STACKING THE 2019 NFL DRAFT

Annually we look at draft boards and mock drafts. We evaluate prospects and put them in Big Boards. This year, I wanted to take a look back and evaluate the 2019 class and what I feel about our current prospects, versus how I felt about previous prospects in previous drafts.

This exercise was actually cathartic as it allowed me to review how I rated previous draft classes and remember the evaluations that I was on the mark on, those that I can be proud of, and also those that I whiffed on.

I have ranked the prospects over the last 5 years at their position. Enjoy.

QUARTERBACKS:

  1. Carson Wentz- 2016: Eagles 1(2)
  2. Marcus Mariota- 2015: Titans 1(2)
  3. Jameis Winston- 2015: Buccaneers 1(1)
  4. Josh Rosen- 2018: Cardinals 1(10)
  5. Deshaun Watson- 2017: Texans 1(12)
  6. Jared Goff- 2016: Rams 1(1)
  7. Baker Mayfield- 2018: Browns 1(1)
  8. Sam Darnold- 2018: Jets 1(3)
  9. Josh Allen- 2018: Bills 1(7)
  10. Mitch Trubisky- 2017: Texans 1(2)
  11. Patrick Mahomes- 2017: Chiefs 1(10)
  12. Dwayne Haskins- 2019: Ohio State
  13. Drew Lock- 2019: Missouri
  14. Kyler Murray- 2019: Oklahoma
  15. Lamar Jackson- 2018: Ravens 1(32)

Analysis: What you’ll see immediately is that I am down on the 2019 QB class…I have Haskins, Lock and Murray evaluated as 3rd round talents…looking back, Carson Wentz, Marcus Mariota, and Jamies Winston were far and away the top Quarterbacks I have evaluated in the last 5 years, and make up their own tier…I liked Carson Wentz early on and that only continued to the point I evaluated him to the point that he was my top evaluation since Andrew Luck…Mariota and Winston were neck and neck in 2015 for many teams’ and I was no different…Josh Rosen had my highest grade in 2018 and it wasn’t close…I still believe in Rosen long-term and I hope the Cardinals surround him with help at receiver and along the offensive line…people my criticize my evaluation of Baker Mayfield—rightfully so…I had a 2nd round grade on Baker, and I’ve been proven to be wrong here, he looks legit…in 2017, I gave the edge to Deshaun Watson over Mitch Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes…it looks foolish now that Mahomes walked away with the 2018 NFL MVP trophy…I wasn’t a fan of Lamar Jackson’s evaluation coming into the 2018 NFL Draft, and after watching him play in the league, I still have my doubts..

RUNNINGBACKS:

  1. Saquon Barkley- 2018: Giants 1(2)
  2. Ezekiel Elliott- 2016: Cowboys 1(4)
  3. Leonard Fournette- 2017: Jaguars 1(4)
  4. Christian McCaffrey- 2017: Panthers 1(8)
  5. Todd Gurley- 2015: Rams 1(10)
  6. Derrius Guice- 2018: Redskins 2(27)
  7. Dalvin Cook- 2017: Vikings 2(9)
  8. Joe Mixon- 2017: Bengals 2(15)
  9. Joshua Jacobs- 2019: Alabama
  10. Sony Michel- 2018: Patriots 1(31)
  11. Nick Chubb- 2018: Browns 2(3)
  12. Melvin Gordon- 2015: Chargers 1(16)
  13. Darrell Henderson- 2019: Memphis
  14. Devin Singletary- 2019: Florida Atlantic
  15. Derrick Henry- 2016: Titans 2 (13)
  16. Alvin Kamara- 2017: Saints 3 (3)
  17. Rashaad Penny- 2018: Seahawks 1(27)
  18. David Montgomery- 2019: Iowa State
  19. Kerryon Johnson- 2018: Lions 2(11)
  20. Jay Ajayi- 2016: Dolphins 5 (18)
  21. Ameer Abdullah- 2015: Lions 2 (22)
  22. Elijah Holyfield- 2019: Georgia
  23. Ronald Jones II- 2018: Buccaneers 2(6)
  24. T.J. Yeldon- 2015: Jaguars 2 (4)
  25. Royce Freeman- 2018: Broncos 3(7)

