Looking At 10 Years Of Top Defensive Line Picks

April 14th, 2019

The Bucs are poised to draft a defensive lineman with the No. 5 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

So how have highly-drafted NFL defensive linemen fared in the draft over the past 10 years?

For a change, Joe is just going to type out the names and their draft positions and skip a bunch of commentary.

There are busts and there are potential Hall of Famers, and those in between.

Interesting to Joe is how Dontari Poe and Fletcher Cox, both defensive tackles, fell so far in that 2012 draft. They were the first D-line picks of that draft, and they’d go much, much higher if a mythical re-draft was held.

2009Tyson Jackson – (No. 3 overall)
2010Ndamukong Suh (No. 2 overall), Gerald McCoy (No. 3 overall)
2011Von Miller – (No. 2 overall), Marcell Darius, (No. 3 overall)
2012Dontari Poe (No. 11), Fletcher Cox (No. 12)
2013Dion Jordan (No. 3 overall), Ezekiel Ansah (No. 5 overall)
2014Jadaveon Clowney (No. 1 overall), Khalil Mack (No. 5 overall)
2015Dante Fowler (No. 3 overall), Leonard Williams (No. 6 overall)
2016Joey Bosa (No. 3 overall), DeForest Buckner (No. 7 overall)
2017Myles Garrett (No. 1 overall), Solomon Thomas (No. 3 overall)
2018Bradley Chubb (No. 5 overall)

24 Responses to “Looking At 10 Years Of Top Defensive Line Picks”

  1. Bucfanforever Says:

    Almost can’t miss. (Hint: don’t trade back)

  2. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Good info Joe.

  3. geno711 Says:

    Great info thanks

  4. BucEmUp Says:

    Oliver is the next Von Miller role player along with Noah Spence moving positions. If Oliver is drafted he will only play DT a portion of the time which raises his value in my eyes with what he is capable of doing.

    Pick Oliver if they trade down and try to get him he wont be there someone else will take him unless. Even though williams is a better DT, Vita Vea is going to be a BEAST this year so yup…its Oliver unless Bosa falls which aint gonna happen.

    Sweat and Allen just don’t get me excited. All of the tape Ive seen they are just running right by guys left unblocked. OLIVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. BucHead5588 Says:

    I don’t get why everyone is so high on Oliver an his Career 13.5 sacks what am I missing he is a undersized DT

  6. DanBucsfan Says:

    Whoever we pick I hope we hit on, Dline or the game changer Lsu Lb. They need a pro bowler at 5, and infusion of dawg on our defense. Just would hate to see us miss on a dline prospect and then watch D. White turn into next nfl superstar.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Thank you BucHead5588. There’s only ONE DT worth having in front of MLB Devin White … Quinnen Williams. And odds are very good that he’ll be gone by our #5 pick.

  8. MadMax Says:

    Hmm…and how’s our luck been?

    If Q is there, you take him, real simple. (but Q will be gone UNLESS WE trade uP)) Then LB round 2.

    If Q, Allen and Bosa are gone, you pick Mr. White…..all day all night…and im done trying to convince anybody….dont givafk! go with your opinion, im going with mine and fk u for hating on mine and the belittling, name calling asinine retard mode you go into because you’re fkin triggered! fk u!

  9. DanBucsfan Says:

    PLEASE DON’T TRADE DOWN THIS YEAR LICHT. We need to get a cream of the crop player. Not someone that was a decent player but impressed in the underwear Olympics so people are rating them higher than what they showed on game tape.

  10. Not there yet Says:

    It ain’t that bad lol Solomon Thomas, Buckner in top ten? Dante Fowler eeeh that’s ugly!!! Vea will have a better career and let’s hope Noah Spence has something to give now that he’s back in a 3-4. Licht has no choice but to hit a homerun because he’s avoided the d line in the draft, looking at Arians picks in Arizona he’ll get no help there

  11. MadMax Says:

    Raiders and Gruden are sure sittin pretty for a trade up candidate…and why not? Gruden would do us a solid!!!

    Trade up for Q, he wants White, but he will settle on Q if there.

    Experts here, what would that cost us? Move up to #4 for Q if there?

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    All I know is ever since our 1 superbowl win we have neglected our Defense..what got us there. And since our defense went from a top 10ner, we have not contended for anything except the bottom of the NFL barrel. So Y’all figure.

  13. Bird Says:

    I don’t think so joe.

    Pretty sure it’s devin white.

  14. Cobraboy Says:

    Hoping two teams need QB’s.

    I suspect that won’t happen, so the pick could be White.

  15. DayOnePaul Says:

    Ed Oliver is 6’1″ and 287. He’s an undersized DT. To project him to a team that uses a 3-4 base defense, when at least Vita Vea and possibly Gerald McCoy are already on the roster is ludicrous. I understand he’s a player, but you don’t take a guy at #5 to be a situational player. This team needs a dominant outside pass rusher #1, a right guard, a bad ass defensive back, and a speed running back much more than another defensive tackle. Stop trying to be ridiculous.

  16. Ndog Says:

    BucHead5588 Oliver’s stats are not great because of the way they played defense. There were times where they actually only rushed two people so Oliver was triple teamed. In addition with his skill set he should never have played nose tackle yet he played there 90% of the time. He is a bit undersized but so we’re guys named Sapp and Donald when they came out.

  17. Maze Says:

    Yep Poe was a reach

  18. Greg Says:

    I know this is all about Joes Defensive line or bust campaign and I’m not saying I disagree with it but no one even knows if we are going to a 3-4 defense or not. There has been no significant cuts to change to a diffrent style of player and no news of us pursuing and particular linemen or linebackers.

    If Bosa, Allen, and Williams are gone, the next best player is LB Devin White. Joe is wrong implying he would be a waste as a middle linebacker. Joe has no clue how the Bucs would use him. He is a great pass rusher, great in coverage (how many times were we burnt over the middle?) and leadership is off the charts. Again Im not saying we should draft him but may not be such a bad thing either.

  19. Dylan Krempel Says:

    majority of players picked in the top 10
    Are good and have long careers. Just cause you have a top pick doesn’t cement or corner you into taking a specific position. If you go do this for every position picked in the top 10
    They will all be pretty good. People say taking a guard top 10 is stupid look at quinton Nelson. A corner with 3 interceptions out of college everyojensaid was a reach. Jalen Ramsey is now all pro. You go best player available. And thankful for the Bucs it’s 5 defensive players. Williams, bosa, Allen, Oliver, Devin white. We just need 1

  20. unbelievable Says:

    This tells me that d-line is the way to go, which is what most of us have been saying for a while.

  21. unbelievable Says:

    I think Bosa will end up being a bust. Hope someone else grabs him before our pick.

  22. Frank Pillow Says:

    If we stay at 5 the pick HAS to be a sure thing… and that may very well NOT be the 3rd or 4th DL that’s still on the board. This list speaks for itself in that regard.

  23. Buccluck Says:

    Looks like these were the top 2 d linemen in each draft for the most part. At pick #5 we could be looking at the 4th d lineman taken. I think that has to be considered in this conversation.

  24. Darin Says:

    U watch Allens last game against Penn State at least? Was that in your tape? Went out with a hattrick.