It’s not exactly a Mock Draft, but here are the top 50 talents in the draft per Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com (edited):
With the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine and pro days in the rearview, we’re in the stretch run of prospect evaluation. The 2019 NFL Draft (April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee) is fast approaching, so it’s time to update my top-50 list.
In terms of risers, Ed Oliver rides a highly impressive pro day into the top five. Some people doubt the Houston product’s size or sack totals, but his absurd athleticism and elite quickness are impossible to deny. And my top interior offensive lineman, Garrett Bradbury, cracks the top 20. The N.C. State center has knocked the pre-draft process out of the park, checking his last box with an outstanding pro day. On the flip side, Taylor Rapp fell out of the top 40 after posting a 40-yard dash in the 4.7s during his pro day. I really like the Washington safety’s instinctive, sound game, but that lack of speed’s a concern. According to NFL Research, 4.63 is the slowest 40 time for a safety drafted in the first round since 2003. Lastly, one cornerback (Notre Dame’s Julian Love) re-entered the board, while another corner (Michigan State’s Justin Layne) fell out.
1 – Nick Bosa
Edge, Ohio State | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 1
Bosa has an ideal frame for a 4-3 DE, and he is consistently disruptive in every game I’ve studied. As a pass rusher, he can win with quickness, power and a variety of hand moves. He often incorporates the same swipe/rip/flatten move that his brother, Joey, has mastered. Nick can convert speed to power, and he also flashes some ability to slide inside and rush over the guard. …Bosa isn’t as big as his older brother, but I expect similar dominance and production at the NFL level.
2- Quinnen Williams
DT, Alabama | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Previous rank: 2
Williams has good size for the position and possesses a rare combination of suddenness, strength and football intelligence. … Overall, this is a dominant player who’s capable of emerging as a premier interior defensive lineman very early in his NFL career.
3 – Josh Allen
Edge, Kentucky | Year: Senior
Previous rank: 3
Allen is a tall, long edge player with tremendous agility, versatility and production. As a pass rusher, he wins with speed, bend and a nifty inside counter move. He doesn’t possess a lot of power, but he makes up for it with his Gumby-like flexibility at the top of his rush…Overall, the Kentucky product possesses an ideal skill set for today’s game: He can run, rush and cover.
4 – Ed Oliver
DT 2, Houston | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 6
Oliver is an undersized interior lineman with exceptional twitch and pass-rush potential. He primarily lined up over the center, but he did move around a bit in Houston’s defense. Against the pass, he has an explosive first step and outstanding change-of-direction quickness..Overall, Oliver isn’t as powerful or polished as the Rams’ Aaron Donald was entering the NFL, but he has similar athleticism and should be a disruptive force for the team that drafts him.
5 – T.J. Hockenson
TE, Iowa | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Previous rank: 5
Hockenson is a fun player to watch. In the passing game, he fights through press coverage and will stair-step defenders (fights through pass coverage and understands how to attack the leverage of defenders) down the field, helping to create some separation on crossers and deep-over routes. He tracks the ball naturally, and his high-point skills are on display in the red zone. He is very physical after the catch and possesses adequate speed. Hockenson is at his best in the run game. He rag-dolls defensive ends and linebackers. He had multiple pancake blocks in every game I studied. Overall, Hockenson is one of the best blocking tight ends I’ve ever evaluated, and he is dependable in the passing game. He’s a Day 1 impact player at the next level.
6 – Devin White
LB 2, LSU | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 8
White has a thick, sturdy frame and possesses prototypical explosiveness and playmaking skills. Against the pass, he has the speed and agility to cover TEs down the field, and he closes space in a hurry when he’s in zone coverage. He has timing and burst as a blitzer…He is an outstanding, chest-up tackler. Overall, White has what teams are looking for at the position: The ability to run, cover and blitz.
7 – Christian Wilkins
DT 3, Clemson | Year: Senior
Previous rank: 4
Wilkins has solid size (6-foot-3, 315 pounds) for the position, and he’s been a disruptive presence along the Clemson line throughout his career… Overall, Wilkins has upside as a pass rusher and penetrator, but you’ll have to live with some deficiencies at the point of attack.
