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2014 NFL Draft defensive end rankings

Yes, the defensive end rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft are Jadeveon Clowney and everyone else, but there is some talent after the South Carolina junior.

For now, we have Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt rated as the No. 2 defensive end. That's mostly a consequence of not listing 3-4 players separately. Tuitt is almost exclusively a 3-4 end, but he's a very good one. He has the kind of length and power 3-4 teams will covet.

After Clowney, the best traditional 4-3 end prospect is Tuitt's former teammate Aaron Lynch. Although he only played a season at Notre Dame before transferring over to South Florida, Lynch shows the kind of speed to turn the corner and chase the ball carrier. Another redshirt sophomore to keep in mind is Deion Barnes of Penn State. In his first season in State College, Barnes flashed potential several times finishing with 10 tackles for loss, six sacks and three forced fumbles.

Here is our initial defensive end rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft. Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments.

1. Jadeveon Clowney | 6'6, 272 pounds | Defensive end | South Carolina *
2. Stephon Tuitt | 6'5, 303 pounds | Defensive end/tackle | Notre Dame
3. Aaron Lynch | 6'6, 244 pounds | Defensive end | South Florida **
4. Jackson Jeffcoat | 6'5, 250 pounds | Defensive End | Texas
5. Kareem Martin | 6'5, 260 pounds | Defensive end | North Carolina
6. Dominique Easley | 6'2, 280 pounds | Defensive end | Florida
7. Cassius Marsh | 6'2, 270 pounds | Defensive end | UCLA
8. Henry Anderson | 6'6, 295 pounds | Defensive end | Stanford *
9. Scott Crichton | 6'3, 265 pounds | Defensive end | Oregon State *
10. Deion Barnes | 6'4, 249 pounds | Defensive end | Penn State **
11. James Gayle | 6'4, 255 pounds | Defensive end | Virginia Tech
12. Chaz Sutton | 6'4, 248 pounds | Defensive End | South Carolina
13. Ben Gardner | 6'4, 277 pounds | Defensive end | Stanford
14. Demarcus Lawrence | 6'3, 245 pounds | Defensive end | Boise State *
15. Devon Kennard | 6'3, 260 pounds | Defensive end | Southern California
16. Kony Ealy | 6'5, 260 pounds | Defensive End | Missouri*
17. Ed Stinson | 6'3, 282 pounds | Defensive end | Alabama
18. Jamil Merrell | 6'4, 255 pounds | Defensive end | Rutgers
19. Darryl Cato-Bishop | 6'3, 266 pounds | Defensive end | North Carolina State
20. Vic Beasley | 6'3, 225 pounds | Defensive end | Clemson *
21. Jonathan Newsome | 6'3, 236 pounds | Defensive end | Ball State
22. Ryne Giddins | 6'3, 253 pounds | Defensive end | South Florida
23. Chris Smith | 6'2, 266 pounds | Defensive end | Arkansas


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