Few players on the defensive side of the football have an opportunity to sway momentum and change the course of a game like pass-rushing defensive ends. On each and every drop back, they have a shot to flip the field and force a turnover.
This year's 2013 NFL Draft is sure to feature a plethora of talented edge players, who will all be aiming to propel their careers to the next level, wreaking havoc in the NFL for years to come.
The time has come to highlight some of the best available pass rushers in lead-up to the 2013 NFL Draft this coming spring.
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, DE
Perhaps the best pass rusher to come out of Aggieland since Von Miller two years ago, Texas A&M junior defensive end Damontre Moore has all the potential required to join Miller as one of the NFL's best young defenders.
There's no doubt about it, at 6'4", 250 pounds, Moore has the frame, length and speed to become a disruptive force at the next level.
A multidimensional player, Moore can help out against the run as well as pressure the opposing passer from the outside edge. Outside of skills, whichever team acquires Moore will be getting a motivated player who rarely—if ever—takes plays off.
Sounds a lot like Von Miller.
Barkevious Mingo, LSU, DE
It doesn't take much more than a quick glance at LSU's Barkevious Mingo to realize that he's a supreme athlete. The 6'5", 240-pound defensive end is tall, lean and as fast as defensive lineman come these days.
Mingo has an explosive first step off the ball—evidenced by his 23.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks over the last two seasons in Baton Rouge—and the ability to finish tackles and bring down ball carriers without struggle.
What also makes Mingo one of the most intriguing prospects at the position is his versatility and the potential to play at multiple areas in the NFL. Mingo has the athleticism to play as an outside linebacker at the next level in addition to lining up on the line in a three-point stance.
Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE
Another tremendously talented underclassman likely to be taken in the first-round this coming April is Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner.
Although Werner may not boast the type of off-the-ball speed that Moore and Mingo possess, he's a durable prospect who stacks up against the run just as well as he does against the pass. Plus, with Werner you know that you're getting a guy who wants to win above all else.
All great players give 100 percent on each and every down, but Werner demonstrates a truly exceptional motor, chasing down the ball until the play is whistled dead.
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