The nation’s best 6 pass-rushers are from the SEC, according to a story from ESPN Insiders.
And it wasn’t just those 6 that were selected as plenty of other SEC pass-rushers were also selected high as well.
Garrett is a rare athlete with the burst to beat offensive tackles to the top of their sets. He also has the flexibility to bend inside once he has leverage and the closing speed to finish the job as a speed-rusher. If offenses scheme to take away the edge, he’s agile enough to work inside and powerful enough to collapse the pocket… In other words, he’s making an impact even when he doesn’t get to the quarterback.
(Key) has taken full advantage of moving to an OLB position within Dave Aranda’s base 3-4 scheme. The true sophomore has been on a tear through four games, with a nation-leading 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Allen is quick and athletic, but his hand fighting separates him from the pack. He makes it tough for offensive linemen to lock on initially, and he has the violent upper-body strength to counter when he doesn’t win clean.
I’m going to stick in the SEC and take Lawson here. He has appeared in just seven games the past two years coming into the season and doesn’t have the production of Allen, but anyone who watches Lawson on tape knows he is far more disruptive as a pass-rusher than his eight career sacks indicate.
(Barnett) is an effective hand-fighter who keeps blockers off his frame. Barnett gets off the ball well enough to win with speed off the edge, and he mixes in an effective inside move to keep blockers honest. He’s also versatile, showing the ability to rush off the edge and between the tackles.
Harris is one of the more explosive and natural pass-rushers in the 2017 class. He has the quickness and torso flexibility to turn the corner while also showing an inside change-up move, and Harris has the ability to convert speed to power and keep offensive tackles on their toes. After accumulating seven sacks in 2015, Harris is on pace to eclipse that mark this season.
His impressive get-off, balance and closing speed are the first things that jump out at you when you watch Williams, who recorded 10.5 sacks as a situational pass-rusher last season. That said, the more you watch him, the more you appreciate his ability to control blockers with his hands.
This is his first year as a starter, and there is still room for development in terms of technique and awareness. However, at 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, he has an intriguing physical skill set and a lot of upside for growth. In particular, he flashes explosive upper-body power and does an exceptional job of jarring blockers in their pass sets.