It’s no secret that teams that can get to the Quarterback tend to have more success. In particular, when teams can get there without having to bring extra blitzers it makes the unit better as a whole. The top five edge rushers in the 2019 Draft:
5. Brian Burns (Florida State)
Every sack by Brian Burns in 2018 pic.twitter.com/8ar6fyCS6K— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) April 19, 2019
Burns possesses athleticism and physical traits that make him a talented Defensive End. He has a lot of speed and beats Offensive Linemen regularly through his swim move and footwork. Yet he doesn’t play through the whistle, and teams may be concerned about him that he lacks intensity. Burns needs to show he doesn’t give up on the play once he’s in the NFL, and that he continues to try and help his team until the play is over.
4. Clelin Ferrell (Clemson)
Like Burns, Ferrell is another speedy Defensive End who has a quick first step. He is capable of helping out in pass coverage, and plays the flat particularly well, a trait NFL teams will like to help contain shifty Running Backs. He needs to work on his ability to attack the QB directly and use a range of moves, including avoiding getting pushed wide and leaving big holes.
3. Montez Sweat (Mississippi State)
Sweat is a rangy Defensive End who closes well on the ball carrier. He tackles well and rarely do players break his hold on them, but he needs to improve his strength and learn how to use a variety of moves to keep fighting blocks. Moreover, while Sweat might be third in terms of talent at the position, he carries some major health concerns that have pushed him down draft boards.
#2 Josh Allen (Kentucky)
Allen is less of a traditional Defensive End than others on this list, and can line up as an Outside Linebacker too, where he has shown good coverage skills. He has quick feet and moves well against blocks, but he can overpursue the ball carrier. Allen is a consistent tackler who sets the edge, and looks to be one of the safer picks in the draft with a high floor.
#1 Nick Bosa (Ohio State)
“From what I’ve been told, it will either be Quinnen Williams or Nick Bosa, and I think [the Cardinals] are leaning more toward Nick Bosa.” – Pete @PriscoCBS on who Arizona is currently eyeing with the No. 1 pick #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/02DwO6bRr1— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) April 22, 2019
Despite missing the majority of his final season through injury, Bosa has remained at the top of many draft boards. He has the size and strength necessary to excel in the NFL, and teams have pointed to his brother, Joey Bosa, as an example of what he might become. Bosa figures to be a Defensive End who gets penetration in the pocket and brings down both QBs and RBs regularly. By developing his moves to help him beat blockers, and slightly angling his rush better, Bosa should be highly productive at the next level.