NFL Draft 2020 – Edge Rusher Rankings & Grade Your Mock!

Another day, another #PickSix! This time, we have landed on the tarmac for Draft Week. Team #TOJ continues our draft coverage with the top six Edge Rushers in the 2020 NFL Draft. The New York Jets got nothing from Henry Anderson, and their best edge rusher was Jordan Jenkins. That is a sad state of affairs, and quiet as kept Edge is the position the Jets need to address right after OT and WR. 

Like a high throw from Bucs QB Tom Brady to WWE 24/7 Champion Rob Gronkowski that goes off his hands, lets return this pick six. 

We, also, continue our #GradeYourMock series where Team TOJ grades a fan-submitted mock.

EDGES

  1. Chase Young, Ohio State (Overall: 1): the best player in this class, with a higher ceiling than both Bosa Brothers, Chase Young enters the draft after a season that saw him compile 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. He has the ability to take over games from the edge rusher position, is fast with good bend, and already has a plethora of pass rushing moves. He won’t be a Jet, but will probably be chasing Daniel Jones around for the next 10 years. 
  2. Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State (Overall: 20): despite Penn State’s insistence on using Gross-Matos all over the defensive alignment, and that versatility coming in handy at the next level, he is better at the edge. 9.5 sacks despite being misused is nothing to scoff at, and he excels at stopping the run. He’s also safer than every other edge except for Chase Young, and with the pandemic going on teams may opt for players with lower ceilings but higher floors. 
  3.  K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU (Overall: 21): whereas Gross-Matos has a lower ceiling, the former LSU Tiger is the edge rusher with the higher ceiling amongst them two. He is athletically gifted and has a great first step. He, also, can play in coverage and displays the quick feet necessary to cover running backs and tight ends. The scary part is he can still stand to improve his skill set, but he’s not just there yet, so I have him behind Gross-Matos entering the draft.
  4. AJ Epenesa, Iowa (Overall: 27): Austin Jackson is probably still seeing AJ Epenesa in his dreams whenever he sits down to take a nap, as the 275 pounder had his way with the former Trojan during their postseason matchup. Espenesa didn’t have a great combine, and he’s not the athlete the top 3 EDGEs are, but what he lacks in athletic ability he makes up for with effort. He constantly flashed on tape as a guy that would not give up on plays, and some team is going to get a hard worker with a polished game in the second round.
  5. Terrell Lewis, Alabama (Overall: 55): the comeback from an ACL tear Lewis suffered being slower than expected notwithstanding, he’d be ahead of AJ Espenesa on my big board. His pass rushing repertoire isn’t as developed as it probably would be had he not lost a season, but he displays a good combination of speed and power. Lewis had six sacks in his first season back from the injury and, given the uncertainty around if and when we’d have a football season this year, him having even more time to recover fully could deliver a steal for the team that drafts him. 
  6. Bradley Anae, Utah (Overall: 77): 13 sacks in his final season at Utah put Anae on the map, and then he had a really good performance during the Senior Bowl. He has speed off the edge, and can flatout get to the quarterback. He’s a guy that goes behind the bigger program edges, but outproduces them if he is used correctly. 

TOJ’s #GradeYourMock

Today, our TOJ grades the submitted mock draft from @Phrenitis:

Grade: A+ The first five picks are a work of art, although probably not realistic with Pittman falling that far (same with Claypool). This would be a prospectively game changing class for the Jets offense.

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