2019

2019 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

Quarterbacks

QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | EDGE | LB | CB | S

1. Dwayne Haskins
College: Ohio State
Height: 6’3″, Weight: 231
Comfortably my top quarterback in this year’s draft. Dwayne Haskins is a well-rounded prospect with high upside. Haskins displayed his accuracy regularly throughout last season and has beautiful ball placement. He’s dreadfully slow though and could be prone to sacks. He’ll also need to improve his touch, often times missing on throws because he floated passes allowing the defender to recover. He’s a risk with only one year of film but it was encouraging to see his improvement as the season went on. If teams are confident he can continue this growth at the next level, Haskins has the potential to be a top talent.


2. Kyler Murray
College: Oklahoma
Height: 5’10”, Weight: 207
Easily the most athletic and dynamic quarterback in the draft. Kyler Murray’s improv skills were incredible watch. He has great accuracy and did a nice job of stepping up in the pocket when faced with pressure. Outside of the obvious size concerns, I’d like to see him improve his placement because he was prone to overthrows.


3. Drew Lock
College: Missouri
Height: 6’4″, Weight: 228
A likely boom or bust quarterback, Drew Lock certainly has the tools you want. Lock’s equipped with great size, athleticism, arm strength, and a quick release. It’s encouraging to see his improvement over the course of the season; however, Lock’s pocket presence is dreadful. He also has a tendency to hold onto the ball too long and his ball placement can get a bit wild.


4. Will Grier
College: West Virginia
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 217

Will Grier is mobile, accurate, and has great ball placement. He does have a lot to clean up in his game. You’d like to see him play smarter, often times throwing into double and triple coverage. Grier struggles with his footwork and has difficulty when his first read isn’t open. He has starter potential, but he will need to sit for a couple of years.


5. Daniel Jones
College: Duke
Height: 6’5″, Weight: 221
Daniel Jones isn’t terribly flashy but is a clean prospect. He has great mechanics, size, and mobility. He’s comfortable moving around in the pocket and was killed by drops, but still over-performed at Duke. His arm strength does leave a lot to be desired and he was prone to wild overthrows.

2019 NFL Draft Big Board

 

1. Nick Bosa
EDGE
Ohio State
17. Devin White
Linebacker
LSU
2. Quinnen Williams
Defensive Line
Alabama
18. Kyler Murray
Quarterback
Oklahoma
3. Christian Wilkins
Defensive Line
Clemson
19. Deionte Thompson
Safety
Alabama
4. TJ Hockenson
Tight End
Iowa
20. Greedy Williams
Cornerback
LSU
5. Ed Oliver
Defensive Line
Houston
21. AJ Brown
Wide Receiver
Ole Miss
6. Devin Bush
Linebacker
Michigan
22. Deandre Baker
Cornerback
Georgia
7. Jonah Williams
Offensive Line
Alabama
23. Clelin Ferrell
EDGE
Clemson
8. Josh Allen
EDGE
Kentucky
24. Joejuan Williams
Cornerback
Vanderbilt
9. Montez Sweat
EDGE
Mississippi State
25. Darnell Savage Jr
Safety
Maryland
10. Dalton Risner
Offensive Line
Kansas State
26. Byron Murphy
Cornerback
Washington
11. Jawaan Taylor
Offensive Line
Florida
27. Noah Fant
Tight End
Iowa
12. Brian Burns
EDGE
Florida State
28. DK Metcalf
Wide Receiver
Ole Miss
13. Erik McCoy
Offensive Line
Texas A&M
29. Josh Jacobs
Running Back
Alabama
14. Dwayne Haskins
Quarterback
Ohio State
30. Andre Dillard
Offensive Line
Washington State
15. Dexter Lawrence
Defensive Line
Clemson
31. Jeffery Simmons
Defensive Line
Mississippi State
16. Marquise Brown
Wide Receiver
Oklahoma
32. Emmanuel Hall
Wide Receiver
Missouri

 

2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.1

Update: April 25, 2019

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
I have to give the Browns and Cardinals credit, back to back years where we have no idea who’s going number one. I got the first pick wrong last year and probably will this year. But, I’m sticking Nick Bosa at one. I’m keeping the faith with Rosen and Nick Bosa would be a great compliment to Chandler Jones. Bosa’s quickness, power, and strength as a pass rusher gives you a lot to love.


