2019 NFL Draft: Top Ranked DEs
This class is very deep and has talent at every level. The top five players are all first round picks. Then there’s the next tier of about fourteen players that we will see go between the end of the first and the end of the third – starting at Brian Burns and going down to L.J. Collier and Shareef Miller. The last tier is incredibly deep compared with some other position groups. From the fourth to the seventh rounds we’ll see defensive ends come off the board at regular intervals.
1. Nick Bosa, Ohio State, 6-4/266
Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Joey Bosa, Nick looks to be the most polished and NFL ready pass rusher of the bunch. Has exceptional short area quickness and excellent low body strength.
2. Josh Allen, Kentucky, 6-5/262
Allen could play end or linebacker at the next level and may be asked to do a combination of the two. Uses his physical tools to his advantage. Understands when to use speed, when to use his length, or when to use a counter move. Some experts have listed Allen going number one overall in the draft.
3. Montez Sweat, Mississippi, 6-6/260
This guy just doesn’t stop. He lit it up at the Senior Bowl. He was the toast of the weekend. Then the comes to the NFL Scouting Combine and runs a 4.41 forty, a 36 vertical and a 7.0 3-cone shuttle at 260 pounds. He understands leverage and angels and maximizes his potential at every opportunity. I think we’ll hear Sweat’s name called before Rashan Gary’s on draft day.
4. Rashan Gary, Michigan, 6-4/277
Gary is a physical specimen with outstanding upper and lower body strength. He can play outside or inside, and most likely will, depending on the down. Shows quickness off the ball and backside speed to track plays down. Has always had superior physical talent and may have to work harder at the next level. Smart player that understands the game.
5. Clelin Ferrell, Clemson, 6-4/264
In just about any other year, we would be talking about Ferrell being the best defensive end in the class and near the top of every draft board — that’s just how deep this year’s defensive end class truly is. He looks pro ready and should have an outstanding rookie season.
6. Brian Burns, Florida State, 6-5/249
Burns will have to grow into the NFL. He’ll need to get bigger, but he’s got the traits scouts seek. Tall and lanky, cat-quick first step, good bend and long arms. He could end up being a boom-or-bust player, but he’s certainly worth the gamble.
7. Jochai Polite, Florida, 6-3/258
Polite has been working to rehab his reputation after turning numerous teams off during the Scouting Combine interview process. At one time he was being talked about as a potential first round pick. So, he has too much talent to ignore and some team will give him a second chance.
8. Austin Bryant, Clemson, 6-4/271
Has good burst off the line. Uses his long arms to punch and has a variety of hand techniques. Shows good bend and understands leverage. Played with a talented group and didn’t need to be the star – but understood his role in the scheme.
9. Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech, 6-4/256
He’s a downhill pass rusher. Has above average ball get off. Uses his hand well. Understands angles and has good balance. Doesn’t show up much in the run game. Ferguson did not light it up at his Pro Day. He didn’t stand out during Senior Bowl week.
10. Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion, 6-3/253
Was the darling of football writers earlier this year. Ximines has spent a lot of time in the backfield of the opposing team. Didn’t face top notch competition and lined up over the right tackle the majority of the time. His specialty has been the speed rush and he might fit best as a situational third down specialist.
OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
- Anthony Nelson, Iowa, 6-7/271
- Joe Jackson, Miami, 6-4/275
- Chase Winovich, Michigan, 6-3/256
- Malik Carney, No. Carolina, 6-2/251
- Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State, 6-3/252
- Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan, 6-5/255
- Markus Jones, Angelo State, 6-3/260
- L.J. Collier, TCU, 6-2/283
- Sheriff Miller, Penn State, 6-4/254
- Justin Hollins, Oregon, 6-5/248
- Carl Granderson, Wyoming, 6-5/254
- Charles Omenihu, Texas, 6-5/280
- John Cominsky, Charleston, 6-5/286
- Porter Gustin, USC, 6-4/255
- Jalen Jelks, Oregon, 6-6/246
- Gerri Green, Mississippi State 6-4/250
- Kyle Phillips, Tennessee, 6-4/277
- Derick Roberson, Sam Houston State, 6-4/250
- Cece Jefferson, Florida, 6-1/266
- Wyatt Ray, Boston College, 6-3/257
- Dare Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt, 6-2/262
- Darryl Johnson, NC A&T, 6-6/253
- Mike Onuho, Texas A&M Commerce, 6-5/255
- Adonis Davis, Florida Tech, 6-3/260
- Iseoluwapo Jegede, Valdosta State, 6-5/273
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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.