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Top 10 Tuesday: Latest 2021 NFL Draft big board - defensive ends

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07 Apr 2021, 06:11 GMT+10

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As your New Orleans Saints prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft, we take a look at the top 10 ranked players at various positions. The 2021 NFL Draft big board rankings are reflective of Bucky Brooks' top five 2021 NFL Draft prospects by position 1.0 and ESPN's NFL Draft "Best Available" list.

Here are the top 10 ranked draft prospects at defensive end:

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Defensive end | #1 Gregory Rousseau | Miami Rank 1 Gregory Rousseau | Miami 2019 Season Stats: 34 SOLO | 15.5 SACK | 2 FF Mock Draft Monday: Latest 2021 Saints mock drafts - updated 4/5/21 Top 10 Tuesday: Latest 2021 NFL Draft big board - offensive tackles Top 10 Tuesday: Latest 2021 NFL Draft big board - offensive guards

Overview: Long-limbed, even-front end with a projectable frame but a concerning lack of functional edge experience. Much of Rousseau's sack production came via athletic mismatches against interior blockers when reduced inside. He lacks prototypical get-off and needs more violence and pop in his hands, but his length, pursuit agility and wide-open throttle really stand out on tape. Rousseau opted out of the 2020 campaign.

-Via NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Defensive end | #2 Jaelan Phillips | Miami Rank 2 Jaelan Phillips | Miami 2020 Season Stats: 21 SOLO | 8.0 SACK | 1 INT

Overview: Edge defender with plus physical attributes and a motor that keeps him working and attacking throughout the rep. Philips might have the combination of length and athleticism that would allow teams to look at him with a hand on the ground or standing depending on his weight. Adding play strength will be important so that he can stack it up when setting the edge as a run defender in the league.

-Via NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Defensive end | #3 Kwity Paye | Michigan Rank 3 Kwity Paye | Michigan 2020 Season Stats: 12 SOLO | 2.0 SACK | 0 FF

Overview: The explosive testing will surely get teams and evaluators excited, but it might be hard to bang the table for him based on the tape. Paye's traits and potential should not be discounted, as he'll continue to be skilled up in technique and fundamentals. However, he's a choppy-stepping short-strider who doesn't play with the feel and instincts of an NFL play-maker.

-Via NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Defensive end | #4 Carlos Basham Jr. | Wake Forest Rank 4 Carlos Basham Jr. | Wake Forest 2020 Season Stats: 20 SOLO | 5.0 SACK | 1 FF

Overview: Three-year starter at defensive end with burly frame, heavy hands and an ability to take on physical rigors of the NFL. His rush attack is more technical and explosive, using active hands, spin counters and a thoughtful approach. His lack of suddenness and edge speed could get him pegged as an early-down end while moving inside to become an interior rusher on passing downs.

-Via NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Defensive end | #5 Jayson Oweh | Penn State Rank 5 Jayson Oweh | Penn State 2020 Season Stats: 20 SOLO | 0.0 SACK | 0 FF

Overview: Oweh has a prototypical NFL build and some of the most exciting traits and explosiveness of any edge defender in this draft. Those features can't be taught but they can be coached up, so any concerns about his lack of polish at this stage should be tempered.

-Via NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Defensive end | #6 Ronnie Perkins | Oklahoma Rank 6 Ronnie Perkins | Oklahoma 2020 Season Stats: 16 SOLO | 5.5 SACK | 0 FF

Overview: Productive but undersized defensive end who might need to prove he can play standing for a 3-4 scheme. Perkins is tight-hipped and a very average athlete with production coming thanks to his hard-charging motor as well as Oklahoma's slant-heavy defensive front.

-Via NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Defensive end | #7 Joe Tryon | Washington Rank 7 Joe Tryon | Washington 2019 Season Stats: 27 TKL | 8.0 SACK | 0 FF

Overview: Impressive physical specimen with the traits and athletic profile to move up the draft board, but tape shows he might still need more course work before he's ready to make a difference in the pros. He uses his length and hands effectively at the point of attack, but needs to weaponize them as a pass rusher. Tryon opted out of the 2020 season.

-Via NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Defensive end | #8 Patrick Jones II | Pittsburgh Rank 8 Patrick Jones II | Pittsburgh 2020 Season Stats: 24 TKL | 9.0 SACK | 0 FF

Overview: Linear edge rusher with NFL size and length, but a lack of consistent urgency could hurt his chances. Jones doesn't play with much of a commanding presence at the point of attack and will need to crank it up in that area or teams will gear up to run right at him.

-Via NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Defensive end | #9 Payton Turner | Houston Rank 9 Payton Turner | Houston 2020 Season Stats: 17 SOLO | 5.0 SACK | 1 FF

Overview: Turner is a big, long 4-3 defense end with natural play strength and a surprising level of bend and agility for his size. His technique and footwork are a little spotty, though. He plays with a narrow base and tall pad level, which will always be something he has to work around.

-Via NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

2021 NFL Draft prospects - Defensive end | #10 Rashad Weaver | Pittsburgh Rank 10 Rashad Weaver | Pittsburgh 2020 Season Stats: 22 SOLO | 7.5 SACK | 3 FF

Overview: Weaver bullies blockers around with his punch and discard game. He lacks twitch and short-area quickness, but his power and length could make up for it as a middle-round end with rotational value in an even or odd front.

-Via NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

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