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Ell’s Top 5 Defensive Ends NFL Draft 2022

Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson surpasses Kayvon Thibodeaux in rankings

1. Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

Strengths: size/athleticism, high motor/ability to set the edge versus run and the pass     

Weakness: speed/ability to play in space, some technique issues

Draft Projection: Top 3

2. Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

Strengths: strength/athleticism, pass rush/pass rush moves         

Weakness: consistency versus run/size to take on O-line, injuries

Draft Projection: Top 3 – Top 10

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3. Travon Walker, Georgia

Strengths: strength/strong hands, potential/versatility (DE, LB, DT)

Weakness: awareness/some technique issues, learning as a pass rusher

Draft Projection: Top 10 – Top 15

4. Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State

Strengths: size/athleticism, versatility (LB/DE)/potential 

Weakness: consistency/motor, only 1yr at DE (raw)/some technique issues          

Draft Projection: Top 15 – Late 1st Round

5. George Karlaftis, Purdue

Strengths: size/strength, bull rush versus run, pass, double-teams             

Weakness: stiffness, run stopping technique

Draft Projection: Top 15 – Late 1st Round

Position Grade: A-

The Defensive End position is in the conversation at the top of the draft with the lack of QBs, led by Hutchinson who is still in consideration to go #1. Hutchinson should be a consistent conventional pass rusher with a high floor. Thibodeaux was originally in the mix for #1 but he should still go high in the draft; he will be considered more of an edge rusher based on his size and should be used multiple ways. Walker has risen up draft boards after a strong combine and offers scheme and positional versatility which adds to his potential, he should help stop the run early. Johnson caught scouts eyes at the Senior Bowl practices to the point he didn’t need to play in the game; he can play in any scheme and should play early and often. Karlaftis is higher on other lists depending how much you like his pass rush; he is evidently strong and should be a consistent balanced player who can stop the run and pass. Other players to watch are Drake Jackson, USC, Cameron Thomas, San Diego State, Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina, and Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati.  

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