Analysis: At the RB position, the cream really does rise to the top…Saquon Barkley has had the highest grade I’ve given a RB since Adrian Peterson and he makes up his own tier…Zeke and Leonard Fournette had equal grades for me and make up the 2nd tier…there was no doubting Todd Gurley’s talent coming I out of Georgia, but remember, he was coming off of an injury that setback his evaluation a degree…I had Derrius Guice as a Top 10 talent in the draft a year ago—loved his tape…I was a big believer in the 2017 RB class—so much so that even 2nd round picks Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon find their way into this Top 10 list…Joshua Jacobs is the clear-cut top RB in the 2019 Draft class and I see him on a similar tier as Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, and Melvin Gordon…some may be surprised to see Darrell Henderson and Devin Singletary ranked where they are…for starters, I do have a high evaluation on them…secondly, I did not have as high an evaluation as I should have on Derrick Henry and Alvin Kamara…I never had a high grade on Ronald Jones III or Royce Freeman and so far this evaluation has proven to be accurate…

WIDE RECEIVERS:

  1. Amari Cooper- 2015: Raiders 1(4)
  2. D.K. Metcalf- 2019: Ole Miss
  3. Kevin White- 2015: Bears 1(7)
  4. DeVante Parker- 2015: Dolphins 1(11)
  5. Corey Davis- 2017: Titans 1(5)
  6. Mike Williams- 2017: Chargers 1(7)
  7. Kelvin Harmon- 2019: NC State
  8. Marquise Brown- 2019: Oklahoma
  9. D.J. Moore- 2018: Panthers 1(24)
  10. John Ross- 2017: Bengals 1(9)
  11. Josh Doctson- 2016: Redskins 1
  12. Corey Coleman- 2016: Browns 1
  13. Laquon Treadwell- 2016: Vikings 1
  14. Breshard Perriman- 2015: Ravens 1
  15. N’Keal Harry- 2019: Arizona State
  16. Calvin Ridley- 2018: Falcons 1(26)
  17. Anthony Miller- 2018: Bears 2(19)
  18. Riley Ridley- 2019: Georgia
  19. Courtland Sutton- 2018: Broncos 2(8)
  20. A.J. Brown- 2019: Ole Miss
  21. Michael Thomas- 2016: Ohio State 2
  22. James Washington- 2018: Steelers 2(28)
  23. Dorial Green-Beckham- 2015: Titans 2
  24. Deebo Samuel- 2019: South Carolina
  25. Christian Kirk- 2018: Cardinals 2(15)
  26. JuJu Smith-Schuster- 2017: Steelers
  27. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside- 2019: Stanford
  28. Hakeem Butler- 2019: Iowa State
  29. Sterling Shepard- 2016: Giants 2
  30. Will Fuller- 2016: Texans 1

Analysis: Some may try and forget, but both Amari Cooper and Kevin White received very high grades leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft…this should illustrate how high I am on D.K. Metcalf…I know the production isn’t there to support him, but I trust the tape and talent that I see…I am also very high on Kelvin Harmon and Marquise Brown—I have solid 1st round grades on them as I did the likes of Devante Parker, Corey Davis, and Mike Williams…I may be a tad low on N’Keal Harry—the more I watch, the more I am beginning to like and he may receive a bump up depending on how he does at the Scouting Combine…I’m ashamed of my evaluation on Michael Thomas coming out of Ohio State—but I don’t know many who had a 1st round grade on him…Dorial Green-Beckham—man it’s fun to look  back isn’t it…thought he could become a difference maker at the NFL level—was not meant to be…J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Hakeem Butler are both physical specimens who also need to show well at the Scouting Combine…

TIGHT ENDS:

