tight end prospects coming out of high school. Quick and agile for a big man, he is tough against the run, but he needs to play with better leverage and refine his technique.
Spears lacks top speed to play the end and may not be tough enough for the inside. A position change may be in order upon his arrival in the NFL, but he could be a solid end in a 3-4 scheme.
Position: DE School/Team: Virginia
Height: 6-7 Weight: 290 lbs.
An effective defensive end in the ACC since his sophomore year, Canty suffered a season ending knee injury his senior season. His recovery will be the true key on where Canty will be drafted. If his knee is healed, he could be drafted much higher than if it isn't. Canty still has a lot of upside and could end up being better in the pros than he was in college. He is an athletically gifted, run stuffing end who played that position in Virginia's 3-4 scheme. He has great size for the NFL, with a huge frame and long arms. Many scouts believe he could become a good pass rusher despite never really being given the opportunity in college. He has good strength, and he is quick and agile, which allowed him to be a successful pass rusher in limited chances. He's also shown the ability to play tight end in goal line situations due to his large frame. He could end up as a 3-4 defensive end in the NFL.
Position: DT School/Team: Auburn
Height: 6-5 Weight: 278 lbs.
A defensive end before moving to tackle, Ratliff is a good athlete with desire to improve. He probably has a better chance for success as an end in the NFL, as he does not have the size for the inside just yet. Ratliff has good size with a frame to get even bigger and has the athleticism to be a productive left end in the NFL. His game is still a little raw, and he needs to improve his technique, but he is a hard worker and should continue to develop at the pro level. He needs to learn to play with better leverage and strength, and he must improve his durability, as injuries have hampered him throughout his career. Ratliff is a hard working, team player with some upside as a pro, and will best succeed in a 3-4 scheme as an end.