SnoTapWI Top Five: EDGE Rushers For the Packers in 2020 Draft
Some might wonder, do the Green Bay Packers need to spend a draft pick on an EDGE rusher? If you consider that the Packers have two talented EDGE rushers in Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith combined with the first-round draft pick Rashan Gary from last year, they might be set. But the Packers do need to replace Kyler Fackrell and can do it in this draft. The only problem is this is not the year for EDGE rushers. Thankfully, the Packers aren’t searching this year for their EDGE talent. Alas, there are still guys worth taking if the Packers agree they’re good options for the team.
1. Terrell Lewis – You wonder if Terrell Lewis stayed healthy through his time at Alabama, would he be considered a first-round talent? I’m unsure but have a feeling he would be going higher. Lewis had an elbow injury and knee injury that cost him some time. But this dude can ball out off the edge. He can get in the backfield. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler compared him to Danielle Hunter which made the hair on my arms rise.
2. Alex Highsmith – I am very much in on this guy. He went from being a walk-on to leading the Conference USA in tackles for losses and sacks in his senior year. Highsmith can get off the ball like nobody’s business. The Charlotte product has to improve in the run game, but that’s not something I’m too worried about knowing the Smith Brothers are there.
3. Darnell Taylor – This guy is flying under the radar a bit. He had double-digit sacks in the last two years at Tennessee. Taylor also led the Vols in tackles last season from an outside linebacker position. He can play. He has loads of athleticism which you know Brian Gutekunst and team look for in their draft picks. Taylor does have some trouble getting off blocks, but he would be a perfect addition to their EDGE trio.
4. Josh Uche – Packers could go back to well with a Michigan EDGE rusher. Uche gets off the ball very quickly and makes it a point to end up at the quarterback. With his limited college experience, he would be a third-down rusher for the Packers in certain defensive sub-packages. Uche’s experience does worry me though. As he only played 52% of the snaps his senior year per Brugler.
5. Jonah Williams – Here is a lottery ticket guy. Williams is a bit of an older prospect at 25 for his rookie year. He has a very athletic built and someone who could be a solid EDGE rusher for an NFL team. The testing numbers for Williams were off the charts which is a big plus for Gutekunst. The Weber State product still hasn’t hit his peak as a football player which makes him worth the investment in the fifth or sixth round.