Top 5 edge rusher prospects + favorites and sleepers in 2019 NFL

 Draft The San Francisco 49ers’ defense has had positive moments ,
but the pass rush remains a huge problem. The team is able to get some interior
pressure, but they get very little off the edge to create problems.Of course,
when the team does not address the position during the offseason, these things
are going to happen. The 49ers extended Cassius Marsh and signed Jeremiah
Attaochu (later released), while declining Elvis Dumervil’s option after he had
led the team in sacks in 2017.The team is in a rebuilding process, and it is
entirely possible they targeted the 2019 offseason as the best opportunity to
add talent to the group. NFL Draft picks are no sure thing, but the 2019 NFL
Draft could feature an especially talented group of edge rushers.The 49ers are
looking at a fairly high draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. I decided to ask Greg
Valerio, Josh Eccles, and Alex Eisen to put together a ranking of their top five
edge rushers for 2019. Additionally, each of them wrote up their favorite edge
rusher, and their favorite sleeper in the draft.Edge rusher rankings, 10/3RkGreg
ValerioJosh EcclesAlex EisenRkGreg ValerioJosh EcclesAlex EisenJosh
EcclesFavorite: Josh Allen, DE, No. 41 - KentuckyHeight: 6’5” | Weight: 230 | 40
time: 4.692018 stats (5 games): 6 sacks, 33 tackles (17 solo), 10.5 tackles for
loss, 2 forced fumblesMark Zerof-USA TODAY SportsIf you’ve paid any attention at
all to college football this season then you know that Kentucky has been
surprising folks with their undefeated start as they near the halfway mark of
the 2018 season. Many would argue that their run can’t last much longer as
matchups against the likes of Georgia (and the rest of the SEC) loom on the
horizon. One of the many impressive things about the Wildcats thus far has been
the play of pass rushing specialist Josh Allen whom, week in and week out, has
shown fans and scouts alike that he is, indeed, the real deal.His most
impressive showing was also his most recent one against South Carolina as
managed to disrupt the Gamecocks’ entire offense on his way to tallying a total
of 3 sacks. He’s strong, athletic, intelligent, has a high motor, and would
slide in perfectly to what San Francisco is trying to do on defense. He is a
little on the small side but will grow into his body as time goes on so that
should not - in any way - be a detractor from teams taking a chance on
him.Sleeper: Chase Winovich, DE, No. 15 - MichiganHeight: 6’3” | Weight: 255 |
40 time: 4.772018 stats (5 games): 3 sacks, 32 tackles (18 solo), 10.5 tackles
for lossBrad Mills-USA TODAY SportsA legitimate argument could be made about the
fact that Jim Harbaugh’s stint as head coach at Michigan has been a bit of a
letdown. You know what isn’t a letdown, though? Watching Wolverine EDGE rusher
Chase Winovich play football. The dude has a high motor and always seems to find
a way to disrupt things in the backfield. 2019 will be a deep year for pass
rushers and Winovich provides good value for any team who may find themselves
unable to select one of the many talented EDGE rushers within the first three
rounds of the draft. Like I said, he has a high motor - that paired with his
good athleticism and his ability to get around the edge and into the backfield
bodes well for him to make his mark as a pro for years to come.Greg
ValerioFavorite: Nick Bosa, DE, No. 97 - Ohio StateHeight: 6’4” | Weight: 265 |
40 time: 4.752018 stats (3 games): 4 sacks San Francisco
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fumble, and 1 touchdownNick BosaPhoto by Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesAlthough I am a
huge fan of Florida State’s Brian Burns, I have to go with my favorite prospect
in the draft class in Nick Bosa. It is rare to see two brothers sharing high-end
success at the next level, but Nick Bosa is on the path to match older brother’s
“Joey” ride and success in the NFL. The junior is a tremendously gifted athletic
talent showcasing a terrific combination of size, strength, athleticism, natural
ability, power, quickness, football intelligence, and superb technique. A man
amongst boys, Bosa is an all around complete player with excellent technique,
adept in all facets of the game whether rushing the passer, wreaking havoc in
the backfield, or as a stout run stopper. NFL Bloodlines runs thick and Bosa’s
successful transition to the next level is pretty much a sure thing, but first
he needs to get healthy. Sleeper: Oshane Ximines, No. 7 - Old DominionHeight:
6’3” | Weight: 252 | 40 time: 4.652018 stats (5 games): 6 sacks, 29 tackles, 8.5
tackles for loss, 1 pass deflection, and 2 forced fumblesOshane XiminesRay
