Last year, eight EDGE players were selected before pick 49, with Nick Bosa, Clelin Ferrell, Brian Burns, Montez Sweat, L.J. Collier, Josh Allen, Rashan Gary, and Ben Banogu all went before pick 49. This surge at the position makes sense, as getting after the QB is a must in the modern NFL. As well, players like Bosa, Burns, Sweat, and Allen all dominated in their rookie season.
2018 only saw four EDGE options go before pick 49, with those four being Bradley Chubb, Marcus Davenport, Harold Landry, and Uchenna Nwosu. Those players were split by round as well, with the first two going in the first and the later in the second. Chubb, Davenport, and Landry have all developed into solid starters while Nwosu has become a rotational piece.
2017 was another heavy year for the position, as seven guys went before pick 49. Those players were: Myles Garrett, Derek Barnett, Takkarist McKinley, Taco Charlton, Charles Harris, Tyus Bowser, and some unknown named T.J. Watt. This group has been pretty good, but the top of the group is easily Garrett and Watt who have become cornerstones on their team.
Taking the past three years into consideration, an average of 6.33 EDGE players have been selected before pick 49 in the draft. Using the Draft Networks prospect ranker, this would leave Curtis Weaver as the top EDGE option when the Steelers pick, with the best-case scenario being Zack Baun and the worst-case being Jonathan Greenard.
Weaver was a top producer at Boise St., and considering some earlier interest at the combine, he should be a name to monitor. Baun is an intriguing option as well, as he has inside/outside versatility. Getting to the QB has become vital though, so don’t expect some of the top names to fall that far.