Why Carl Lawson Can Be 2017 NFL Draft’s Top Pass-Rusher

May 22, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 2017 NFL draft class may be the deepest at the edge defender position since 2011, when the likes of Von Miller, Aldon Smith, J.J. Watt, Robert Quinn, Ryan Kerrigan, Cameron Jordan, Muhammad Wilkerson and Justin Houston all entered the league at the same time.
The coming draft pool is a stark comparison to the 2016 class, which only featured two true college pass-rushers going off the board in the first round in San Diego's Joey Bosa and Buffalo's Shaq Lawson, and Bosa might be playing more as an interior player than as an edge defender with the Chargers.
Based on talent alone, it wouldn't be crazy to claim that there are double-digit draft-eligible pass-rushers who might be first-round picks.
Auburn's Carl Lawson, Alabama's Tim Williams, Texas A&M's Myles Garrett, Louisville's Devonte Fields, Illinois' Dawuane Smoot, Missouri's Charles Harris, Boston College's Harold Landry, Ohio State's Sam Hubbard, Alabama's Jonathan Allen, Tennessee's Derek Barnett and Rutgers...

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