2017 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Defensive Ends/Edge-Rushers

With the 2017 NFL Draft just a few months away, Zach continues his big board series where he breaks down the top prospects at each position in the draft. Next up: defensive end/edge-rusher.

By: Zach Metkler, GZ Sports Report Writer

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After breaking down the defensive tackles, we will now turn our attention to one of the most prized possessions of any NFL football team: the pass-rushers, where there is a boat-load of talent for teams to grab as this is a very deep pass-rushing class. Every team wants the next Khalil Mack and Von Miller and this year’s class very well could be the class to garner that future talent. Below is my initial big board for the 2017 defensive end/edge-rusher class.

  1. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
  2. Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
  3. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
  4. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
  5. Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
  6. Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
  7. Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
  8. T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
  9. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
  10. DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
  11. Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama
  12. Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
  13. Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
  14. Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
  15. Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
  16. Carroll Phillips, OLB, Illinois
  17. Joe Mathis, DE, Washington
  18. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
  19. Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah
  20. Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
  21. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic
  22. Keionta Davis, DE, UT-Chattanooga
  23. Garrett Sickels, DE, Penn State
  24. Deatrich Wise Jr., DE, Arkansas
  25. Devonte Fields, OLB, Louisville
  26. Ejuan Price, OLB, Pittsburgh
  27. Josh Carraway, DE, TCU
  28. Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
  29. Bryan Cox, DE, Florida
  30. Fadol Brown, DE, Ole Miss
  31. Matt Milano, OLB, Boston College
  32. Lewis Neal, DE, LSU
  33. Noble Nwachukwu, DE, West Virginia
  34. Darius English, DE, South Carolina
  35. Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State
  36. Dylan Cole, OLB, Missouri State
  37. Calvin Munson, OLB, San Diego State
  38. Ken Ekanem, DE, Virginia Tech
  39. Darius Hamilton, DE, Rutgers
  40. Jason Hatcher, DE, Kentucky

Class Position Strength: Elite/Top-Tier Upside

Class Superlatives:

Biggest Riser: Jordan Willis, Kansas State
Biggest Faller: Tim Williams, Alabama
Most NFL-Ready: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
Best Run-Stopper: Jordan Willis, Kansas State
Best Pass-Rusher: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
Best 3-4 Outside Linebacker: 
Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
Best 4-3 Defensive End: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
Intangibles: Ryan Anderson, Alabama
Highest Ceiling: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
Could Disappoint: Derek Barnett, Tennessee
Could Surprise: Ryan Anderson, Alabama
Biggest Question Mark: Carl Lawson, Auburn
Biggest Risk: Tim Williams, Alabama
Biggest Sleeper: Carroll Phillips, Illinois/Tyus Bowser, Houston

Previous Rankings:
Running Back
Wide Receiver
Tight End
Offensive Tackle
Offensive Guard
Defensive Tackle

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