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2019 NFL Draft: Ranking the top 200 prospects

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With the draft just three days away, let’s take a look at the best 200 prospects this year’s class has to offer.

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Quinnen Williams is among the blue-chip prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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Happy draft week, everyone!

The 2019 NFL Draft kicks off in three days—or four days, for Chicago Bears fans. Though the Bears don’t have a pick until No. 87, there is still a lot of intrigue surrounding what their plans might be this year. General manager Ryan Pace has made several great selections on the third day of the draft, but with all but one of his picks being in Rounds 4 or later this year, he will have to rely heavily on his ability to find late-round gems.

As a self-proclaimed draft nerd, I have been preparing for this weekend since last April, which is pretty sad. What isn’t sad, however, is the size of my draft board as a result of this work. From the Alabamas and Ohio States of the country to small schools like Lehigh, Elon and Slippery Rock, my board carries a diverse group of prospects from many different backgrounds.

With that slight flex out of the way, I present to you my top 200 prospects for this year’s NFL Draft.

2019 NFL Draft Top 200

Ranking Name School Positional Ranking
Ranking Name School Positional Ranking
1 Nick Bosa Ohio State EDGE1
2 Quinnen Wiliams Alabama DL1
3 Josh Allen Kentucky EDGE2
4 Clelin Ferrell Clemson EDGE3
5 Devin White LSU LB1
6 Cody Ford Oklahoma iOL1
7 Ed Oliver Houston DL2
8 Jonah Williams Alabama OT1
9 Greedy Williams LSU CB1
10 T.J. Hockenson Iowa TE1
11 D.K. Metcalf Ole Miss WR1
12 Rashan Gary Michigan EDGE4
13 Josh Jacobs Alabama RB1
14 Noah Fant Iowa TE2
15 Dalton Risner Kansas State iOL2
16 Garrett Bradbury North Carolina State iOL3
17 Byron Murphy Washington CB2
18 Julian Love Notre Dame CB3
19 N'Keal Harry Arizona State WR2
20 Jerry Tillery Notre Dame DL3
21 Montez Sweat Mississippi State EDGE5
22 Jeffery Simmons Mississippi State DL4
23 Brian Burns Florida State EDGE6
24 Christian Wilkins Clemson DL5
25 Nasir Adderley Delaware SAF1
26 Mack Wilson Alabama LB2
27 Hakeem Butler Iowa State WR3
28 Devin Bush Michigan LB3
29 Kelvin Harmon North Carolina State WR4
30 David Montgomery Iowa State RB2
31 Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Florida SAF2
32 Marquise Brown Oklahoma WR5
33 Kyler Murray Oklahoma QB1
34 Jawaan Taylor Florida OT2
35 Amani Hooker Iowa SAF3
36 A.J. Brown Ole Miss WR6
37 Juan Thornhill Virginia SAF4
38 Miles Sanders Penn State RB3
39 Riley Ridley Georgia WR7
40 Oshane Ximines Old Dominion EDGE7
41 Deebo Samuel South Carolina WR8
42 Chase Winovich Michigan EDGE8
43 Damien Harris Alabama RB4
44 Dwayne Haskins Ohio State QB2
45 Darnell Savage Jr. Maryland SAF5
46 Erik McCoy Texas A&M iOL4
47 Connor McGovern Penn State iOL5
48 Charles Omenihu Texas DL6
49 DeAndre Baker Georgia CB4
50 Kahale Warring San Diego State TE3
51 Darrell Henderson Memphis RB5
52 Amani Oruwariye Penn State CB5
53 Parris Campbell Ohio State WR9
54 Jachai Polite Florida EDGE9
55 Greg Little Ole Miss OT3
56 J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Stanford WR10
57 Irv Smith Jr. Alabama TE4
58 Taylor Rapp Washington SAF6
59 Dexter Lawrence Clemson DL7
60 Christian Miller Alabama EDGE10
61 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DL8
62 Jace Sternberger Texas A&M TE5
63 Jaquan Johnson Miami (FL) SAF7
64 Cameron Smith USC LB4
65 Khalen Saunders Western Illinois DL9
66 Chris Lindstrom Boston College iOL6
67 Andre Dillard Washington State OT4
68 Trayvon Mullen Clemson CB6
69 Deionte Thompson Alabama SAF8
70 Zach Allen Boston College DL10
71 Devin Singletary Florida Atlantic RB6
72 Drew Lock Missouri QB3
73 Joe Jackson Miami (FL) EDGE11
74 Rock Ya-Sin Temple CB7
75 DaMarkus Lodge Ole Miss WR11
76 Hunter Renfrow Clemson WR12
77 Bruce Anderson North Dakota State RB7
78 Tyree Jackson Buffalo QB4
79 Joe Giles-Harris Duke LB5
80 Marvell Tell III USC SAF9
81 Daylon Mack Texas A&M DL11
82 Yodny Cajuste West Virginia OT5
83 Justin Hollins Oregon EDGE12
84 Ben Banogu TCU EDGE13
85 Emanuel Hall Missouri WR13
