Niner Noise Big Board: Nos. 10 to 6
No. 10: Raekwon Davis, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
Another fine example churned out by the Alabama machine, Raekwon Davis is one of my favorite players in the draft who boasts versatility to play in a 3-4 or 4-3.
While his senior season wasn’t as flashy as his junior, Davis had a solid year that lost him no friends in the draft community. Davis can rush well in the interior and is a force in the ground game.
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No. 9: Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Florida
Jawaan Taylor had a great junior year and leaped into top 10 contention as the top offensive lineman in the draft.
Taylor is a balanced and fluid blocker who has great size and strength at 340 pounds, and is the best blind side prospect in the draft.
No. 8: Jeffery Simmons, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State
Jeffery Simmons is a powerful defensive tackle who is one of the candidates to be first off the board at the position behind Quinnen Williams.
Simmons is a relentless defender, who constantly gets into the backfield to disrupt plays. He can hit hard and plays the game well.
He does have one red mark on his record, with an incident his freshman year when he punched a woman, but he has been completely clean since then and it doesn’t look like it’ll impact his draft stock.
No. 7: Rashan Gary, Defensive End/Tackle, Michigan
Rashan Gary is a common top five pick in mocks, and it’s easy to see why. He’s versatile and a force versus the pass or the run, shows impressive speed and has been a constant contributor to Michigan.
Gary may be better used as a pass-rusher on the interior, so don’t be surprised if the team that takes him moves him around to make use of his strengths.
No. 6: Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn
Derrick Brown projects as a potential mismatch on the defensive line, possessing impressive speed for his size while retaining amazing power to bully offensive linemen.
Brown can be seen as a bit of a project, however, and needs to be coached up to fully realize his potential. He can be inconsistent and needs to polish up some of his technique, but teams will fall in love with his ceiling.