By Lance Zierlein
April 9, 2013
If you are a team who has a pick in the middle of the first round and you’re looking for a defensive end then you should be in luck because the DEs in this class look like those types of talent.
Unfortunately for teams picking in the top ten who need a DE, the players who were expected to shine in 2012 never really got it going.
“I was excited to see Bjoern Werner, Damontre Moore and Barkevious Mingo because all I heard about was that they were top five or ten picks,” Mayock said when asked his thoughts on some of the early hype surrounding the DE position.
Unfortunately for Mayock (and all of us), the tape belied his early expectations as he came away “kind of disappointed in that group of kids who were hyped so highly.”
We talked about Moore getting shut down against Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson in the Cotton Bowl and Mayock noted, “From my perspective, and it goes to your point. Whenever he played a quality tackle he got shut down.”
Mayock saw some of the same issues with LSU’s Mingo noting that he got shut down by quality tackles as well, but did concede that Mingo has a “great physical skill-set as an edge rusher.”
When you watch Werner, you see a try-hard, solid player, but there isn’t anything that really wows you. Mayock saw some things he liked calling Werner a “strong, tough kid with some technique,” but admitted that he didn’t “see any kind of twitchy edge speed” and that Werner is likely just a “solid base end.”