8 – Josh Jacobs
RB 1, Alabama | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 7
Jacobs is one of my favorite players to study in this draft class. He has a thick, compact build, and I love his combination of power, elusiveness and versatility. In the run game, he possesses excellent vision, burst and wiggle. His change-of-direction quickness is off the charts. He runs low to the ground and powers through tacklers in every game I studied. Jacobs has the speed to get to the perimeter — he’s a weapon when lined up as a QB in the Wildcat and when he’s used on fly sweeps from the slot. In the passing game, Jacobs runs crisp routes and possesses natural hands; he’s a make-you-miss specialist in space. He does need to improve in pass protection. He must come to balance as a blocker and avoid lunging at blitzers. Overall, Jacobs is a special talent, and his light workload at Alabama (251 carries in three seasons) should be viewed as a positive, not a negative.
9 – Devin Bush
LB 5, Michigan | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 14
Bush is a little undersized for the position (5-11, 234 pounds), but he makes up for it with instincts, twitch and production…Overall, Bush is a three-down linebacker, and he’ll provide the team that drafts him with a physical presence.
10 – Rashan Gary
Edge 1, Michigan | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 9
Gary is a freak. He has a unique blend of size, speed, explosiveness and power. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always translate to production. As a pass rusher, he has a dynamic get-off and flashes the power to bull through OTs with only one arm extended…Overall, Gary is more of an athlete than football player at this time, but the upside is off the charts, and his effort is exceptional.
11 – Kyler Murray
QB 1, Oklahoma | Year: Junior (RS)
Previous rank: 12
Murray is an extremely explosive quarterback prospect who lacks the ideal height/bulk for the position. He has extremely quick feet in his setup and bounces on his toes at the top of his drop. He has dynamic arm strength and doesn’t need to grind his toes in the ground to generate power. He isn’t as accurate as Baker Mayfield, but he flashes the touch to layer the ball on occasion, accompanying the “wow” power throws…I had two major issues early in the evaluation process, but his full-time commitment to football and surprising bulk at the combine (207 pounds) helped alleviate those concerns. Overall, I see Murray as a solid starting NFL quarterback.
12 – Montez Sweat
Edge 2, Mississippi State | Year: Senior
Previous rank: 10
Sweat is a tall, long and athletic defensive end. As a pass rusher, he relies on a quick get-off and his length to pop/separate before bending around the edge to generate sacks. He doesn’t show much snap/power on contact, but he still finds ways to win. His effort is excellent…Overall, Sweat needs to get stronger, but his combination of length, agility and production makes him an easy sell in the draft room.
13 – Andre Dillard
OT 2 , Washington State | Year: Senior (RS)
Previous rank: 11
Dillard has an athletic frame for the position, and he’s a very easy mover…Overall, Dillard is a pure, pass-protecting left tackle. Yes, he needs to get stronger and more physical, but in a passing league, what he does best is highly coveted.
14 – Jawaan Taylor
OT 1, Florida | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 13
Taylor lined up at right tackle for the Gators. He has average height and a broad frame for the position. In the passing game, he has the foot quickness to cover up speed rushers and the athleticism to redirect versus counter moves. He has a bad habit of scooping instead of punching, which allows defenders to get into his chest. However, he is still sturdy versus power rushers, despite giving up his chest. In the run game, he has tremendous upper-body strength to torque and toss defenders. He’s nasty. Some teams will prefer his power inside at the guard position, but I see him as a quality starting right tackle.
15 – Noah Fant
TE, Iowa | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 15
Fant has a tall, athletic frame (6-4, 249 pounds) and exceptional explosiveness. He moved around in the Iowa scheme, putting his hand in the dirt, splitting out wide or aligning in the wing. He explodes off the line of scrimmage and is a very fluid route runner….Overall, Fant is a special athlete who is at his best working vertically. He has some shortcomings in other areas, but he’ll be a big-play producer right away for his drafting team.
16 – Marquise Brown
WR, Oklahoma | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 16
Brown is a DeSean Jackson clone. He has a similar build and the same explosive playmaking skills as the three-time Pro Bowler…Overall, Brown might lack ideal size, but he’s a polished receiver and a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He did undergo Lisfranc surgery in January, which means he’s probably not a lock for the top 20. I don’t see him falling out of the first round, though.
17 – Jeffery Simmons
DT 1, Mississippi State | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 18
Simmons has the ideal frame, athleticism and explosiveness for the position. As a pass rusher, he has an exceptional first step and rolls his hips to uproot blockers…The ACL tear he suffered during a workout in early February might hurt him a little bit in the draft, but he’s too talented a player to fall very far.
