DE Elvis Dumervil
As the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and the winner of the Bronko Nagurski and Ted Hendricks awards you would think that Elvis Dumervil would be the top rated defensive end on everyone's value board. Unfortunately, his 20 sacks and 11 forced fumbles didn't impress the draft experts in the same way they impressed the NCAA voters.
Despite the large numbers he put up in college, Dumervil never went head to head with top-tier NFL talent. Once he made it to the Senior Bowl and had to match up with the nation's best offensive linemen, he wasn't nearly as impressive. With that being said he wasn't a complete flop, either, and stories of his poor performance were over-exaggerated.
Dumervil's best asset is his quick burst and initial first step. Although he doesn't time well in the forty-yard dash, he can cover the first ten yards better than he's gotten credit for. Dumervil might perform better in the NFL as a left defensive end where he can match up against tackles that tend to struggle a little more often in pass protection.
Technique-wise, Dumervil has a large arsenal of pass rush moves and usually does a good job of maintaining his leverage and balance. This is the reason he was able to produce big numbers despite being double and triple teamed on every play.
Dumervil is the 92nd rated player on Warpaint Illustrated's value board and carries an early third-round grade.
Comparable Player: Poor mans Dwight Freeney and probably a situational pass rusher in a 4-3 defense
DE Victor Adeyanju
Adeyanju was an iron man for the Hoosiers defense over his collegiate career, starting 43 straight games. He has always been productive when it comes to making tackles, although only 13.5 of those tackles over his career were sacks.
Even though Adeyanju has a great deal of starting experience, he's still rather raw as a player. His fundamentals are lacking, but you can occasionally see him flash greatness as an athlete. He has an explosive first step and will benefit greatly from NFL coaching. Once he combines sound technique with his natural ability he can surpass several defensive ends that will be drafted ahead of him.
Right now Adeyanju should be perceived as a project. However, his strong work ethic should tell any suitor that he'll be willing to do what it takes to get better.
Adeyanju is the 93rd rated player on Warpaint Illustrated's value board and carries an early third round grade.
Comparable Player: At a minimum he can become a player like Kansas City's Eric Hicks but has the potential to reach the level of New York's Kenechi Udeze
DE Ray Edwards
Edwards was one of the country's top defensive ends in 2004 but saw his production fall off in 2005. The Boilermaker's best defender over the past two years finds himself in the middle of a strong class of defensive ends.
Physically, Edwards has every measurable you look for in an NFL defensive end. With an explosive burst, fluid movement and superb body control he has the natural skills to become a special player at the next level. With this kind of physical ability it is hard to understand how he failed to live up to his ability during his last year of NCAA football.
Edwards' long and slender frame has the room for an additional 20 pounds of muscle. If he can bulk up to 290 pounds he'd be a great option as a dual threat defensive end in a 3-4 defense.
Like the rest of the players at this level of the draft, Edwards is considered a project. With his physical attributes he could wind up being the Chris Canty of this years draft.
Edwards's stock has recently taken a slight dip on Warpaint Illustrated's value board and now he carries an early third-round grade.
Comparable Player: If he stays at his current weight he has the potential to be a similar player to Atlanta's Patrick Kerney.
2006 NFL Draft: Defensive End Profiles Part 3
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