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Defensive EndS | edges

I classify DEs as guys that primarily play with their hand in the dirt, are rarely called upon to drop into space and take on a LB duty. Schematically, they are DEs in a 3-4 or 4-3 front. An EDGE would not be on the LOS in either instance.

 

The were 20 DEs selected in the 2023 draft, as follows:

Round 1 - Tyree Wilson, Lukas Van Ness, Myles Murphy, Felix Anudike-Uzomah

Round 2 - Isaiah Foskey, Keion White, Tuli Tuipulotu

Round 3 Zack Harrison, DJ Johnson, Yaya Diaby

Round 4 - Dylan Horton, Adetomiwa Adebawore, Travis Robinson, Isaiah McGuire, Viliami Fehoko

Round 5 - K.J. Henry, Mike Morris

Round 6 - Jose Ramirez

Round 7 - Derek Parish, Desjuan Johnson

The were 12 EDGEs selected in the 2023 draft, as follows:

Round 1 - Will Anderson, Will McDonald, Nolan Smith

Round 2 - Derick Hall, B.J. Ojulari, 

Round 3 - Byron Young

Round 4 - Nick Herbig

Round 5 - Nick Hampton, BJ Thompson, Robert Beal

Round 6 - Ochaun Mathis

Round 7 - Andre Jones

1) Jared Verse | 6'4 | 253 | DE | Florida State

9/3 - LSU - Verse displayed a wicked good arc rush against the pass, coupled with some good edge strength vs. the run. 

2) J.T. Tuimoloau | 6'4 | 270 | DE | Ohio State

9/2 - Indiana - Had a flat game overall. He showed solid power off the edge, but was neutralized long enough for the ball to get off when going head up against OTs.

9/23 - Notre Dame - Showed some burst at times, but was largely held in check no matter who he drew. He did make his presence felt and was around the ball often, however, was by no means an easy block.

3) Bralen Trice | 6'4 | 267 | DE/EDGE | Washington

4) Dallas Turner | 6'4 | 240 | EDGE | Alabama

9/9 - Texas - Texas wisely game-planned around him, didn't give him many opportunities to make a true impact, 

5) Laiatu Latu | 6'4 | 265 | DE/EDGE | UCLA

6) Chop Robinson | 6'3 | 248 | DE/EDGE | Penn State

9/2 - West Virginia - Robinson showed a good get-off at the LOS, operated well with his hand in the dirt and out of a 2-point stance. He displayed a very strong inside rip move a few times, bettering each of WVU's OTs. There were times where he didn't hold a tight gap assignment well enough, knifing inside or outside too far. He also looked confused a couple times vs. the RPO. Coaching points aside, he flashed athleticism as a pass rusher.

7) Jack Sawyer | 6'4 | 265 | DE/EDGE | Ohio State

9/2 - Indiana - Looked very average today as a pass rusher, but was stout holding the edge against the run. 

9/23 - Notre Dame - Had another average game, showing some edge abilities but nothing special against a great OT tandem.

8) Princely Umanmielen | 6'5 | 245 | EDGE | Florida

8/31 - Utah - Showed off very good versatility in hanging with TE's when they came off the LOS on delayed pass routes. He also flashed with bend running the arc, showed speed to power capability. 

9) Barryn Sorrell | 6'4 | 262 | DE/EDGE | Texas

9/9 - Alabama - While showing some athleticism in spurts, he was largely held in check. 

10) Zion Tupola-Fetui | 6'4 | 251 | DE/EDGE | Washington

11) Adisa Isaac  | 6'4 | 254 | DE/EDGE | Penn State

9/2 - West Virginia - Isaac had a very solid game. He was strong at the point of attack against the run, while using a nice bull rush to deflate his edge. He worked out of a 2-point stance often, did well in coverage when called upon to do so. 

12) Ron Stone | 6'3 | 246 | EDGE | Washington State

9/9 - Wisconsin - Ron Stone had an amazing game. LT Jack Nelson is a draft-worthy talent on many boards, yet Stone toyed with him all night. He displayed a wicked first step and arc quickness, while boasting some bull strength. He was around the ball often, notched 2 sacks.

13) Tyler Baron | 6'5 | 260 | DE | Tennessee

14) Akheem Mesidor | 6'3 | 280 | DE | Miami

15) Ashton Gillotte | 6'3 | 270 | DE | Louisville

16) Paris Shand | 6'5 | 280 | DE | LSU

17) Jordan Burch | 6'6 | 270 | DE | Oregon

9/9 - Texas Tech - Burch looked very average in this contest, didn't play as physical as he should given his size. He was rotated out often, didn't contribute much.

18) Gabriel Murphy | 6'3 | 262 | DE | UCLA

19) Khordae Sydnor | 6'4 | 265 | EDGE/DE | Purdue

20) Chris Braswell | 6'3 | 240 | EDGE | Alabama

9/9 - Texas - Displayed some burst off the LOS, coupled with the ability to win with speed or power. He was only in on 2 stops, but the talent was there. 

21) Reggie Grimes | 6'4 | 274 | DE | Oklahoma

22) Trajan Jeffcoat | 6'4 | 280 | DE | Arkansas

9/16 - BYU - Jeffcoat flashed a number of times, was able to notch 2 TFLs in this one. He was stout along the edge, and had pass rush skills. 

23) Cedric Johnson | 6'3 | 265 | DE | Ole Miss

24) J.J. Weaver | 6'5 | 245 | EDGE | Kentucky

25) Brennan Jackson | 6'4 | 264 | DE | Washington State

9/9 - Wisconsin - Jackson had a very solid game, flashing a number of times as a pass rusher. He also stood well against the run, showed some nice edge-contain capabilities. 

26) Van Fillinger | 6'4 | 258 | DE | Utah

8/31 - Florida - Fillinger carried out rotational duties, didn't flash in any regard. He showed some strength at the LOS, and was more of a grinder-type when attempting to rush the passer.

27) Xavier Thomas | 6'2 | 255 | DE | Clemson

9/4 - Duke - Thomas looked pretty average tonight, was routinely locked up at the LOS.

28) Sai'vion Jones | 6'6 | 268 | DE | LSU

9/2 - Florida State - Jones routinely got hemmed up, wasn't a factor in this contest. 

29) Chico Bennett | 6'4 | 252 | DE | Virginia

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