86 Ross Pierschbacher Alabama iOL7
87 Te’Von Coney Notre Dame LB6
88 Dru Samia Oklahoma iOL8
89 Devine Ozigbo Nebraska RB8
90 Terry McLaurin Ohio State WR14
91 Anthony Johnson Buffalo WR15
92 Andy Isabella UMass WR16
93 Justice Hill Oklahoma State RB9
94 Michael Jordan Ohio State iOL9
95 Trayveon Williams Texas A&M RB10
96 Daniel Jones Duke QB5
97 Josh Oliver San Jose State TE6
98 Michael Deiter Wisconsin OT6
99 Isaiah Prince Ohio State OT7
100 Dennis Daley South Carolina iOL10
101 Tytus Howard Alabama State OT8
102 Dawson Knox Ole Miss TE7
103 D’Andre Walker Georgia EDGE14
104 Justin Layne Michigan State CB8
105 Blake Cashman Minnesota LB7
106 Isaiah Johnson Houston CB9
107 Johnathan Abram Mississippi State SAF10
108 Elgton Jenkins Mississippi State iOL11
109 Stanley Morgan Jr. Nebraska WR17
110 Felton Davis III Michigan State WR18
111 Jalen Jelks Oregon EDGE15
112 Myles Gaskin Washington RB11
113 David Long Michigan CB10
114 James Williams Washington State RB12
115 Vosean Joseph Florida LB8
116 Rodney Anderson Oklahoma RB13
117 Gerald Willis III Miami (FL) DL12
118 Daniel Wise Kansas DL13
119 Hjalte Froholdt Arkansas iOL12
120 Kaleb McGary Washington OT9
121 Ben Powers Oklahoma iOL13
122 Trysten Hill UCF DL14
123 Carl Granderson Wyoming EDGE16
124 T.J. Edwards Wisconsin LB9
125 Michael Jackson Miami (FL) CB11
126 Ryan Finley North Carolina State QB6
127 Benny Snell Jr. Kentucky RB14
128 Terronne Prescod North Carolina State iOL14
129 Jordan Brailford Oklahoma State EDGE17
130 Dakota Allen Texas Tech LB10
131 Germaine Pratt North Carolina State LB11
132 Tyre Brady Marshall WR19
133 Jalen Hurd Baylor WR20
134 Lukas Denis Boston College SAF11
135 Ricky Walker Viginia Tech DL15
136 Sean Bunting Central Michigan CB12
137 Jaylon Ferguson Louisiana Tech EDGE18
138 David Edwards Wisconsin OT10
139 Anthony Nelson Iowa EDGE19
140 Dexter Williams Notre Dame RB15
141 Jahlani Tavai Hawaii LB12
142 David Sills V West Virginia WR21
143 Travis Fulgham Old Dominion WR22
144 Austin Bryant Clemson EDGE20
145 Joejuan Williams Vanderbilt CB13
146 Renell Wren Arizona State DL16
147 LJ Collier TCU EDGE21
148 Bobby Evans Oklahoma OT11
149 Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin iOL15
150 Foster Moreau LSU TE8
151 Antoine Wesley Texas Tech WR23
152 Tony Pollard Memphis RB16
153 Armon Watts Arkansas DL17
154 Shaq Calhoun Mississippi State iOL16
155 Tim Harris Virginia CB14
156 Sutton Smith Northern Illinois EDGE22
157 Phil Haynes Wake Forest iOL17
158 Jakobi Meyers North Carolina State WR24
159 Penny Hart Georgia State WR25
160 Brett Rypien Boise State QB7
161 Terrill Hanks New Mexico State LB13
162 Jamal Davis II Akron EDGE23
163 Karan Higdon Michigan RB17
164 Diontae Johnson Toledo WR26
165 Jonathan Ledbetter Georgia DL18
166 JoJo McIntosh Washington SAF12
167 Travis Homer Miami (FL) RB18
168 Jamal Custis Syracuse WR27
169 Kendall Joseph Clemson LB14
170 Nate Herbig Stanford iOL18
171 Mike Bell Fresno State SAF13
172 Jalin Moore Appalachian State RB19
173 Saquan Hampton Rutgers SAF14
174 Darwin Thompson Utah State RB20
175 KeeSean Johnson Fresno State WR28
176 Khalil Hodge Buffalo LB15
177 Mike Weber Ohio State RB21
178 Jaylen Brown Louisville WR29
179 Dillon Mitchell Oregon WR30
180 Gardner Minshew II Washington State QB8
181 Gary Jennings Jr. West Virginia WR31
182 Mitch Hyatt Clemson OT12
183 Qadree Ollison Pittsburgh RB22
184 Will Grier West Virginia QB9
185 Bryce Love Stanford RB23
186 Mecole Hardman Georgia WR32
187 Xavier Crawford Central Michigan CB15
188 Dax Raymond Utah State TE9
189 Michael Dogbe Temple DL19
190 Kendall Sheffield Ohio State CB16
191 Jordan Brown South Dakota State CB17
192 Miles Boykin Notre Dame WR33
193 Wyatt Ray Boston College EDGE24
194 Alize Mack Notre Dame TE10
195 Lamont Gaillard Georgia iOL19
196 Mark Fields Clemson CB18
197 Easton Stick North Dakota State QB10
198 Garrett Brumfield LSU iOL20
199 Will Harris Boston College SAF15
200 Ryquell Armstead Temple RB24
2019 NFL Draft Top 200 Jacob Infante

Takeaways

Defensive linemen galore

Edge rushers and interior defensive linemen take up 43 of the top 200 spots on my board, which checks out to roughly 22 percent. They also take up five of my top 10 spots, and 11 of my top 25 spots. Needless to say, this is a good year to need some beef up front.

