1. Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
In a draft class that was not exactly known for its pass rush depth, Curtis Weaver maybe fell victim a little bit to the depth at other position groups in this draft pushing him down boards.
That, and frankly he doesn’t look like an elite EDGE prospect standing next to a guy like Chase Young.
Despite his body type, Weaver is one of the most productive college rushers coming into the NFL as a rookie in 2020.
In three seasons at Boise State, Weaver racked up 34 sacks and 47.5 tackles for loss. He was a three-time first-team All-Mountain West selection, 2019 first-team All-American, and the Mountain West 2019 defensive player of the year.
He doesn’t have jaw-dropping speed or athleticism, but Weaver is constantly in the backfield making plays and there’s something to be said for that.
He has good get-off and timing of the snap, violent hands, and a solid arsenal of moves.
In terms of just having modest athleticism with outstanding production, he’s not unlike another former Mountain West defensive player of the year in Shaquil Barrett, who won the NFL’s sack title this past season.
Weaver is in a great situation with Miami, which doesn’t have the deepest group of edge players in the league by any means.
As a fifth-round pick, Weaver was one of the best values in the 2020 NFL Draft and could wind up a long-term stud for the Dolphins off the edge.