The 2020 NFL Draft had a strong class of defensive ends, with several players being selected in the first round. Here are some of the notable defensive ends drafted in 2020:
Chase Young: Selected by the Washington Football Team with the second overall pick, Young was widely regarded as the best player in the draft. He had an outstanding college career at Ohio State and was a consensus All-American in 2019.
K’Lavon Chaisson: Selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 20th overall pick, Chaisson was a dominant pass rusher at LSU and played a key role in the team’s championship run in 2019.
Yetur Gross-Matos: Selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 38th overall pick, Gross-Matos was a standout at Penn State and recorded 17 sacks over his final two seasons.
A.J. Epenesa: Selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 54th overall pick, Epenesa was a disruptive force at Iowa and recorded 11.5 sacks in his final college season.
Darrell Taylor: Selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 48th overall pick, Taylor was a standout at Tennessee and recorded 8.5 sacks in his final college season.
I’m excited to see what kind of pass-rushing abilities these defensive ends have. There are a lot of talented quarterbacks in the NFL right now, and if these rookies can get to them quickly, it could make a big difference for their teams.
I’m hoping to see some dominant players coming out of this class, too. It’s always exciting to see a rookie come in and completely change the game, and I think that’s definitely possible with some of these guys.
I think we’ll see a lot of versatility in the defensive ends coming out of this draft. They’ll be expected to rush the passer, defend the run, and maybe even drop back into coverage on occasion. The best players will be able to do it all.