Why Trey Hendrickson was the most productive pass-rusher in this class last season
Pro Football Focus' “pass-rushing productivity” signature stat calculates a score to reflect the frequency of pressure generated by a defender. All sacks, hits, and hurries are added up and (with sacks weighted heavier and some multipliers in place to give us a workable PRP score) then broken down on a per-pass-rushing-snap basis.
According to this metric, the most productive pass-rusher in the 2017 draft class this past season was Florida Atlantic’s Trey Hendrickson, with a PRP of 20.5.
Hendrickson has been a terror for opposing tackles and quarterbacks for the last two seasons. In 2016, he generated one outside pressure per every 8.1 pass-rushing snaps, which ranks first in the draft class. Hendrickson also generated one pressure per every 5.3 pass-rushing snaps against an offensive tackle. Hendrickson’s PRP from the right side also tops in the class. When pressure occurred in less than 2.5 seconds, his PRP of 11.3 ranked fourth in the draft class; when pressure occurred in 2.6-plus seconds, his PRP of 34.7 was first. Hendrickson should be able to contribute valuable and productive pass-rushing snaps to his new team as a rookie.
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Samson Ebukam, ED, Eastern Washington
Our analysts have graded every snap of every play in every FBS game for the last three seasons. We usually only grade FCS players when they face an FBS opponent, but we will do full grades for certain FCS prospects after the season. This spring, our analysts graded Eastern Washington games specifically to look at wide receiver Cooper Kupp. One player who kept standing out when we graded the other side of the ball, though, was the Eagles’ talented edge defender, Samson Ebukam. More than one PFF analyst believes Ebukam is the best prospect out of Eastern Washington—not Kupp.
Ebukam recorded 11 sacks, 10 hits and 42 hurries on 398 pass-rushing snaps in 2016. His pass-rushing productivity mark of 13.2 ranks No. 13 among 3-4 OLBs in the draft class. Ebukam can also play the run, and his 25 run stops ties him at No. 4 among 3-4 OLBs in the draft class. At Eastern Washington’s pro day, Ebukam reportedly ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, recorded a vertical jump of 39 inches, a broad jump of 10-foot-10, and 24 bench press repetitions of 225 pounds. Ebukam is a prospect that combines dominance on tape, outstanding production grades and explosive athleticism. We believe that Ebukam can contribute to an NFL team as an edge-rusher.
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Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham recorded three straight years of excellent grades, and is a three-down linebacker in the NFL.
Zach Cunningham finished fourth in run stop percentage among all FBS inside linebackers in 2016.https://t.co/LOOS8l5mIk
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