The Sporting News: Top 7 Pass Rush Prospects.

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    A look at the top pass rushers in the 2011 NFL draft. Also, check out Sporting News' latest mock draft.

    3. Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson Bowers is a well-built end (6-4, 275) with a rare combination of very good athleticism, elite competitiveness, excellent playing strength and natural pass-rush skill. With his speed, he is never going to jump off film as an edge rusher, but when it comes to controlling offensive tackles, he has the strength and hand technique to be very good. He also has a variety of good pass rush moves to help him get to the quarterback. Bowers is only a junior, but he is very polished. He has the talent to contribute as a pass rusher early in his NFL career.

    4. Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
    Clayborn is a very effective pass rusher, but he isn't a classic speedy edge rusher. He is much better suited to be a power-rushing end in a 4-3 or an end in a 3-4. At 6-4, 285, he regularly drives offensive tackles back on his bull rush, and he has a variety of other good pass-rush moves. He lacks explosiveness and range, though, so he isn't as effective on stunts. NFL scouts love his ability to use his strength, power and long arms to consistently defeat pass blockers and pressure the quarterback. 5. Greg Romeus, DE, PittRomeus (6-6, 270) is most effective as a power rusher off the edge. He has long arms and above-average lateral quickness and change-of-direction skills. He gains a lot of ground quickly because of his long strides, but he lacks the explosiveness to close on the quarterback and needs to work to improve his pass-rush moves. He underwent back surgery in September and will miss a good chunk of his senior season, so unless he comes back at full strength, that likely will hurt his draft status.


    7. Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
    Fairley is consistently quick off the ball, and he uses his long arms to control offensive linemen. He has a strong bull rush, and he can consistently shed blocks and use his strong burst to get to the quarterback. At 6-5, 298, he uses his hands surprisingly well. Not only does he get sacks, but he also does a good job of getting his hands up to tip passes. Fairley has the talent to become an elite pass-rushing tackle in a 4-3 scheme or and end in a 3-4, but he needs more experience and polish.

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