Football fans, we are in the most dreadful time of the year: the offseason. Fret not, for Breaking Football is already looking forward to the 2019 NFL Draft. Last month, we saw only two pass rushers go in the 1st round of the NFL draft; I’m here to tell you that is bound to change in 2019. This 2019 defensive line class is getting a ton of hype and there is no shortage of hype for the edge defenders as well. Let’s take a look at the names who are already garnering some buzz.

Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Clelin Ferrell would’ve been a 1st round pick in 2018, but he decided to go back to school. Barring injury or off-field concerns, he will be a 1st round pick in 2019. At 6’5”, 260 pounds Ferrell has the size, speed and hand usage that teams want in a number 1 EDGE in any scheme. His get off is explosive, he can win with a dip-rip move as well as fight with hands and strength, and he is a force in run defense. Ferrell was forced to redshirt with tenured guys such as Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd in front of him. Whoever they are.

Nick Bosa, Ohio State

Here is the man with all of the hype and social media attention. There are already reports saying that Nick Bosa will be better than his brother Joey. Their games are very similar though; both have good get offs, the strength to manhandle OL and the agility and quickness to clear hips and get to the QB. Many people are already deeming Bosa the 1st overall pick, but that will remain to be seen.

Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

The former Michigan State Spartan went JUCO and ended up at a new MSU. Sweat is a long, athletic pass rusher who is stronger than he looks by the way he throws around offensive linemen. He likes to use his length by long arming opponents (like he did to Greg Little above) and he can also dip-rip past linemen with his speed. The former basketball player will look to terrorize the SEC for one more year while improving his draft stock.

Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois

A little MACtion going into this list! When you’re watching MACtion on those cold November nights, just keep an eye out for Northern Illinois and Sutton Smith. He is insanely undersized at 6’0”, 225 pounds, but this man is lightning in a bottle. His speed and quickness help him burst around offensive tackles before they get into their kickstep. Of course his biggest knock will be size and level of competition, but coaches cannot ignore 14 sacks in 2017, plus whatever video game numbers he posts this season.

Rashan Gary, Michigan

Here is another prospect with a lot of noise coming into the season. Gary has been held under a microscope since his 5 star high school days; now the lense is going to be even closer as he becomes draft eligible this upcoming season. Gary is an EDGE on this list, but he can play all over the line. At 6’5”, 287 pounds, Gary moves like he’s 50 pounds lighter. Gary’s superb get off allows him to get up the field on offensive linemen and easily dip-rip around them. He can also utilize his hands and strength to bull rush linemen right into the quarterback’s lap. While EDGE1 battle will likely be between Bosa and Ferrell, the DL1 battle may likely be between Gary and Ed Oliver. All potential top 10 picks.

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