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2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Interior defensive linemen

The 2022 crop of interior defensive linemen isn't all that impressive. DeMarvin Leal and Jordan Davis are the only two interior defensive linemen ranked inside PFF's top-32 overall prospect rankings. And only four others at the position even cracked PFF's top-100.

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1. DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M

BIG BOARD RANK: 22

Leal was a top-10 player on the preseason draft board but sadly didn’t take the next step we were hoping for. In fact, he saw both his run defense and pass-rushing grades take steps backwards in 2021. He’s a gifted athlete for a 6-foot-4, 290 pounder, but that lack of development is worrisome.

2. Jordan Davis, Georgia

BIG BOARD RANK: 28

The single most physically imposing defender in college football. At 6-foot-7, 360 pounds, he’s an immovable block along the defensive line. That may be all you get, though, as he’s managed all of eight pressures this season.

3. Devonte Wyatt, Georgia

BIG BOARD RANK: 50

Wyatt has the single best get-off of any defensive tackle in the draft class. He’s finally put it all together as a senior to make a serious impact on Georgia’s defensive line. Wyatt went from a 72.9 overall grade last year to 89.7 this season.

4. Logan Hall, Houston

BIG BOARD RANK: 52

Hall is a bit of an oddity in a number of ways. He rings in at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds yet stars as mainly a 3-technique for Houston. Still, even with the ideal frame for an edge defender, he still gets the job done against the run on the interior and even earned a 78.0 run-defense grade this past season. Hall can make himself a ton of money with a big Senior Bowl.

5. Travis Jones, UConn

BIG BOARD RANK: 64

Jones was the lone bright spot on Connecticut’s roster this season. He’s a monstrous space-eating nose tackle at 6-foot-5 and 333 pounds, but he can be a little more than that. He also racked up 25 pressures and 21 run stops this season.

6. Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma

BIG BOARD RANK: 85

Winfrey can get upfield with the best of them. While that’s translated in the pass rush, as he earned a 79.3 grade in that regard, Winfrey is still too easily moved in the run game. He’s likely a 3-technique only at the next level.

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