DEEP FRIED DRAFT
The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl is upon us. Beginning January 22nd, 110 senior football prospects will interview with and practice in front of hundreds of NFL coaches and scouts. Tuesday morning, the players will weigh-in and then both teams will lightly practice in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday are the two biggest practice days when both squads practice in full pads. This culminates in the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The game can also be seen live on NFL Network.
Deep Fried Draft will have it covered all week. Look for daily write-ups about the practices each day.
Below I rank the edge rushers playing in this year's game. I go from best to worst.
**Please note that these rankings are based on what I have seen up to this point. What I see upon further tape study, Senior Bowl performance, and the rest of the draft process will likely change these rankings.**
***This also reflects the roster that was announced in early January***
1 Josh Allen Kentucky Sr 6'4 230
Before the season I saw the first-round buzz for Josh Allen. I didn’t believe it. I am now a believer. Allen could be one of, if not the highest drafted player in the game. Allen is the epitome of player development. He arrived in Lexington as a lightly recruited 215-pound LB. He is now a 260-pound wrecking machine. Allen has 13.5 sacks in 2018 with 80 tackles.
2 Montez Sweat Mississippi State Sr 6'5 241
If not for Josh Allen, Sweat would easily be the top edge rusher in this game. He has dominated SEC competition for two years. Sweat possesses an array of rush maneuvers. He finished his Bulldog career with 22.5 sacks.
3 Jaylon Ferguson Louisiana Tech Sr 6'5 265
Ferguson is one of the best pass rushers in the country. He has a chance to break Terrell Suggs FBS sacks record this season. Ferguson has burst off the edge and an array of pass rush moves. He and Oshane Ximines have a chance to get into the first-round conversation.
4 Oshane Ximines Old Dominion Sr 6'3 247
While not as physically gifted, Ximenes could see a similar rise during the draft process as Marcus Davenport. Boasting 32.5 career sacks and 51 TFL, Ximines is one of the most productive pass rushers in the nation. I look for him to dominate in the practices.
5 Jalen Jelks Oregon Sr 6'5 245
Jelks is a multi-faceted defender for the Ducks. His TFL and sack numbers are down from last season. Jelks is dealing with a nagging injury.
6 Christian Miller Alabama Sr 6'3 230
Miller has battled injuries throughout his Bama career. 2018 was his first playing a complete season. That was until he missed the NCG. He can be both an edge rusher or off-ball linebacker. Miller recorded 7 sacks this season with 33 tackles.
7 Chase Winovich Michigan Sr 6'3 253
Winovich is an athletic edge defender for the Wolverines. He arrived in Ann Arbor as a tight end. Winovich has 17.5 career sacks.
8 Ben Banogu TCU Sr 6'3 245
Banogu is a talented edge rusher. He is a transfer from UL-Monroe. Since arriving in Fort Worth, Banogu has 33.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks.
9 Carl Granderson Wyoming Sr 6'4 255
Granderson has the length coveted by NFL personnel for an edge rusher. His production has dipped some in 2018. Make no mistake, however, Granderson can play at the next level.
10 Jonathan Ledbetter Georgia Sr 6'3 251
Ledbetter finished 2018 with 55 tackles. He added about thirty pounds to his frame over the last two years.
11 Byron Cowart Maryland Sr 6'3 276
Cowart signed with Auburn as the top player coming out of high school. He was ranked ahead of Myles Garrett. Cowart left Auburn with as many sacks as I recorded at Auburn. He grad transferred to Maryland and had a little more success. Cowart notched three sacks this year and even managed to pick off two passes. Potential is the name of the game with Cowart. Some NFL D-Line coach will think he can tap into it.
IC John Cominsky Charleston (WV) Sr 6'5 275
I have never seen John Cominsky play and I probably won't until Senior Bowl week. Per Jim Nagy, scouts were blowing up his phone to get him to Mobile.
2019 Senior Bowl: Ranking the Edge Rushers