18 – Garrett Bradbury
C 4, N.C. State | Year: Senior (RS)
Previous rank: 22
Bradbury is a slightly undersized player with excellent quickness, balance and awareness. He is a very clean player, rarely falling off blocks or getting caught out of position. In pass protection, he has quick hands and can easily slide mirror while displaying excellent knee bend…He isn’t a mauler, but he stays attached to his assignment. Overall, Bradbury will be a steady, reliable starter, and I see very minimal risk.
19 – D.K. Metcalf
WR 2, Mississippi | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Previous rank: 17
Metcalf has a rare blend of size, speed and athleticism. He’s at his best on runaway routes (go, slant, post). He explodes off the ball in his release and uses his big frame (6-3, 228) to wall off opponents on slants and vertical routes… He is exceptional after the catch, breaking tackles and pulling away from defenders. Overall, Metcalf still has room to improve, but he’s built like the Batman suit — extremely explosive and tough. He will be a matchup nightmare for opposing teams as soon as he steps foot on an NFL field
20 – Jonah Williams
OG 1, Alabama | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 19
Williams lined up at left tackle for the Tide, but I’m projecting him to guard at the next level. He has outstanding feet in the passing game. He is quick, and he smoothly redirects versus counter moves. He plays with knee bend and keeps his hands in tight. His lack of length does show up on tape, and that is why I’d prefer to see him play inside. He is dominant in the run game. He runs his feet on contact and generates movement at the point of attack. He’s also effective working up to the second level. He takes proper angles and plays on his feet. I love his awareness and toughness. Overall, Williams is an excellent prospect and has a chance to be a Pro Bowl guard early in his career.
21 – Dwayne Haskins
QB 1, Ohio State | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Previous rank: 20
Haskins is a pure pocket passer with outstanding arm strength, poise and production. He lacks ideal foot quicks in his setup, but he throws from a firm platform. He has a tight, compact stroke, and the ball jumps out of his hand. He can drive the football into tight widows and displays excellent loft and touch on the deep ball. Haskins will get a little aggressive at times, but his overall decision-making has been solid. His biggest issues arise when he’s forced to move off his spot because he lacks the suddenness to create and get out of trouble. He’s accurate on designed roll-outs to the right, but his accuracy is spotty on the opposite side. He’s used sparingly on designed QB runs, but I love his competitiveness and toughness as a ball carrier (see: Maryland game, when he logged three rushing scores). Overall, Haskins has the necessary tools to win games from the pocket, but his success will depend greatly on his protection.
22 – Clelin Ferrell
Edge 1, Clemson | Year: Junior (RS)
Previous rank: 21
Ferrell has excellent size, length and power. As a pass rusher, he lacks an elite get-off, but he has an effective dip/rip move and can generate some knockback with his hands. He has some stiffness at the top of his rush, but his effort is outstanding and he’s a finisher once he gets to the quarterback. Against the run, he can hold the point of attack and does a nice job shedding blocks. Overall, Ferrell lacks elite athleticism, but I love his combination of size, effort and production.
23 – Johnathan Abram
S 2, Mississippi State | Year: Senior
Previous rank: 25
He’s quick to key/read/fill the alley, and delivers some massive hits upon arrival…Overall, Abram is a perfect fit as a down safety, and he’ll be highly valued by teams that incorporate that position.
24 – Drew Lock
QB 1, Missouri | Year: Senior
Previous rank: 23
Lock has the desired height and bulk for the position (6-4, 228). He owns a quick delivery and generates plenty of RPMs with minimal strain or effort. He made “wow” drive throws in every game I viewed. He excels on hole shots along the sideline (placing the ball between the corner and safety versus Cover 2) and can jam the ball into the seam, as well. He is more accurate on drive throws than touch throws….Overall, Lock needs to polish his footwork and tone down his aggressiveness, but he has a special skill set and tremendous upside.
25 – Dexter Lawrence
DT 7, Clemson | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 32
Lawrence is a hulking defensive tackle at 6-4 and 342 pounds. As a pass rusher, he primarily relies on his strength and power to push the pocket. He does have impressive foot quickness and occasionally flashes a nifty swim move. However, he didn’t get many opportunities, because Clemson brought in more explosive rushers in obvious passing situations…Overall, Lawrence will be an immediate force against the run, and I believe he has the potential to develop into more than a pocket pusher in the passing game.
26 – Byron Murphy
CB, Washington | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Previous rank: 26
Overall, Murphy lacks ideal size/speed, but he’s ultra-instinctive and will be very attractive to teams that play a lot of zone coverage.
