The Road Thru Indy: Edge Rushers
Part 4 looks at the best ends and outside linebackers
The Known Commodity: Derek Barnett, DE – Tennessee
I just couldn’t put Myles Garrett in this series. I feel like he is above even the “known commodity” label. You would be hard pressed to find any person with even a tiny allegiance to an NFL team who doesn’t know Myles Garrett. Step in Derek Barnett who is somewhat of a known commodity himself. A three year starter at Tennessee, I also think he could be the best edge in this draft when it’s all said and done. He broke Reggie White’s school record for sacks and had 52 tackles for loss while in college. In short, this position is loaded this year, and this kid is a freak.
The Name You’ll Learn: Solomon Thomas, DE – Stanford
I’m high on Solomon Thomas but not as highly as some others who are comparing him to Aaron Donald at the moment. A crazy combine though and he may jump Derek Barnett as my 2nd edge in this class. I’m just not sold on where he’s going to play at the next level considering he doesn’t have the mass currently to be an every down player. I could be wrong though because he was super disruptive during his time at Stanford and clearly has a plethora of moves and a high football IQ. He’ll surely make lots of noise in Indy.
The Virtual Unknown: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE – Villanova
This kid is a project and you’ll hear that term tossed around a lot when you hear his name mentioned at the combine. I like his size, he most certainly looks the part but another concern will be the lack of competition he faced in college. The thing he is going to do is blow up the combine, he’s a freak athlete, and a three time all-academic team member. He’ll do as well in the interviews as he will on the field. He’ll be a stock climber in Indy.