The NFL Draft is a few weeks away, and it is loaded with edge rushers. There are a lot of teams that need edge rushers. Being able to pressure the quarterback is critical in the NFL. If you are not able to pressure the quarterback your defense will be in trouble. Just ask the Oakland Raiders who only had 13 sacks last season.
1.Nick Bosa – Ohio State
Nick Bosa is the best edge player in this draft. I feel Bosa will be a top 2 pick in this draft. Last season at Ohio State Bosa, had four sacks, six tackles for loss in just three games. He missed the rest of the season due to an injury to his core muscle. Bosa could have come back and played but choose to train and get ready for the NFL Draft.
Bosa is one heck of a player; he can play the run and pass. He totaled 17.5 sacks in his career at Ohio State. The former Buckeye is very quick and explosive, with a quick first step. The best thing about Bosa is he has a non-stop motor and has the skill set to play in any defensive scheme.
2. Josh Allen – Kentucky
Josh Allen is coming off a monster senior season. Allen had 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. Along with these impressive stats, Allen brings the right size and athleticism. His quickstep will make him a dominating pass rusher in the NFL. Along with his pass rushing skills, he can also cover a little bit if asked to do so. Allen is pretty decent against the run game too.
Allen will need to get stronger for the NFL to be able to handle the offensive tackles. Also, he will need to add more moves to his pass rushing repertoire to be the player he can be.
3. Rashan Gary – Michigan
Rashan Gary runs a 4.58 and is 6-5 283 pounds. He can play the edge and can even slide inside and play some defensive tackle. Gary is a powerful man; he will able to set the edge in the NFL. Also, he does a functional job shedding blocks.
Gary sack numbers at Michigan is no that impressive only totaling 3.5 sacks last season. The former Michigan star is awful hard to block when engaged; sometimes it looks like he takes plays off. Gary will not be able to do that in the NFL. With is size and strength he should be a dominating lineman for years to come, but we will see if he brings that intensity every down.
4. Montez Sweat – Mississippi State
Montez sweat is a natural pass rusher; he had 11.5 sacks last season and 10.5 sacks in 2017. Sweat brings speed and pass rush skills off the edge. At 6’6 Sweat can bend and get under his opponent’s. The downside on Sweat is he not that good against the run. He tall and gets tied up on run blocks.
Sweat is a natural pass rusher so he will be high on teams draft boards and he should be able to help teams sack the quarterback.
5. Clelin Ferrell – Clemson
Clelin Ferrell was one Clemson best defenders the last season. Last season Ferell posted 11.5 sacks and 9.5 the season before. Ferrell uses quickness and his hands to get to the passer. The former Clemson Tiger plays with strength and can shed blocks with the best of them.
I like Ferrell a lot; I think he could play every position on the defensive line. Ferrell has the frame that he could add 20 more pounds. He kinds remind of former Bear Henry Melton, a former defensive end in college but moved to the three-technique in the NFL.