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Draft Preview Scouting Report: Edge Rushers

Day One

PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.

Dante Fowler Jr.*Florida6-3261

Vic BeasleyClemson6-3246

Alvin “Bud” DupreeKentucky6-4269

Randy GregoryNebraska6-5235

Shane RayMissouri6-3245

Day Two

Owamagbe OdighizuwaUCLA6-3267

Eli Harold*Virginia6-3247

Shaq Thompson*Washington6-0228

Danielle HunterLSU6-5252

Nate OrchardUtah6-3250

Hau’oli KikahaWashington6-2253

Day Three

Davis TullChattanooga6-2246

Jordan HicksTexas6-1236

Mike HullPenn St.6-0237

Sleeper: Max Valles*, Virginia, 6-5, 251

Fowler has considerable athleticism that would figure to make him a good fit in a multiple scheme that would use him as both an outside linebacker and a defensive end. He was a first-team All-SEC selection last season after leading the Gators with 15 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hurries to go along with 8.5 sacks. He had at least one tackle for loss in all but one game in 2014. … Beasley is extremely explosive and has a variety of pass-rush moves as well as tremendous power. He had 33 career sacks and 52.5 tackles for loss. … Ray’s arrest Monday for marijuana possession, a lingering foot injury and unimpressive Pro Day could knock him to the bottom of the first round or out of it entirely. … Dupree’s outstanding performance at the combine caused his stock to soar into the first round. … Gregory’s talent should make him a top-five pick, but multiple drug-test failures are likely to cost him money.

Odighizuwa’s two hip surgeries knocked him into the second day; otherwise, he has plenty of talent. … Harold excels in pursuit and uses his hands well to fend off blockers. … Thompson is the most versatile athlete in the draft. He played running back last season, which took away from his production at outside linebacker, but that’s where he’ll play in the NFL. . … Hunter is a playmaker whose impressive showing at the combine solidified him as a Day Two choice. … Orchard is a good pass-rusher but needs muscle … Kikaha totaled 32 sacks the last two seasons.

–Vic Carucci

Class grade

B

Nearly a dozen edge rushers are expected to go in the first few rounds, with five and possibly six on Day One.

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