RankPlayerPositionAgeSchoolPro TeamBase DefenseSean KirbyBruce KimbroughJay LeistenSkinny
1Vic BeasleyDE23ClemsonATL4-3212Beasley is perhaps the most likely candidate to lead rookie DL in sacks in 2015.
2Leonard WilliamsDT21Southern CaliforniaNYJ3-4141Richardson's recent off field activities are clearing the way for Williams to make an immediate impact this year.
3Owamagbe OdighizuwaDE23UCLANYG4-3333OO's a finger closer to a starting role. The athletic rookie has limitless upside, but injury red flags of his own.
4Randy GregoryDE22NebraskaDALTampa 2426Maybe the only true 4-3 Rt DE in this years rookie class, concerns arise from off-field and depth chart issues.
5Dante Fowler Jr.DE20FloridaJAX4-3554Jacksonville's new LEO rusher tore his ACL and won't contribute unti 2016 at the earliest.
6Arik ArmsteadDE21OregonSF3-4677SF has room for Armstead to become a starting 3-4 DE, but he's a bit raw to jump into the role immediately.
7Mario Edwards Jr.DT21Florida StateOAK4-31095Edwards is likely to play an interior 4-3 position, giving him upside in DT-required leagues.
8Henry AndersonDE23StanfordIND3-47612Anderson is underrated and likely the most polished 3-4 DE in this year's class after Leonard Williams.
9Danielle HunterDE20LSUMIN4-38810Chiseled, freaky fast, and 6'6", Hunter landed in the right spot with Zimmer, but is still a project.
10Malcom BrownDT21TexasNE3-411108Brown won't replace Wilfork, but could play some similar roles.
11Danny SheltonDT21WashingtonCLE3-491111From the Wilfork/Ngata mold, Shelton will likely be an every-down NT sooner than later.
12Michael BennettDTOhio StateJAX4-312139A consideration in DT-required leagues, Bennett isn't expected to generate significant sacks as a rookie.
13Eddie GoldmanDTFlorida StateCHI3-4141414Transitioning to 3-4, Goldman's urgency to start at NT is lessened by Ratliff's presence on the roster.
14Trey FlowersDE21ArkansasNE3-4131713Landing on the Patriots might make it difficult for Flowers to see significant snaps this year.