It’s that time of the year again when we take a deep dive into the potential 2020 Draft Class. This article, the 2020 NFL Draft Edge Rushers Top 10, will cover the best Edge Rushers looking to make an impact in the 2019 College season, before being drafted in 2020. So why wait? Let's do this thing!
The 2020 NFL Draft Edge Rusher top 10 is not as strong as that of 2019, but some of these players are incredible.
A.J. Epenesa – Iowa
Wow. Epenesa is a freak. He led the big 10 in sacks (10.5) in 2018 and only played 35 percent of snaps. That is an incredible feat. He will step into a full-time role in 2019 and the world waits to see how good this guy can be.
He is a strong athlete, gets off the line quick and hunts down the QB like a lion hunting prey. Has a nice push/pull action, where he holds you at bay with his length and then throws you to ground to attack the man in the secondary. Consistently wins with power and aggressiveness. Hips are fluid, dips that shoulder and gets passed his man with ease. This guy is so fun to watch.
2019 will be huge for him. He will be the no. 1 overall edge player in the 2020 draft.
Alton Robinson – Syracuse
Robinson has a chequered history. He was a 5-star recruit out of High School and was due to join Texas A&M before he stole his girlfriends’ phone and was charged with theft. His contract was torn up and he ended up going to a small school before joining Syracuse.
He is a talented athlete with a great on-field mentality. A good speed rusher, who reads plays and sees the ball well. His reaction time in unreal and will be a difference-maker in the big leagues. With 39 tackles, 17 for loss and 10.0 sacks in 2018, he is definitely a player to watch.
He needs to develop his inside game more. Players know he is going to rush them on the outside, so they fall back and wait for him to come at them.
Great prospect. Look for him in the 2nd round.
Julian Okwara – Notre Dame
Julian Okwara looks like an NFL Edge rusher. He is lean, mean and commands respect when he is on the field. He gets off the edge well and is in the QBs face before he knows what day it is. At 6’4” and 240, he is a lanky guy who has fluid hips and dips that shoulder nicely. The way he turns the corner for the man with the ball is beautiful to watch.
Hand technique is excellent, he has great length and is hard to handle when coming at you full tilt.
Reminds me of Clelin Ferrell. Look for him on day one of the 2020 draft.
Chase Young – Ohio State
Young had a breakout season in 2018 with Nick Bosa spending a lot of time on the sidelines for the Buckeyes. In 2018 he had 34 tackles, 15.5 for loss and 10.5 sacks. He has speed and athleticism off the edge and is a demon when chasing the man with the ball. Young led the nation in pressures, his hands are incredible as is his hip movement.
This guy looks like he was built in a lab. He is the perfect rusher for the NFL. A natural talent with great length and incredible bend are the corner. He really is fun to watch. He will cause headaches for offensive coaches for years to come.
Will be drafted in the top half of the 1st round.
Yetur Gross-Matos – Penn State
Gross-Matos had a breakout year in 2018 as a sophomore with 54 tackles and 8.0 sacks. He is continuing to grow into a fine player and will be one player to watch in 2019.
Perfect DE for the NFL. He is young, has a great motor and is quick off the line. He is a natural talent, however, is very raw and will need a big year to be looked upon favorably in the draft.
Doesn’t offer a lot as a pass rusher, more of a tackler. Can be too reckless at times and make silly plays. Needs to get a hold of this quickly. Can do with some better use of his hands.
He is so close to being one of the best players in the Draft. He just needs to iron out a few issues in his game and he will be a star of the future. Look for him early 2nd round.
Jabari Zuniga – Florida
Zuniga will be a senior in 2019 and with all that experience under his belt, he needs to lift his game to the next level if he is to live up to all the hype. For a tall guy, he gets low and dips those hips as he gets around the corner. Gets off the line so fast, rips through hands and can disengage himself from opponents before they have released what happened.
Consistently making tackles for loss and is lethal in the backfield. Would fit a 3-4 as an outside LB more so than a DE in a 4-3. But he the NFL will love him regardless of where they use.
He could do with adding more weight for the NFL.
Early 2nd round.
Curtis Weaver – Boise State
Weaver is a sack monster. He knows his job and he executes it near-perfect every time. This kid can ball. In just two seasons of football, he has 20.5 sacks and is 6th on the Boise State all-time sack list. He could be top 3 by the time he enters the NFL next season. He was a 3-star recruit and didn’t have a lot of offer out of High School, but he worked his tail off and is one of the best rushers in college football.
He plays very upright (2-point stance) rather than getting low, but he knows how to finds the gap. Not super-fast, but still explosive off the line. His production is excellent as you can tell by his 20 sacks. He actually has better sack production than former Boise State rusher Demarcus Lawrence with fewer games played.
Really fun to watch. I like this kid. Look for him in the 2nd round.
Anfernee Jennings – Alabama
Jennings has all the talent in the world. But can go missing at times. He flashes brilliance when rushing the pocket, but also tends to get lost on the field. A thick lower half gives him incredible power and drive in his legs.
He could’ve come out in the 2019 draft but chose to stay and learn the game better. He needs to do this. His first step is awesome, and he gets the better of his opponent with speed and power. He dips his shoulder well and gets thru gaps with ease.
Look for him in the mid-2nd round if he can produce a good season in 2019.
Terrell Lewis – Alabama
Lewis missed the 2018 season with a torn ACL. He also had a season-ending injury in 2017 and will need to play a full season to be considered draftable. Having said that, when he plays, he is world-class.
He is big, quick and great change of direction skills. Explosive off the line and gets after the man with the ball. However, you need to see what he can do coming back from injury.
He is keen to be physical, is active and can be a dynamic player if he gets a good run this season. Has success on the inside, not so much on the outside.
Look for him on day two. 2nd or 2nd round for mine.
K'Lavon Chaisson – LSU
In the opening game of the 2018 season, Chaisson had five total tackles and one sack in the win over Miami Florida. He, unfortunately, tore his ACL in this game and missed the rest of the 2018 season.
He has the goods to be a quality rusher, but like Terrell Lewis, he needs to show enough in 2019 to be draftable. He does a lot of good things well. Shuffles all over the field, confuses opponents and covers a lot of ground. Excellent putting pressure on players, he is shifty and nimble and will cause headaches for the offense.
Look for him in the 3rd round.
Kenny Willekes – Michigan State
Khalid Kareem – Notre Dame
Bradlee Anae – Utah
So, what do you think about 2020 NFL Draft Edge Rushers Top 10 Prospect?