2021 Interviews – The Heart of the Process – Part 9: EDGE Rushers

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So the Bills once again made it to the semifinals. The Cardinals beat out Buffalo for EDGE rusher J.J. Watt. Some math:

AZ highest average high temperature in July=103.6°F
BUF highest average high temperature in July=79.5°F
Which has more Watts?

Fear not, BillsMafia!!! The EDGE rusher group actually has the highest number of A++ interviews, with TWENTY top-level, McProcess-y interviews. Let’s do this.

Photo of Michigan EDGE Kwity Paye from falcoholic.com.

CLICK ON THE LETTER GRADE following the player name to hear the spot in the interview where I spotted something significant that spoke to their fit with The Process. I fully expect the Bills to draft at least one EDGE from the A++ interview tier, after having signed one of the plethora of free-agent DEs out there. Forty times are DraftScout “Low” times; think unofficial Pro Day times. Disagree with my grade? Follow me on Twitter and I’ll watch your video evidence!

For reference, Jerry Hughes and Bam Johnson weigh 254 lbs. and ran a 4.69 forty.

(bold=scouted 2020)

TIER 1: A++ Interviews (in order of likelihood) —CLICK ON THE LETTER GRADE
13–Gregory Rousseau, Miami 6’5″ 260 4.57 3-4 A++ (not trading up, low games played)
14–Kwity Paye, Michigan 6’4” 277 4.76 3-4 A++ (insane 6.37 three-cone time)
28-Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr., EDGE DT3T Wake Forest 6’5″ 275 4.74 4-3 A++ (flex)
64–Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh 6’5″ 260 4.73 4-3 A++ (great RD2 pick)
101-Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh 6’5″ 260 4.74 4-3 A++ (great RD3 pick)
143-Shaka Toney, Penn State 6’3″ 240 4.62 4-3 A++ (Top 5 in sacks and TFLs)
135-Osa Odighizuwa, EDGE UCLA 6’2” 280 4.74 3-4 A++ (3x state champ wrestler)
37–Jaelan Phillips, Miami 6’5″ 255 4.52 3-4 A++ (very good player, low games played)

32-Azeez Ojulari, OLB ED Georgia 6’3″ 240 4.76 3-4 A++ (#1 pressure % vs P-5 OLs)
125-Jamar Watson, OLB-ED Kentucky 6’3″ 250 4.64 A++ (#2 pressure % vs P-5 OLs)
238-Janarius Robinson, EDGE Florida St 6’5″ 260 4.78 3-4 A++ (w/ Marvin Wilson)
137-Chauncey Golston, EDGE Iowa 6’5″ 255 4.8 4-2-5 A++ (Epenesa buddy, humble)
210-Ade Ogundeji, EDGE Notre Dame 6’4” 268 4.74 3-4 A++ (phys, long, unblockable)

75-William Bradley-King, OLB-EDGE Baylor 6’4” 248 4.75 4-2-5 A++ (All-Sun Belt)
139-Patrick Johnson, OLB-EDGE Tulane 6’2″ 255 4.75 4-2-5 A++ (Melvin Ingram twitch)
230-Raymond Johnson, WSDE Ga Southern 6’3″ 240 4.76 4-2-5 A++ (Bass teammate)
196-Daelin Hayes, EDGE Notre Dame 6’4” 266 4.77 3-4 A++ (eloquent about BLM)
109-Payton Turner, EDGE Houston 6’6″ 270 4.82 3-3-5 A++ (Played with EdO in 2018)
140-JaQuan Bailey, EDGE Iowa State 6’2″ 251 4.83 4-3 A++ (3rd in career sacks)
284-Eli Howard, EDGE Texas Tech 6’4″ 275 4.88 4-3 A++ (Zoom mtg w/ Bruuuce)
206-Dayo Odeyingbo, EDGE DT3T Vanderbilt 6’6″ 280 4.74 3-4 A++ (torn Achilles).

Photo of Penn State EDGE Jayson Oweh from 247sports.com.

TIER 2: A+ Interviews (in order of likelihood) —CLICK ON THE LETTER GRADE

22 Jayson Oweh EDGE Penn State 6’5″ 257 4.33 4-3A+ (A Hughes; 4.33-second 40)
120 Isaiah Chambers EDGE McNeese 6’5″ 265 4.67 3-4 A+ (played with Ed O)
56 Quincy Roche ED-OLB Miami 6’4” 235 4.54 3-4 A+ (highest career tackles, 2nd TFL)
90 Victor Dimukeje EDGE Duke 6’2″ 265 4.72 4-2-5 A (strong, physical, exper, 32 TFL)
119 Elerson Smith EDGE Northen Iowa 6’7″ 245 4.68 4-2-5 A+ (#1 TFLs per Game)
102 Wyatt Hubert EDGE Kansas St 6’3″ 270 4.72 4-3 A+ (19 starts, 21 TFL)
160 Jonathon Cooper OLB-ED Ohio St 6’3″ 250 4.47 4-3 A+ (high-ankle sprain in’20)

255 Earnest Brown IV EDGE Northwestern 6’5” 270 4.74 4-3 A+ 8 tackles vs Mich St
340 Chris Turner EDGE Missouri 6’4″ 255 4.82 4-3 A+ (slow diligence in details)
224 Ryan Bowman EDGE Washington 6’0″ 277 4.8 4-3 A+
235 Justus Reed EDGE Virginia Tech 6’3″ 270 4.76 4-2-5 A+ (effort, strength, no bend)
238 Malik Herring EDGE Georgia 6’3″ 280 4.82 3-4 A+ (PFF’s highest returning EDGE)

TIER 3: A Interviews (in order of likelihood) —CLICK ON THE LETTER GRADE

69 Ronnie Perkins OLB-ED Oklahoma 6’3″ 248 4.72 4-2-5 A
131 Joe Tryon EDGE Washington 6’4” 251 4.7 3-4 A

TIER 4: Bringing Up The Rear  —CLICK ON THE LETTER GRADE
322 Isaiahh Loudermilk EDGE Wisconsin 6’7″ 296 5 3-4 A-

UNAVAILABLE –Find me an interview!
199 Malcolm Koonce EDGE Buffalo 6’3″ 250 4.83 4-3 (local kid)
205 Marquiss Spencer EDGE Mississippi State 6’3″ 285 4.82 3-4
300 Tre Williams EDGE Missouri 6’5″ 260 4.87 4-3 (most games played)
301 Demetrius Taylor EDGE Appalachian St 6’1″ 275 4.83 3-4.

Editor’s babble: Wow, this is an extensive group. Who needs JJ Watt? An incredible amount of work done by Dean Kindig to bring us the guys who fit ‘The Process’. Thanks, as always, to Dean for his contributions to our blog. You can find Dean on Twitter @TCBILLS_Astro.