A Prospect For Every Round: Defensive End

Illinois defender Michael Buchanan certainly has the size and length Bill Belichick prefers. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Today we’ll take a look at this year’s defensive end class, with one prospect which could draw New England’s attention being profiled for each round of the draft; availability in each round is determined by FRX‘s prospect rankings, with their FRX values listed as well. Read on to find out who made the cut.

1. Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, Florida St. (FRX: #37 overall prospect, $1,023)

Carradine could have been selected in the top ten or fifteen picks had he not suffered a torn ACL against Florida during the Seminoles’ season finale; nonetheless, he is perhaps the defensive end with the best combination of size, strength, length, explosiveness, and college production. His reaction times are slightly concerning, but his similarities to 2012 first-round pick Chandler Jones should interest the Patriots at #29.

2. Corey Lemonier, Auburn* (FRX: #63 overall prospect, $642)

Lemonier struggled this past season, recording just 5.5 sacks after tallying 9.5 in 2011, but his combination of size, strength, and athleticism could appeal to the Patriots. At 6’4”, 255 pounds and with 34.5” arms, he has ideal size for New England’s scheme, and his workout numbers were among the most impressive among pass rushers in Indianapolis (4.56 second 40, 7.14 cone, 4.40 shuttle, 27 reps on the bench.)

3. John Simon, Ohio St. (FRX: #106 overall prospect, $466)

Having been coached by Urban Meyer this past season, with former Patriot Mike Vrabel as his positional coach, John Simon may appeal to New England despite his lack of prototypical size (6’2”, 257 pounds.) Simon is a relentless pass rusher who plays with power and explosion; the Buckeyes have played him at defensive end, defensive tackle, and as a rusher out of a two-point stance. He could replace Jermaine Cunningham.

4. Michael Buchanan, Illinois (FRX: #138 overall prospect, $438)

Buchanan arrived at Illinois weighing 220 pounds as a freshman, but tipped the scales at 255 pounds in Indianapolis. An incredibly tall prospect at 6’6” with 34” arms, Buchanan’s frame has even more room for development. His short shuttle time (4.44 seconds) left something to be desired, but he timed well in the 40-yard dash (4.71) and three-cone drill (6.91). His production fell off this season after Whitney Mercilus left.

5. David Bass, Missouri Western St. (FRX: #190 overall prospect, $425)

New England doesn’t typically favor small-school prospects, but there is some precedent for such as a selection, as the Patriots drafted Markell Carter out of Central Arkansas during the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Bass was a productive college athlete (39.5 sacks over fifty games) and possesses encouraging size (6’4”, 262 pounds) and athleticism (4.74 in the 40-yard dash, 7.07 cone drill, 4.33 short shuttle.)

6. Walter Stewart, Cincinnati (FRX: #190 overall prospect, #425)

Stewart presents a serious medical risk (he has a congenital spine abnormality) but would be an interesting gamble given his burst off the edge. A tall linebacker convert at 6’4” and with 33” arms, he added thirty pounds over the course of his college career (improving his weight from 216 to 246 pounds) and recorded a total of ten sacks, six forced fumbles, and eighteen tackles for loss over nineteen games as a junior and senior.

7. Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame (FRX: #190 overall prospect, $425)

The torn ACL Lewis-Moore suffered in the BCS Championship Game could actually work in his favor, as it would prevent him from being forced to beat out some of the defensive linemen currently on roster in the preseason; instead, he could be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list while he gets more acclimated to the NFL. An oversized defensive end who played five-technique at Notre Dame, he offers some positional and schematic versatility.

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21 Responses to “A Prospect For Every Round: Defensive End”

  1. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    For me, Cornellius Carradine is the pick of DE’s for the Patriots. I do not think he will play much in pre-season, and could start the season on the PUP list. As Matthew mentioned, about DE Lewis-Moore , Carradine could be a favorable roster move, To play later in the year, and be a valueable future player.

  2. John M says:

    The Pats should just take the best 3 defensive players on the board in the first 3 rounds. Please don’t get a WR. They have no clue on who to draft at WR. Everyone that’s guessing on who they’ll pick with their first 3 choices will be wrong again.