2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
This pick could get weird. I wanted to give the 49ers Josh Allen because it fills a more pressing need, but I feel Quinnen Williams and Nick Bosa are the two “can’t miss” prospects. Playing alongside DeForest Buckner, Williams should have an immediate impact his rookie season. He’s a high effort lineman with an incredible mixture of quickness and power.


3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
If the Jets stay put I’d be surprised if they didn’t go defense at number three. There’s some Ed Oliver talk out there, but many speculate it to be a smokescreen. Whether it’s edge rusher or defensive line, New York’s defense needs some juice. Josh Allen can be a cornerstone piece on defense. Allen’s capable of dropping into coverage and obviously thrives as a rusher. His play speed is out of this world good and he has a nice set of countermoves. He lacks discipline at times but the tools are there to be the next big pass rusher.


4. Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
The Raiders have to address nearly all aspects of their defense this year. Bolstering their defensive line makes the most sense because of how often they struggled to create pressure. An undersized but ferocious defender, Ed Oliver would be an instant impact player for the Raiders. Oliver was a constant playmaker at Houston who lived in the backfield. He was a phenomenal tackler whose quickness is tough to match.


5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
A linebacking group that was already struggling got even worse this offseason after losing Kwon Alexander. Linebacker is rather thin in this year’s draft so Tampa Bay may be aggressive early to solidify the position. Devin White’s speed separates him instantly from most linebackers and makes him a perfect fit for today’s game. White also displayed great intelligence and was comfortable in pass coverage. Assuming he can clean up his tackling, White can be a special player.


6. New York Giants: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Most assume the Giants will grab their quarterback of the future in this year’s draft; with Kyler Murray being the dream scenario. Assuming teams are comfortable with his stature, Murray has the tools to be a good pro. He’s capable of making plays with his feet (solid at avoiding brutal hits), has a strong arm, and displayed good accuracy as well. He some minor flaws as passer though. I particularly want to see him improve his placement and lead his receivers better in the NFL.


7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
The Jaguars offensive line struggled this past season. There’s the obvious assumption they’ll strengthen their line to improve Foles’s chances of success in Jacksonville. A versatile and refined prospect, Jonah Williams can step in immediately at either tackle or guard. Williams’s technique is some of the strongest in the draft and he was a reliable blocker in both the pass and run game.


8. Detroit Lions: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Eric Ebron failed in Detroit so there’s a chance they may be gunshy about another tight end early. But, I feel it’d be difficult to pass on someone like Hockenson after watching him. He’s easily the most complete tight end in the draft. A force as a blocker and a pass-catcher. Hockenson was also one of the toughest tackles in college football.


9. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OL, Florida
The obvious goal of any team after drafting a young quarterback is to protect him. Jawaan Taylor is one of the most athletic tackles in the draft and would start right away at right tackle for Buffalo. Taylor pairs his athleticism with intimidating power. This combination helps make him one of the top pass blocker in this year’s class.


10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Denver invested a lot of time and energy in scouting this year’s group of quarterbacks. You can make the argument that Joe Flacco is a capable starter for a couple of years so Denver can take a chance on a raw prospect. Drew Lock has some great traits such as a lightning quick release, great athleticism, and a passion for football. However, he still has loads to improve upon with an emphasis on his pocket presence and awareness.


