Interior Defensive Line: Marvin Wilson, Florida State
Marvin Wilson surprisingly returned to Florida State for his senior season and is now set up to be one of the top defensive prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft class. Wilson is a thick and powerful run defender who absolutely dominates at the point of attack. He has extremely quick and heavy hands and can take on double-teams and consistently plug up holes with ease.
Wilson is a strong run defender who can shine as a big body in the middle of the defensive line, but there is much more to his game. Wilson is also quick off of the ball and shows impressive hand usage as a pass rusher. He does a great job of getting thin through the hole and shows explosive burst through the line of scrimmage. Wilson has a ton of upside as a one-gap penetrator and could quickly become a dominant interior defender at the next level.
Other possible IDL1 candidates: Christian Barmore-Alabama and Jaylen Twyman-Pittsburgh
EDGE: Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL)
It is still early, but I am not overly impressed by the group of edge rushers in the 2021 NFL Draft class at this point in time. As things stand now, Gregory Rousseau is considered by most to be the top player at the position and this writer agrees with that assessment.
Rousseau is quick off of the ball and explosive around the corner. He shows fantastic length at the position and bends around the edge with ease. Rousseau is still a raw talent who undoubtedly needs to grow as a run defender, but his pass rush upside at the next level is absolutely massive.
This EDGE class is underdeveloped and unproven, but there is undoubtedly a lot of upside across the board. Rousseau currently stands out as the top guy, but this could quickly change throughout the upcoming season.
Other possible EDGE1 candidates: Carlos Basham Jr.-Wake Forest, Aidan Hutchinson-Michigan, Joe Tryon-Washington and Jayson Oweh-Penn State