    • MatthewJones says:

      Although quite a few receivers bust, I think the Patriots have quite a few solid options at wide receiver this year. Personally, I think guys like Robert Woods, Terrance Williams, Quinton Patton, and Stedman Bailey may be the most natural fits, but someone like Markus Wheaton, Justin Hunter, or Keenan Allen could be good too.

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Woods, Bailey, and Patton fit the best, next would be Dobson,Wheaton, and especially K. Stills and the hardass of the group with LB mentality Da Rick Rogers.

    • jim r says:

      I agree get the wr’s If they pick up extra picks in round 3 or 4. What about a guy like Devin Taylor in round 3/4

      • MaineMan says:

        Taylor has great size and good athleticism for that size, and has shown some talent as a pass-rusher. However, he lacks versatility, technique and discipline and may have an attitude problem. At the Shrine Game practices, he complained about wanting to be able to play HIS game without being told what to do by the coaches. I’m pretty sure that won’t fly with BB.

    • Nuf Ced says:

      I agree… not a fan of taking a WR. Our offense is NOT the problem; the defense does not have enough play makers.

      • Stephen says:

        One could argue that the offense was not problem last two years in regular season but the offense has certainly lost last two playoff games. Mr Brady was terrible vs. Ravens & not much better against Giants. He had chances to put Baltimore away and didn’t. When Pat’s play good defenses they lose. San Fran, Balt (twice) Seattle last year. I believe its reason Welker is gone. That offense could not move chains or score points in big games against tough D’s. Sure Pat’s need more player’s on defensive side of ball but offense needs a WR play maker to open field for Gronk and Hernandez. I’m not saying a deep threat because we all know over 20+ yard throws is not in Brady’s strong suit.

  3. sco508 says:

    If the Hooded One picks Margus Hunt i will cry for 3 days !

    He is a total waste of a 1st round draft pick he has yet to play the way
    his frame /speed/ burst suggest put on the Tape remember the Tape will not lie and his tape shows me he’s a big guy who gets washed out of plays way to easy for a Man that size and fast and remember this is the Pats . Not the Raiders you have to have the Football IQ and Hunt just dosnt show that on Tape ! With that said i myself am starting to lean towards D. Jones or K. Short . But i think who we really need is John Jenkins NT Georgia a Very Big Big Man !!!

    Big Vince can’t continue to play 87% of are Defensive snaps . News Flash he’s getting old people . With that said he still is the Best NT in the NFL but for how long ? 1 more year 2 more ? well at 87% of are Def. Snaps it won’t even be that long!

    In Hoodie I Trust !!!

  4. J H TARBORO says:

    Mathew Jones, 1 more late round candidate Brandon Jenkins DE/OLB 6’3 260 reminds me of Elvis Dumerville but bigger, very explosive and can bend the corners very well.

  5. Trev says:

    Hunt at #59 would be great, as his upside is quite high, but his “bust potential” makes him to risky at #29.

  6. J H TARBORO says:

    good article and good choices, in my opinion the best fit Datone Jones UCLA

    • MatthewJones says:

      He’s another solid option in the first round; I like that he could potentially play as either a one or two-gap left end in the 4-3, while sliding inside to defensive tackle on obvious passing downs. Ultimately, I think he could be gone by the time New England is on the clock, though; one team that makes a lot of sense as a destination is the New York Giants, who should be thinking about finding Justin Tuck’s replacement.

      • manxman2601 says:

        I just think Jones’ arms are too short for a Patriot first round pick.

        I’m very surprised you didn’t mention Margus Hunt. His lack of experience and age are a problem but his length and athleticism are very Patriot-like. He also has the ability to play LDE and move inside on passing downs.

        • J H TARBORO says:

          i like Margus Hunt another great fit never mind the age factor.

        • MatthewJones says:

          Just not sure that Hunt really plays up to that athleticism on the field. I like him, but he projects more as an Adam Carriker than a J.J. Watt or something. I think his best fit is as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense. I’d consider him in the second round, but could probably choose a more productive guy there. Should end up going in the mid-to-late second on draft day.

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