The Bears won’t be able to select a pass rusher like Nick Bosa or Josh Allen, and they won’t be in the market to select a defensive linemen early this year, if at all. However, there are several edge rushers who could be available to be picked with one of their earlier selections. Oregon’s Justin Hollins, TCU’s Ben Banogu and Georgia’s D’Andre Walker jump out as athletic prospects with starter upside. If you’re looking for more polish than athleticism, then players like Oregon’s Jalen Jelks and TCU’S LJ Collier could be possibilities. Northern Illinois’ Sutton Smith and Akron’s Jamal Davis II are undersized, but athletic and productive rushers who could be valuable special teams players.

Aaron Lynch is back in the fold as a rotational pass rusher, but he’s only on a one-year deal, and Leonard Floyd is no guarantee to stick around in the long run. The remaining group at edge rusher—besides Khalil Mack, of course—has a combined one sack. For both immediate depth and long-term stability at the second-most important position in football, the Bears would be wise to consider drafting an edge rusher early.

Running back class is good, but not great

Fans of the draft have been spoiled in years past with the likes of Saquon Barkley, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley all being selected in the top 10 of their respective drafts. This year’s running back group doesn’t have any of those players, though Alabama’s Josh Jacobs does carry a first-round grade on my board. What this group does have, though, is depth: 24 running backs placed in my top 200.

The Bears have been linked to just about every draftable running back in this class, and they should have plenty of potential contributors to choose from in the third and fourth rounds. Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary, Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams and, if he falls, Memphis’ Darrell Henderson fit the bill as potential third-round targets. If Chicago opts to address another position in the third round, then Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill, Oklahoma’s Rodney Anderson and potentially the aforementioned Williams could be had in Round 4.

Despite a lack of top-end talent, this year’s group of running back prospects is heavy in talent on the second and third days of the draft, which bodes well for the Bears. They will be in great position to find great value with one of their earlier selections.

Deep receiving group

Wide receivers are among the most-drafted positions every year, which is no surprise, considering today’s NFL is a passing league and there are about five or six spots at the position on most teams’ 53-man rosters. What I found surprising, though, is how many good grades I gave out to receivers in this year’s draft class.

There are 16 wide receivers inside of my top 100 alone, as well as a whopping 33 in my top 200. From big-bodied, physical targets to smaller, shiftier wide outs, this class has a lot to like at receiver. The Bears are pretty well off at the position, as they have a steady trio in the starting lineup with Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller. With backups like Cordarrelle Patterson, Javon Wims and Marvin Hall in the fold, they have some pretty solid depth at the position, too.

If Chicago would be interested in adding some competition for Hall through the draft, then they would be wise to look for a smaller, more elusive receiver in the later rounds. This would compliment the size of Wims and the straight-line explosiveness of Patterson. Penny Hart from Georgia State would be an intriguing possibility, as would Toledo’s Diontae Johnson and Georgia’s Mecole Hardman, though the consensus opinion regarding the latter is higher than mine.

Secondary a primary in terms of depth

Though no safeties carry a first-round grade on my board this year, three cornerbacks managed to make the cut, and a total of 32 defensive backs made it into my top 200. There’s a chance that more will be selected in that span when the draft rolls around, but this year’s group has plenty of Day 3 talent.

Despite the additions of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Buster Skrine, defensive back remains one of the Bears’ biggest needs. They lack depth at the cornerback position, and long-term solutions at both nickelback and the press cornerback spot alongside Kyle Fuller are unclear. As far as press corners go, Michigan State’s Justin Layne and Houston’s Isaiah Johnson are raw, yet lengthy and athletic projects with high upside. Miami’s Michael Jackson serves as a more polished, albeit less athletic option, and Tim Harris from Virginia stands out as a deep sleeper with an injury history but fantastic measurables and testing numbers. While most of my nickelback prospects are either too high up for the Bears to draft or too low to make this list, Michigan’s David Long and Ohio State’s Kendall Sheffield stand out as possible draft picks.

As for safeties, the Bears will likely look more for strong safeties to complement Eddie Jackson’s rangy skill set. Amani Hooker from Iowa is an instinctive player who can hit hard and offer value in coverage, and Jaquan Johnson from Miami is a smaller, yet still physical safety prospect. Washington’s Taylor Rapp played free safety in college, but he could be a better fit as a strong safety at the next level, and he could be available due to his poor testing numbers. Rutgers’ Saquan Hampton and Boston College’s Will Harris could be late-round targets at the position, as well.