11. Cincinnati Bengals: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Andy Dalton has tailed off and Cincinnati may be looking for a fresh face at quarterback. Dwayne Haskins is comfortably my top quarterback in this year’s draft. There’s certainly the risk of him having only a year of film, but I can appreciate his growth throughout the season. If anything a year on the bench behind Dalton may benefit him. Haskins has a good arm and is accurate as well.


12. Green Bay Packers: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
I’d be surprised if the Packers don’t go pass rusher with one of their first round picks. They made a couple of nice signings in Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, but the importance of getting to the quarterback cannot be stressed enough. Brian Burns is an athletic pass rusher with a great first step. Burns also has great intelligence as a defender and a diverse set of rushes/countermoves.


13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
The Miami Dolphins ranked near the bottom of the league at run defense last year. An early pick to address their interior line makes sense at 13, especially if Christian Wilkins slides this far. Wilkins is one of my favorite defensive prospects. His athleticism, power, and energy levels make him so difficult to block. He also has outstanding awareness and was fantastic at getting his hands up to make passes more difficult for the quarterback.


14. Atlanta Falcons: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Falcons came into the offseason thin at cornerback depth and made no moves to alleviate the issue in free agency. Greedy Williams is up there as one of the most debated prospects in the draft. There’s no denying his talent. When he’s going 100%, he has clear shutdown corner potential. His length, athleticism, and coverage skills are all that you want out of a corner. But, there’s been multiple cases where he tended to fade as games went on and allow easy passes he’s capable of defending. If a team’s confident they can motivate him, Williams has huge potential.


15. Washington Redskins: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Josh Norman is in his 30s and Quinton Dunbar will be entering the 2019 season coming off a season-ending leg injury, so depth at corner is warranted. From a coverage perspective, Byron Murphy is probably the most pro-ready corner in the draft. Murphy’s comfortable following the quarterback’s eyes and made multiple big plays on third downs and late-game situations. I do want to see him improve his physicality though. I wasn’t terribly impressed with his tackling or ability to shed blockers.


16. Carolina Panthers: Andre Dillard, OL, Washington State
Protecting Cam Newton will be a top priority for Carolina after what happened to their season after his injury. Andre Dillard’s a high upside tackle with incredible size and athleticism. He’s a high-energy player with a strong blocking style. His technique is a little raw but that’s largely due to the offense he’s coming out of.


17. New York Giants: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
This pick remains the same because of how atrocious New York’s pass rush was last year. Clelin Ferrell would provide an immediate boost to New York’s defense. His physicality as a defender is incredible and he plays with great intelligence. Ferrell’s motor is what you want out of an EDGE rusher and he does the little things well like cutting off the checkdown for quarterbacks.


18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC State
Minnesota’s offensive line was dreadful last year and is clearly limiting them. Interior line is a particularly glaring need for the Vikings who will likely go best offensive linemen available at 18. Garrett Bradbury has day-one starter potential. He’s an athletic center with great strength as a blocker. Selecting Bradbury will allow them to slide Pat Elfein to guard who has experience at the position from his time at Ohio State.


19. Tennessee Titans: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
Tennessee needs a serious boost to the interior of their defensive line. Dexter Lawrence is a massive nose tackle with surprising quickness. Lawrence uses his size to his advantage and is capable of just driving opposing linemen backwards. To reach another level, he’ll have to diversify his pass rush. He tended to rely too heavily on his power to create pressure.


20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
I personally have Devin Bush ranked above Devin White. He may be undersized, but I feel his intelligence and play style allowed him to overcome it. Bush was used multiple ways at Michigan and was effective as a blitzer thanks to his quickness. He’s great at recognizing plays and has strong closing speed. Bush was also comfortable dropping into coverage and was a much stronger tackler than White. He’d be a slam dunk at 20 for a team that’s had a huge hole at linebacker for a couple of years.


21. Seattle Seahawks: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Fresh off of re-signing Russell Wilson, the Seahawks will look to surround him with more weapons. N’Keal Harry is a strong and physical receiver who is not afraid to make catches in traffic. Harry has terrific hands and makes solid adjustments on passes which allow him to overcome his lack of elite speed. He’ll also earn coaches respect for his effort as a run blocker.


22. Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Ravens usually aren’t huge on drafting guys with an injury history, but they may make an exception for Hollywood. By far my favorite receiver in the draft, Brown brings a lot to the table. He’s a strong route runner with elite speed which makes him one of the most dangerous players in the open field. He makes perfect sense for a team going all in on Lamar Jackson.


23. Houston Texans: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
The Texans need to invest some serious resources into protecting Deshaun Watson. Cody Ford is capable of playing either tackle or guard in the NFL. He’s a great athlete with domineering size. Ford’s a power blocker who can absolutely dominate opposing linemen.


24. Oakland Raiders: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Texas A&M
Montez Sweat would be a steal at 24 for the Raiders. Sweat has the ideal skill set for a pass rusher. He’s very long and plays with power. Sweat displayed a strong initial burst and did an excellent job of reading plays as they developed. He has some technical aspects of his game to clean up, but the tools are there.


25. Philadelphia Eagles: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
The Eagles are always fans of having a deep defensive line rotation. Rashan Gary has some medical red flags, hence the drop, but I still feel he’s likely to go in the first round. Gary’s first step and athleticism jump out right away. These traits allow his speed rushes to be extremely effective and he has terrific closing speed. I would like to see Gary diversify his countermoves to better increase in production in the NFL.


26. Indianapolis Colts: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Colts could use an upgrade at number two receiver. DK Metcalf is a physical specimen who is an absolute beast in the open field. His size, speed, and physicality make him a very tough cover. He’s still a little raw and requires some patience, but the upside’s there if he can improve his hands and technique.


27. Oakland Raiders: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Oakland may look towards surrounding Derek Carr with some new weapons to improve upon his tough 2018 campaign. Noah Fant is an extremely athletic tight end who was comfortable lining out wide or playing inline. He did struggle with drops during his career which may be a cause for concern for some teams.


28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
The Chargers could use a couple of upgrades to their defensive line. Jerry Tillery is a long defensive line who uses his strength to create pressure. He packs a strong punch which allows him to maintain separation from opposing linemen. He’s still a bit raw and will need to improve his technique and leverage to become a better player.


29. Seattle Seahawks: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
With the Frank Clark trade, pass rusher becomes a pressing need for Seattle. If I wanted to go the NFL cliche route, I’d talk about Chase Winovich’s grit. And hey, he’s got a lot of it. Winovich isn’t the most athletically gifted rusher but he’s sound in technique and does an exceptional job diagnosing plays. He won’t set the league on fire, but he should be a reliable player on any defense.


30. Green Bay Packers: AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Packers may want a more reliable receiver to pair with Davante Adams instead of a couple of mid-round players. AJ Brown was very effective at creating separation at Ole Miss. Brown was also great at positioning and body control. I’m a fan of his route running and he was a dangerous player in the open field. I do want to see more sustained effort out of him, he had a tendency to take broken plays off.


31. Los Angeles Rams: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
The Rams lost a couple of offensive linemen to free agency this year. Dalton Risner is a versatile lineman who is capable of playing all three positions. Risner’s sound fundamentally and was effective in all phases as a blocker. His power as a blocker allows him to control opposing linemen with ease.


32. New England Patriots: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Deebo Samuel has some of the best hands in the draft. Samuel’s effort is incredible and he’s more than willing to make catches in heavy traffic. He’s an insanely competitive receiver who also did a great job getting yards after the catch. He’ll have to clean up his route running some; but with the receiving group the Patriots have now, he should be an instant contributor.

2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Updated: April 22, 2019

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
I’d be hard-pressed to believe the Cardinals are willing to give up on Josh Rosen so quickly. Granted, I was a big Rosen guy last year and personally believe he’d be the top quarterback in this year’s class. Allowing my biases to sway me, I’ll give the Cardinals what I think is the “right” pick.

