2021 NFL Draft Preliminary Edge Rusher List

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

SENIORS

Big Kat Bryant Auburn Sr 6’4 247
Malcolm Koonce Buffalo Sr 6’3 245
Taylor Riggins Buffalo Sr 6’1 245
Justin Foster Clemson Sr 6’2 265
Victor Dimukeje Duke Sr 6’2 265
Jeremiah Moon Florida Sr 6’6 228
Malik Herring Georgia Sr 6’3 280
Ja’Quan Bailey Iowa State Sr 6’2 255
Justin Thomas LSU Sr 6’5 268
Quincy Roche Miami (FL) Sr 6’4 235
Kwity Paye Michigan Sr 6’4 278
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
Patrick Jones Pittsburgh Sr 6’4 260
Osa Odighizuwa UCLA Sr 6’2 279
Dayo Odeyingbo Vanderbilt Sr 6’5 265
Charles Snowden Virginia Sr 6’6 225
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.

UNDERCLASSMEN

Gregory Rousseau Miami (FL) rSo 6’7 253
Xavier Thomas Clemson Jr 6’2 260
Aidan Hutchinson Michigan Jr 6’6 278
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.

Image courtesy of Wake Forest