My 2018 NFL Draft Edge Rusher Rankings

I  always have to mention this, these are not projections of where these players will go, rather where I personally think they should go. Unlike my prospect breakdowns, these round grades DO take into account positional importance, so you may notice Josh Allen is graded as 1st to 2nd round prospect rather than a 2nd to 3rd round grade.

#1 – Bradley Chubb, NC State

Chubb is the best pass rusher in the draft. He has all three things you want from a college player: the measurables (6’4″, 269 pounds), the production (10 sacks, 25 tackles for loss), and the technique. Chubb is the best in this class at stringing moves together in the pass rush game.

Grade: Round 1

#2 – Harold Landry, Boston College

An injury in late 2017 means that Landry may scare off some NFL general manager’s, but I think he has a fit in practically any defenses because he is so good at a number of things. Landry has great size and speed so I think he could play as a five-tech, a 4-3 end, or a 3-4 blitzing linebacker.

Grade: Round 1

#3 – Marcus Davenport, UTSA

At 6’6″, 264 pounds with a great frame, Davenport is what scouts salivate over. He still is extremely raw, but he showed flashes of greatness at UTSA and I believe that those flashes are worth spending a late round one pick on him because of his versatility to play straight up or with a hand in the dirt.

Grade: Round 1

#4 – Sam Hubbard, Ohio State

Hubbard didn’t put up great production at Ohio State, and I graded him a lot higher than I was expecting to. The OSU edge was unstoppable on tape, and he has that rare quality of always having a backup plan in the pass rush game.

Grade: Round 2

#5 – Arden Key, LSU

Off-the-field issues be it in the way of his seeming lack of interest in football, long list of injuries, and inability to keep weight he puts on drops the agile Key from a top-15 talent all the way to round two.

Grade: Round 2

#6 – Josh Sweat, Florida State

I like Josh Sweat more than most, what can I say? The guy is scheme-versatile, has great speed for his size, and is a combine freak, if your team needs an edge rusher day two, look out for Sweat.

Grade: Round 2

#7 – Kemoko Turay, Rutgers

Injuries are a big concern because of a drop off in production after having shoulder surgery two years ago, but I really liked him during Senior Bowl practices, and he has a high upside because he is already good with little experience.

Grade: Round 3

#8 – Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest

Ejiofor is bigger than most edge rushers at 6’3″, 264 lbs, so he isn’t as athletic as some of the guys ahead of him, but his bull rush, ability to bend, and a great use of leverage make him a late day two sleeper.

Grade: Round 3

#9 – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma

His 4.77 40-yard dash at the NFL combine worried me, but he showed up much quicker than that to me on tape, he has a great first step and closes well on the quarterback when he beats his blocker.

Grade: Round 3-4

#10 – Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

Carter is one of the more athletic guys in this edge group at 6’5″, 250 pounds, and a 4.5 40-yard dash. He could also play as an off-ball linebacker, but his lack of coverage skills led to me keeping him at edge.

Grade: Round 3-4

#12 – Uchenna Nwosu, USC

Nwosu was originally a defensive back at USC before converting to edge rusher, and that experience in coverage makes him an every down type of player, although he did struggle against the run on tape.

Grade: Round 3-5

#12 – Dorance Armstrong, Kansas

Grade: Round 4-5

#13 – Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State

Grade: Round 4-5

#14 – Jalyn Holmes, Ohio State

Grade: Round 4-6

#15 – Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss

Grade: Round 4-6

#16 – Chad Thomas, Miami

Grade: Round 4-6

#17 – Marcell Frazier, Missouri

Grade: Round 4-6

#18 – Kylie Fitts, Utah

Grade: Round 4-7

#19 – Ade Aruna, Tulane

Grade: Round 5-7

#20 – Joe Ostman, Central Michigan

Grade: Round 5-7

#21 – Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State

Grade: Round 5-UDFA

#22 – Ola Deniyi, Toledo

Grade: Round 6-UDFA

#23 – Peter Kalambayi, Stanford

Grade: Round 6-UDFA

#24 – Jeff Holland, Auburn

Grade: Round 7-UDFA

#25 – Trevon Young, Louisville

Grade: Round 7-UDFA

#26 – Davin Bellamy, Georgia

Grade: Round 7-UDFA

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