CFB week 4: Did we mention this is a good D-line class?

Another week, another really productive weekend for the top defensive line prospects. With Ohio State’s Nick Bosa out with an abdominal injury, the rest of a loaded class continue to shine.

Brian Burns is the legit
Nobody has done more to improve their stock this season than Burns. Playing on a rank bad Florida State team, he shines every week with a combination of quickness and length. Look at the interception he made today:

That’s incredible. He also had a sack in a victory against Northern Illinois. Burns continues to make plays every week. If he tests well, and there’s no reason why he won’t, watch out.

D’Andre Walker is a beast
Listed in our early watch-list this summer, Georgia’s Walker continues to shine. He had two more sacks today against Missouri and plays with an intensity, athleticism and physicality that deserves early round consideration. It’s a major surprise that he still isn’t getting any major attention on the draft circuit. Walker is legit. He can be a linebacker or rusher and helps set the tone for Georgia.

Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell continue to make plays
It’s difficult to judge a D-line against the triple-option. The style just doesn’t translate. And when you come up against an elite defense, the mistakes start to happen. Georgia Tech fumbled their way through the game. Paul Johnson’s offense can be difficult to watch when it isn’t rocking. Still, Christian Wilkins managed to put on a show. He was running across the line, dodging blocks with great balance and athleticism and he landed a couple of sacks. Wilkins is really good — his quickness, frame and ability to win in multiple ways should land him a spot in round one. The rest of the ‘big four’ had a quieter day — but Ferrell still managed a touchdown on a fumble recovery (two other players, including Wilkins, could’ve scored before Ferrell finally fell on the ball).

Rashan Gary is building momentum
He needed to start making plays, even when facing difficult double-teams. He’s a freaky athlete and you want to see it flash. Today he helped Michigan defeat Nebraska by collecting another sack and reports suggest he put on a second consecutive strong performance. If he can finish the season with some consistency he can still be a high first round pick.

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  1. Volume12

    Burns over Ferrell. Can Ferrell bend? If not, wonder if teams add weight to him and have him rush from the interior.

    • Rob Staton

      No Ferrell is better

      • Trevor

        I think Ferrell is a true DE and every bit as good as Chubb was last year. If he tests as it expected should go in top 5-8 Picks IMO. Burns seems like more of a Leonard Floyd type to me with a ton of upside.

        • Rob Staton

          I think Ferrell will be a top five lock

  2. Trevor

    Rob have you had a chance to break down any film on the Alabama QB? Would love to get your thoughts on him? I think he is the best looking QB prospect I have seen in a while but maybe the Alabama roster makes him look better than he really is. Just curious what you see.

    Also the Oregon QB Justin Herbert? Last night was the first good look I had at him and wow I was impressed.

    I did not think there was a top 10 QB in this class but Montez, Herbert and Lock all look better than expected.

    • Rob Staton

      I’ve watched Alabama but won’t break down his play specifically until he’s draft eligible.

      Going to watch the Oregon vs Stanford game later today. Lock has a rocket arm. There are some options but not totally sold any are close to the Mayfield, Mahomes, Darnold, Rosen, Watson bunch (and not speaking with hindsight there, liked them all).

      • Trevor

        Thanks Rob can’t wait to hear your take on Tua.

        I recall you liking all those QBs and I did as well except for Rosen whom I am not a fan of.

  3. drewdawg11

    If we keep losing games, these players will be within reach. I think Ed Oliver is baby Aaron Donald. He’s different. Little Bosa is going to be better than his brother if he stays healthy.

  4. John_s

    More I watch Taylor Rapp, more I see some Harrison Smith in him. His Versatility and acceleration is off the charts.

    Derrick Baity from Kentucky is a CB I am really intrigued with.

    Oshane Ximines I love.

    All three have the same characteristic of being physical, aggressive defenders which Seattle needs more of.

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