  1. O.J. Howard- 2017: Buccaneers 1(19)
  2. T.J. Hockenson- 2019: Iowa
  3. Dallas Goedert- 2018: Eagles 2(17)
  4. Hunter Henry- 2016: Charges 2
  5. Noah Fant- 2019: Iowa
  6. David Njoku- 2017: Browns 1(25)
  7. Mike Gisecki- 2018: Dolphins 2(10)
  8. Irv Smith- 2019: Alabama
  9. Evan Engram- 2017: Giants 1(23)
  10. Hayden Hurst- 2018: Ravens 1(25)
  11. Jace Sternberger- 2019: Texas A&M
  12. Maxx Williams- 2015: Ravens 2
  13. Dawson Knox- 2019: Ole Miss
  14. Mark Andrews- 2018: Ravens 3(22)
  15. Clive Walford- 2015:
  16. Devin Funchess- 2015:
  17. Ian Thomas- 2018: Panthers 4(1)
  18. Isaac Nauta- 2019: Georgia
  19. Austin Hooper- 2016: Falcons

Analysis: Looking back at the TE position was a fun review also…I loved O.J. Howard something terrible in the 2017 NFL Draft…I could not explain why he fell to 19th overall as I had a Top 5 grade on him…T.J. Hockenson is the truth—he’s only the 2nd TE to have a Top 10 evaluation from me…I had a very high grade on Dallas Goedert and still think his upside is immense…I’d put Howard, Hockenson, and Goedert in the 1st tier…Noah Fant finds himself in the Hunter Henry, David Njoku, and Mike Gisecki tier…some may be surprised to Evan Engram and Hayden Hurst this far down—but I viewed them similarly—non blocking, finesse TE—hit or miss here thus far…what I noticed was the tier drops are much more significant at this position than others…if you want an impact TE, better get your guy early…

OFFENSIVE TACKLES:

  1. Laremy Tunsil- 2016: Dolphins
  2. Ronnie Stanley- 2016: Ravens
  3. Jawaan Taylor- 2019: Florida
  4. Cody Ford- 2019: Oklahoma
  5. Mike McGlinchey- 2018: 49ers1(9)
  6. Cam Robinson- 2017: Jaguars
  7. Jonah Williams- 2019: Alabama
  8. Dalton Risner- 2019: TCU
  9. Yodny Cajuste- 2019: West Virginia
  10. Andre Dillard- 2019: Washington State
  11. Ereck Flowers- 2015: New York Giants
  12. Ryan Ramczyk- 2017: Saints 1(32)
  13. Andrus Peat- 2015: Saints 1
  14. Taylor Decker- 2016: Titans 1
  15. Garrett Bolles- 2017:  Broncos 1(20)
  16. Greg Little- 2019: Ole Miss
  17. David Edwards- 2019: Wisconsin
  18. D.J. Humphries- 2015: Cardinals 1
  19. Kolton Miller- 2018: Oakland 1(15)
  20. Bobby Evans- 2019: Oklahoma

Analysis: A couple strong takeaways from the offensive tackle breakdown…first, this has NOT been a very strong position as of late…some of our better evaluations as of late have been at offensive guard…secondly, I think we are in for a nice bounce back in 2019 as 6 of the offensive tackles in this class find themselves in my Top 10 at the position…some may point to the fact that some of these prospects may kick in to offensive guard—to that I would say, fair enough…2016 had the makings of a great offensive tackle class with my top 2 evaluations—Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley along with Taylor Decker who also went in the 1st round…I’m fascinated to see the 2019 class at the Scouting Combine and during individual workouts—some are going to emerge—I’m just not sure who…I was not very high on prospects the likes of Ereck Flowers, Garrett Bolles, and D.J. Humphries—and so far, these evaluations have proven spot on…

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:

