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Best 2019 NFL Draft prospects: Edge rushers

The 2018 NFL Draft is over and teams are getting comfortable with their new draft picks. The next class of players is getting prepared now for another year of college football. Each position will be analyzed in the coming days. Here are the best 2019 NFL Draft prospects: Edge Rushers.

Zach Allen, Boston College

Although he played across from Harold Landry, Allen was able to make a name for himself last season at Boston College. He decided to forgo the draft and play his senior season at Boston College. He is 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds.

Allen is good at stopping the run but that’s not what gets you drafted early. He needs to improve his sack total to really put himself in the conversation for a first-round pick. With only four sacks last season a lot of other players will be more appealing to NFL teams unless he can improve the amount of pressure he gets on quarterbacks.

If he increases his production, Allen could go even earlier than Landry did in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Nick Bosa, Ohio State

Bosa is already being hyped up by his brother Joey, who said that Nick was far beyond in development where Joey was at this point of his career. The younger Bosa stands 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds.

In his two seasons at Ohio State he has 13.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. This is extremely impressive given that he has split time with Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes. Being the lead pass rusher on the team this season should help him have a monstrous season.

With games against TCU, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State on the schedule Bosa will have a chance to prove himself against some of the best teams in the country. He could go in the first 10 picks just like his brother if he tests well.

Austin Bryant, Clemson

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Austin Bryant (Photo by tigernet.com)

Bryant had a breakout season as a junior that made a lot of people believe he was headed to the NFL. He decided to return to college to help make one of the best defensive lines of all time. The senior is 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds.

He totaled 8.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss last season. Bryant will need to use this season to prove that he can be more consistent, as four of his sacks last season came in one game against Auburn. While Auburn is good competition to produce against, the defensive line is too talented for him to see a lot of double teams, meaning he should put stats up more consistently.

He was likely a first or second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft but will now have a chance to cement his status as an early draft pick with a solid season.

Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

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Clelin Ferrell (Photo by clemsonsportstalk.com)

Like Bryant, Ferrell could’ve gone pro after last season but elected to stay at Clemson. Ferrell measures 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds and, with his production, has become a great prospect.

While he didn’t play much in his first season at Clemson, Ferrell has stepped it up big time in his last two seasons. The highlight of his career has to be his three-sack performance against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff two seasons ago.

He too can be selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft and has the potential to have a great season at Clemson with some great talent playing beside him.

Joe Jackson, Miami

Jackson has had two solid years to start his career at Miami. He is 6-foot-5 and 258 pounds, which is a solid size for an NFL edge rushers.

In his two seasons, he has had 14 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. He has good length, size and speed and could be a player who is developed into a good pass rusher at the next level. Jackson will need to step it up this season as his number of sacks dipped to 6.5 last season after having 7.5 as a freshman.

He has the measurables and now needs another season of production to cement his status as a top draft prospect.

 

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