2013 NFL Draft: Dangerous Pass-Rushers Who Will Make Immediate Impact

Tim KeeneyContributor IJanuary 9, 2013

Sep 29, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Damontre Moore (94) tackles Arkansas Razorbacks running back Knile Davis (7) in the third quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Remember what happened when the Seattle Seahawks took Bruce Irvin with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft?

Pete Carroll, John Schneider and the entire organization were mocked, mocked and mocked some more. 

The 'Hawks could have found a superstar quarterback (oh, wait) in the third round, and it wouldn't have mattered. Irvin was such a reach at that spot—such a horrendous gamble, such an idiotic pick—that their draft was a failure already.

Well, all Irvin did was lead every rookie in sacks with eight, force a fumble and recover another. He is still far from being a complete player, but the rookie from West Virginia's ability to get to the quarterback with ease has been a major key in Seattle's elite pass defense. 

Let's take a look at what rookies will play that role next season.


Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

It's not difficult to see why Damontre Moore has gone from relative unknown to potential top-three pick in the last year.

The 6'4", 248-pound monster has the combination of production, talent and versatility (he played outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme as a sophomore and defensive end in a 4-3 defense this year) to make teams fall over themselves to acquire his services. 

While he is a stud in the run game (85 total tackles, 21.0 for a loss in 2012), Moore's ability to get to the quarterback is without a doubt his most enticing trait. 

Considering his size, Moore's gaudy explosiveness and speed is downright unfair. He's nearly impossible to block with one lineman and is relentless in chasing down the QB, as evidenced by his 26.5 career sacks. 

Moore often gets criticized for his unwillingness to compete on every play, but his jaw-dropping skill set will quickly make his new organization forget about that. 


Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

As more teams turn to a 3-4 scheme, the need to find outside linebackers like Aldon Smith, Von Miller and Clay Matthews—whose main job is to get to the quarterback—becomes crucial. 

And while someone like Damontre Moore, who will potentially end up as a 4-3 DE, may have more versatility, it's usually 3-4 OLBs who find themselves at the very top of the league in sacks (unless your name is J.J. Watt, of course).

For this year's top edge rusher from the linebacker spot, look no further than Jarvis Jones. 

Georgia's star defender not only led the nation with 14.5 sacks, but he racked up 24.5 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles (both of which also were No. 1 in America), one interception and four pass deflections.

Jones is an absolute playmaker. He doesn't have the quickness of a Von Miller, but he has elite size (6'2", 242 pounds), above-average speed and an array of moves that make him a nightmare cover. 

Don't be surprised if he leads all rookies in sacks next season. 


Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

We've gone with a guy who has versatility to play multiple schemes and an outside linebacker, so let's take a look at Werner, who projects to be a 4-3 defensive end at the next level.

And quite a good one if Bleacher Report's NFL draft guru Matt Miller has anything to say about it:

Agree with @nfl_bridge, Bjoern Werner is the best defender in this year's class. bleacherreport.com/articles/14650…

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 2, 2013

That's certainly incredibly high praise, but it's not a stretch either. 

Werner, who tallied an impressive 13 sacks (third most in the nation) and 18 tackles for loss (19th most), doesn't have top-end speed, but he's physical, uses his hands extremely well and works hard to collapse the pocket with consistency.