2017 NFL draft rankings: Edge rushers
A premium has been placed on edge rushers for decades, but rarely have they been as coveted as they are now, and this draft class has a stockpile of standouts. We’ve combined defensive ends and pass-rushing outside linebackers into one group here, because the difference between 4–3 and 3–4 edge defenders is as narrow as ever.
|1||Myles Garrett||Texas A&M||6' 5", 262 lbs.|
|2||Derek Barnett||Tennessee||6' 3", 265 lbs.|
|3||Tim Williams||Alabama||6' 4", 252 lbs..|
|4||Takkarist McKinley||UCLA||6' 4", 230 lbs.|
|5||Taco Charlton||Michigan||6' 6", 272 lbs.|
|6||DeMarcus Walker||Florida State||6' 4", 280 lbs.|
|7||Charles Harris||Missouri||6' 3", 235 lbs.|
|8||Carl Lawson||Auburn||6' 2", 253 lbs.|
|9||Ryan Anderson||Alabama||6' 2", 253 lbs.|
|10||Harold Landry||Boston College||6' 3", 250 lbs.|
Frankly, I ran out of room—the list of edge defenders with Round 3-and-up potential could go another five to 10 guys deep: Marquis Haynes, Ejuan Price, Dawuane Smoot, Devonte Fields, Tanoh Kpassagnon ... just keeps going. Among those who are here, Garrett, Barnett and Williams all have the look of top-15 picks. (And there are some who’d argue Williams’s teammate, Anderson, is an even better pro prospect than Williams is.) McKinley is a hyper-active defender who benefited when UCLA shifted from a 3–4 to a 4–3. If you want a plug-and-play end in a 4–3 scheme, Walker could be your guy. Harris might have the best spin move in college football. Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I’m a huge Landry fan. He’s a stout run defender and a developing pass rusher who has stood out on a mediocre team.