Discussion

Robert Quinn's upside impressive

Updated: February 21, 2011, 6:05 PM ET
By Steve Muench

The upcoming Super Bowl matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers features a pair of explosive 3-4 edge rushers in the Packers' Clay Matthews (first round, 2009) and the Steelers' LaMarr Woodley (second round, 2007).

Their ability to generate pressure on the quarterback makes everyone around them better, and the extra attention they demand creates one-on-one opportunities for other pass rushers. Matthews and Woodley also make life easier for the pass coverage by forcing quarterbacks to make quick decisions and off-balance throws.

So who in the 2011 draft class could make a similar impact in the NFL? Here's a look at three edge rushers who could develop into stars for teams running base 3-4 defenses, all of whom are underclassmen.

MORE NFL HEADLINES