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Colts 2021 NFL Draft Position Preview: Edge Rusher

Indianapolis Colts
22 Apr 2021, 17:39 GMT+10

If the Colts look to bolster their pass rush with an early draft pick, who may be available on Day 1 or Day 2 of the NFL Draft? JJ Stankevitz Who's available?

The NFL does not officially list players as edge rushers, but between defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers, we're able to come up with 37 edge rushers invited to the NFL's modified 2021 scouting combine, which officially took place at college pro days on various campuses:

Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest Will Bradley-King, Baylor Earnest Brown IV, Northwestern Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State Victor Dimukeje, Duke Chauncey Golston, Iowa Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame Malik Herring, Georgia Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina Patrick Johnson, Tulane Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh Josh Kaindoh, Florida State Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt Ade Ogundeji, Notre Dame Azeez Ojulari, Georgia Joseph Ossai, Texas Jayson Oweh, Penn State Kwity Paye, Michigan Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma Jaelan Phillips, Miami Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State Janarius Robinson, Florida State Quincy Roche, Miami Greg Rousseau, Miami Chris Rumph II, Duke Cam Sample, Tulane Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa Jordan Smith, UAB Charles Snowden, Virginia Marquiss Spencer, Mississippi State Shaka Toney, Penn State Joe Tryon, Washington Payton Turner, Houston Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech What do experts think?

Plenty of mock drafts have the Colts taking an edge rusher with their first round pick (No. 21 overall). A sampling: Pro Football Focus (Jayson Oweh), Pro Football Network (Kwity Paye), The Athletic (Jaelan Phillips), CBS Sports (Azeez Ojulari) and Pro Football Focus again (Gregory Rousseau).

Basically, every top edge rusher in the 2021 NFL Draft class has been mocked by someone, somewhere, to the Colts.

PFF does not have an edge rusher among their top 20 prospects, but has four ranked between Nos. 21-30: Paye (No. 24), Oweh (No. 25), Phillips (No. 27) and Ojulari (No. 30). So while there may not be a clear standout in this year's edge rushing class, there is plenty of depth.

Who's on the Colts?

The Colts signed Isaac Rochell and re-signed Al-Quadin Muhammed in free agency, which also saw Denico Autry leave to sign with the Tennessee Titans. Ben Banogu, Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis also return.

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