NFL combine cheat sheet: Defense

With the NFL combine underway, our friends over at Scouts Inc. have done quite an impressive job putting together a list of grades for the top prospects leading into the draft.

Today, we spotlight the defense:

Here is a quick overview on Big East players:

  • In the pass-rush skills category for end, Chandler Jones ranks No. 5; for tackles, Derek Wolfe ranks No. 4. In the quickness category, Kendall Reyes ranks No. 5. In the toughness/motor category, Chas Alecxih of Pitt ranks No. 2. Jones is rated as the top draftable defensive linemen among all Big East players, and No. 8 overall. Reyes, Wolfe, Alecxih and Justin Francis of Rutgers were all given draftable grades.

  • Brandon Lindsey of Pitt is the only Big East linebacker given a draftable grade.

  • Phillip Thomas of Syracuse is rated the No. 3 safety in the instincts/recognition category; No. 2 in cover skills; No. 3 in ball skills. Thomas, Antwuan Reed of Pitt and Jerrell Young of USF were all given draftable grades.