1. Harold Landry - Incredible quickness off the line, can bend and win consistently with speed. Dip and rip is excellent and he has improved as a stack and shed run defender. Incredibly disruptive pass rusher, who should become one of the premier pass rushers in the league.
2. Bradley Chubb - Very physical and equally disruptive against the pass and run, unlike many EDGE players in this class. High motor player with forceful hands to disengage. Can set up inside moves or convert speed to power to drive blockers back to QB. Upfield quickness looks improved this year. Versatile and well rounded player.
3. Arden Key - Somewhat of an enigma. Consistency is lacking in his game, but when he's on, there a few better. A rare athlete with incredible length and some added mass this season. Swats blockers hands away well and has good upfield burst. Fluid mover with great change of direction skills, shows ability to drop into zones. Will be overpowered and struggles to disengage vs the run. Is also inconsistent setting edge against the run and will creep inside. High level pass rusher, with a lot to improve upon in run Defense.
4. Duke Ejiofor - Violent, high effort player who plays a little out of control. Decent explosiveness of snap, but doesn't change direction particularly smoothly. Can rush from inside or outside and has powerful hands and base. Very disruptive against the run and well drilled in using hands to shed blocks. 3 down defender with ability to kick inside on 3rd down.
5. Dorance Armstrong - Elite athlete with great ability to run arc and bend as a speed rusher. Solid run defender who is disciplined in contain and extends to shed. Will be over powered due to lack of size and strength for position. Has a decent spin move, but he wins with pure speed most of the time. Will need to add more counters to his pass rush arsenal.
HONOURABLE MENTIONS - Uchenna Nwosu (USC), Marcus Davenport (UTSA)
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