Nick Bosa is an incredible prospect with a well-rounded skill set. He has great quickness and dominating power as a rusher. Bosa’s awareness is another positive of his game. The Cardinals signed Brooks Reed and Terrell Suggs this offseason, but both are over 30. I imagine they want to add a long-term EDGE rusher to play opposite of Chandler Jones.


2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
This pick leaves the 49ers in an awkward spot. They’ve invested heavily in their defensive line in recent drafts and are more in need of a pass rusher as opposed to another lineman. But, I feel the gap between Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen is too steep to select the latter over the former.

Quinnen Williams has all-pro potential. Essentially any trait describing his game has a positive adjective in front of it. Williams was in constant demand of double-teams at Alabama thanks to his size, quickness, and strong mixture of pass rushing moves. He deserves credit for staying steady throughout games and maintaining a reputation as a hardworking lineman.


3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
The Jets are slowly improving this offseason, but there’s still work to be done. The Jets have a lot of intriguing options with this pick. They have the potential to trade down and add TJ Hockenson or Jonah Williams/Jawaan Taylor to bolster their support system around Sam Darnold. If they should stay put, I see them going pass rusher. Their pressure on defense was abysmal and only mustered middling 39 sacks this past season.

Josh Allen brings a lot to the table with his speed jumping out right away. Allen isn’t solely reliant on his quickness for success as a rusher. He has a diverse group of moves and his power is on display frequently. He’s comfortable dropping into coverage and does a great job getting his hands up on plays he’s blocked out of.


4. Oakland Raiders: Devin White, LB, LSU
If this was 2009 I’d make the tired joke about the Raiders solely drafting someone because of their athleticism. But it’s not, and the Raiders are in desperate need of talent at linebacker. Both Brandon Marshall and Vontaze Burfict are merely stopgaps. With three picks in the first round, it’d be surprising if they didn’t select either White or Devin Bush in the first round.

I’m more bearish on Devin White than some, but I certainly see the upside of him. His speed is incredible and fits perfectly with today’s game. He’s intelligent and was comfortable dropping into coverage. I’m just worried about his tackling. If he continues to arm-tackle at the next level, this pick could be a major misfire for Oakland.


5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
It’s not a secret that Tampa Bay’s defense was dreadful last year. They lack depth at many positions and in particular their defensive line needs special attention.

Ed Oliver would offer a much-needed boost to their defense. Teams will be willing to ignore his size because of his playmaking ability he displayed constantly throughout games. Oliver lived in the backfield and has a scary combination of speed and power.


6. New York Giants: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
I’ll give the Giants the benefit of the doubt and choose to believe they don’t really see Eli Manning as their quarterback for the next couple of seasons. This isn’t the greatest quarterback class in the world, but there’s certainly talent with franchise potential.

Kyler Murray unsurprisingly is the most dynamic quarterback in the draft. His improv skills were unmatched in college and he has the arm strength and accuracy you want out of a quarterback. Assuming the Giants are comfortable with his size, he’d be another exciting offensive piece to pair with Saquon Barkley.


7. Jacksonville Jaguars: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
This is a pick the Jaguars shouldn’t overthink. Their tight end play was terrible last year and you’d imagine they have their minds set on surrounding newly-signed Nick Foles with some offensive talent.

TJ Hockenson was one of the most enjoyable prospects to watch. There were times it almost seemed unfair to throw to him; he was that dominate. Hockenson is a well-rounded prospect who’s strong in blocking and has exceptional hands. He’s also a threat after the catch, often times requiring multiple guys to bring him down.


8. Detroit Lions: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
With TJ Lang retiring, the Lions are likely to look for a replacement as opposed to relying on Kenny Wiggins again. Wiggins struggled last year filling in for an injured Lang.

Jonah Williams is a refined offensive line prospect. He’s capable of playing either tackle or guard. Williams has great technique and is strong in the run game. Playing in the SEC, he’s had plenty of experience against some of the top defensive linemen in this year’s draft.


