Joey Bosa, Shaq Lawson, DeForest Buckner, and Emmanuel Ogbah. All of these names are defensive ends that are projected to be drafted in the first and second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Shawn Oakman and Aziz Shittu are just two guys that could go early on Day 3.
But what about the late-round guys that everyone should keep an eye on at the defensive end position? Sure you could look to the SEC, ACC, or PAC-12 and you could even look to the FCS to find a big name.
However, there is one late-round projection coming out of Division II that everyone should keep a close watch going into the 2016 season. Matt Judon coming out of Grand Valley State is one of the least-talked about defensive ends for the Draft, but he is one of the best players that will likely be drafted on Saturday.
During the 2015 season, he led the nation in sacks with 13.5 and sack yardage with 97. He helped the Lakers to the NCAA Division II semifinals, defeating the defending national champion, Colorado State-Pueblo in the quarterfinals.
Judon could be an immediate impact player for any team that is willing to take a shot on him. In the fourth or fifth round, Judon could truly be a steal for the team that takes him.
It’s hard to tell how Judon will play out in the NFL, but he has proven time and time again that he has all the right tools to make a splash at the big stage.