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Saturday open thread: Who is your favorite edge rusher in the 2018 NFL Draft?

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Which edge rusher is your favorite in the 2018 draft class?

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As the Detroit Lions wrap up free agency with a few minor signings, the team’s overall needs have come into focus. Detroit has added some key players at linebacker, tight end, offensive line and even cornerback.

But for the most part—unless you consider Devon Kennard a pure edge rusher—the Lions have largely avoided adding a defensive end in free agency. Even if Kennard will be playing off the edge often in 2018, defensive end has to be considered one of the team’s biggest needs going forward.

The 2018 NFL Draft isn’t exactly chock-full of elite edge prospects, but in the first round of the draft there are several options the Lions may have with the 20th overall pick. So today’s Question of the Day is:

Who is your favorite edge rusher in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Because this is Lions blog, I’m going to exclude Bradley Chubb, who is expected to go in the top five of the draft.

My answer: I can’t help but crush a little on the boom-or-bust prospect out of UTSD: Marcus Davenport. First, there’s his elite athleticism that was confirmed during the NFL Combine last month:

Then, there’s his tape. While his form is extremely raw and, to put crudely, sloppy as hell, the playmaking ability is there and he just dominated his opponents in some games. Check out his tape against Rice last season:

Of course, Rice went 1-11 in 2017, and that’s much of the reason why many are so critical of Davenport’s tape. He was able to destroy his opponents despite his poor form because his competition was just downright awful.

Still, projections for Davenport are either as a future All Pro player or a complete bust. Lions general manager Bob Quinn tends to stay away from guys like that, but I can’t help but be infatuated with them.

Your turn.

Poll

Who is your favorite edge rusher in this year’s class (not including Bradley Cubb)

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Marcus Davenport
    (138 votes)
  • 61%
    Harold Landry
    (546 votes)
  • 7%
    Arden Key
    (66 votes)
  • 8%
    Sam Hubbard
    (74 votes)
  • 7%
    Other
    (65 votes)
889 votes total Vote Now