9. Buffalo Bills: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
Star Lotulelei is a solid lineman and does a good job plugging up the middle. But, it was evident watching the Bills that they struggled to get consistent interior pressure.

One of my favorite prospects in the draft, Christian Wilkins was a headache for opposing offenses. Wilkins is an active defensive lineman with great awareness. He was a threat both through creating pressure and batting down balls at the line of scrimmage (15 times during his career).


10. Denver Broncos: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Denver can be difficult to get a grasp of. It’s feasible they believe Joe Flacco is a fine option at quarterback for next season. After all, their defense is strong and they just need average quarterback play to be a potential wildcard team. Still, I do feel it’s fair to assume that either this year or next year the Broncos will take another crack at finding their quarterback of the future.

Dwayne Haskins is my number one quarterback of the draft. He’s raw, but he has most of the tools you want out of a quarterback. His accuracy is great and he has terrific ball placement. Haskins also has an NFL arm. He’s certainly a risk with only one year of film, but I found it encouraging to see his continued growth throughout the season.


11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jawaan Taylor, OL, Florida
Even after re-signing Bobby Hart, the Bengals should look towards bolstering their offensive line. Right tackle was a major issue for them this past season and could limit their playoff chances next year if it goes unaddressed in the draft.

Jawaan Taylor has one of the best physical profiles in the draft with particular emphasis on his athleticism. Taylor’s an experienced lineman who blocks with pure power. He’s one of the top pass-blocking tackles in this year’s class.


12. Green Bay Packers: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
With Clay Matthews and Nick Perry gone, EDGE rusher will be a top need for the Packers. Ted Thompson’s a huge fan of quickness and Brian Burns seems like the ideal prospect for Green Bay.

Brian Burns is a fluid defender who is effective in creating pressure through inside and outside rushes. He has a beautiful swim move and has little difficulty separating from linemen. Burns is an intelligent defender and is comfortable reading a quarterback as well.


13. Miami Dolphins: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
With Cameron Wake leaving in free agency, the Dolphins will be looking for his replacement. Their current group of pass rushers doesn’t offer much and places a sense of urgency in addressing the position.

Montez Sweat’s heart condition is a scary issue. If teams are comfortable with his long-term outlook as a pro, he’s a no-brainer in the first round. Sweat’s a long defender with a great initial burst. He has the strength to shed blockers and was efficient in reading plays. He’s not the most fluid defender though, and his play style can be a bit clunky at times. He’ll also have to work on diversifying his moves as he tended to be too reliant on his speed.


14. Atlanta Falcons: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Falcons have the talent to be a playoff team, but it’s a matter of keeping Matt Ryan upright. They’re in for a rude awakening if they think starting Ty Sambrailo at right tackle is going to cut it.

Andre Dillard has some work to do in regards to his technique. Overall, he has the tools to be a cornerstone piece of any offensive line. Dillard’s a high-effort tackle whose athleticism pairs nicely with his domineering size. He can be an instant starter for the Falcons at right tackle.


15. Washington Redskins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
It shouldn’t take a long look at the Redskins quarterback room to realize they’ll need to address the position sooner rather than later.

Drew Lock is a risk, to say the least. It’s clear he has the tools: strong arm, athletic, great size, and a passion for football. On the flipside, he has dreadful pocket presence, wild ball placement, and a tendency to hold onto the ball for far too long. It’s encouraging to see his continual progress over the course of his college career, but he still has a long ways to go.


16. Carolina Panthers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Panthers are in need of depth at cornerback. Ross Cockrell suffered a gruesome leg injury and is still a bit of a question mark. If the Panthers suffer any other injuries to their cornerback group their pass defense has the potential to be dreadful.

