April 26, 2017

2017 EDGE Prospects

#15 Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M


QB / RB / WR / TE / OT / IOL / EDGE / DL / LB / CB / S



The 2017 NFL Draft is absolutely loaded with EDGE rushers. These are the players who project as defensive ends in a 4-3 defense and/or outside linebackers in a 3-4 scheme. EDGE is a premium "position", and in general, pass rushers are coveted in the NFL today. These guys will start flying off the board immediately. There could be a run of EDGE players toward the end of round one.

Prospect rankings are based on film breakdown provided by Draft Breakdown with a minimum of 3 games watched per prospect in most cases. Measurables, athletic testing, future roles and projections are also taken into effect.
Injuries, off the field issues, etc. will mot be taken into consideration. These rankings are based on talent and projections on the field. Players are grouped into "tiers" to separate them. Players that I project as early round picks will be placed in the "All-Pro"/"Pro Bowl" tiers for example. Prospects that I saw limited film of or was unable to watch at all will not be ranked, but listed under "Other Notable Prospects". Specifically, prospects well known in the scouting community and draft sites like CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus will be listed here.



Tier One: All-Pro Prospects


1. Myles Garrett*
Experience: Junior | School: Texas A&M
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 268 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/4" | Arm Length: 35 1/4" | Grade: Top 5


40 Time: 4.57 | Bench: 33 | Vertical: 41" | Broad: 128"
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Myles Garrett is the real deal. He's got all of the physical gifts and athleticism to be an elite pass rusher at the next level. The consensus top player in the draft can win with pure speed, quickness, and even power. He's got an explosive first step and active hands. He can bend the corner, change directions, and redirect effortlessly. He could thrive in a 4-3 scheme as a 9 technique defensive end, but I also like his ability to rush from the interior, possibly on third downs. His best fit may be to stand up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Garrett can also set the edge and really improved as a run defender this season. He's got some work to do, but he's not behind the 8 ball. Effort against the run needs to improve. Can't be in pass rush mode all the time. Sometimes relies too much on his athletic gifts, but he's got a nice array of pass rush moves (his go-to looks to be the spin move and it is effective), just needs to expand on this.




2. Solomon Thomas**
Experience: Sophomore (RS) | School: Stanford
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 271 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 33" | Grade: Top 5


40 Time: 4.69 | Bench: 30 | Vertical: 35" | Broad: 126"
3 Cone: 6.95 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.28 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: What a damn good football player Solomon Thomas is. He has an impressive blend of size, strength, and quickness that will make him a nightmare for opposing offensive lineman. He is a disruptive player who is strong against the run, but his athleticism and violent hands allow him to be an effective pass rusher. He can also win by using good leverage. His versatility should allow him to play in any scheme. He's a 5 technique in a 3-4 defense, but he looks comfortable enough in space to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4. Can also rush from the wide 9 technique. If he can add and hold 10+ pounds to his frame, I believe he can be a disruptive interior defensive lineman. Some scouts view him as a tweener. Not extremely long for a defensive end, but not quite big enough for a defensive tackle. I don't see it that way. He's going in the top 10.




Tier Two: Pro Bowl Prospects


3. Derek Barnett*
Experience: Junior | School: Tennessee
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 264 lbs.
Hand Size: 10" | Arm Length: 32 1/8" | Grade: Round 1


40 Time: 4.87 | Bench: 31 | Vertical: 31" | Broad: 117"
3 Cone: 6.96 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.36 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Barnett should be effective as a wide 9 defensive end, but standing up and rushing the passer as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 could be his best fit. Compared to some of the other top pass rushers, Barnett lacks ideal length, explosiveness, and some of the versatility. He's too strong for most blindside tackles and too fast for most right tackles. He can bend the corner, and his hand usage, play strength, and motor are why he's such an effective pass rusher. He does a really good job staying at home on running plays, and fits the mold of a complete 4-3 defensive end. High motor, high effort player who was able to dominate and be a game changer against SEC teams.




4. Tim Williams
Experience: Senior | School: Alabama
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 242 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 32 3/4" | Grade: Round 1


40 Time: 4.68 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 33.5" | Broad: 124"
3 Cone: 7.36 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.57 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Williams is one of the premier pass rushing talents in a stacked group. He is explosive, and can beat with pure speed, quickness, violent hands, and very good technique. He can bend the corner, but can also quickly redirect and change directions. He has a really good all-around game. Better against the run that people think, and could potentially drop into coverage here and there. Lots of upside. Needs to get stronger and add weight to his frame. Love how he can convert speed into power, but while he has decent length, still might not have the ideal frame to hold up consistently against the run. Would be a perfect fit for a 3-4 team who will let him loose. Off the field issues could cause him to fall, especially with at least a handful of guys who would be considered safer options.




