Ten pass rushers worth pursuing in free agency/2020 NFL Draft - Willie McGinest
Matthew Judon, edge rusher, free agent
Judon is a long, rangy defender who uses his body and lean to create separation with his arm length. The Pro Bowler has the ability to play over guards on the interior or on the edges, and that versatility helped him reach career-best marks in sacks (9.5) and quarterback hits (33, fourth in the NFL) in 2019. He was exceptional for the Ravens defense, forcing five turnovers caused by pressure (tied for third-most in the NFL), per Next Gen Stats. Judon is just scratching the surface of his potential entering his fifth season.
Dante Fowler Jr., edge rusher, free agent
Ahead of the 2019 season, Fowler bet on himself when he signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams in an effort to prove he’s worthy of a big multi-year deal. It turned out that the 25-year-old was a regular bright spot during a season in which the Rams struggled to find consistency on both sides of the ball. Fowler totaled a career-high 11.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and 16 QB hits while forcing two fumbles, recovering one for a touchdown. There’s no doubt he should expect a multi-year deal this offseason.
The Baltimore Ravens have weighed all their options regarding pass rusher Matt Judon, reportedly making the decision to franchise tag him. Per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Judon is expected to receive the tag from the Ravens, which coincidentally coincides with the league’s decision to push the franchise designation period back two days from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27.
Per Over the Cap, Judon would make $16,266,200 if he is designated as a linebacker ($19,316,000). OTC has the Ravens listed as $30,740,854 available in salary cap space, limiting what they can do in free agency with the franchise tag designation on Judon.
PFF’s All-Combine Team of the 2010s - Michael Renner
QB – ROBERT GRIFFIN III, BAYLOR
RG3’s 4.41 40-yard dash was a full tenth of a second faster than any other quarterback over the past decade (Tyrod Taylor, 4.51). Guys like Lamar Jacksonand Kyler Murray could have been some serious competition here, but neither chose to run in Indy.
Guys like John Ross and Marquise Goodwin may have stolen the show with their 40s, but they offered little else. Conley and Boykin were the total package across the board with size, speed, explosiveness and agility. On the NFL field, though, we’ve not quite seen that show up.
Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
After putting up a great season for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2019 as a pass rusher, Terrell Lewis has seemed to make many fans forget that he had season-ending surgeries the last two years to his elbow and knee. Lewis could test through the roof in Indianapolis next week in drills like the vertical jump, 40-yard dash and 3cone, but if his medical report comes back with concerns, none of it will matter to some NFL teams.
28. Yetur Gross-Matos - Edge
School: Penn State | Year: Junior
60. Denzel Mims - WR
School: Baylor | Year: Senior
92. Keith Ismael - C
School: San Diego State | Year: Junior (RS)
99. Troy Dye - LB
School: Oregon | Year: Senior
Projected compensatory pick.