Greedy Williams is a mixed bag as a prospect. There are obvious concerns about his toughness. It’s also difficult to ignore how often he tended to fade as games went along. If he can stay motivated, he has real potential to be the next shutdown corner. He’s shown plenty of instances where he excels in pass coverage and his length is ideal as well.


17. New York Giants: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
The New York Giants front seven as a whole needs to be improved. Their defense had a disappointing 30 sacks last season, which ranked them as one of the bottom three teams in the league. An EDGE rusher is a likely option at either of their first round picks.

Clelin Ferrell can be a game changer in the NFL. He has a great motor and a strong initial burst. His intelligence as a defender in on display constantly. He capable of contributing on run defense and even did a solid job of covering guys in the backfield to cut off any potential checkdowns for quarterbacks.


18. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
The Minnesota Vikings are in an awkward spot with their offensive line. There are some murmurs that they may be willing to push Riley Reif inside to guard, but I feel Reif is better suited staying outside. Fortunately, there’s a couple of versatile offensive line prospects in this year’s class for Minnesota.

Cody Ford would offer a big boost to Minnesota’s interior blocking. He’s a nice athlete and very effective as a pass blocker. His toughness is on display on any run play as he’s capable of just powering over opposing linemen.


19. Tennessee Titans: Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC State
Marcus Mariota struggled to stay on his feet last season and continued poor line play could really rattle his confidence as a quarterback. The Titans made a nice pickup in Rodger Saffold but would be wise to add another interior lineman to pair with him.

Garrett Bradbury is one of the top center prospects in the draft. He has terrific mobility and is stellar in pass coverage. He’s not the most physical blocker so he may need help against bigger linemen.


20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Ever since Ryan Shazier’s injury, linebacker has been a pressing need for the Steelers. This isn’t the strongest linebacker class so Pittsburgh would be wise to be aggressive in pursuing either Devin White or Devin Bush.

A favorite of mine, Devin Bush did a terrific job of overcoming his small stature. Bush has great speed and was effective as a blitzer. He’s a strong tackle, comfortable in coverage, and fundamentally sound. With the game relying more on speed, I think Bush will be capable of overcoming his size and become a reliable three-down linebacker.


21. Seattle Seahawks: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
There have been rumors swirling that the Seahawks are considering trading Frank Clark. Assuming it’s true, they’d need to look for a replacement early. An even if it isn’t the case, Seattle doesn’t have a particularly strong option to play opposite of Clark.

There’s a lot to love and a lot to hate about Rashan Gary. He has the size and athleticism all coaches desire. His initial burst and closing speed are top level and Gary’s reliable in run defense. The tools are there, but he really needs to refine his craft as a pass rusher. Too often he relies purely on his speed and offers little in regards to hand-fighting or countermoves.


22. Baltimore Ravens: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
With the Ravens moving all in on Lamar Jackson, it only makes sense to surround him with talent. It may come as a surprise that I don’t have them going DK Metcalf here, but typically the Ravens avoid prospects with injury histories. Metcalf’s neck may be enough to scare them away.

N’Keal Harry seems like an ideal fit for Baltimore’s offense. He’s a tough and physical receiver who’s capable of making catches in traffic. His speed and power also make him a threat after the catch. The Ravens will also appreciate his ability as a run-blocker as well.


23. Houston Texans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Texans secondary is in desperate need of help. Houston added Bradley Roby in free agency; however, he struggled in Denver this past season. They’ll likely look towards adding some insurance in case Roby’s struggles continue.

Byron Murphy is terrific in pass coverage. Regularly shadowing his opponent, Murphy has fantastic instincts. He was able to snag four interceptions in 2018 and was a major threat with the ball in his hands. I would like to see him improve his tackling though, I felt it could be a little finesse at times.


24. Oakland Raiders: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
With Jared Cook heading to New Orleans the Raiders will have to spend some of their draft capital on his future replacement. It was evident how much Carr leaned on him last season, so it’d be difficult to see Oakland’s offense having any success without a competent tight end.

