Highlighting this EDGE class is none other than Myles Garrett, the likely #1 pick. Following suit is Solomon Thomas, who has a great chance to go #2 to San Francisco. After the “big two”, the EDGE rankings of this year’s class is nothing short of an anomaly. You have guys like Charles Harris, Derek Barnett, Taco Charlton, Derek Rivers, Carl Lawson, Takkarist McKinley and Tim Williams, among others, making up that 2nd tier. When compiling these rankings, I was very intrigued to see how they would fall in place, and I was pleased to see how much depth there actually was in this class.
Perhaps the most polarizing position group in this year’s draft class – when laying everything out and ranking these players, that brand proved to be true. Out of all the rankings we’ve done so far, this was by far the most difficult for me to pinpoint.
Below we have compiled our consensus defensive line rankings between our Breaking Football draft team which includes the individual rank from each writer for each player. Let us know what you think in the comments below and follow the rest of our draft team on Twitter @MichaelJKist, @SteveDraft_ , @ZachHicks2.
Biggest Riser: Derek Rivers (Youngstown State)
A virtual unknown to big draft media until the Senior Bowl, Rivers has seen his stock skyrocket throughout the process. Rivers accumulated 37.5 sacks in his 4 years at Youngstown State and boasts an impressive first step burst, very good bend, and is underrated as a run defender. Don’t be suprised to see his name called late in the first round.
Biggest Faller: Ryan Anderson (Alabama)
Ryan Anderson was being slated as a R1 prospect not long after the national championship game in January. After testing in the 1% tile of EDGE rushers since 1999, some analysts think Anderson could slip into the early part of day three of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Small School Sleeper: Tarell Basham (Ohio)
Basham flew under the radar this past season playing at Ohio. The 6’4″ 270 pound edge rusher possesses a very intriguing combination of length and explosion to be a very solid 4-3 DE at the next level. He may be a little stiff but overall a team will get great value from Basham in the middle rounds.
Risk Factor: Carl Lawson (Auburn)
On tape, Carl Lawson is one of my favorite prospects to watch. He has that non-stop motor and you can tell he leaves it all out there on the field. While he has been impressive, Lawson brings the risk factor for two reasons. 1. He has a history of injuries which includes a torn ACL in 2014 and a hip injury in 2015. 2. His lack of length could prove to be a major issue at the next level as his 31 1/2” arm length is well below the average from what you would like to see out of an EDGE guy. Still, a team is sure to covet his competitive nature, but will they be able to overlook the risks?
Breaking Football’s 2017 NFL Draft EDGE Rankings
|1||Myles Garrett||Texas A&M||1||1||1||1|
|7||Derek Rivers||Youngstown State||6||6||3||10|
|12||Jordan Willis||Kansas State||16||14||11||11|
|16||Daeshon Hall||Texas A&M||15||16||19||17|
|20||Trey Hendrickson||Florida Atlantic||14||21||14||22|
|22||Avery Moss||Youngstown State||22||22||22||21|