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Position Rankings: Defense

by Josh Norris
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Teams are currently in the process of setting their vertical boards (big board) after grades determined the horizontal boards (position by position). Condensed evaluations, namely highlighting where the player wins, will be featured on the next big board - coming later this week.


As you can see, SPARQ scores are featured in the form of percentiles compared to prospects since 1999. Every single one of them was produced by Zach Whitman. See all of his work at  3 Sigma Athlete.


As Zach writes, "SPARQ is a formula developed by Nike which measures player athleticism by outputting a single composite score." it stands forSpeed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness. The testing numbers are produced at the Combine and pro days (which are cross-checked).


PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: An average (50) SPARQ percentile is not bad. It is average. There is a tremendous difference.


Edge Rushers


1. Randy Gregory, Nebraska

(SPARQ%: 85.9)

2. Vic Beasley, Clemson

(SPARQ%: 99.2)

3. Preston Smith, Miss State

(SPARQ%: 84.2)

4. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA

(SPARQ%: 95.6)

5. Dante Fowler, Florida

(SPARQ%: 47.1)

6. Alvin Dupree, Kentucky

(SPARQ%: 97.5)

7. Shane Ray, Missouri

(SPARQ%: 18.5)

8. Frank Clark, Michigan

(SPARQ%: 94.7)

9. Eli Harold, Virginia

(SPARQ%: 84)

10. Hau'oli Kikaha, Washington

(SPARQ%: 16.7)

11. Danielle Hunter, LSU

(SPARQ%: 94)

12. Anthony Chickillo, Miami

(SPARQ%: 65.9)

13. Mario Edwards Jr., FSU

(SPARQ%: 44.9)

14. Deiontrez Mount, Louisville

(SPARQ%: 62.9)

15. Shaquille Riddick, West Virginia

(SPARQ%: 84)

16. Nate Orchard, Utah

(SPARQ%: 20.9)

17. Za'Darius Smith, Kentucky

(SPARQ%: 16.4)

18. Markus Golden, Missouri

(SPARQ%: 4.8)

19. Marcus Rush, Michigan State

(SPARQ%: 74.2)

20. Davis Tull, UT-Chattanooga

(SPARQ%: 99.5)

21. Trey Flowers, Arkansas

(SPARQ%: 71.6)

22. Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville

(SPARQ%: 14.7)

23. Cedric Reed, Texas

(SPARQ%: N/A)

24. Deion Barnes, Penn State

(SPARQ%: 30)

25. Obum Gwacham, Oregon State

(SPARQ%: 56.1)

26. Zack Hodges, Harvard

(SPARQ%: 42.1)

27. Ray Drew, Georgia

(SPARQ%: 14.4)

28. Max Valles, Virginia

(SPARQ%: 38.9)

29. Josh Vaughters, Stanford

(SPARQ%: 23.9 for LB)


Defensive Line


1. Leonard Williams, USC

(SPARQ%: 48.9)

2. Henry Anderson, Stanford

(SPARQ%: 73.7)

3. Arik Armstead, Oregon

(SPARQ%: 64.4)

4. Grady Jarrett, Clemson

(SPARQ%: 86.7)

5. Danny Shelton, Washington

(SPARQ%: 34.1)

6. Malcom Brown, Texas

(SPARQ%: 30.1)

7. Carl Davis, Iowa

(SPARQ%: 63)

8. Michael Bennett, Ohio State

(SPARQ%: 63)

9. Eddie Goldman, FSU

(SPARQ%: 8.2)

10. Xavier Cooper, Washington State

(SPARQ%: 85.6)

11. Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma

(SPARQ%: 55.4)

12. Terry Williams, ECU

(SPARQ%: 14.8)

13. Tyeler Davison, Fresno State

(SPARQ%: 73.6)

14. Marcus Hardison, Arizona State

(SPARQ%: 63)

15. Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Southern Miss

(SPARQ%: 73.2)

16. Christian Covington, Rice

(SPARQ%: 71.3)

17. Quayshawne Buckley, Idaho

(SPARQ%: 48.6)

18. Bobby Richardson, Indiana

(SPARQ%: 49.5)

19. Derrick Lott, UT-C

(SPARQ%: 61.2)

20. Gabe Wright, Auburn

(SPARQ%: 21.5)

21. Vince Taylor, Vanderbilt

(SPARQ%: 79.6)

22. David Parry, Stanford

(SPARQ%: 40.8)

23. Joey Mbu, Houston

(SPARQ%: 5.5)

24. Leterrius Walton, Central Michigan

(SPARQ%: 27.6)

25. Darius Philon, Arkansas

(SPARQ%: 69.6)

26. Kristjan Sokoli, Buffalo

(SPARQ%: 99.8)

27. Rodney Gunter, Delaware State

(SPARQ%: 38.4)

28. Tory Slater, West Georgia

(SPARQ%: N/A)

29. Angelo Blackson, Auburn

(SPARQ%: 67.6)

30. Daryl Waud, Western Ontario

(SPARQ%: N/A)

31. Deon Simon, Northwestern State

(SPARQ%: 63.5)

32. Darius Kilgo, Maryland

(SPARQ%: 15.5)

32. David Irving, Iowa State

(SPARQ%: 90.8)

