Midlands 2014: Scout 300 DEs

Taking a closer look at the five Midlands defensive ends who earned the distinction of being named to the Scout300 on Monday...

No. 32 Solomon Thomas - DE - Coppell (Texas) Coppell
He is tough against the run, but also has the ability to get after the quarterback and wreak some havoc in the backfield. He has the frame to possibly grow out of the defensive end position after a few years in a college strength and conditioning program, but has the athleticism to stick as a strongside end with a great burst and change of direction. He uses his hands well to manipulate offensive linemen and make plays against the run.

No. 55 Myles Garrett - DE - Arlington (Texas) Martin
He has great size and speed and is just overall one of the most physically impressive specimens in the country. Boasts a scathing 4.5 40-yard dash and a 4.09 pro-shuttle. He is cat quick off the edge and a dynamite pass rusher. At times he also shows great strength and can be powerfully overwhelming at the point of attack. He pursues the run well down the field and has the range and pursuit to make backside plays. Will grow with consistency.

No. 133 Derick Roberson - DE - San Antonio (Texas) Brennan - Texas
Fiery player, who will lead the 'D' with big plays behind the line of scrimmage. Quick off the edge and can use his burst to get to the outside and blow past offensive tackles, but will also use that same speed to set them up so that he can dip inside and make plays. Can disengage easily from HS players with good explosion. He needs to work on technique and get stronger, but he does do a good job of using his hands to get off of blocks.

No. 180 Jarrett Johnson - DE - Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes - Texas A&M
Johnson is a prospect with a lot of upside. He is a well-rounded defensive end with good size and build for the position. He can get after the quarterback in the backfield, but he is also very good against the run. He has good hips and effectively uses his hands to get off of blocks. He has good balance and awareness in the open field, pursuing the ball from the backside and making plays. Could be the type to have a monster senior season.

No. 192 Deondre Clark - DE - Oklahoma City (Okla.) Douglass – LSU
Clark has a nice combination of size, speed and athleticism. He plays an H-back role on offense, which shows his ability to run and move. On defense, he shows excellent pursuit skills, is physical at the point of attack and is a reliable tackler. He is a big hitter who will at times just completely bury the ball carrier. He can take on and defeat blocks and has the natural instincts to find the ball and make the play. A playmaker on 'D'.

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