Going into the NFL Combine weekend, many believed a top edge prospect wasn’t going to be available for the Detroit Lions with the eighth overall pick. Nick Bosa was the consensus No. 1 prospect and Josh Allen wasn’t far behind, but the remaining players—while possibly available when the Lions are on the clock—weren’t really considered worth a top-10 pick. Players like Clelin Ferrell, Brian Burns, Montez Sweat and even Rashan Gary were all commonly viewed as players that were more appropriately slotted in the mid-to-late first round.
However, the edge defenders showed up at the NFL Combine. Athleticism was all on display as Brian Burns and Montez Sweat were both big winners on Sunday. Additionally, Rashan Gary and even Chase Winovich looked pretty solid, and now it looks like the Lions are going to have a pretty good shot at a decent edge defender... if they fall to them at eight.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Who is the third best edge defender in the 2019 NFL Draft class?
Note: This is assuming you still have Bosa and Allen as your No. 1 and 2. If your order is different, let us know.
My answer: I’m not going to pretend that I have a strong opinion here, because I’m still in the midst of watching tape on some of these guys, but I will tell you that right now I’m most excited to dive deep into the tape of Brian Burns. Even before the Combine, there was a contingent of draft experts considering him a good fit for Detroit at eight, and after this kind of athleticism display...
... that contingent has already grown.
It’s easy to see why many are in love with this guy as a prospect. Hell, The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs actually has Burns as his No. 1 edge prospect above both Allen and Bosa.
Regardless of your opinion here, it does appear that Detroit should have a pretty good defensive option at eighth overall after a strong Combine showing.
Who is your No. 3 edge prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft?
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