33. B.J. McBryde, UConn

(SPARQ%: 89.4)


Off Ball Linebackers


1. Eric Kendricks, UCLA

(SPARQ%: 84.3)

2. Shaq Thompson, Washington

(SPARQ%: 47.4)

3. Paul Dawson, TCU

(SPARQ%: 13)

4. Benardrick McKinney, Miss State

(SPARQ%: 70.9)

5. Ben Heeney, Kansas

(SPARQ%: 77.8)

6. Stephone Anthony, Clemson

(SPARQ%: 92.2)

7. Mike Hull, Penn State

(SPARQ%: 47.6)

8. Jordan Hicks, Texas

(SPARQ%: 87.3)

9. Denzel Perryman, Miami

(SPARQ%: 26)

10. Jake Ryan, Michigan

(SPARQ%: 58.4)

11. Neiron Ball, Florida

(SPARQ%: 55.4)

12. Alani Fua, BYU

(SPARQ%: 69.4)

13. Hayes Pullard, USC

(SPARQ%: 20.3)

14. Ramik Wilson, Georgia

(SPARQ%: 18.6)

15. Kwon Alexander, LSU

(SPARQ%: 74.3)

16. Taiwan Jones, Michigan State

(SPARQ%: 9.6)

17. Tony Washington, Oregon

(SPARQ%: 23.6 for EDGE)

18. Junior Sylvestre, Toledo

(SPARQ%: 20.3)

19. Gabe Martin, Bowling Green

(SPARQ%: 48.2)

20. Justin Shirk, Bloomsburg

(SPARQ%: 14.3)

Cornerbacks


1. Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest

(SPARQ%: 91)

2. Marcus Peters, Washington

(SPARQ%: 49)

3. Trae Waynes, Michigan State

(SPARQ%: 69.8)

4. Eric Rowe, Utah

(SPARQ%: 94.4)

5. Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH)

(SPARQ%: 21.4)

6. Byron Jones, UConn

(SPARQ%: 99.9)

7. Kevin White, TCU

(SPARQ%: 29.2)

8. P.J. Williams, FSU

(SPARQ%: 85)

9. Jalen Collins, LSU

(SPARQ%: 56.1)

10. Josh Shaw, USC

(SPARQ%: 92.3)

11. Ronald Darby, FSU

(SPARQ%: 91.1)

12. Steven Nelson, Oregon State

(SPARQ%: 44.4)

13. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

(SPARQ%: N/A)

14. Craig Mager, Texas State

(SPARQ%: 91.8)

15. Justin Coleman, Tennessee

(SPARQ%: 80.9)

16. Quandre Diggs, Texas

(SPARQ%: 17.6)

17. Jacorey Shepherd, Kansas

(SPARQ%: N/A)

18. Senquez Golson, Ole Miss

(SPARQ%: 25.1)

19. Darryl Roberts, Marshall

(SPARQ%: 98.1)

20. Alex Carter, Stanford

(SPARQ%: 65.7)

21. Damian Swann, Georgia

(SPARQ%: 15.4)

22. Troy Hill, Oregon

(SPARQ%: 22.8)

23. Donald Celiscar, Western Michigan

(SPARQ%: 9)

24. Justin Cox, Miss State

(SPARQ%: 83)

25. Garry Peters, Clemson

(SPARQ%: 14.8)

26. Bryce Callahan, Rice

(SPARQ%: 84.7)

27. Bobby McCain, Memphis

(SPARQ%: 86.4)

28. Imoan Claiborne, Northwestern State

(SPARQ%: 8.3)

29. D’Joun Smith, FAU

(SPARQ%: 55)

30. Willie Crear, Eastern Michigan

(SPARQ%: N/A)

31. Tray Walker, Texas State

(SPARQ%: 18.4)

32. Travis Lee, Miles

(SPARQ%: N/A)

33. Julian Wilson, Oklahoma

(SPARQ%: 56)


Safeties


1. Landon Collins, Alabama

(SPARQ%: 31.5)

2. Eric Rowe, Utah

(SPARQ%: 94.4)

3. Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH)

(SPARQ%: 21.4)

4. Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern

(SPARQ%: 41.6)

5. Derron Smith, Fresno State

(SPARQ%: 19.2)

6. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

(SPARQ%: N/A)

7. Damarious Randall, Arizona State

(SPARQ%: 67.8)

8. Adrian Amos, Penn State

(SPARQ%: 87.3)

9. James Sample, Louisville

(SPARQ%: 17.8)

10. Gerod Holliman, Louisville

(SPARQ%: 1.3)

11. Jaquiski Tartt, Stamford

(SPARQ%: 33.7)

12. Chris Hackett, TCU

(SPARQ%: 1.2)

13. Cedric Thompson, Minnesota

(SPARQ%: 83.3)

14. Anthony Harris, UVA

(SPARQ%: N/A)

15. Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

(SPARQ%: 36.4)

16. Ryan Murphy, Oregon State

(SPARQ%: 84.1)

17. Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

(SPARQ%: 38.4)

18. Imoan Claiborne, Northwestern State

(SPARQ%: 8.3)

19. Detrick Bonner, Virginia Tech

(SPARQ%: N/A)

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .