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2020 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Defensive Line

Our favorite defensive linemen in the upcoming draft.

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The_Coach: Jon Greenard (Florida)

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Jon Greenard is not in the Big Ten trio of elite edge talents like Ohio State’s Chase Young, Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos and Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa, but he could be viewed as a similar prospect who has a lot of staying power at the next level. A 6’ 3”, 260-pound talent who lives in the backfield, Greenard tallied 9.5 sacks and 50 tackles in 2019, while also forcing three fumbles and intercepting one pass. He was able to out-rush the talented depth of tackles in the SEC and if NFL teams aren’t worried about his past injury problems, he could project as a late first-round pick.

Ross Parker: Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina)

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Pressure up the middle is the absolute worst thing for a passing or running game, so it is paramount in today’s game that a defense has guys that can get after it in the trenches. Javon Kinlaw fits that mold. Kinlaw is a player that took advantage of the NFL draft process during the Senior Bowl and combine to elevate his stock after a tremendous senior season where he put together excellent tape in the SEC against teams like Alabama and Georgia. Performing against elite teams shows that Kinlaw has what it takes to perform against premier talent. From a tools perspective, Kinlaw has a terrific punch off the line that allows him to set his hands for a variety of counters to an offensive lineman’s response attack. This all allows him to clear his frame of an o-lineman and push the pocket on a QB. He consistently wins at the point-of-attack and can collapse a pocket quickly with his fast burst off the line. Kinlaw has shot up draft boards the past few months, and now there are rumblings that he could be taken in the top 10. Regardless of who he lands with, Kinlaw will be an instant impact starter wherever he goes.

John Severs: A.J. Epenesa (Iowa)

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Epenesa was a sack machine at Iowa, with 26.5 in his three seasons as a Hawkeye. He also racked up an impressive 101 total tackles, and forced 8 fumbles during his career. He’s got the size, power and speed to be an excellent pass rusher in the pros. He could work on adding some burst, but all the tools are there for Epenasa to be an immediate threat in the league.

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