2013 NFL Draft defensive end rankings

Sarah Glenn

If there was a single word to define the defensive end class in the 2013 NFL Draft, it's upside. Some of the best players at the position are also the biggest risks in the draft.

If there was a single word to define the defensive end class in the 2013 NFL Draft, it's upside. Some of the best players at the position are also the biggest risks in the draft.

Damontre Moore was unblockable at times this season. He's fast enough to play right end in the NFL, but versatile enough to rush from the inside or standing up as a linebacker. The risk on Moore is his size. He's somewhat light for the position, which may scare off some traditional 4-3 teams.

The risk in Bjoern Werner of Florida State is that he's only played football for five years. He may not have that elite first step, but he makes up for it with athleticism around the edge. Dion Jordan is equally athletic, but he was used as much in coverage as he was as a blitzer. LSU's Sam Montgomery is a powerful, hustle pass rusher but his stats just weren't there this season. Ezekiel Ansah of BYU may actually be the best of the bunch, but he's the rawest and least refined.

1. Damontre Moore | 6'4, 250 pounds | Defensive end | Texas A&M *
2. Bjoern Werner | 6'4, 272 pounds | Defensive end | Florida State *
3. Dion Jordan | 6'6, 243 pounds | Defensive end | Oregon
4. Sam Montgomery | 6'5, 260 pounds | Defensive end | LSU *
5. Ezekiel Ansah | 6'6, 270 pounds | Defensive end | BYU
6. Alex Okafor | 6'4, 260 pounds | Defensive end | Texas
7. Cornelius Carradine | 6'5, 265 pounds | Defensive end | Florida State
8. William Gholston | 6'7, 275 pounds | Defensive end | Michigan State *
9. John Simon | 6'2, 270 pounds | Defensive end | Ohio State
10. Corey Lemonier | 6'4, 242 pounds | Defensive end | Auburn *
11. Datone Jones | 6'4, 275 pounds | Defensive end | UCLA
12. Morgan Breslin | 6'2, 250 pounds | Defensive end | USC *
13. Quanterus Smith | 6'5, 249 pounds | Defensive end | Western Kentucky
14. Margus Hunt | 6'8, 295 pounds | Defensive end | SMU
15. Malliciah Goodman | 6'4, 280 pounds | Defensive end | Clemson
16. Kareem Martin | 6'6, 260 pounds | Defensive end | North Carolina *
17. James Gayle | 6'4, 269 pounds | Defensive end | Virginia Tech *
18. Michael Buchanan | 6'5, 240 pounds | Defensive end | Illinois
19. Devin Taylor | 6'6, 260 pounds | Defensive end | South Carolina
20. Lavar Edwards | 6'5, 258 pounds | Defensive end | LSU
21. Brad Madison | 6'4, 265 pounds | Defensive end | Missouri
22. Craig Roh | 6'4, 269 pounds | Defensive end | Michigan
23. Cameron Meredith | 6'4, 260 pounds | Defensive end | Nebraska
24. Damion Square | 6'3, 286 pounds Defensive end | Alabama
25. Travis Long | 6'4, 245 pounds | Defensive end | Washington State

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