5. Charles Harris*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Missouri
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 249 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 5/8" | Arm Length: 32 3/8" | Grade: Round 1


40 Time: 4.82 | Bench: 21 | Vertical: 37.5" | Broad: 118"
3 Cone: 7.35 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.40 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 12.48


Analysis: Harris is one of the more complete EDGE players in the draft. On tape, he is a first round player. Can bend and turn the corner and beat you, but also has quick hands and a nice blend of power and speed. Has a nice spin counter move and should be able to rush standing up. Good get off as well. Generally does a good job of setting the edge and is an above average run defender. High motor player who will chase down ball carriers and make effort plays. He may be much more valuable to 3-4 teams.




6. Carl Lawson*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Auburn
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 259 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 3/8" | Arm Length: 31 1/2" | Grade: Round 1


40 Time: 4.67 | Bench: 35 | Vertical: 33" | Broad: 114"
3 Cone: 7.46 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.19 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Lawson is an explosive pass rusher. He is really good at converting speed into power. He can turn the corner and win with pure speed, but has quick hands and a nice up and under move he can go to. Looks pretty comfortable in space, and does a pretty good job setting the edge as a run defender, though he can still improve in this area. Injuries slowed down his collegiate career, but should not stop him from coming off the board very early in April. Due to lack of measurables, look for Lawson to be coveted more by teams running a 3-4 defense.




7. Derek Rivers
Experience: Senior | School: Youngstown State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 249 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 32 3/4" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.61 | Bench: 30 | Vertical: 35" | Broad: 123"
3 Cone: 6.94 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.40 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 12.43


Analysis: One of the more athletic EDGE players in the draft. Has ideal length and strength to play defensive end, but will be best suited to stand up in a 3-4 defense. Can effectively bull rush and win with speed and quickness. Wanna see him develop a few more counter moves, but he uses his hands very well and can completely control opposing tackles. Disciplined run defender. Even flashes the ability to drop into coverage.




Tier Three: Future Starter Prospects


8. Takkarist McKinley
Experience: Senior | School: UCLA
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 250 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/4" | Arm Length: 34 3/4" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.59 | Bench: 24 | Vertical: 33" | Broad: 122"
3 Cone: 7.48 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.62 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: When you have a player with great athleticism and a non-stop motor, the foundation is there to build an elite pass rusher. It's easy to see why Takk McKinley is ascending up draft boards. Would like to see him get stronger, but he is a capable bull rusher, but can also win with his quickness and pure athleticism. He isn't the most flexible player and needs to develop an array of pass rush moves, but he's beginning to add them. Can get washed out at times in the run game, but also flashes the ability set the edge. Needs to improve his hand usage as well. Looks like a natural 3-4 outside linebacker, but his exceptional length could allow him to get some looks at defensive end.




9. Taco Charlton
Experience: Senior | School: Michigan
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 271 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/4" | Arm Length: 34 1/4" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.83 | Bench: 25 | Vertical: 33" | Broad: 116"
3 Cone: 7.17 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.39 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: The more I watched, the more I liked Taco Charlton. He isn't a finished product, but he's got plenty of talent. Prototypical build for an NFL defensive end with above average length. Has quick hands, and is a very good athlete for the position as well. Unlike some players who rely too much on speed and athleticism, Charlton may not do this enough. Too often he will try to redirect to the inside and beat the opposing tackle, when he has the ability to bend and beat them with pure speed. Needs to develop a go to move and improve his awareness against the run, especially when defending the read option. All of the physical tools and talent or there. Light needs to come on and consistency needs to improve.




10. T.J. Watt*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Wisconsin
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 250 lbs.
Hand Size: 11" | Arm Length: 33 1/8" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.69 | Bench: 21 | Vertical: 37" | Broad: 128"
3 Cone: 6.79 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.13 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.20


Analysis: Watt is a work in progress as a pass rusher. He is a good athlete, but not very twitchy or explosive. He wins with active hands and effort. Even though he should look to bulk up for the NFL, he is already a strong edge setter and is very good against the run. Will be even better once he gets stronger. Experience dropping into coverage, but doesn't look very fluid. Will be drafted high.




