The 2021 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board is being rolled out by position, featuring players to watch. Today, we continue with defensive ends:
*NOTE: We at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl are disappointed for those players whose senior seasons have been disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In respect for those who may still play in 2021, we have altered our preseason Big Board to reflect only those seniors whose schools are actively preparing to play a fall season.
Big Kat Bryant, DE, Auburn:
Big Kat Bryant got his opportunity to start in 2019 and the 6-4, 250 pounder displayed a wide array of roles he can play. Starting at defensive end primarily, the versatile chess piece also lined up at rush defensive tackle in nickel and as a stand-up outside linebacker. In each role, he rushed the quarterback, defended the run and even dropped back into zone showing smooth ability to flip his hips and maneuver in space. As a rusher, Bryant flashes good initial quickness to threaten offensive tackles off the snap as well as good push, turning speed to power. No doubt he would like better finish to the quarterback and to add to his five-sack total over the past two seasons.
Victor Dimukeje, DE, Duke: A rare four-year starter, Duke’s Victor Dimukeje is a fun player to watch due to his non-stop motor and his ability to get to the football. Not always the prettiest but one of the most effective rushers in this year’s class, Dimukeje led the Blue Devils while ranking third in the ACC with 8.5 sacks a season ago. Blessed with twitchy movements and explosiveness, the Baltimore product puts immediate stress on offensive tackles’ range and comes with a variety of pass rush moves. His impressive straight-line speed coupled with his effort enables him to cover a lot of ground when chasing out of the stack.
Dayo Odeyingbo, DE, Vanderbilt:
One of the larger defensive ends in this year’s class, Dayo Odeyingbo is another versatile player who aligns all across the defensive front. Standing at 6-5 and 275 pounds, Odeyingbo is a stout run defender at the point of attack, even being able to hold up versus double teams while playing inside. Arguably his best position may end up being at 3-tech in the NFL due to his size, ability to win off the snap, his heavy-hands engaging blockers and overall disruptive presence in the offensive backfield. With 45 tackles – including 12 for a loss – in 2019, the Carrollton Ranchview (Texas) product plays with a high motor in his pursuit of the football to boot.
2021 NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL BIG BOARD: DEFENSIVE ENDS
|Raymond||Johnson III||DE||Georgia Southern||6-3||240|
|Carlos||Basham Jr.||DE||Wake Forest||6-4||275|