27 – Brian Burns
Edge 3, Florida State | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 24
Burns is a tall, skinny edge rusher with excellent length and athleticism. As a pass rusher, he has an explosive get-off and the ability to bend/wrap at the top of his rush…Overall, Burns needs to get stronger, but his upside is sky high because of his length and speed.
28 – Irv Smith Jr
TE 1, Alabama | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 27
Smith has an excellent blend of size, athleticism, ball skills and toughness. He lines up inline, as a wing or split out. He has a nice burst off the line and is a fluid route runner. Overall, Smith doesn’t have the same upside as former Alabama TE O.J. Howard, but he should be a quality starting TE very early in his NFL career.
29 – Rock Ya-Sin
CB 1, Temple | Year: Senior
Previous rank: 28
Ya-Sin has ideal size, speed, toughness and ball skills. In off coverage, he has quick feet, and he’s very fluid when he turns and opens up…Overall, Ya-Sin has the competitiveness and athleticism to develop into a quality NFL starter.
30 – Cody Ford
OT 1, Oklahoma | Year: Junior (RS)
Previous rank: 29
Ford lined up at right tackle for the Sooners, and that is where he projects at the next level. He lacks ideal tackle height at 6-4, but he’s long and athletic…Overall, I wish Ford was more consistent from game to game, but he has all of the tools to excel at right tackle in the NFL.
31 – Deandre Baker
CB 1, Georgia | Year: Senior
Previous rank: 30
Baker is a tough, gritty cornerback who plays bigger than his size (5-11, 193 pounds). In press coverage, he has quick hands and effectively re-routes wideouts. He is fluid when he turns and opens up, and he has enough speed to carry vertical routes…Overall, Baker is very competitive and has the versatility to play at a high level in multiple schemes.
32 – Greedy Williams
CB 1, LSU | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Previous rank: 31
Williams is a tall, lean cornerback with build-up speed and ball skills. In press coverage, he doesn’t shoot his hands, but he uses his gliding stride to match and mirror wideouts. Williams isn’t as effective in off coverage…Overall, Greedy is a tough evaluation. I love his size and ball awareness, but I’m concerned about his lack of short-area burst and physicality.
33 – Nasir Adderley
S, Delaware | Year: Senior
Previous rank: 33
Adderley is a slightly undersized safety prospect with outstanding instincts, range and ball skills. He is a former cornerback, and his movement skills reflect that background. He is very fluid in his backpedal, and his combination of recognition and burst allow him to cover a lot of ground. He has no issues locating the ball in the air and possesses strong, dependable hands. Against the run, he is aggressive to the alley and boasts a high batting average as a tackler. He also offers value in the return game, where he displays vision, speed and toughness. Overall, Adderley is an ideal, pure free safety and should be a quality starter immediately in his rookie campaign.
34 – Daniel Jones
QB 1, Duke | Year: Junior (RS)
Previous rank: 35
Jones has outstanding size for the position (6-5, 221). He is always under control and throws from a firm platform. As a passer, he relies more on touch than power. He throws with anticipation underneath and puts plenty of loft on deep balls, dropping them in the bucket. He’s more accurate than his stats would suggest (career completion percentage of 59.9); Jones suffered from a lot of dropped passes at Duke…Overall, Jones lacks elite arm strength, but he has a nice blend of size, toughness and football smarts.
35 – Jerry Tillery
DT 1, Notre Dame | Year: Senior
Previous rank: 34
Tillery has rare height/length for the position. He is a very streaky player on tape. As a pass rusher, there are games where he dominates (see: Stanford game, when he logged four sacks) with a combination of quick hands, power and effort. However, there are other games where he’s content to hang on blocks and play too high…Overall, Tillery isn’t going to fit every team, but he shows some flashes, similar to DeForest Buckner. He just needs to become more consistent.
36 – A.J. Brown
WR 1, Mississippi | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 37
Brown has average height and a thick, sturdy frame…Overall, Brown lacks top-end speed, but he’ll have a Day 1 role as a big slot receiver.
37 – N’Keal Harry
WR 5, Arizona State | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 42
Harry is a big, physical wideout with strong hands and run-after-the-catch talent. He isn’t sudden in his release, but he powers through press coverage and he’s adept at using his big frame to wall off defenders underneath and down the field. He wins a lot of 50/50 balls and has a special ability to adjust down the field (see: twirling catch vs. USC).
