Published On: Mon, Apr 30th, 2018

Future stars: The top 25 prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft

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The 2018 NFL Draft may have finished just two days ago, but in true Bill Belichick fashion, we’re looking ahead to 2019.

As teams focus on the upcoming season, the scouting departments remain zoned in on the college ranks to find the next big thing. While the 2018 draft was loaded with quarterbacks, it is defensive line prospects that represent an embarrassment of riches for next year’s event.

Here are the early top 25 prospects for the 2019 draft.

1. DE Nick Bosa – Ohio State

The younger brother of Joey Bosa might be even better than the prolific Chargers star – quite a statement considering the elder Bosa has 23 sacks through two NFL seasons. The only question is whether Nick can go before his sibling, who was taken third overall in 2016.

2. DT Ed Oliver – Houston

If you like Ndamukong Suh then you’re gonna love Oliver, as the Houston defensive tackle possesses the same game-breaking abilities as the NFL standout.

3. DT Dexter Lawrence – Clemson

Lawrence benefits from playing on a stacked defensive line at Clemson but is an absolute menace on the interior who ruins the opposing offensive line in both run and pass protection.

4. OT Jonah Williams – Alabama

The 6-foot-5, 301-pound Williams has been a star for Alabama since stepping on campus for the 2016 campaign. The best offensive lineman in the draft will immediately be the anchor wherever he ends up.

5. DT Rashan Gary – Michigan

After arriving on campus as the most-hyped recruit from Jim Harbaugh’s tenure at Michigan, Gary‘s athleticism will have teams falling over one another to draft him high next April.

6. QB Drew Lock – Missouri

Lock led the nation with 44 touchdown passes last season and the Missouri man enters the 2018 season as the top-ranked passer on the board.

7. WR A.J. Brown – Ole Miss

At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Brown will cause matchup nightmares for NFL cornerbacks. The Ole Miss star is as dangerous in the open field as any player in the country.

8. DT Raekwon Davis – Alabama

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Alabama has produced a top-15-caliber defensive lineman. Davis is the latest out of the Crimson Tide factory to dominate at the position and will carry those skills into NFL.

9. DE Clelin Ferrell – Clemson

Ferrell‘s production on Clemson’s incredible defensive line has been outstanding the last two seasons, as the redshirt junior has combined for 15.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss.

10. OT Greg Little – Ole Miss

The top-ranked offensive tackle in his recruiting class has met all expectations through two seasons with Ole Miss. A freakish athlete at 6-foot-2 and 333 pounds, Little could anchor an NFL offensive line.

11. DE Zach Allen – Boston College

With 25.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons, Allen is among the nation’s premier run-stopping defensive ends. If he’s able to add more pass-rushing skills to his game, he could be a terror.

12. CB Greedy Williams – LSU

Williams burst onto the scene with an SEC-best six picks last season and could fly up the board with another strong season at LSU.

13. CB DeAndre Baker – Georgia

Baker will likely challenge Williams for the top cornerback pick and could provide an instant impact in the slot at NFL level.

14. OT Trey Adams – Washington

A torn ACL kept Adams from jumping to the NFL for the 2018 season, but the monstrous Washington tackle could be the first player at his position off the board if he returns strong.

15. QB Jarrett Stidham – Auburn

Stidham operates primarily out of a spread-based attack, but recent trends show the NFL doesn’t necessarily perceive that negatively anymore. The Auburn pivot completed 67 percent of his passes while tossing just four picks last season.

16. QB Justin Herbert – Oregon

The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder is an incredibly accurate passer who can also keep the defense honest with his legs. If Herbert can stay healthy in 2018, he could be the first quarterback taken.

17. DT Christian Wilkins – Clemson

In a different year, Wilkins would probably be the first defensive lineman off the board, but with such a deep draft at the position, he will probably still be available late in the first round. As the above video shows, the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder is freakishly flexible for a man of his size.

18. LB Anfernee Jennings – Alabama

Provided Jennings can fully recover from a knee injury suffered last season, the Alabama linebacker should be a Day 1 NFL starter thanks to a well-rounded skill set.

19. OT David Edwards – Wisconsin

Wisconsin offensive linemen have an excellent track record in the NFL and Edwards is set to continue that trend in 2019.

20. WR Ahmmon Richards – Miami

Richards has battled injuries throughout his career at Miami, but when healthy he’s among the best big-play threats in the country.

21. G Beau Benzschawel – Wisconsin

The 2018 draft showed the NFL values the guard position higher than in past years and Benzschawel more than warrants a first-round selection.

22. LB Josh Allen – Kentucky

This year’s draft saw quarterback Josh Allen selected in the first round, and his Kentucky linebacker namesake could make it two years in a row. Allen is comfortable playing both inside or outside, which is very beneficial at the pro level.

23. RB David Montgomery – Iowa State

There is no Saquon Barkley among the next crop but Montgomery is a very solid player at the running back position. The Iowa State star is a treat in both the running and passing attack and should be a Day 1 contributor at pro level.

24. QB Will Grier – West Virginia

Grier is one of the most electrifying players in college football and would immediately energize any NFL fan base. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder tossed 34 touchdowns last season despite missing almost three full games.

25. WR David Sills – West Virginia

Sills is automatic in the red zone, leading the country with 18 receiving touchdowns last season. He’s also more than adept at stretching the field, averaging almost 17 yards per catch.

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