Drops remain a concern for Noah Fant, but I see a lot of teams looking past that because of his physical profile. He has incredible speed and athleticism which makes him a major threat after the catch. Fant is a competent blocker and is capable of splitting out wide as well. He has the potential to be the centerpiece of a great offense.


25. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
Fletcher Cox is one of the premier linemen in the NFL, but outside of him, the Eagles don’t have a ton of depth. Philadelphia is at their best when they’re able to rotate linemen and keep their best guys fresh.

This pick kind of contradicts what I just said, because Jeffery Simmons is recovering from an ACL tear. But, at pick 25 someone with the talent of Simmons may be too difficult to pass up. He’s a fantastic hand fighter and maintains separation from opposing linemen. He’s strong as a tackler and his size made him a constant candidate for double-teams.


26. Indianapolis Colts: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
Chris Ballard has stated that he wants the Colts to be known for their defensive and offensive lines. He knocked it out of the park with the Quenton Nelson selection last year, so I expect him to hope for the same results, only this time with a big-bodied defensive lineman.

Dexter Lawrence’s size is incredible and he can just drive opposing linemen at will. He has surprising quickness and deserves credit for having a consistent motor which can be rare for someone of his stature. I would like to see him diversify his countermoves instead of relying solely on his strength.


27. Oakland Raiders: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
The Raiders moved on from Donald Penn and Kelechi Osemele this offseason, so I’d have to assume they’ll look to bolster their offensive line with one of their many first round picks.

Capable of playing all three positions, Dalton Risner is one of the most versatile prospects in the draft. Risner is a tough blocker with sound technique. He’s strong in pass protection and powerful in run blocking. An instant day one starter for the Raiders.


28. Los Angeles Chargers: Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College
The Chargers are likely to focus on adding to their offensive line this year, in particular in hopes of finding their long term solution at center. They may potentially need some help at guard as well, so versatility will be key.

Chris Lindstrom is capable of playing either guard or center for the Chargers. Lindstrom’s a great athlete and packs a strong punch as a blocker. He’s an intelligent player whose physical ability should allow him to overcome his lack of length.


29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Chiefs secondary is in desperate need of revamping and they weren’t able to make much noise in free agency. Kansas City will be looking for a tough and physical corner at the bottom of the first.

Deandre Baker’s a nice and well-rounded cornerback prospect. He’s great in coverage and comfortable hand fighting with receivers. His closing speed is great and does an outstanding job of watching the quarterback without losing his man. He’d be a huge upgrade for Kansas City.


30. Green Bay Packers: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Packers went with a couple of mid-round receivers last year. While they weren’t awful, I’d have to imagine they’ll be looking for more of a blue-chip prospect in this year’s draft.

DK Metcalf needs little introduction. His combine made a lot of noise, both good and bad. Watching him, you certainly understand the hype. His combo of speed and power is evident right away. He’s one of the most dangerous receivers in the open field and would pair nicely with Davante Adams.


31. Los Angeles Rams: Erik McCoy, OL, Texas A&M
The Los Angeles Rams offensive line is beginning to age, so they’re likely to look for some fresh talent to develop for the future. The loss of Rodger Saffold also places a heavy emphasis on adding a guard early.

Capable of playing either guard or center, Erik McCoy brings great versatility to any offensive line. Another SEC linemen that’s had plenty of experience going against some of the best prospects in the draft. McCoy has great athleticism and power as a blocker and is capable of being a day one starter in the NFL.


32. New England Patriots: AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
It’s an understatement to say the Patriots are thin at receiver. Demaryius Thomas was a recent signing, but he’s coming off of his 2nd Achilles injury and is in his 30s. It’s no guarantee he can be an effective receiver for New England.

AJ Brown has a nice set of skills. He’s a good route runner and displayed great body control at Ole Miss. Despite not being the biggest receiver, he was comfortable grabbing the ball in contested coverage. Brown was also regularly a threat after the catch.