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The '06 class of defensive ends is solid group highlighted by numerous undersized pass-rushing terrors that also project as outside linebackers in a 3-4 alignment. Here are the scouting reports on the top twelve defensive ends.

Full Name: Mario Williams School: North Carolina State Pos: DE

Ht: 6-7 Wt: 295 40: 4.73 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-American honors since his freshman campaign. Posted 55/20/13 last year after 57/15/6 as a sophomore.

Pos: Gifted athlete who takes over games and dominates the opposition. Explosive, plays with tremendous pad level and has a burst of speed in every direction. Constantly doubled by opponents yet splits blocks, flashes on the scene and gets tremendous force driving up the field. Flattens off the edge making plays in pursuit or strings plays out laterally.

Neg: Likes to pin his ears back and take off up the field. Does not always use his size as an advantage. Needs to be prodded at times.

Analysis: An exceptional athlete with a great amount of upside potential, Williams has the skills to be labeled an impact defensive player. Moving around the field like a linebacker, he has the ability to force the action on a three-down basis. Needs to complete his game and learn to play hard for 60 minutes yet has All-Pro potential.


Full Name: Manny Lawson School: North Carolina State Pos: DE

Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 241 40: 4.48 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his senior and junior campaigns. Numbers last season were 53/18.5/9.5 after 50/12/7 the prior year.

Pos: Tremendous athlete watching his draft stock soar. Plays with good pad level, is rarely off his feet and makes plays in every direction of the field. Fast off the edge, terrific in pursuit and runs ball carriers down from the backside. Effectively used in space on zone blitzes. Reads the action and stays with assignments. Hard-hitting and plays with an aggressive style.

Neg: Undersized out of a three-point stance and can be engulfed by large blockers. Occasionally takes wide angles to avoid linemen altogether.

Analysis: After a terrific campaign in ‘05, Lawson performed well at the Senior Bowl and combine. Has the skills to stand up over tackle in a 34 defense.


Full Name: Kamerion Wimbley School: Florida State Pos: DE

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 248 40: 4.66 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved into a starting role as a senior and proceeded to win All-Conference honors after totaling 26/11/7.5. Junior numbers included 27/5.5/2 as a back-up.

Pos: Explosive edge-rusher with possibilities as a linebacker in a 34 defense. Plays with great pad level, forceful up the field and splits double-team blocks. Immediately alters his angle and makes plays in every direction. Fast off the edge, plays with balance and stays within his angle of attack. Effective in pursuit

Neg: Engulfed by large opponents or slowed at the point. Struggled with injuries as a starter last year.

Analysis: Flashing big-time abilities the past two seasons, Wimbley comes off a tremendous Senior Bowl where he significantly improved his draft stock. Must add strength and stay injury-free, yet offers terrific upside for the next level.


Full Name: Tamba Hali School: Penn State Pos: DE

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 275 40: 4.75 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who moved from defensive tackle to end as a junior. Senior totals included 65/17/11, leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss. Totaled 51/12/2 as a junior.

Pos: Relentless defender coming off a tremendous senior campaign. Displays top first-step quickness, is fast off the edge and outstanding pursuit from the backside. Plays with good pad level, quickly alters his angle of attack and fast in every direction of the field. Shows an array of hand techniques to protect himself or defeat blocks.

Neg: Needs to improve his body strength as he will be pushed from his angle of attack by large opponents. Occasionally pins his ears back, rushes up the field and over pursues the play.

Analysis: A natural leader slowly developing a complete game, Hali has the ability to fit several schemes at the next level. Offers possibilities as a pass-rushing end in a conventional defense or could stand up over tackle in a 34. Improved his stock last season and headed toward the middle part of round one.


Full Name: Mathias Kiwanuka School: Boston College Pos: DE

Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 266 40: 4.73 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-American honors since his sophomore campaign. Senior totals were 51/16.5/9.5, after 67/25.5/11.5 as a junior. Intercepted three passes in college and broke up 13 more.

Pos: Explosive, game-impacting pass rusher with a high upside. Possesses solid first-step quickness, fast off the edge and makes plays down the line of scrimmage. Keeps his feet moving on contact, effective in pursuit and effective in any direction of the field. Reads the action and immediately locates the ball.

Neg: Slow shedding blocks and can be controlled at the point of attack. Flashes hand technique and an inside move yet more times than not attempts to run around blockers.

Analysis: Highly rated coming into his senior campaign, Kiwanuka struggled with a knee injury and played below expectations last year. Performed poorly in the Senior Bowl and will drop later in the first round than his grade warrants. Could eventually be one of the steals in this draft and develop into a feared, pass-rushing defensive end.


Full Name: Mark Anderson School: Alabama Pos: DE

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 254 40: 4.65 Year: 5Sr

Bio: All-Conference selection last year after totaling 40/10.5/7.5. Posted a career-best 47 tackles as a sophomore when he broke into the starting lineup.

