Howie Long: 4 Teams That Must Upgrade Pass Rush in 2013 NFL Draft

BR StudiosFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2012

As the NFL Draft draws nearer, teams will certainly start taking a long, hard look at what needs they can address in April. Watch as NFL Hall-of-Famer Howie Long talks about the four NFL teams that need to focus on their pass rush in the draft. Highlighted are the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets.

Luckily for these four struggling teams, the draft could really help each team fill their pass rushing needs.

One solid option is Damontre Moore, a 6’4” 250 pound defensive lineman from Texas A&M. Texas A&M had a really strong year this year, their most notable moment being their upset win against Alabama.

Another prospective NFL pass rusher is Oregon’s Dion Jordan. This 6’7” 241 pound defensive end possesses a huge wingspan, allowing him to swat down all sorts of passes thrown his direction if he can’t get to the quarterback.

Georgia's John Jenkins has had all sorts of big game experience over the course of his college career—most notably when Georgia faced Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Jenkins isn’t necessarily tall (6’3”), but he’s huge (358lbs). With all that big game experience, Jenkins has a good shot at drawing the attention of more than a few teams come April.

Johnathan Hankins is a Michigan native who is a defensive lineman for Ohio State. He’s similar to Jenkins at 6’3” 317 pounds, but unlike Jenkins, he won’t get any bowl exposure this January.

Sam Montgomery is a 6’5” 260 pound defensive end at LSU. He will certainly draw lots of attention from NFL teams in April just by virtue of playing on a high-profile SEC team.

All of these players will be ready and willing should a team come calling in April.