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Breaking down the 2019 NFL Draft EDGE Rushers

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BGN Draft Special #3!

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There are plenty of pass rushers available in this 2019 NFL Draft and the Philadelphia Eagles’ are always looking to take a swing at one. With the draft so close, it’s time to challenge what we thought we knew about this crop of EDGE rushers by bringing in a talented evaluator to talk about how the class shapes up for him.

John Owning of SportsDay Cowboys, The Quant Edge and Best Coast Boys joined me to breakdown how his rankings for the EDGE positions came out. Spoiler: here’s the list.

We differ a fair bit on Florida State’s Brian Burns and Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell, so we dug into the strengths and weaknesses of those players. We also had a chat about him ranking Michigan’s Chase Winovich over Rashan Gary. Recently we’ve seen Winovich’s stock explode while Gary’s has taken a hit over his shoulder being flagged.

If you’re in to learning what we’re looking for when we evaluate the position, we provide plenty of examples of how our process works, including a sidebar about the important aspect of footwork.

One player we were both late to but really enjoyed watching was Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines. An Eagles’ official visit during the pre-draft process, Ximines had surprisingly polished tape. That showed up in the way he used his hands, footwork, and full toolbox of moves to get the most out of his rushes. He also showed fantastic reactionary quickness to adjust his rush based on the set of the offensive tackle. That’s not what I expected from prospect coming from a lower level of competition.

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