The progression of NFL passing attacks has increased the value of edge rushers to NFL defenses, and the players below are the college pass-rushing prospects I feel project best to the next level.
Yes, there are players who have gotten to the quarterback more often -- one player on our list does not have a sack this season -- and one of the players below has not seen the field in 2010. However, based on mitigating factors such as supporting cast, level of competition and scheme these are the three outside rushers in this year's class.
Which Big Ten defensive end leads this year's crop of pass rushers? Which teammates rank among the best despite having not played yet in 2010? And why does a lack of production fail to knock a talented hybrid DE/OLB off the list? Become an ESPN Insider to find out.