After playing behind Kony Ealy and Michael Sam at Missouri for two years, Ray became a starter in his junior and final year and exploded. He had 22.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks and at 6-2, 249 pounds, he can rush the passer standing up in a 3-4 scheme, or with his hand down in the 4-3. Some draft experts say he has the best first step off the snap of any defensive player in the draft.
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Dante Fowler Jr.
At 6-2 and 261 pounds, Fowler heads into the NFL as one of the top-rated 4-3 defensive ends in the draft class. After playing defensive end with his hand in the dirt as a sophomore, he played standing up as a junior and excelled at both roles. A playmaker no matter where he lines up, Fowler is expected to be off the board in the top 10 picks.
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A five-year senior from Clemson, Vic Beasley started his last two years with the Tigers and finished his career with more than 50 tackles for loss and 33 sacks. Considered by some independent scouts as more of a stand-up rusher and linebacker at 6-3 and 245 pounds, Beasley knows how to get after the quarterback. A great combine performance might have vaulted him into top 10 consideration.
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After spending two years at a community college – Gregory played two years at Nebraska and finished with 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss. At just under 6-5 and 235 pounds, most draft analysts see him as a linebacker in the NFL. In college he was known for rushing the passer and his high end athleticism.
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Alvin Bud Dupree helped guide his high school basketball team to a state championship, in addition to playing football. A starter for 36 of his 47 games while at Kentucky, he played with his hand in the dirt until his senior year when he began to play linebacker, and was given the chance to cover. A great athlete, he projects as either a 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB.
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