Carlin-USA TODAY SportsAlthough not really considered a “sleeper” per se, Oshane
Ximines is a somewhat under-the-radar prospect worth keeping an eye on. A leader
on the field, Ximines is an explosive LEO prospect with destructive tendencies
wreaking havoc in opponents’ backfields. A standout tough athlete with an
immense passion for the game, Ximines is an impressive pass rush talent with
great first-step explosion, length, fluid change-of-direction skills, quickness,
agility, strength, and athleticism. He showcases good bend off the edge (nice
flexibility) maintaining balance and burst closing with speed and violence. He
does a good job utilizing his active hands and is quick to transition into his
pass rush moves with smoothness winning with speed, power San Francisco 49ers
, and awareness.Alex EisenFavorite: Clelin Ferrell, No. 99, -
ClemsonHeight: 6’5 | Weight: 260 | 40 Time: 4.712018 Stats: (5 Games) 17
tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble.Jerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsNick Bosa has my
vote to be the number one pass rusher off the board come April, even with his
current injury. However, my favorite pass rusher in this draft has, and
continues to be Clelin Ferrell out of Clemson. Causing disruption along the line
of scrimmage is an understatement. Ferrell’s dominance along the line not only
puts him in the spotlight, but creates plays and valuable opportunities for his
fellow defensive lineman (3 other future first round picks).Last season Ferrell
filled up the stat sheet with over sixty total tackles and 9.5 sacks. His short
area quickness and burst off the line are among the most explosive in the
nation. He gets to the quarterback often and early. Ferrell is strong against
the run, and the point of attack. Has a great frame, with strong and reliable
hands that scouts andevaluators seek at the next level. A nightmare for
offensive lineman to cover, and will often require to be double-teamed along the
line of scrimmage. The scary thought about Ferrell was that many had him as a
top 15 pick had he declared in 2018. Ferrell will continue to build his resume
as he is looking like a top 10 lock in next year’s draft. Sleeper: Carl
Granderson, No. 91 - WyomingHeight: 6’4” | Weight: 255 | 40 Time: 4.752018 Stats
(5 Games): 16 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 batted passDenny Medley-USA TODAY
SportsKeep a close eye on Carl Granderson out of Wyoming. The converted pass
rusher continues to climb up draft boards after a productive season in 2017
where he totaled 77 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble.
Does not nearly get the media attention playing in the Mountain West Conference.
However, he has received positive marks and early praise from scouts and
evaluators. Has a strong build and frame that will transition nicely at the next
level.Watching Granderson on tape, he has the ability to find the small gaps and
holes heading towards the opponents backfield. Strong, reliable hands help him
push off blockers. Has shown the ability to stop the run, and make his presence
known on passing downs. Disrupts and clogs up potential gaps against the run. On
numerous occasions Granderson is reading the passer’s eyes, and adjusting
accordingly to make an impact on the play. Has nice burst along the line, off
the snap. Since converting to defensive end, he has built a package of pass
rusher moves that he continues to polish and improve upon each season. He might
not be in the national spotlight, but he is slowly getting the scouts’ attention
while raising his draft stock in the process. At the moment Granderson is a late
day two, early day three pick with his arrow pointing up.Live updates from Kyle
Shanahan’s Week 4 Monday wrap-up press conference The San Francisco 49ers lost
in Week 4 to the Los Angeles Chargers in C.J. Beathard’s first start of the
season. It was a close loss, with Beathard putting up a strong effort, and the
defense making some big stops amidst still inconsistent tackling. But the 49ers
dropped to 1-3 and begin preparations for Week 5 against the Arizona
Cardinals.The team returned to Santa Clara Sunday evening, and Monday is a day
to wrap up the previous day’s game and begin preparations for the coming week.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan will meet with the media at 4 p.m. PT to discuss all
that. The 49ers will stream the press conferences Twitter, Facebook, and the
team’s app. The 49ers beat writers will also have updates from the media
sessions. I’ve embedded our beat writer Twitter list so you can follow along.
We’ll have a transcript later today.A Twitter List by NinersNation
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