2014 NFL Draft: How Do Top Pass-Rushers Compare to Current NFL Stars?
This may not be the deepest pass rushing draft class, but it's still full of a lot of talented and underrated players. Jadeveon Clowney obviously leads the way, but so do players like Anthony Barr and Kony Ealy.
How do top pass-rushing prospects compare to current NFL greats? Read on for some comparisons.
1. Jadeveon Clowney (Julius Peppers)
Jadeveon Clowney possesses a once-in-a-lifetime combination of speed, strength and size. He's great at rushing the passer and against the run. He is capable of destroying offensive lines by himself.
In that regard he is similar to Julius Peppers, who in his prime was an athletic freak too. But similar to Peppers, Clowney has to endure questions surrounding his work ethic, which some analysts believe will keep him from ever reaching his full potential.
But if he is even half as good as advertised, whichever lands Clowney is a very lucky NFL franchise.
2. Anthony Barr (DeMarcus Ware)
Anthony Barr possesses an impressive frame, which he combines with deadly speed and closing ability. He uses his hands well and can be a nightmare for offensive linemen.
If Barr gains some strength, he might compare favorably to DeMarcus Ware. Both are incredibly fast, well-rounded athletes.
3. Kony Ealy
Kony Ealy has incredible pass-rushing technique. He uses his hands well and can offer an impressive array spin moves. He leaves a bit to be desired in defending the run, but he is a great pass-rusher.
Ealy's playing style compares most to Robert Quinn of the St. Louis Rams. If Ealy can continue to develop, the sky is the limit for him.