2019 NFL Draft Top-150 Player Big Board
With the NFL Draft now just days away, NFL teams are putting their bows on their final big boards and grades are now cemented. Many teams have now run their own internal mock drafts to see what may be available when it is their turn to pick. They have also discussed a myriad of scenarios for themselves and others. Much like NFL teams, my offseason draft prep has come to an end and culminated with a 150-player big board that, well, is fun to look at.
As the offseason has worn on, I have begun to like this class more and more. The depth of it seems to be its best asset. Particularly, strength in the safety class, mid-round depth at wide receiver, underrated offensive tackles, and top heavy with impact pass rushers. Keep in mind, I am a strong proponent of positional value. So, while running backs may litter the lower portion of the list, they do not reach the top. Same thing with run-first defensive tackles and non-impact linebackers. Without further ado, let’s dive into my top-150 players for the 2019 NFL Draft.
|1||Nick Bosa||Ohio St.||DE|
|6||Montez Sweat||Mississippi St.||LB|
|7||Brian Burns||Florida St.||DE|
|10||Dwayne Haskins||Ohio St.||QB|
|12||Andre Dillard||Washington St.||OT|
|20||Jerry Tillery||Notre Dame||DT|
|22||N'Keal Harry||Arizona State||WR|
|23||Garrett Bradbury||North Carolina St.||C|
|26||Hakeem Butler||Iowa St.||WR|
|27||Chris Lindstrom||Boston College||OG|
|35||Amani Oruwariye||Penn St.||CB|
|36||Dalton Risner||Kansas St.||OT|
|38||Jeffery Simmons||Mississippi St.||DT|
|39||Erik McCoy||Texas A&M||C|
|43||Will Grier||West Virginia||QB|
|44||Johnathan Abram||Mississippi St.||S|
|47||Dre'Mont Jones||Ohio St.||DT|
|50||Khalen Saunders||Western Illinois||DT|
|52||Jaylon Ferguson||Louisianna Texh||DE|
|54||Elgton Jenkins||Mississippi St.||C|
|57||Miles Sanders||Penn St.||RB|
|61||Jace Sternberger||Texas A&M||TE|
|62||David Montgomery||Iowa St.||RB|
|63||Oshane Ximines||Old Dominion||LB|
|64||Zach Allen||Boston College||DE|
|65||Kelvin Harmon||North Carolina St.||WR|
|66||Parris Campbell||Ohio St.||WR|
|67||Deebo Samuel||South Carolina||WR|
|71||Julian Love||Notre Dame||CB|
|73||Sean Bunting||Central Michigan||CB|
|79||Yodny Cajuste||West Virginia||OT|
|89||Justin Layne||Michigan St.||CB|
|90||Michael Jordan||Ohio St.||C|
|93||Max Sharping||Northern Illinois||OT|
|94||Trayveon Williams||Texas A&M||RB|
|102||Tytus Howard||Alabama St.||OT|
|103||Connor McGovern||Penn St.||C|
|104||Justice Hill||Oklahoma St.||RB|
|105||Sutton Smith||Northern Illinois||LB|
|107||Ryan Finley||North Carolina St.||QB|
|111||Terronne Prescod||North Carolina St.||OG|
|118||David Sills||West Virginia||WR|
|119||Germaine Pratt||North Carolina St.||LB|
|120||Miles Boykin||Notre Dame||WR|
|123||Devin Singletary||Florida Atlantic||RB|
|124||Josh Oliver||San Jose St.||TE|
|127||Trey Pipkins||Sioux Falls||OT|
|129||Tae Hayes||Appalachian State||CB|
|130||Terry McLaurin||Ohio St.||WR|
|131||Preston Williams||Colorado State||WR|
|136||Isaiah Prince||Ohio St.||OT|
|138||Sam Mustipher||Notre Dame||C|
|144||Alexander Mattison||Boise St.||RB|
|149||Jamal Peters||Mississippi St.||CB|
Overview – Like others out there have said, while there is always (mostly) 32 first round picks, there are very rarely 32 first round players. I have 25 players this season as first-round grades, ending with Cody Ford of Oklahoma. Each of my first round grades has to do with one of two things: either helping to pass the ball on offense or making it harder for an offense to pass the ball on defense.
The top ten players are littered with pass rushers. Six of my top-seven are players who can get after the quarterback on the edge or inside at defensive tackle.
T.J. Hockenson is my top non-quarterback prospect skill position-wise. He brings an edge to the passing game with his advanced and nuanced route running and a mean streak to the run game with his ability to put defenders on the ground.