  1. Quenton Nelson- 2018: Indianapolis 1 (6)
  2. Brandon Scherff- 2015: Redskins 1 (5)
  3. Ryan Kelly- 2016: Colts 1
  4. Garrett Bradbury- 2019: NC State
  5. Will Hernandez- 2018: New York Giants 2(2)
  6. Forrest Lamp- 2017: Los Angeles Chargers 2(6)
  7. Cameron Erving- 2015: Browns 1
  8. La’el Collins- 2015: Cowboys (Undrafted)
  9. Isaiah Wynn- 2018: New England 1(23)
  10. Josh Garnett- 2016: 49ers 2
  11. Chris Lindstrom- 2019: Boston College
  12. Billy Price- 2018: Cincinnati 1(21)
  13. Frank Raganow- 2018: Detroit 1(20)
  14. Connor Williams- 2018: Dallas 2(18)
  15. Michael Deiter- 2019: Wisconsin
  16. Cody Whitehair- 2016: Bears 2
  17. Erik McCoy- 2019: Texas A&M
  18. Dru Samia- 2019: Georgia
  19. Connor McGovern- 2019: Penn State
  20. Hroniss Grasu- 2015:
  21. Nick Martin- 2016:
  22. Dan Feeney- 2017: Chargers
  23. Ben Powers- 2019: Georgia
  24. Elgton Jenkins- 2019: Mississippi State
  25. Beau Benzschawel- 2019: Wisconsin

Analysis: We have been very fortunate as of late, in regards to interior offensive lineman…Quenton Nelson was a dynamo that we just haven’t seen—and he gets his own tier…funny, two of the top three on this list were selected by the Indianapolis Colts (Nelson and Kelly)—these selections are paying off in a big way…Garrett Bradbury is clearly the top interior offensive lineman in the 2019 draft class…I would place him on the Scherff/Kelly tier…Chris Linstrom, the next interior lineman in this class receives a very similar evaluation as three 2018 draft picks—Billy Price, Frank Raganow, and Connor Williams…the key here is the outstanding depth for the 2019 draft class…9 of the top 25 prospects are projected from this class—that’s simply outstanding…

DEFENSIVE ENDS:

  1. Nick Bosa- 2019: Ohio State
  2. Myles Garrett- 2017: Cleveland 1(1)
  3. Joey Bosa- 2016: Chargers 1(3)
  4. Bradley Chubb- 2018: Denver 1(5)
  5. Josh Allen- 2019: Kentucky
  6. Jachai Polite- 2019: Florida
  7. Brian Burns- 2019: Florida State
  8. Clelin Ferrell- 2019: Clemson
  9. Montez Sweat- 2019: Mississippi State
  10. Shane Ray- 2015: Broncos 1
  11. Dante Fowler Jr.- 2015: Jaguars 1(3)
  12. Randy Gregory- 2015: Cowboys
  13. Shaq Lawson- 2016: Bills 1
  14. Derek Barnett- 2017: Eagles 1(14)
  15. Bud Dupree- 2015: Steelers 1
  16. Harold Landry- 2018: Tennessee 2(9)
  17. Charles Omenihu- 2019: Texas
  18. Marcus Davenport- 2018: New Orleans 1(14)
  19. Charles Harris- 2017: Dolphins 1(22)
  20. Zach Allen- 2019: Boston College
  21. Takkarist McKinley- 2017: UCLA 1(26)
  22. Kevin Dodd- 2016: Titans
  23. Taco Charlton- 2017: Michigan 1(28)
  24. Emmanuel Ogbah- 2016: Browns 1
  25. Owa Odighizuwa- 2015:

Analysis: I absolutely love Nick Bosa…he gets the top grade of any edge rusher that we’ve seen in the last 5 years…he combines the athleticism of Myles Garrett with the tenacity and technique of his brother Joey Bosa…speaking of, Nick and Joey Bosa along with Myles Garrett and Bradley Chubb make up the top tier of edge defenders…the next five, yes FIVE prospects on this list come from the 2019 class…if you’re keeping score at home—that’s 6 of our top 9 and 8 of our top 20 edge defenders projecting to come from the 2019 draft class—this is why the 2019 defensive line class is receiving the hype…

DEFENSIVE TACKLES:

  1. Quinnen Williams- 2019: Alabama
  2. Leonard Williams- 2015: Jets 1(6)
  3. Ed Oliver- 2019: Houston
  4. Solomon Thomas- 2017: San Francisco 1(3)
  5. Jonathan Allen- 2017: Washington 1(17)
  6. Sheldon Rankins- 2016: Saints 1
  7. Robert Nkemdiche- 2016: Cardinals
  8. Rashan Gary- 2019: Michigan
  9. Vita Vea- 2018: Tampa Bay 1(12)
  10. Danny Shelton- 2015: Browns 1
  11. DeForest Buckner- 2016: 49ers 1
  12. Christian Wilkins- 2019: Clemson
  13. Taven Bryan- 2018: Jacksonville 1(29)
  14. Malcom Brown- 2015:
  15. Da’Ron Payne- 2018: Washington 1(13)
  16. Dexter Lawrence- 2019: Clemson
  17. Malik McDowell- 2017: Raiders
  18. Eddie Goldman- 2015: Raiders
  19. Dre’Mont Jones- 2019: Ohio State
  20. Jeffery Simmons- 2019: Mississippi State
  21. Jordan Phillips- 2015:
  22. Arik Armstread- 2015: 49ers 1
  23. Jarran Reed- 2016:
  24. Chris Jones- 2016: Chiefs
  25. Grady Jarrett- 2015: Falcons

Analysis: Like Nick Bosa, I love me some Quinnen Williams…he receives the top grade at the defensive tackle position…he’s everything that you want a defensive line prospect…Ed Oliver comes in 3rd on this list—I tend to be a proponent of him despite the fact that I anticipate he’s underweight…I have Quinnen Williams and Leonard Williams on Tier 1, Oliver a tier below…Jeffery Simmons injury is unfortunate…he would have been in the same tier as Oliver, Solomon Thomas, and Jonathan Allen had he not gotten hurt…some are a bit higher on Rashan Gary than am I…I’m starting to come around though—he is a terrific talent, I just don’t like the lack of production…the two Clemson DT prospects could be virtually interchangeable depending upon what you’re looking for on your defensive front…

LINEBACKERS:

  1. Roquan Smith- 2018: Chicago 1(8)
  2. Reuben Foster- 2017: San Francisco 1(31)
  3. Myles Jack- 2016: Jaguars 2
  4. Jaylon Smith- 2016: Cowboys 2
  5. Tremaine Edmunds- 2018: Buffalo 1(16)
  6. Leighton Vander Esch- 2018: Cowboys 1(19)
  7. Devin White- 2019: LSU
  8. Eric Kendricks- 2015: Vikings 2
  9. Haason Reddick- 2017: Temple 1(13)
  10. Rashaan Evans- 2018: Titans 1(22)
  11. Darron Lee- 2016: New York Jets 1
  12. Denzel Perryman- 2015: Charges 1
  13. T.J. Watt- 2017: Steelers 1(30)
  14. Jarrad Davis- 2017: Lions 1(21)
  15. Zach Cunningham- 2017: Texans
  16. Devin Bush- 2019: Michigan
  17. Mack Wilson- 2019: Alabama
  18. Darius Leonard- 2018: Indianapolis 2(4)

Analysis: Linebacker, was another position where it was fun to look back on…I really liked Roquan Smith as season ago—I know he’s small, but he fits the modern NFL game…I had a Top 3 grade on Reuben Foster and was stunned watching him tumble down to pick #31…speaking of tumbling, the fascinating 2016 draft where both Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith fell to Round 2—I had Top 5 grades on both players leading up to the draft…Devin White is the prize at the LB position for the 2019 class and there is little question about that…I would put him on the 2nd tier with Tremaine Edmunds, Leighton Vander Esch, and Eric Kendricks…Devin Bush and Mack Wilson are both mid-2nd round values to me…

CORNERBACKS:

  1. Jalen Ramsey- 2016: Jaguars 1
  2. Marshon Lattimore- 2017: Saints 1(11)
  3. Jaire Alexander- 2018: Green Bay 1(18)
  4. Denzel Ward- 2018: Cleveland 1(4)
  5. Trae Waynes- 2015: Vikings 1
  6. Vernon Hargreaves III- 2016: Buccaneers 1
  7. Joejuan Williams- 2019: Vanderbilt
  8. Byron Murphy- 2019: Washington
  9. Greedy Williams- 2019: LSU
  10. Mike Hughes- 2018: Minnesota 1(30)
  11. Marcus Peters- 2015: Chiefs 1
  12. Deandre Baker- 2019: Georgia
  13. Gareon Conley- 2017: Raiders 1(24)
  14. Sidney Jones- 2017: Eagles 2(11)
  15. Eli Apple- 2016: Giants 1
  16. Mackensie Alexanders- 2016: Vikings 2
  17. Marlon Humphrey- 2017: Ravens 1(16)
  18. Josh Jackson- 2018: Green Bay 2(13)
  19. Tre’Davious White- 2017: Bills 1(27)
  20. William Jackson III- 2016: Bengals 1
  21. Isaiah Oliver- 2018: Atlanta 2(26)
  22. Adoree Jackson- 2017: Titans 1(18)
  23. Amari Oruwarikye- 2019: Penn State
  24. Kevin King- 2017: Packers 2(1)
  25. Jalen Collins- 2015:
  26. Donte Jackson- 2018: Carolina 2(23)
  27. Julian Love- 2019: Notre Dame
  28. Rock Ya-Sin- 2019: Temple
  29. Trayvon Mullen- 2019: Clemson
  30. Lonnie Johnson Jr.- 2019: Kentucky

Analysis: Jalen Ramsey is my #1 rated CB on this list and receives his own tier—I thought he was a future All-Pro and this has come to fruition…you may notice that I have Jaire Alexander above Denzel Ward—this is no accident…coming into the 2018 draft I had a Top 10 grade on Jaire Alexander so he received the nod, for me, over Ward…Vernon Hargreaves has become a bust, but most had a high grade on him coming into 2016—and I was no different…some have suggested that the 2019 CB class is a weak one, and I simply don’t agree—provided the context…3 of the top 9 and 4 of the top 12 projected to come from this class—I am significantly higher on these prospects than the masses…JoeJuan Williams being my #1 CB overall will grab your attention…I believe in his upside and I believe that his physicality will match up at the NFL level—these are questions I have for the likes of Byron Murphy and Deandre Baker…I enjoy the depth of this CB class as well…9 of the top 30 CB prospects—this is another position where the Scouting Combine is all too important…awaiting one of the Oruwariye, Love, Ya-Sin, Mullen and Johnson Jr. crowd to emerge and gain momentum…

SAFETIES:

  1. Jamal Adams- 2017: New York Jets 1(6)
  2. Derwin James- 2018: Los Angeles Chargers 1(17)
  3. Nasir Adderley- 2019: Delaware
  4. Malik Hooker- 2017: Colts 1(15)
  5. Minkah Fitzpatrick- 2018: Miami 1(11)
  6. Landon Collins- 2015: Giants 2
  7. Justin Reid- 2018: Houston 3(4)
  8. Vonn Bell- 2016: Saints
  9. Budda Baker- 2017: Cardinals 2(4)
  10. Jabrill Peppers- 2017: Browns 1(25)
  11. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson- 2019: Florida
  12. Johnathan Abram- 2019: Mississippi State
  13. Taylor Rapp- 2019: Washington
  14. Deionte Thompson- 2019: Alabama
  15. Keanu Neal- 2016: Falcons
  16. Obi Melifonwu- 2017:
  17. Terrell Edmunds- 2018: Pittsburgh 1(28)
  18. Damarious Randall- 2015: Packers
  19. Su’a Cravens- 2016:
  20. Karl Joseph- 2016: Raiders 1

Anaylsis: I have Nasir Adderley as a Top 10 overall prospect…not many others do, but I’ll plant my flag on his potential as a prospect…I don’t have him on my Top tier at the Safety position however…that position is reserved for the duo of Jamal Adams and Derwin James—they have a slightly higher grade than what I am giving Nasir Adderley, who is on the Malik Hooker, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Landon Collins second tier…Justin Reid may seem out of place, but I had a really high grade on him a season ago, and was very surprised to see him fall all the way to the 3rd round…I am falling in love with this safety class…the class that the 2019 version reminds me of the most—2007: Laron Landry, Michael Griffin, Reggie Nelson, and Brandon Meriweather were 1st rounders that I really liked at the time…I have late 1st round grades on Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Johnathan Abram, Taylor Rapp, and Deionte Thompson…

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