2018 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

Pass Rushers

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1. Lorenzo Carter
College: Georgia
Height: 6’6″, Weight: 250
Lorenzo Carter will need to continue to bulk up to play at the next level. Carter’s intelligence on the field impressed me. He showed great awareness as a pass rusher and very rarely seemed lost or out-of-place on plays. As a pass rusher, he has a combination of power and length to give him separation against linemen.

2. Harold Landry
College: Boston College
Height: 6’3″, Weight: 252
More of an upside pick, Harold Landry showed great athleticism in college. A nimble athlete, he impresses with his ability to get low against opposing linemen. He did struggle with injuries but it’s worth noting his play did take a step back in 2017. Teams will have to bet they can help Landry return to his junior year form.

3. Kemoko Turray
College: Rutgers
Height: 6’5″, Weight: 252
Kemoko Turray is a well-rounded pass rusher. He has a nice motor and displayed great quickness. A nimble athlete, he’ll be a difficult block for larger linemen. I do feel the mental aspect of his game hasn’t caught up with him yet. He’s slow to react and at times can be stuck standing still waiting for a play to unfold. If he can improve his instincts he has the potential to be a reliable pass rusher.

4. Okoronkwo Ogbonnia
College: Oklahoma
Height: 6’1″, Weight: 242
While he’s a tad undersized, it’s impossible to ignore Ogbonnia’s play. An energetic pass rusher who shows surprising power and aggression. Ogbonnia also showed some strong hand fighting and a solid arsenal of pass rushing moves. He may not have the physical traits you want out of a pass rusher but it seems he has the mental ones.

5. Hercules Mata’afa
College: Washington State
Height: 6’1″, Weight: 254

A personal favorite of mine for pass rushers. Hercules Mata’afa made his presence known through his motor and play as a run stopper. He also showed some nice quickness and closing speed. The only problem is that his college career may leave teams with more questions than answers. He played defensive tackle in college and at 254 that’s not realistic in the NFL. Teams may worry that an interior linemen won’t be able to make the transition to EDGE rusher. They will also wonder if his speed and quickness was a product of him going against larger linemen. He’s a risk, but his energetic play screams that he loves this game. I think he’s a worthy the bet.