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2020 NFL Draft: Dave Archer scouts the top defensive ends

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Editor's note:This is part of a series in which Falcons analyst and former NFL quarterback Dave Archer shares his insights after scouting some of the top players at each position in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The edge players in this draft are not an overly impressive group as a whole, but there are a few that could be difference-makers. Chase Young, without question, is the headliner here and probably the best player in the draft. The rest of these guys are a mix of LB types that can rush on third down or bigger edge players with versatility to move side inside on third down. Pick your poison! I think only three or four will be first-rounders.

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Chase Young

School: Ohio State

Grade: Junior

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 265 pounds

Measurables: 4.57 (40-yard dash), no bench press numbers, 33¾" arms

Strengths

  • Elite level athlete with rare size, speed, and power combination
  • Multiple pass rush moves
  • Quick hands with a unique ability to strip ball from QBs

Weaknesses

  • Not a great edge-setter in run game
  • Awareness and tracking the football less than ideal
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K'Lavon Chaisson

School: LSU

Grade: RS sophomore

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 254 pounds

Measurables: 4.68, no bench press numbers, 32¼" arms

Strengths

  • Quick, twitchy athlete with excellent range
  • Thick lower half provides excellent speed to power transfer
  • Smart, high-character guy

Weaknesses

  • Missed 2018 ACL injury
  • Inconsistent vs. run game
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A.J. Epenesa

School: Iowa

Grade: Senior

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 275 pounds

Measurables: 5.04, 17 repetitions bench (225 pounds), 34½" arms

Strengths

  • Excellent setting edge in run game, stout with heavy hands
  • Uses power to set up pass rush, good short area quickness
  • Pure 4-3 DE, with ability to side inside on third down if needed

Weaknesses

  • Slow to change directions, might be lack of recognition
  • Doesn't have much bend for speed rush
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Yetur Gross-Matos

School: Penn State

Grade: Junior

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 266 pounds

Measurables: 4.62, no bench press numbers, 34-7/8" arms

Strengths

  • Excellent motor, relentless pursuer
  • Strong hands, good feet in playing off blocks or stunting in pass rush
  • Quick change of direction

Weaknesses

  • Average at the point of attack
  • Still learning the position, disappears at times
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Curtis Weaver

School: Boise State

Grade: RS junior

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 265 pounds

Measurables: 4.84, no bench press numbers, 32-3/8" arms

Strengths

  • Tremendous production over three years (34 sacks, 46 TFL)
  • Excellent hands, very slick vs. OT, excellent instincts as rusher
  • Good vision to see beyond blockers

Weaknesses

  • Not great athlete like others at position
  • Must improve defending the run

Keep an eye on these guys:

Bradlee Anae – Utah (Sr.)

  • 6'3", 257 pounds
  • Quick, explosive first step, good in pursuit

Marlon Davidson – Auburn (Sr)

  • 6'3", 303 pounds
  • Moved outside senior year, better fit as three-technique but love his versatility

Terrell Lewis – Alabama (RS Jr.)

  • 6'5", 262 pounds
  • Long, athletic player with good feet and suddenness

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