BGC 2020 Rush-Edge/PTP Thread

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2020 NFL Scouting Combine winners/losers: DE

Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida

Zuniga came into the combine needing a big week to climb toward a top-100 selection -- and I think he got the job done. He started with a solid 4.64 40 at 264 pounds. He led all defensive linemen in the broad jump (10-7) and had a solid 33-inch vertical. While he's not the most flexible edge player, Zuniga had the best combination of bend and power among the true defensive ends in his group throughout the drills. In a class not brimming with elite hand-down rushers, he did himself a favor with his efforts in Indy.

A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
Epenesa made many plays for the Hawkeyes using hustle and power. Scouts questioned his athleticism coming into the combine, and his performance on Saturday likely won't do anything to assuage their suspicions. The 5.04 40 at 275 pounds was not exceptional, and his on-field work showed a lack of suddenness and bend off the edge. It's clear to me that his future is as a five-technique at the next level, and I wouldn't be surprised if he added some weight to play that spot. His jump results were not bad (32.5-inch vertical, 9-9 broad), so there's some lower-body explosiveness to work with. NFL teams should give Epenesa credit for working out instead of choosing to wait until his pro day -- but there's not a lot of 275-pound defensive linemen with 5.0 40s going in the first round these days.

Trevon Hill, edge rusher, Miami
Hill had some interest as a potential top-100 prospect this season, but teams will likely be disappointed in his athleticism results from the combine. At just 248 pounds, he ran a 4.89 40 and managed pedestrian jump figures (28-inch vertical, 9-5 broad). His hustle and hand versatility may earn him a draft slot, but it probably won't be as high as originally anticipated.

2020 NFL Scouting Combine winners/losers: Isaiah Simmons!


On the Game Day Roster
Lots of really solid guys in this draft. Not a lot of great athletes though. Young is obviously a true edge threat and sure to go near the top. Yetur Gross-Matos is basically an equal threat in my mind though, with his strength and hand usage. Terrell Lewis is second only to Chase Young in terms of athleticism and pass rush diversity off the edge. He looks likes a star.

For everyone else, I like Jonathan Greenard, Khalid Kareem, and Julian Okwara as other 3 down ends. I don't really like them as standup guys though; they should have their hand in the dirt.

Anfernee Jennings looks okay as a pure 3rd down rusher and 3-4 OLB. Not in love with his 3 down profile.

Azur Kamara looks solid as more of a pure LB on the edge (not a pass rusher per se, but a run stopper and coverage guy).

Chaisson doesn't impress me. Shades of Arden Key and Barkevious Mingo.

Epenesa looks solid as a 5 tech in the right defense, but I wouldn't build my defense around a guy like that.

Willekes didn't impress.

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Tier 1

Chase Young / 6'5/265 - OSU

Darrell Taylor 6'4/250 - Tennessee

K'Lavon Chaisson 6'4/240 - LSU

Curtis Weaver 6'3/265 - Boise St *PTP*

Terrell Lewis 6'5/255 Alabama

Anfernee Jennings 6'3/265 - Alabama *PTP*

Kenny Willekes 6'4/260 Michigan St *PTP*

Yetur Gross-Matos 6'5/260 PSU *PTP*

Tier 2
Nick Coe 6'5/280 - Auburn

Jon Greenard 6'4/260 - Florida

Khalid Kareem 6'4/265 - Notre Dame

Alton Robinson 6'4/250 - Syracuse

McTelvin Agim 6'3/280 - Arkansas

Julian Okwara 6'5/240 - Notre Dame

Jabari Zuniga 6'4/260 Florida

Jonathan Garvin 6'4/250 Miami

Charles Snowden 6'6/255 - Virginia

Patrick Johnson 6'3/255 - Tulane

LaBryan Ray 6'5/295 - Alabama

Marlon Davidson 6'3/280 Auburn

Tier 3
Joshua Kaindoh 6'7/255 FSU

Mykal Walker 6'3/225 Fresno St

Michael Divinity 6'2/240 LSU

Dayo Odenyingbo 6'6/265 - Vanderbilt

Willie Taylor lll 6'4/235 - Wash St

Carlos Basham Jr 6'5/270 - Wake Forest

D.J. Wonnum 6'5/260 - South Carolina

Tipa Galea'i 6'5/230 - Utah St

Qaadir Shepard 6'3/240 - Ole Miss

Keisean Lucier-South 6'4/235 - UCLA

Joe Gaziano 6'4/275 Northwestern

JaQuan Bailey 6'2/250 - Iowa St

Joshua Kaindoh 6'7/255 FSU

Reggie Walker 6'2/245 Kansas St

Dayo Odenyingbo 6'6/265 - Vanderbilt

Bradlee Anae 6'3/255 - Utah

Christian Rector 6'4/275 USC

Jeffrey Gunter 6'4/255 - NC State

Kendall Coleman 6'3/265 - Syracuse

Tomon Fox 6'3/250 - North Carolina

Daelin Hayes 6'4/265 - Notre Dame

Tier 4
Big Kat Bryant 6'5/255 Auburn

Cedric Wilcots 6'4/245 - New Mexico St

Chauncey Golston 6'5/265 Iowa

Ty Tyler 6'3/260 - Louisville

Joseph Dorceus 6'/275 - Memphis

Mike Danna 6'2/260 - Michigan

Raymond Johnson III 6'3/240 - GA-Southern

Trevon Hill 6'3/245 - Miami

Chauncey Rivers 6'3/275 Miss St

Eyioma Uwazurike 6'6/280 - Iowa St

Eli Howard 6'4/270 - Texas Tech

Kenneth Mann 6'3/265 - OK

Elorm Lumor 6'3/245 - Rutgers

Calvin Taylor Jr 6'9/300 - Kentucky

Kirk Livingstone 6'4/260 - USF

Willie Baker 6'3/250 - LA-Tech

Ali Fayad 6'2/240 Western Michigan

Nnamdi Oguayo 6'3/250 Wash St

Victor Dimukeje 6'2/265 - Duke

William Bradley-King 6'4/250 - Arkansas St

Quincy Roche 6'4/235 - Temple

Bobby Roundtree 6'5/255 - Illinois

Alex Highsmith 6'3/244 - Charlotte

Justin Foster 6'2/260 - Clemson

Ladarius Hamilton 6'3/240 - North Texas

Malcolm Roach 6'3/270 - Texas

James Smith-Williams 6'3/265 -NC State

Jessie Lemonier 6'3/240 - Liberty

Fletcher Adams 6'2/265 - Miss St

Trevis Gipson 6'4/255 - Tulsa

Kaimana Padello 6'/215 - Hawaii