Tier Four: Developmental Starter Prospects


11. Tarell Basham
Experience: Senior | School: Ohio
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 268 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/4" | Arm Length: 34 1/4" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.70 | Bench: 15 | Vertical: 31.5" | Broad: 119"
3 Cone: 7.27 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.44 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Has an explosive first step. He wins with quick, violent hands and a high motor. Not a great bull rusher, though can convert speed into power on occasion. Stiff hips. Doesn't bend well. Attacks against the run well, but needs to improve his discipline. Has the tools to be a complete defensive end. 4-3 DE only?




12. DeVonte' Fields
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Louisville
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 248 lbs.
Hand Size: 9" | Arm Length: 32 3/8" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.68 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 34" | Broad: 124"
3 Cone: 7.40 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.50 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Athletic speed rusher who can win with an explosive first step, but can bend and use his hands well enough to toss aside blockers. One of the better "finishers" when it comes to getting sacks. Has great the change of direction skills and fluid hips. Flashes counter moves, but needs to add more moves to his repertoire to become more effective. Doesn't have the ideal frame to play defensive end. Likely limited to linebacker in the NFL. Good pursuit in the run game, but needs to add more strength to make a better, more consistent impact here. Flashes ability to bull rush, but doesn't convert speed to power consistently enough to be very effective. Experience dropping into coverage. Was kicked out of TCU in 2014. Red flags off the field. Day 2 talent, likely Day 3 selection if drafted at all.




13. Daeshon Hall
Experience: Senior | School: Texas A&M
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 264 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 5/8" | Arm Length: 35" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.76 | Bench: 18 | Vertical: 36" | Broad: 123"
3 Cone: 7.03 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.38 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Prototypical size for a 4-3 defensive end. Has ideal length and athleticism for an edge rusher. Experience as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Good get off. Effective bull rusher. Uses length to his advantage and uses hands well as a pass rusher. Not an explosive player. Straight line athlete. Good motor. Does well containing running plays, but reacts slowly to run plays more often than not. Shows potential to be an effective interior rusher.




14. Jordan Willis
Experience: Senior | School: Kansas State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 255 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 7/8" | Arm Length: 33 1/2" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.53 | Bench: 24 | Vertical: 39" | Broad: 125"
3 Cone: 6.85 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.28 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Tested very well at the combine. On tape, I didn't see that kind of athlete. He has above average athleticism, but he isn't explosive. Inconsistent get off as well. I actually think he's a better run defender than pass rusher right now. He shows good discipline and ability to contain. Good play strength. Needs to learn to use his hands and his athleticism more as a pass rusher. Relies too much on his bull rush--while effective, doesn't work every play. Needs a go to counter move. Good size and length with a high motor. Will go higher than he probably should, but the pay off could be big.




15. Ryan Anderson
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Alabama
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 249 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 31 1/2" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.78 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 28.5" | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: I don't know what his true position is, but Ryan Anderson is one of the best football players in this class. He's not a great edge rusher (lacks length and elite traits), but he has a pretty good get off, and shows flashes of violent hands and speed to power conversion. Doesn't have a vast array of pass rush moves, but he can bend the corner and is one of the stronger run defenders in this class.




Tier Five: Quality Backup Prospects


16. Dawuane Smoot
Experience: Senior | School: Illinois
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 260 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 33 1/4" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.77 | Bench: 21 | Vertical: 29.5" | Broad: 117"
3 Cone: 7.18 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.39 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Explosive first step. Good straight line athlete, though not twitchy or very fluid. Disruptive player. Can bend, and uses hands very well as a pass rusher. Flashes a spin counter move, but needs to develop more counter moves. Can get too far upfield, taking himself out of plays. Flashes the ability to set the edge, but too inconsistent. Slow to react against the run. Good motor. Projects as a rotational pass rushers, but has the potential to develop into an every down player. Didn't show the power to be a consistent bull rusher. Best fit = 3-4 outside linebacker.




17. Ejuan Price
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Pittsburgh
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 236 lbs.
Hand Size: 10" | Arm Length: 32 3/4" | Grade: Round 4


40 Time: 4.68 | Bench: 20 | Vertical: 31.5" | Broad: 117"
3 Cone: 6.98 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.31 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Quick, explosive, and disruptive. Price looked unblockable at times this past season. Uses his hands very effectively and can convert speed into power. His tape screams Day Two pick at worst, but his lack of measurables and defined role will make him a Day Three steal. He could be a very good situational pass rusher.