This group of players includes the top tier of wide receivers, D.K. Metcalf, N’Keal Harry, Hakeem Butler, and A.J. Brown, and while one may come off the board higher than that come draft day, we could also see a draft like 2016 where there is a two-three wide receiver run happen in the twenties.
The second round has really grown on me over the last month. Especially when I started to study the safety class that features a number of playmakers. Whether your team is looking for a downhill player or an over-the-top eraser there are a number of different options. The second round should also see a number of talented offensive lineman come off the board, some that can be day one difference makers.
Early in the second round, there is going to be some impact defenders flying off the board between some safeties and defensive tackles that fall out of the first round. Savage, Thornhill, Wilkins, Lawrence, and Simmons provide a lot of bang for their buck as early second rounders.
This area of the draft seems to be the right time to dive into the next tier of quarterbacks, Will Grier, and Drew Lock, although Lock is rumored to be like in the first round by some clubs. Lock just reminds me too much of Jay Cutler to warrant a high first selection, but in the second round, it is worth it to gamble on his arm talent. Grier seems to be a prospect those who crunch numbers like more than the film grinders, but the film matches the numbers with accuracy to all levels of the field.
A number of physical specimens on the offensive side of the ball reside here. Miles Sanders is a freak athlete overshadowed by former backfield mate Saquon Barkley. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has the speed for his 225-pound frame to burn and likes scoring touchdowns. Tyree Jackson would be a highly-rated athlete at the tight end position, but he is a 92nd percentile athlete at quarterback. And finally, Andy Isabella broke the damn electronic watch at the combine before having an official 4.31 declared.
Cornerback, wide receiver, and edge depth really show up in the third round. A mix of length converted wide receivers, and speed at the corner should make up the third. Wide receiver has a number of different prospects with varied skill sets, and immediately transferable skills. Whether you are looking for a power rusher, or one who can win with athleticism there are a number of prospects that could be available in the third.
A skill position tier for me, with my fourth-ranked tight end Jace Sternberger leading the way. Jace is a tight end who dominated at the collegiate level and could provide a field-stretching element in a passing game. Followed by a well-rounded running back, a size wide receiver, a speedy wide receiver, and a thick wide receiver who makes his name after the catch.
A tier of beginning with Julian Love, Deionte Thompson, and Sean Bunting and ending with Amani Hooker is obviously a pretty strong one if you need a defensive back. Each provides a different skill set, but each could also develop into a long-term starter at their respective positions.
This is a strong range if you need to take a shot on an edge rusher. Austin Bryant, L.J. Collier, Charles Omenihu, and Anthony Nelson are strong talents to provide strong pass-rushing depth to any team.
A wide array of players exist in this tier, of varied positions. There is some strong depth to be had on the offensive line and at tight end. Max Sharping, David Edwards, Foster Moreau, and Dawson Knox provide some strong offensive line depth for teams in need.
Fourth and Fifth Rounds
The fourth and fifth rounds should see a number of fantasy options come off the board at wide receiver and running back. With NFL teams spreading out their targets more over the last few seasons, the wide receivers could be instant contributors depending on the landing spot. At running back, we know that late round picks can pay off in spades when given opportunity, so on day three, we could see contributors come off the board.
Finding speedster Emanuel Hall and talented running backs Justice Hill and Bryce Love in the 100s, sign me up for that all day. Each possesses the speed to threaten defenses, albeit, in different ways, they could make a day one impact on their team’s offenses.
Adding even more depth to team’s wide receiver corp next season is David Sills and Miles Boykin. Sills provides size and ability to create separation with his nuanced route running. Boykin is a size-speed freak who tested like an elite athlete who smashed the combine across the board.
Jamel Dean is an absolute freak athlete at the cornerback position. He is a 100% speed and speed score athlete and jumped out of the gym at the combine. Bryce Hall, another corner, also tied for the league lead in passes defended last season.
Chuma Edoga is a prospect who showed out at the Senior Bowl and has stood up as a stalwart at USC since 2015. I might be talking myself into moving him even higher as we speak.
A trifecta of running back sits in this range, with Alexander Mattison followed by Benny Snell and Devine Ozigbo. Mattison, Snell, and Ozigbo all tip the scales at over 220 pounds and provided their college teams with workhorse workloads.
Check out a recent mock draft I performed with The Draft Genius and Raju Byfield to see how I put my Big Board to good use: https://www.ffstatistics.com/6323/ffstatistics-nfl-mock-draft-4-00