How many five-star DEs panned out in the last 10 years?


SDS will be taking a look around the country, as well as the SEC, at five-star prospects according to Here are the defensive ends.

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There are currently five defensive ends ranked as five-stars in Carl Lawson, Jonathan Allen, Robert Nkemdiche, Chris Jones and Frank Herron for the 2013 class.

Here is how all five-star defensive ends turned out in the last decade, 36 in total:

2003 – 4 DEs

Jarvis Moss, Florida: Moss will always be known for his blocked field goal against South Carolina en route to a national championship in 2006, but he turned in 81 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and five forced fumbles before becoming a first-round pick. Moss last played for the Raiders in ‘11.

Joe Cohen, Florida: Like Moss, Cohen helped lead Florida to the ‘06 championship. He totaled 41 tackles, six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one INT for his career, after moving from end to tackle. He became a fourth-round pick and now plays for the Toronto Argonauts.

Justin Ostrowski, Wisconsin: Ostrowski never lived up to the potential he had because he fought injuries the entire time. He only notched six total tackles in his career. He turned out to be a five-star bust.

Victor Abiamiri, Notre Dame: Abiamiri had a great career with the Irish, starting 30 times and registering 128 tackles, 20.5 sacks and 40 tackles for loss. He was a second-round pick in ‘07 with the Eagles, where he played though 2011.

DEs ranked lower: Quentin Groves, Mario Williams and Stanley McClover

2004 – 3 DEs

Brandon Miller, Georgia: Miller played 37 games with 15 starts, posting 37 tackles and six sacks. He had a solid career, but it wasn’t the five-star career everyone thought. Miller went undrafted and signed with the Falcons. He last played with the Seahawks in 2009.

Derrick Harvey, Florida: Harvey played in 36 games in his career, starting eighteen of them. He finished 20.5 sacks and 51.5 tackles for loss. Harvey went on to be a first-rounder in ‘08 and spent last season on the Bengals practice roster.

Jeff Schweiger, USC: Schweiger flashed potential early in his career, but it became increasingly obvious he wouldn’t play up to expectations. He finished his career at San Jose State and became a five-star bust.

DEs ranked lower: Vernon Gholston, Brian Orakpo, Willie Young, Chris Long, Charles Alexander, Tyson Jackson and Elvis Dumerville

2005 – 1 DE

Melvin Alaeze, Maryland: Alaeze failed to qualify as a freshman and went to prep school, but due to violating terms of his scholarship, he was let go by Maryland. He was arrested and charged with intent to distribute Mary Jane. He then transferred to Illinois, where he was suspended and had his scholarship was revoked. Alaeze was then arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, armed robbery, car theft and use of a handgun in commission with a violent crime, according to Baltimore County court records.

DEs ranked lower: Everette Brown, Ricky Jean-Francois and Brandon Deaderick

2006 – 4 DEs

Ricky Sapp, Clemson: Sapp had a good career at Clemson, totaling 142 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. Sapp became a fifth-round pick with the Eagles but played with the Jets in 2012.

Brandon Warren, FSU: Warren started out as a tight end for FSU before transferring to Tennessee, where he also played tight end, to be closer to his ailing mother. Phillip Fulmer suspended Warren, Lane Kiffin dismissed him from the team and Dooley blocked his return. He transferred to North Alabama last season and was a complete five-star bust.

Eddie Jones, Texas: Jones entered Texas with high hopes, and he appeared in 50 games, including eight starts. He recorded 111 tackles, 13.5 sacks and 24 tackles for loss, but he never lived up to all that hype. He went undrafted in ‘11 and was on the Jets practice roster in ‘12.

Robert Rose, Ohio State: Rose had tons of hype entering OSU, but he was a bust at Ohio State. He did make it into the league undrafted with the Seahawks and Cowboys, but it was on their practice squads.

DEs ranked lower: Jerry Hughes, Jermaine Cunninghan, Aaron Maybin, Adrian Clayborn, Jeremy Beal and Geno Atkins

2007 – 4 DEs

Carlos Dunlap, Florida: Dunlap had a good career at Florida with tremendous upside. He totaled 77 tackles, 19 sacks and three blocked kicks. Dunlap entered the draft early and was a second-rounder to the Bengals, where he currently still plays.

Martez Wilson, Illinois: Wilson was a DE upon entering Illinois, but he switched to linebacker at 6-4, 250 pounds. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2010, and he averaged 9.1 tackles per game as a junior. Wilson was a third-round pick with the Saints, where he still plays.

Everson Griffen, USC: Griffen started as a true freshman for the Trojans, and he amassed 21 tackles for loss and 18 sacks in three years. He left school early for the draft and became a fourth-round pick with the Vikings, where he still plays.

Ben Martin, Tennessee: Ben Martin didn’t live up to his huge potential at Tennessee. He only registered 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for his career.

DEs ranked lower: JJ Watt, Cliff Matthews, Jaye Howard, Justin Houston, Von Miller, Travian Robertson and Justin Trattou

2008 – 2 DEs

RJ Washington, Oklahoma: Washington never lived up to his hype at Oklahoma, and he was a backup for three solid years. He started seven games as a senior, and he only made 8.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks in his four-year career.