18. Vince Biegel
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Wisconsin
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 244 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/8" | Arm Length: 32 3/8" | Grade: Round 4


40 Time: 4.67 | Bench: 21 | Vertical: 33.5" | Broad: 118"
3 Cone: 6.92 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.16 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Wins with strong hands and an impressive motor. Sets the edge very well and reacts quickly to running plays. Has some experience dropping into coverage. High in his backpedal. Needs to develop a go to move as well as some counters. Tested very well at the combine. The athleticism shows on tape. Very quick first step. Explosive in short areas. Has to do a better job of finishing plays. Should look to get stronger. Underrated prospect.




Tier Six: Developmental Backup Prospects


19. Trey Hendrickson
Experience: Senior | School: Florida Atlantic
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 266 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 7/8" | Arm Length: 32" | Grade: Round 5


40 Time: 4.65 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 33.5" | Broad: 122"
3 Cone: 7.03 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.20 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.43


Analysis: Wins with motor, effort, and active hands. Lacks explosiveness and flashiness, but is a solid football player that can make an impact as a rotational guy. Without great length or athleticism, his upside is limited.




20. Deatrich Wise
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Arkansas
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 268 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 1/2" | Arm Length: 35 5/8" | Grade: Round 6


40 Time: 4.92 | Bench: 22 | Vertical: 33" | Broad: 125"
3 Cone: 7.07 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.36 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Has an impressive frame and outstanding length for a defensive end, but lacks the athletic traits and production that NFL teams covet. Got blown off the ball at times and I question his play strength. Will get some looks in the 4th or 5th round. Best position could be 3-4 defensive end, but he would need to get stronger.




21. Joe Mathis
Experience: Senior | School: Washington
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 262 lbs.
Hand Size: 9" | Arm Length: 33" | Grade: UDFA


40 Time: N/A | Bench: 32 | Vertical: N/A | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Did not see anything special about Mathis on tape. I think he can be a rotational defensive end who can play the run, but he doesn't have the athleticism or traits to make much of an impact as a pass rusher. While his motor isn't bad, it doesn't run as hot as some of the other talented rushers' motors.




Other Notable Prospects:


Josh Carraway
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Texas Christian
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 239 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 34 1/4" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.74 | Bench: 25 | Vertical: 29.5" | Broad: 120"
3 Cone: 7.20 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.44 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.71




Keionta Davis
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Chattanooga
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 267 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/2" | Arm Length: 34" | Grade: 121"


40 Time: 4.68 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: N/A | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Samson Ebukam
Experience: Senior | School: Eastern Washington
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 240 lbs.
Hand Size: N/A | Arm Length: N/A | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.45 | Bench: 24 | Vertical: 39" | Broad: 130"
3 Cone: 7.07 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.34 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Tashawn Bower
Experience: Senior | School: Louisiana State
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 250 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 7/8" | Arm Length: 33 3/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.82 | Bench: 20 | Vertical: 34" | Broad: 124"
3 Cone: 7.20 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.37 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.77




Carroll Phillips
Experience: Senior | School: Illinois
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 234 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/4" | Arm Length: 33" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.64 | Bench: 23 | Vertical: 30" | Broad: 123"
3 Cone: 7.06 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.37 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Avery Moss
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Youngstown State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 262 lbs.
Hand Size: 10 3/8" | Arm Length: 34 1/2" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.79 | Bench: 14 | Vertical: 32.5" | Broad: 114"
3 Cone: 7.25 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.43 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Garrett Sickels*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Penn State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 252 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/2" | Arm Length: 32 1/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.78 | Bench: 20 | Vertical: 33" | Broad: 113"
3 Cone: 7.01 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.41 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Hunter Dimick
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Utah
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 268 lbs.
Hand Size: N/A | Arm Length: N/A | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.73 | Bench: 38 | Vertical: 28" | Broad: 109"
3 Cone: 7.15 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.13 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A



Isaac Rochell
Experience: Senior | School: Notre Dame
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 280 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/4" | Arm Length: 32 3/4" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.89 | Bench: 25 | Vertical: 31.5" | Broad: 114"
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Bryan Cox
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Florida
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 258 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/2" | Arm Length: 33 3/4" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.89 | Bench: 18 | Vertical: 26.5" | Broad: 109"
3 Cone: 7.36 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.46 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A