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2021 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Defensive Line

A heavy ACC contingent blankets out favorite picks.

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The_Coach: Marvin Wilson (Florida State)

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Ah, big Marvin Wilson. If you’re looking for the prototypical “boom or bust” prospect, the Florida State defensive tackle is definitely it. Wilson’s main concerns are his work-rate on each down and his willingness to try and consistently disrupt plays and the general lack of success from the Seminoles program over his stay definitely didn't help. Yet, all that being said, his 2019 campaign was just so damn good (44 tackles, 5 sacks), it’s hard to argue with what he can really do when he turns it on. Will the real Marvin Wilson please stand up?

John: Alim McNeill (NC State)

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Trying to run against Alim McNeill is like trying to swim against the current; what little progress you make is going to wear you out. Even as a two gap McNeill absolutely devoured space, and if he shifts to a one gap in the pros he could be even more of a headache for offensive lines. He’s rock solid, but also very quick, pretty much exactly what you want in the interior of your defensive line.

Ross: Levi Onwuzurike (Washington)

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Aside from having one of the hardest names to spell in the draft, Levi Onwuzurike is a prospect that sat out the 2020 season to prep for this draft season. He currently stands as a fringe round one prospect that shouldn’t fall past day two. As a big man, he possesses excellent athleticism and good quickness when he does rush the passer. He combines his size and quickness with excellent technique that makes him extremely difficult to block one-on-one. He is extremely proficient at utilizing his hand power to control offensive lineman. Plus, he has shown versatility in playing all along the D-line. If he winds up on a team with established pass rushers, Onwuzurike has the capacity to become a game wrecker on defense.