But the physical needs of each position are vastly different.
Bosa is more 4-3 DE then 3-4 OLB.
Burns is more 4-3 OLB then DE. He is light to play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB. I am not saying he canít, but I donít see him at 230# taking on a NFL OT or setting a Edge in run defense.
He might be the most complete Edge player like Allen. They can play the run, cover, but his best fit might be 4-3 weakside OLB.
Now Allen is the most scheme flexible player. At 6-4 258# he can play 4-3 DE weakside, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 OLB. He is the only top edge prospect to play OLB. He like Burns can do it all, but at 258#.
Ferrell is very close to Allen physically at 6-5 260# his best spot IMO is 4-3 DE and really weakside or strong side. A little light for strong side. But he isnít a great fit to drop into coverage or play in space.
Between Polite and Sweat, Polite is a better fit for a 3-4 OLB and Sweat a better 4-3 weakside DE.
Now letís look at strong side 4-3 DEís and 3-4 DEís. Bigger 6-4
and taller, 275 # to 300 plus #. So Gary, Nelson, Zac Allen. Hands down DLinemen.
Look around the NFL the difference between the top 3-4 OLBís and 4-3 DEís is not so much size, but if you look most are 6-4 and more 250# to 270#.
The difference to be a OLB is dropping into coverage and playing in space,
A strong side 4-3 DE and 3-4 DE are very similar. But again you 3-4 DEís are usually capable of dropping into coverage.
There you have Gary he is that kind of athlete.
Look at Lowryís testing numbers he comes close to thumper ILB numbers.
For the Packers the best Edge fit for OLB, Allen. Then Polite, Gary would be a good 3-4 DE, 4-3 DE and even slide inside to 3 technique too. He may be a good enough athlete to stand up now and then just for confusion.He is not a OLB conversion prospect .
I have been told he may fun in the 4.5ís. Iím skeptical, if that happens it would make a big splash.
Edge can mean a lot of different positions. You have to ask what does your team play and how does it use the players in that system.