The 2020 NFL Draft kicks off next week. Leading up to the start of the first round on April 23, Giants.com will be taking a look at the top five prospects at each position in this year's draft class. Each list is based off of NFL.com's prospect rankings.
Next up are the edge rushers.
Giants current depth at EDGE: Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, Kyler Fackrell, Kevin Wilkins
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Ohio State EDGE Chase Young
2019 stats: 12 games, 46 tackles (32 solo), 16.5 sacks, 21.0 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, three passes defended
Height / Weight: 6'5" / 264 lbs
Accolades: Second-Team All-Big Ten (2018), Chuck Bednarik Award (2019), Ted Hendricks Award (2019), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (2019), Chicago Tribune Silver Football (2019), Nagurski-Wooden Defensive Player of the Year (2019), Smith-Brown Defensive Player of the Year (2019), Unanimous All-American (2019), First-Team All-Big Ten (2019),
2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #1
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Young is a tall, long and athletic defensive end. As a pass rusher, he explodes off the ball and gains ground in a hurry. He uses a quick swipe move and also has the ability to control the wrists of blockers. He can convert speed to power and is effective on loops and games. He does have a little tightness at the top of his rush. Against the run, he sets the edge easily and uses his quickness to slip blocks and create chaos behind the line of scrimmage. Overall, Young is an All-Pro talent, reminiscent of Julius Peppers and Mario Williams.
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LSU EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson
Height / Weight: 6'3" / 254 lbs
2019 stats: 13 games, 60 tackles (34 solo), 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two passes defended
Accolades: Freshmen SEC All-Freshman (2017), First-Team All-SEC (2019), CFP National Champion (2019)
2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #25
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Chaisson primarily lined up as a stand-up rusher in the Tigers' defensive system. He is long, explosive and very athletic. As a pass rusher, he relies more on pure get-off speed and athletic ability than technical skill. He is at his best as a looper, where he can find a crease and explode through. He has yet to figure out how to use his length to his advantage on a consistent basis. Against the run, he flashes the ability to stack and hold the point, but he excels at slipping blocks and creating havoc. His speed and effort show up on the back side of plays. Overall, Chaisson is more athlete than football player right now, but he has all of the raw tools to be a dominant force at the next level.
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Iowa EDGE A.J. Epenesa
Height / Weight: 6'5" / 275 lbs
2019 stats: 13 games, 49 tackles (32 solo), 11.5 sacks, 14.0 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three passes defended
Accolades: Freshmen All-Big Ten (2017), 2x First-Team All-Big Ten (2018, 2019)
2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #26
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Epenesa is a skilled pass rusher with outstanding size, strength and effort. He has average get-off quickness, but he boasts strong hands, can flip his hips and is a reliable finisher. He has a variety of hand techniques, including a violent club move, swipe move and a push/pull move. He also will flash a long-arm move with his inside arm. He has a great feel when an OT is leaning outside, which creates an opening for his up-and-under inside-counter move. Against the run, he can hold the point of attack easily. His effort on the back side is outstanding, but he lacks the burst to make a ton of plays from distance. Overall, Epenesa has a very high floor as a prospect. He should be a consistent 8-to-10-sack performer at the very least.
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Penn State EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos
Height / Weight: 6'5" / 266 lbs
2019 stats: 11 games, 40 tackles (23 solo), 9.0 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss
Accolades: 2x First-Team All-Big Ten (2018, 2019)
2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #30
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Gross-Matos was a tall, long edge rusher for the Nittany Lions. He will stand up on the edge or launch out of his four-point stance. He is a very productive pass rusher. He doesn't have an elite get-off, but he has very active hands and an array of moves. He has a quick swipe move, inside spin and he can also bend/wrap at the top of his rush. I'd like to see him develop more power, but he still has a lot to work with. He is very effective on loops and games. He does need to improve versus the run, as he sometimes plays too high and gets uprooted. Overall, Gross-Matos offers double-digit sack potential, but he does need to add strength at the next level.
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Auburn EDGE Marlon Davidson
Height / Weight: 6'3" / 303 lbs
2019 stats: 12 games, 48 tackles (29 solo), 6.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one pass defended
Accolades: First-Team All-SEC (2019)
2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #34
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Davidson has average height and a thick/square build. He typically lined up at defensive end for the Tigers, but also possesses the ability to slide inside. As a pass rusher, he is devastating when he has a runway. He generates a lot of power in his bull rush and has an array of hand moves he can incorporate on the move. He doesn't have an elite get-off, but he wins in the ways just mentioned. He destroys tight ends with his strength and power combination. Against the run, he uses his length to stack blocks, and his effort to pursue is outstanding. Overall, Davidson has some inside/outside flexibility and his production should carry over to the next level.
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