B2B Undervalued And Small School Players: EDGE

EDGE Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State  Just a holy terror on FCS and FBS opponents alike. Didn’t have a great combine, but if disrupting plays and getting to the QB is what you desire, he does a great job of it. Buck Buchanan award winner as best defensive player in the FCS.

EDGE Mat Boesen, TCU  Started at Boise State and transferred in. Reminds a little of a Kevin Greene, natural bend and singular focus. Really effective edge rusher.

EDGE Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State  How could an undersized DL with a relentless motor and a name like Hercules escape his destiny? Of course he’s a 2018 B2B Directional Stater. Is he an EDGE at the next level? A special teams star? All I know is: he’s a football player who can play for my team any day.

EDGE Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest  For the life of me, I can’t figure out why more people aren’t talking up Ejiofor as one of the very best EDGE players in this class. Guys who get injured and can’t work out in the draft season are forgotten sometimes. Ejiofor might be the most polished and scheme versatile player available. Not sure how he would have tested, but he plays like a top 50 pick.

EDGE Anthony Winbush, Ball State  So much to like. He’s got a plan for every rush; can beat you with surprising power (38″ VJ & 29 reps of 225lbs) but generally wins with a burst right as he turns the corner of a tight arc. The antithesis of a one speed rusher–it’s like he hits the turbo right at the bend point.  So many rushers slow down for an instant at that point or make it look like segmented action.

EDGE Marcel Frazier, Missouri  Wins with size (6045, 256), a quick get off (1.61 10yd split), and playing within a system that forces defensive players to be responsible, good tacklers. I think that results in players from this system performing better than expected once they get to the NFL. Frazier won’t wow anyone with bend, but he can be a solid contributor right away because he plays advanced football from a responsibility standpoint and he’s a sure tackler who is an asset vs the run game.

EDGE Joe Ostman, Central Michigan  You play for a team with a losing record, in a non-power 5 conference… you have short arms for an edge defender… yet all you do is make plays. Very good vs both run and rushing the passer, if he can continue to use technique and leverage to win without length, could make it at the next level.

EDGE Kylie Fitts, Utah  Fitts has great length (6036, 263lbs, 33″ arms) and can turn the corner at a 90° angle.In his sophomore season, it looked like he was going to be a superstar. Struggled some with injuries and was used as a rotational player simply because Utah has had 3 EDGE players go to the NFL during the time Fitts was there. He certainly has the athleticism and build for the job.

EDGE Sharif Finch, Temple  Another great edge prospect with prototypical size (6041, 251), great speed (4.65 40, 7.00 3-cone, and productivity. He also blocked 5 punts.

EDGE Andrew Ankrah, James Madison  Combines speed, good size (6031 249), and excellent bend (6.96 3-cone) to get under tackles and get the edge. Also features a well-developed counter move inside and a high motor. What a year for unheralded EDGE players!

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