DaQuan Bowers, Clemson: Bowers had a strong three-year career at Clemson and left early for the NFL. While at Clemson, Bowers won the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. He was a second-round pick with the Bucs, where he still plays.

DEs ranked lower: Jason Pierre-Paul, Quinton Coples, Robert Quinn, Dion Jordan and Damion Square

2009 – 3 DEs

Devon Kennard, USC: Kennard made an impact as a freshman, making 34 tackles, and he has been a good player in three seasons. He missed 2012 with a torn pectoral. Kennard has made 135 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and four sacks in 18 starts.

Donte Moss, UNC: Moss played three years at Carolina, making 83 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. Moss opted to leave school early and went undrafted in ‘12. He played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions and the Toronto Argonauts the last two seasons.

Alex Okafor, Texas: Okafor had a great career at Texas, starting 33 games and making 150 total tackles, 34 tackles for loss and 23 sacks. Okafor is likely to be a first- or second-round pick in this year’s draft.

DEs ranked lower: Jarvis Jones, Fletcher Cox, Sam Montgomery, Cornelius Carradine, Barkevious Mingo and John Simon

2010 – 5 DEs

Ronald Powell, Florida: Powell looked like he would finally break out as a sophomore, and then he tore his ACL. He’ll be back for his junior year in ‘13, having made only 11.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA: Along with having the most difficult name to say and spell, Odighizuwa hasn’t exactly lived up to his five-star hype yet. He’s made 75 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in three seasons.

Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas: Jeffcoat has had a solid career in Austin, racking up 92 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. I’m not sure he’s lived to all the hype yet, but he was injured last season. He’ll be back for his senior year.

Chris Martin, Cal: Martin has been the epitome of a five-star bust so far. He started out at Cal and then transferred to Florida. He then left Florida for Navarro College.

William Gholston, Michigan State: Golston is an athletic freak, and he had a good career at Michigan State. He made 142 total tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He declared early for the draft and should be an early round pick.

DEs ranked lower: Corey Lemonier, Adrian Hubbard, Damontre Moore and Bjoern Werner

2011 – 4 DEs

Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina: Clowney is arguably the best and most gifted defensive end to ever play in college. He has totaled 21 sacks and 35.5 tackles in his freshman and sophomore seasons. Clowney is a man among boys.

Ray Drew, Georgia: Drew hasn’t lived up to the expectation yet in Athens, as he’s only totaled 31 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and .5 sacks.

Ishaq Williams, Notre Dame: Williams has a solid career so far for Notre Dame, making 28 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss in two seasons.

Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame: Tuitt was instrumental in helping the Irish make it to the ‘12 national championship against Alabama. As a sophomore, Tuitt amassed 47 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.

DEs ranked lower: Anthony Chickillo, Aaron Lynch and Todd Barr

2012 – 6 DEs

Noah Spence, Ohio State: Spence played as a freshman, making 12 tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack.

Adolphus Washington, Ohio State: Washington also played as a freshman. He totaled nine tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Dante Fowler, Florida: Fowler had a big year for Florida, totaling 30 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Jonathan Bullard, Florida: Bullard, like Fowler, made an impact in his first year, notching 27 tackles, five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Darius Hamilton, Rutgers: Hamilton totaled 17 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss for Rutgers as a freshman.

Aziz Shittu, Stanford: Shittu played in five games and recorded one tackle.

DEs ranked lower: Jordan Jenkins, Se’von Pittman and Channing Ward

Lived up to the hype

  • Jarvis Moss, Florida
  • Victor Abiamiri, Notre Dame
  • Derrick Harvey, Florida
  • Ricky Sapp, Clemson
  • Carlos Dunlap, Florida
  • Everson Griffen, USC
  • DaQuan Bowers, Clemson
  • Donte Moss, UNC
  • Alex Okafor, Texas
  • William Gholston, Michigan State
  • Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
  • Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

Switched positions and still lived up to the hype

  • Martez Wilson, Illinois

Good careers but mixed reviews

  • Joe Cohen, Florida
  • Brandon Miller, Georgia
  • Eddie Jones, Texas


  • Justin Ostrowski, Wisconsin
  • Jeff Schweiger, USC
  • Brandon Warren, FSU and Tennessee
  • Melvin Alaeze, Maryland
  • Robert Rose, Ohio State
  • Ben Martin, Tennessee
  • RJ Washington, Oklahoma
  • Chris Martin, California and Florida


  • Devon Kennard, USC
  • Ronald Powell, Florida
  • Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA
  • Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
  • Ray Drew, Georgia
  • Ishaq Williams, Notre Dame
  • Noah Spence, Ohio State
  • Adolphus Washington, Ohio State
  • Dante Fowler, Florida
  • Jonathan Bullard, Florida
  • Darius Hamilton, Rutgers
  • Aziz Shittu, Stanford

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  • Can you really call Justin Ostrowski, someone who fought injuries his entire career, a bust? If someone get’s injured, they get injured. If someone is healthy and doesn’t perform up to par, that’s a bust!

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