We’re going to place former Clemson Tigers star Bryan Bresee in our top five right now. It will be nice to see how he’s valued as we move through the pre-draft process. His first season (2020) was his best. He tore his ACL in 2021 and missed all but four games, so he finished his second season with 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Needing a bounce-back year this past season, he bricked to some degree. He collected 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks, but many believe he should have returned for a fourth season to sharpen his skills. He’s still being viewed as a first-rounder, but don’t be surprised if he slides.
Mazi Smith isn’t much of a sack artist. He shared one this past season after tallying a goose egg during his first two (16 games). That leads some to believe he’d more than likely be pulled from the lineup at the professional level in passing situations.
Most draft pundits place him among their top five interior defensive linemen, so well do the same. When he puts it all together, he might be an inch better than Bresee, so that’s our reason for placing him slightly ahead of the ACC star.
We reserve the right to change our minds on that one however.