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Scouting Report: Ranking the top Interior D-Line prospects

Posted Feb 21, 2017

Giants.com takes a look at NFL.com's scouting reports on the 2017 draft prospects:

Leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Media’s Mike Mayock unveiled his first position-by-position rankings for the 2017 NFL Draft. The draft expert will update this list a few times before the first round eventually kicks off April 27 in Philadelphia.

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In the meantime, Giants.com will take a closer look at each position. Today, we break down Mayock’s top interior defensive linemen:

JONATHAN ALLEN, ALABAMA

Height: 6-3
Weight: 291
NFL.com Scouting Report: Outstanding leader and athlete with an ability to rush the passer from outside or inside. Has produced against the run and pass thanks to his strength, agility, elite hand usage, and plus footwork. He might not be the cleanest fit inside as a full-time tackle for some teams, but his talent should trump any size concerns. Allen is a likely first-round selection with Pro Bowl potential down the road. NFL comparison: Fletcher Cox.

CALEB BRANTLEY, FLORIDA

Height: 6-2
Weight: 314
NFL.com Scouting Report: Powerful, stout defensive tackle with the quickness to play the three-technique and the power to play the nose. Brantley has the talent and traits that should appeal to both two-gap and one-gap defenses. While we haven't seen Brantley play in even half of Florida's defensive snaps in a single year, the talent is there to become an early starter and a defensive force up front. NFL comparison: Aaron Donald.

MALIK MCDOWELL, MICHIGAN STATE

Height: 6-6
Weight: 276
NFL.com Scouting Report: Has similar physical traits and abilities of Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, but may not share their football character. McDowell lacked production along the interior and could benefit from a move to a defensive end spot in a 4-3 or 3-4 front. McDowell is raw, but when he flashes, it can be blinding. McDowell is an explosive, ascending prospect with All-Pro potential if he grows into his body and takes the necessary coaching. NFL comparison: Ezekiel Ansah.


LARRY OGUNJOBI, UNC CHARLOTTE

Height: 6-3
Weight: 304
NFL.com Scouting Report: Watching Ogunjobi play is like watching a more raw version of Sheldon Rankins and with a little less efficiency of movement. Like Rankins, Ogunjobi uses leverage, quickness, and strong hands to counter his average size. Size and below-average length will work against him for some teams, but others who covet disruptive defensive tackles who can play in the backfield and generate some pressure will be studying him closely. Has starting NFL potential. NFL comparison: Sheldon Rankins.

CHRIS WORMLEY, MICHIGAN

Height: 6-5
Weight: 297
NFL.com Scouting Report: Three-year starter who brings leadership and high character into the locker room. Wormley's size and athleticism could appeal to teams that favor big, strong base ends who can set a physical edge and then bump inside as pass rushers. Wormley could be coaxed into a more sophisticated pass-rush approach with coaching, but he's not there yet. His size, athleticism and versatility gives him a chance to earn early playing time and to become an eventual starter. NFL comparison: Jared Crick.
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