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||Solomon Thomas||Stanford||6' 3", 256 lbs.|
|4||Tim Williams||Alabama||6' 4", 252 lbs.|
|5||Takkarist McKinley||UCLA||6' 4", 230 lbs.|
|6||Taco Charlton||Michigan||6' 6", 272 lbs.|
|7||DeMarcus Walker||Florida State||6' 4", 280 lbs.|
|8||Carl Lawson||Auburn||6' 2", 253 lbs.|
|9||Charles Harris||Missouri||6' 3", 235 lbs.|
|10||Ryan Anderson||Alabama||6' 2", 253 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: Ejuan Price, Dawuane Smoot, Devonte Fields ... just keeps going. Among those who are here, Garrett, Barnett, Thomas and Williams all have the look of top-15 picks. McKinley is a hyper-active defender who benefited when UCLA shifted from a 3–4 to a 4–3. And 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.