38 – Riley Ridley
WR 2, Georgia | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 36
Ridley has good size (6-1, 199 pounds), and he’s a very polished route runner. He lacks an explosive burst in his release, but understands how to set up defenders and is very efficient at the top of his route…Overall, Ridley is ready to contribute right away. While he doesn’t possess the ideal twitch, he consistently gets open and has strong, reliable hands.
39 – Erik McCoy
C 1, Texas A&M | Year: Junior (RS)
Previous rank: 40
McCoy lined up primarily at center for the Aggies, but he also spent some time at guard earlier in his career. He has ideal size, quickness and power for an interior lineman…Overall, McCoy has the ability to start early in his career at any of the interior OL spots.
40 – Dalton Risner
OT 2, Kansas State | Year: Senior (RS)
Previous rank: 38
Risner lined up at right tackle for the Wildcats and possesses a good combination of power, balance and instincts. In the passing game, he is quick to shoot his hands and he squats on power rushers…Overall, Risner has the tools to become a quality starting right tackle, and he adds value because of his experience at the center position during his redshirt freshman campaign.
41 – Deebo Samuel
WR 6, South Carolina | Year: Senior (RS)
Previous rank: 47
Samuel is a thick, muscular wideout. He’s been extremely productive when healthy, but he battled multiple injuries during his college career…He was outstanding at the Senior Bowl, proving he’s a capable route runner. Overall, Samuel’s durability is a concern, but he’s dynamic with the ball in his hands and also offers value in the return game.
42 – Taylor Rapp
S 3, Washington | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 39
Rapp is slightly undersized for the position, but he’s been very productive throughout his career. …Overall, Rapp is one of the most reliable/dependable players in this draft class. Still, his lackluster speed at Washington’s pro day (where he ran a 40-yard dash in the 4.7s) will impact his draft stock.
43 – David Montgomery
RB 6, Iowa State | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 49
Montgomery has an ideal blend of size, vision and short-area burst. On inside runs, he can drop his pads and power through contact or avoid defenders in very tight quarters. His ability to stop/start immediately is unique for a bigger back…Overall, Montgomery has been a steady, consistent performer throughout his college career, and I expect the same results as he transitions to the NFL.
44 – Kaleb McGary
OT 3 , Washington | Year: Senior (RS)
Previous rank: 41
McGary has outstanding size, quickness and toughness for the right tackle position…McGary isn’t a perfect pass protector, but he has all of the necessary tools to develop, and I love his play temperament and toughness.
45 – L.J. Collier
Edge 1,TCU | Year: Senior (RS)
Previous rank: 44
Collier has the size and skill set to line up on the edge or inside. He is extremely twitched-up and jars opponents once he gets his hands on them… Collier isn’t the biggest name in this DL class, but it wouldn’t shock me if he emerged as the top player at the position three or four years from now.
46 – Miles Sanders
RB 3, Penn State | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 43
A one-year starter at running back, Sanders took over for Saquon Barkley in Penn State’s backfield. He has good size (5-11, 211) for the position and a complete skill set. On inside runs, he can make defenders miss or power through tackles…Overall, Sanders has the tools to emerge as a quality NFL starter, and he has plenty of tread left on his tires (276 carries in three seasons with the Nittany Lions).
47 – Jaylon Ferguson
Edge 2, Louisiana Tech | Year: Senior (RS)
Previous rank: 45
Ferguson has ideal size, length, power and production…Overall, Ferguson isn’t a bendy edge defender, but I love his physicality and ability to finish. He should be a Day 1 starter in the NFL.
48 – Julian Love
CB, Notre Dame | Year: Junior
Previous rank: Not ranked
Love has average size/speed, but he has fantastic instincts, ball skills and toughness…Love reminds me a lot of Desmond King when he was coming out of Iowa, and I see him having similar success as a starting nickel corner.
49 – Trayvon Mullen
CB 1, Clemson | Year: Junior
Previous rank: 48
Mullen has a tall/athletic build for the position. He wasn’t challenged much in the five games I studied, but I love his movement skills and play speed…Overall, it’s tough to penalize Mullen for the lack of opportunities. He has the skill set to excel as a press cornerback at the next level.
50 – Tytus Howard
OT, Alabama State | Year: Senior (RS)
Previous rank: 50
Howard has ideal height and length for the position…He doesn’t have a lot of knock-off power, but he’s effective. Overall, the only real question about Howard involves the level of competition.