After putting a bow on the 2020 NFL Draft with team-by-team recaps it is now time to look to the future. The 2020 college football season “should be” getting underway in a little over two months. When (if?) the season starts, Deep Fried Draft will be right there bringing you all of the things you are accustomed to seeing from me.
Like last year, I am entering the 2021 NFL Draft season with 300 names on my watch list.
Today, we are going to look at the edge rushers. These players will be listed only by class and not in any sort of official ranking.
2021 Preliminary Edge Rusher List
|Big Kat Bryant||Auburn||Sr||6’4||247|
|Ja’Quan Bailey||Iowa State||Sr||6’2||255|
|Quincy Roche||Miami (FL)||Sr||6’4||235|
|Elerson Smith||Northern Iowa||Sr||6’7||245|
|Adetokunbo Ogundeji||Notre Dame||Sr||6’4||253|
|Daelin Hayes||Notre Dame||Sr||6’3||257|
|Jonathan Cooper||Ohio State||Sr||6’3||257|
|Hamilcar Rashed||Oregon State||Sr||6’4||236|
|Shaka Toney||Penn State||Sr||6’2||243|
|Carlos Basham||Wake Forest||Sr||6’5||278|
|DeAngelo Malone||Western Kentucky||Sr||6’4||230|
The intrigue runs deep with the senior edge group. Several questions need to be answered with the top prospects. Is Boogie Basham overrated by the draft community? Can Quincy Roche replicate his success at Temple in Miami? Is Charles Snowden an edge rusher or a linebacker? Can Jeremiah Moon continue to make progress?
I look forward to watching Hamilcar Rashed for the first time. I haven’t watched much of Oregon State over the last couple of seasons.
|Gregory Rousseau||Miami (FL)||rSo||6’7||253|
|Tyreke Smith||Ohio State||Jr||6’3||267|
|Kingsley Enagbare||South Carolina||Jr||6’3||260|
Gregory Rousseau burst onto the national scene as a redshirt freshman last year with 15.5 sacks. His further development could put him into the top 15 conversation.
Next up, we look ahead to the 2021 defensive line class.