Serritella: 2019 NFL Draft Primer – Edge Rushers

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa (97) against Texas Christian Horned Frogs tackle Anthony McKinney (68)Photo: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Scout analyst Ric Serritella has been covering the draft for nearly two decades, gaining a reputation around the league as one of the most dependable resources for insider information. He provides a positional preview of his top five players at each position, along with a small school prospect worth keeping an eye on come draft weekend!

Top 5 Edge Rushers

Nick Bosa, Ohio State – Carved from granite, Bosa possesses a compact frame and great strength, making him one of the most powerful players in the 2019 NFL Draft. He’s a plug and play Pro Bowl caliber edge rusher who seems all but assured to be the No.2 overall choice for the San Francisco 49ers.

Brian Burns, Florida State – The team that invests in Burns will be getting and edge rusher able to utilize his speed-to-power technique, while leaving scorch marks on would-be blockers. Burns effectively bends his knees to dip under the reach of tackles and shows exceptional lateral agility and explosive closing ability.

Rashan Gary, Michigan – While already possesses an NFL-caliber frame and grown-man strength, not to mention rare speed, there are concerns about Gary’s lack of production during his tenure in Ann Arbor. Had had just nine and a half sacks for his career but his intriguing schematic versatility and athletic traits will have teams intrigued.

Montez Sweat, Mississippi State – His performance during the draft season at both the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine were highly impressive. Sweat does come with a minor medical red flag, when a heart concern was detected in Indy. However, he flashes the kind of potential to dominate at the next level.

Josh Allen, Kentucky – Given his ideal blend of size, athleticism and production against elite competition, Allen has solidified his draft stock as a top ten overall selection. He varies his approach with speed, hesitation and an assortment of hand techniques, showing excellent coordination with his feet. Allen checks all of the boxes of a modern-day edge rusher.

Small School Sleeper

Mike Onuoha, Texas A&M Commerce – The Oklahoma transfer was hopping around the field like Bambi during the week of practice at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, flying around the field like a man with his hair on fire. This is an intriguing player, as his frame is lean with plenty of room to fill out and while his technique is a bit raw, scouts will like the set of tools he has to work with. He needs to add bulk and strength to his frame but Onuoha could be made into an effective situational role player.

*For expansive player rankings in even more in-depth scouting reports, be sure to download Ric Serritella’s 2019 NFL Draft Bible, available here!