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NFL player comps for five top pass rushers in 2019 NFL draft

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NCAA Football: Ohio State at Texas Christian Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

We are less than a week away from the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine where most of the draft’s top prospects will take to Lucas Oil stadium in Indianapolis to show their stuff to NFL scouts. In total there are 338 prospects will take the field in Indianapolis with aspirations of hearing their name called during April’s draft.

Players are put under a microscope as coaches, scouts, and general managers from all 32 teams dissect every detail.

One of the growing trends around the pre-draft and prospect evaluation process is player comparisons. Along with strengths, weaknesses, 40 times, and bench press reps, evaluators are now pairing prospects with an NFL player who has comparable measureables or skill sets.

Here are comps for the drafts top five edge rushers.

Nick Bosa

Comp: Joey Bosa

Surprise, surprise. It’s easy to find a comp when you have a big brother who is already in the league. You would have a difficult time differentiating between the Bosa brothers if you were watching tape of them side by side.

Joey has the slightly larger frame at 6 foot 5, 280 compared to younger brother Nick who is listed at 6 foot 4, 265. Like Joey, Nick is strong in run defense and excels in getting after the quarterback. They both play with extremely high motors. Nick has been praised for his hand usage.

Unfortunately, another thing these two have in common is the risk of injury. Joey missed most of the 2018 season with a foot injury and Nick played in only three games after suffering a core muscle injury.

Josh Allen

Comp: Von Miller

Don’t be surprised if when all the pre-draft evaluations are finished if Josh Allen is sitting atop big board’s as the top prospect in the draft.

Similar in size and stature, Allen has the tools to be a game wrecker much like Von Miller. Both possess an explosive burst off the line and can win with pure speed. When studying Allen on film, his lightening quick first step and ability to bend screamed Von Miller.

Allen finished his senior season with 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss.

Clelin Ferrell

Comp: Carlos Dunlap

While Ferrell may not measure as long as Dunlap but there are similarities to their games. Both are powerful at the point of attack, stout against the run, and have great hand usage.

Although, Ferrell might not test as well as other edge rushers during the combine he very well could be the most well rounded defensive end in the draft. He has a motor that always runs hot, has a variety of pass rush moves, and three highly productive years on college football’s biggest stage.

Montez Sweat

Comp: Leonard Floyd

In senior bowl week practices, Montez Sweat stood out as one of the better players in Mobile. What also stood out was his combination of length and athleticism.

The comp that immediately came to mind as far as body type was Leonard Floyd. Floyd and Sweat are extremely long, both 6 foot 6 in the 240’s.

Sweat’s greatest attributes includes a great get off, highly developed pass rush combinations, and a motor that will never be questioned.

Sweat is expected to be a top 15 pick.

Jachai Polite

Comp: Melvin Ingram

Polite has been labeled a one hit wonder. 11 of his 15 career sacks came in this past season. It’s easy to see a lot of Melvin Ingram is his pass rush.

Unlike the other prospects Polite is shorter and more compact, similar to Ingram. Both have the ability to bend the edge in the blink of an eye. Polite would benefit from adding some weight but despite being only 6 foot 2 and 240, held up well against the run in the SEC.

Known primarily for his speed rush, Polite will need to develop an array of moves to reach Ingram’s status in the league.