Pos: Athletic defensive end with terrific upside potential. Plays with good pad level, fluid out to the sidelines and fast off the edge. Effective playing in space, resilient and is rarely off his feet. Deceptively strong and stays within his angle of attack.

Neg: Lacks bulk and has difficulty shedding blocks once engaged at the point.

Analysis: Shooting straight up draft boards, Anderson capped off a terrific campaign in ‘05 with solid performances at the Senior Bowl and combine. Offers starting potential in a conventional defense and may ultimately grow into a two-gap lineman.


Full Name: Victor Adeyanju School: Indiana Pos: DE

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 274 40: 4.90 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman. All-Conference selection last season after 47/12/6.5. Junior totals included 40/9.5/4.

Pos: Athletic defensive lineman with tremendous upside potential. Fast off the edge, quickly changes direction and makes plays to the flanks. Holds his ground against blocks and gets push up the field. Plays with good pad level, flashes explosion and nicely redirects to the action. Fights hard to make positive plays.

Neg: Lacks great first-step quickness. Must develop more moves as he gets wired in blocks with marginal opponents. Slow locating the ball and lacks top instincts.

Analysis: A high-motor defender consistent the past four seasons, Adeyanju is a naturally gifted prospect who could be starting in the NFL by his second season.


Full Name: Stanley McClover School: Auburn Pos: DE

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 262 40: 4.72 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Two-year starter and All-Conference selection who posted 31/13.5/8 last season. Sophomore totals were 35/10/7.5.

Pos: Explosive pass-rusher with a high upside for the next level. Quick off the snap, can bend off the edge or pursue from the backside with speed. Displays outstanding range on the field and is fast in any direction. Disciplined, and does more than just mindlessly rush up the field.

Neg: Undersized, lacks strength at the point and can be driven off the line by opponents. Hobbled with an ankle injury last season.

Analysis: A surprise entry into this year's draft, McClover is a developing pass rusher who offers a variety of skills. Must physically mature and improve his strength yet offers starting potential.


Full Name: Parys Haralson School: Tennessee Pos: DE

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 253 40: 4.85 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior campaigns. Totals last season included 39/7.5/2.5 when he intercepted two passes and broke up three more. Posted 43/7/13.5 as a junior.

Pos: Explosive pass rusher coming off a tremendous senior campaign. Displays outstanding first-step quickness, immediately alters his angle of attack and consistently makes plays down the line of scrimmage. Rarely off his feet, plays with good pad level and is explosive in all his actions. Fierce moving up the field and outstanding in pursuit. Effective dropped off the line in space.

Neg: Lacks the size to line up in a three-point stance on an every-down basis. Marginal speed to be considered at linebacker.

Analysis: A self-motivated defender who is constantly flying around the action, Haralson was unstoppable last year and elevated his draft stock. A classic ‘tweener who can stand up over tackle in a 34 alignment or be used as a pass rush specialist.


Full Name: Raymond Edwards School: Purdue Pos: DE

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 273 40: 4.83 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore producing 45/11/8. Yanked from the starting lineup last year, finishing with 28/11/5.5.

Pos: Playmaking defensive end coming off a poor campaign. Flashes quickness off the snap, plays with good pad level and makes plays laterally. Fast off the edge, has a closing burst and redirects to ball handlers. Tough to handle once he gets a step on opponents.

Neg: Not instinctive, and slow locating the ball. Must improve his overall playing strength to break control by opposing tight ends.

Analysis: Edwards took a major step backward last season after looking like a star in ‘04. Lost his starting job and made a mistake entering the draft but a prospect with good upside if he focuses on the task at hand.


Full Name: Ryan LaCasse School: Syracuse Pos: DE

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 257 40: 4.60 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who also saw limited action with the first team as a freshman. All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 52/12/9.

Pos: Explosive pass rusher who flashes on the scene. Has great first-step quickness and displays speed in pursuit. Smart, diagnoses the action and plays hard until the whistle blows. Plays with excellent balance and pad level.

Neg: Lacks bulk, strength and can be handled at the point.

Analysis: A collegiate defensive end, LaCasse projects as a rush linebacker in the NFL for a 34 defense. Offers added value on special teams at the next level.


Full Name: Mike Kudla School: Ohio State Pos: DE

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 265 40: 4.77 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved into a full-time starting role as a senior, producing a banner year of 41/11.5/9.5. Junior totals included 28/6.5/4 while starting half the season.

Pos: Tenacious defender who made himself a draftable commodity after a brilliant senior campaign. Quick off the snap, immediately alters his angle of attack and displays skill in pursuit. Plays with excellent pad level and runs down ball carriers from the backside. Fast off the edge, rarely off his feet, and displays range when dropped into coverage. Relentless and plays hard through the whistle.

Neg: Undersized, cannot get off blocks and can be handled by opposing tight ends.

Analysis: After struggling with injury as a junior, Kudla took off last season. A ‘tweener of sorts, Kudla has potential as a one-gap defensive end or could be used as a rush linebacker in a 34 scheme.


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