The term “Edge” has become common nomenclature in the past few seasons thanks to the advancement of defensive schemes and the prevalence of the pass in today’s NFL. Essentially, it is intended to describe an individual who can harass the passer, and defenses who struggle to do this are at an immediate disadvantage. It’s a position with a lot of cash attached to it, and as such we have seen growth at the college level as elite athletes are used to find ways to disrupt the passing game.
From and IDP perspective, this focuses on individuals who are effective at getting after the passer. We’ll look at some of the best in college football below. This list is mostly a primer, with specific IDP profiles going more in-depth.
OLB Arden Key, LSU Tigers
Key may be the most notable pass rusher in the college ranks and is a potential top five pick in 2018. He flashed as a rotational rusher in 2015, exploded in 2016 with 12 sacks, and proved adept at holding up against the run. A long, loose athlete with little wasted motion, Key can win with his length and bend but it will be interesting to see how he handles added bulk; will he add additional power moves to his game or will it limit his natural athleticism? An established sack artist with an ideal frame and plus athleticism, it would be shocking to see Key not become a prominent member of the 2018 draft class.