Edge rusher- Lonnie Phelps (6-2, 251)
The edge rusher room in Mobile looked really good on paper but might have been the most disappointing group there. While there were some solid performances, nobody took over during the week and the offensive tackles definitely won more battles.
Kansas’ Lonnie Phelps made the most of his chance, he was called up to replace Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson and brought energy to every practice. He could have just leaned on his twitchiness and tried to beat everyone with speed rushes, but instead, he showed he’s got a pretty deep bag (his go-to moves were the dip-n-rip and inside club).
Phelps wasn’t afraid to string moves together, his best being a euro step inside into a club-swim, and his first-step explosion gave him an advantage against some of the slower-footed tackles. With quick and violent hands to complement that athleticism, Phelps was able to hide his lack of length.
His motor and athleticism showed up in the game too where he ripped the ball away from a running back to force a fumble, chased down a running back screen to clean up a TFL, had a pressure in the end zone, and another pressure that caused an interception.
Teams looking for a situational pass rusher will love what Phelps brings to the field as a mid Day 3 type of prospect in this year’s NFL Draft.
Honorable mention: Keion White, Georgia Tech (6-5, 280)