Top 2019 NFL Draft Prospects

Before the 2019 NFL Combine starts on February 26, here are the top draft prospect rankings for this year by position.

Quarterback

Former Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson
Photo Credit: buffalonews.com
  1. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  2. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.
  3. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
  4. Gardner Minshew II, Washington St.
  5. Drew Lock, Missouri

While Haskins will likely be a great quarterback, what makes Murray better than the Ohio St. QB is his athleticism. Outside of Murray and Haskins, this year’s QB class isn’t that great. The most intriguing prospect of this group however is Jackson. He’s inconsistent, and sometimes will just throw up straight duds, but he has also made impressive passes and has a cannon to go with his athleticism and 6’7, 250lb frame. If a coach is dedicated enough to developing him and not just going to be lazy and turn him into a tight end, like what happened to Logan Thomas, Jackson could end up being the next great talent to come out of the University of Buffalo since Khalil Mack.

Running Backs

  1.  Josh Jacobs, Alabama
  2. Darrell Henderson, Memphis
  3. Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
  4. Damien Harris, Alabama
  5. David Montgomery, Iowa St.

This year’s class of running backs are quite talented, but one player that seems to be not getting enough attention is Henderson. Jacobs and Singletary are getting the hype they deserve but it seems Henderson is getting pegged down because he’s “undersized” or whatever reason people seem fit. Henderson could arguably be the best back out this group as he was second in the nation in FBS rushing with 1909 yards. Regardless, there’s good talent all around in this year’s running back class.

Wide Receiver

  1. D.K. Metcalf, Mississipi
  2. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
  3. Riley Ridley, Georgia
  4. N’Keal Harry, Arizona St.
  5. A.J. Brown, Mississippi

There might not be a a lot of speedsters in this year’s draft class, but this group is still very talented. You can’t go wrong with any receiver on this list but Metcalf’s size and catch ability puts him above the rest in this list, and it looks like he may have even put on more muscle in the recent picture of him below.

Tight End

  1. Noah Fant, Iowa
  2. Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
  3. T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
  4. Kaden Smith, Stanford
  5. Zach Gentry, Michigan

The top three tight ends in this group are a toss up, even though Hockenson is more of the complete tight end, Fant and Smith Jr. look like better pass-catchers. Smith and Gentry are also not bad options but there could be other tight ends that catch up to them in draft stock after the combine.

Offensive Lineman

  1. Jonah Williams, Alabama
  2. Jawaan Taylor, Florida
  3. Chris Lindstorm, Boston College
  4. Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
  5. Cody Ford, Oklahoma

It’s becoming more frequent that offensive lineman have to play multiple positions in the league regardless if they played a specific position on the line most of their career. All five prospects are greatly skilled and athletic so far, Deiter maybe not as athletic, but the combine will be the real factor to see if this group has been staying or getting in better shape.

Defensive Lineman

Former Ohio St. DE Nick Bosa
Photo Credit: USA Today
  1. Nick Bosa, Ohio St.
  2. Rashan Gary, Michigan
  3. Quinnen Williams, Alabama
  4. Ed Oliver, Houston
  5. Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

Nearly every person on this list could go in the first round of the draft, and the list gets even deeper. Bosa is the clear number one on this list and likely in the entire draft class, but it will be difficult who to choose from after he’s off the draft board, as this year’s DL and LB classes have some great depth.

Linebacker

  1. Devin White, LSU
  2. Josh Allen, Kentucky
  3. Montez Sweat, Mississippi St.
  4. Jachai Polite, Florida
  5. Brian Burns. Florida St.

As mentioned previously, this year’s LB group is deep and teams are going to have many options to choose from. White is the best inside linebacker and Allen is the best on the outside, but then you have a tremendous amount of other talented outside backers right behind him and some decent inside backers behind White.

Cornerback

  1. DeAndre Baker, Georgia
  2. Greedy Williams, LSU
  3. Byron Murphy, Washington
  4. Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky
  5. Julian Love, Notre Dame

Undersized seems to be the common theme for this year’s CB class, but there’s still some good talent. If Williams gains more weight he could end up being better than Baker. Someone to keep an eye out for the most though is Johnson, who had an impressive week during the Senior Bowl. The Kentucky product has that ideal NFL CB length, standing at 6’3 and has good coverage skills for someone so big at his position.

Safety

Fresno St. Safety Mike Bell
Photo Credit: fresnobee.com
  1. Jonathan Abram, Mississippi St.
  2. Juan Thornhill, Virginia
  3. Mike Bell, Fresno St.
  4. Nasir Adderley, Delaware
  5. Deionte Thompson, Alabama

No discussion is needed to see that Abram is the best safety out of this group. He did everything for Mississippi St. which included 99 tackles, five pass breakups, three sacks and nine tackles for loss this past season. Thompson was almost in the same conversation as Abram as he had six pass break ups, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. However, the second half of last season, Thompson fell off completely. Bell has the most upside out of all the safeties along with Adderley, both being smaller school products, but played very well.

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