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2024 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Edge defenders

2RPKW7J UCLA defensive lineman Laiatu Latu runs a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Coastal Carolina Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The 2024 NFL Draft presents an exciting quarterback class full of notable names. It is led by USC's Caleb Williams, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner and dynamic dual-threat quarterback.

At the top of the class, Williams is followed by Ohio State wide receiver  Marvin Harrison Jr., who would have been the best pass-catcher in the 2023 NFL Draft. Now as a draft-eligible junior, he's the crown jewel for any team in need of help at the position.

Here are the top  edge defenders in the class as things stand.

1. EDGE Dallas Turner, ALABAMA

BIG BOARD RANK: 14

Turner entered 2023 as one of the class' best speed-rushing 3-4 outside linebackers. But this year, he looks like he has bulked up a bit to add new strength to his game and solidify his first-round status.

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2. EDGE Jared Verse, FLORIDA STATE

BIG BOARD RANK: 15

No player in college football has elevated their stock more over the past two seasons than Verse, who went from the FCS to a first-round talent. He's a weight-room warrior who forces offensive linemen to use all their strength to stay in front of him.

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3. EDGE Laiatu Latu, UCLA

BIG BOARD RANK: 18

Latu has the best pass-rush profile of any edge rusher in the 2024 class. His hand usage, reaction time and first-step athleticism are first-round caliber in all categories.

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4. EDGE Chris Braswell, ALABAMA

BIG BOARD RANK: 24

Braswell has the size, speed and strength combination to be a future NFL edge rusher. It's taken some growth for him to become more of a stand-up rusher than a defensive end, as Alabama has wanted. But now that he has got there, his explosiveness and power are on display each week.

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5. EDGE Bralen Trice, WASHINGTON

BIG BOARD RANK: 25

Trice's top-tier speed-to-power likely leaves opposing blockers sitting in post-game ice baths for longer than normal. He's also a strong run defender, to boot. He is still working on expanding his pass-rush moves, but his effort will never be in question.

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6. EDGE Jonah Elliss, Utah

BIG BOARD RANK: 37

Elliss is an undersized but twitched-up edge prospect with NFL bloodlines (his father played for 10 seasons in the NFL, and three of his brothers play in the league). He has a variety of different pass-rush moves to maximize his movement abilities and consistently shows good leverage technique to mitigate size deficiencies. He's a high-effort, high-pressure pass-rusher.

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7. EDGE Chop Robinson, PENN STATE

BIG BOARD RANK: 50

Robinson is the most twitched-up pass-rusher in the 2024 class. He's still developing his pass-rush profile in terms of moves and counters, but his first-step explosiveness and speed-to-power abilities are rare. Those alone make him a first-round target.

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8. EDGE Adisa Isaac, PENN STATE

BIG BOARD RANK: 59

Edge defender Chop Robinson gets most of the hype along Penn State’s defensive line. But Isaac is a future NFL player in his own right — and he might be the more consistent player right now. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound redshirt senior had his best all-around season in 2023, earning an 81.8 overall grade, an 80.2 run-defense grade and a 73.4 pass-rush grade. His pass-rush win rate remains lower, at around 13%, but he will be a solid NFL depth player with a chance to develop into a starter.


 

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