Edge Rusher Rankings 2023 NFL Draft

EDGE RUSHER RANKINGS 2023 NFL DRAFT

The 2023 EDGE class is by any means elite and is likely to be on par (or even better) than the previous years where we saw Chase Young, Nick Bosa, and Myles Garrett being picked at the top of the draft.

The obvious leader of the edge class is Alabama’s OLB Will Young who is both an elite run defender and pass rusher and has the speed and measurables comparable to Von Miller. In 2021 he put up a huge 17.5 sacks and if he can keep up this level of play will be the first none quarterback selected.

Clemson’s Miles Murphy a junior defensive end displays supreme power and at 275 lbs is equally able as both a run stuffer and pass rusher.
Nolan Smith from Georgia is an exciting prospect who has a ton of potential as a pass rusher but who saw limited opportunities in 2021 while playing behind a number of future NFL players at Georgia. Despite this, he still managed to put up 9 TFLs and 3.5 sacks, and since Smith is expected to be handed the starting role, he will have a chance to establish himself as one of the top edge rushers in the class.

Andre Carter III from Army has come from pretty much nowhere to become one of the most dominating pass rushers in football. This 6-7 265lb prospect has proved to be an impressive technician who managed 14.5 sacks and 16 TFLs in 2021. Expect him to only get better in 2022.

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Player Rankings - Edge Rusher

# Player Pos Team Weight Height 40YD AVG POS RANK AVG OVR RANK Rating Summary
1

Will
Anderson Jr....

LB/ED
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
243lbs 6-4 4.56 1 1.5
93.7
Combination of size, length, and agility makes him a secure tackler in space. Could succeed as a free blitzer.Can attack the edge ...
2

Myles
Murphy

DE/ED
Clemson   Mascot
Clemson Mascot
275lbs 6-5 4.57 2 7.7
91.0
Looks the part. Possesses a long, athletic build with room for additional muscle mass. Flashes a burst off the snap, good enough t...
3

Nolan
Smith

LB/ED
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
235lbs 6-3 4.51 4 27.6
90.5
Ferocious against the run and very good in coverage, is extremely versatile. Despite his build, he holds up well in traffic and m...
4

Isaiah
Foskey

DE/ED
Notre Dame   Mascot
Notre Dame Mascot
260lbs 6-5 4.72 4 32.1
89.6
Easily gains inside leverage by shooting gaps.Challenges inside with quickness and strong hands. Run-and-chase defender who can le...
5

BJ
Ojulari

DE/ED
LSU   Mascot
LSU Mascot
245lbs 6-3 4.59 8 35.2
89.5
Challenges inside with quickness and strong hands. Run-and-chase defender who can leave a mark.He has the classic frame and long a...
6

Andre
Carter II

LB/ED
Army   Mascot
Army Mascot
260lbs 6-7 4.60 6 47.6
88.6
Reads the quarterback to anticipate and is a candidate to play outside.Downhill defender and physical tackler. Uses his eyes to de...
7

Derick
Hall

DE/ED
Auburn   Mascot
Auburn Mascot
256lbs 6-3 4.56 13 49.1
87.6
Offers some versatility, rushing from a two-and three-point stance with the playing speed to stand up in space. Flashes strength a...
8

Habakkuk
Baldonado

DE/ED
Pittsburgh   Mascot
Pittsburgh Mascot
255lbs 6-5 4.79 6 34.6
87.4
Flashes nimble feet to chase running backs and mobile quarterbacks to the sideline when lined up at end. Spins off blocks to get b...
9

Zach
Harrison

DE/ED
Ohio State   Mascot
Ohio State Mascot
272lbs 6-6 4.41 10 46.8
87.2
Ohio State has been a breeding ground for top-notch pass rushers - in particular, the Bosa brothers and Chase Young, and some scou...
10

Will
McDonald IV

DE/ED
Iowa State   Mascot
Iowa State Mascot
245lbs 6-4 4.61 9 44.2
87.0
Offers some versatility, rushing from a two-and three-point stance with the playing speed to stand up in space. Flashes strength a...
11

Felix
Anudike-Uzom...

DE/ED
Kansas State   Mascot
Kansas State Mascot
255lbs 6-4 4.73 5 35.2
86.1
Relentless and strong off the edge as a pass rusher when fresh. Gets under the pads of tackles to bull rush them into the backfiel...
12

Zion
Tupuola-Fetu...

LB/ED
Washington   Mascot
Washington Mascot
241lbs 6-4 4.80 7 52.1
84.8
Reacts well to draw plays and misdirection, sniffs out screens to his side of the field. Keeps his eyes in the backfield when rush...

2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Edge Rusher

We've compared players post combine 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

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2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Edge Rusher

We've compared players 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

Check back after the combine as these numbers are likely to change.

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