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Kickers and Punters: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked Kickers and Punters

Oklahoma’s Austin Seibert is the all-time scoring leader among kickers.

***Updated April 18, 2019***

KICKERS

  1. Austin Seibert, Oklahoma, 5-9/207
  2. Cole Tracy, LSU, 5-11/190
  3. Matt Gay, Utah, 6-0/228
  4. Casey Bednarski, Minnesota State, 6-1/216
  5. Marc Orozco, Grambling, 5-9/170
  6. Bryce Crawford, San Jose State, 6-3/223
  7. Cole Hedlund, North Texas, 5-10/166
  8. Matthew Wright, UCF, 5-10/180
  9. Chase McLaughlin, Illinois, 5-10/180
  10. Roldan Alcobendas, Eastern Washington, 6-0/175
  11. Nathan Mesher, Wilfrid Laurier, 5-11/190
  12. Cade Stinnett, Jacksonville State, 6-1/270

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PUNTERS

  1. Jack Fox, Rice, 6-2/215
  2. Jake Bailey, Stanford, 6-1/197
  3. Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah, 6-2/220
  4. A.J. Cole, NC State, 6-2/230
  5. Drew Galitz, Baylor, 5-11/212
  6. Zach Sinor, Oklahoma State, 5-10/223
  7. Stefan Flintoft, UCLA, 6-3/187
  8. Eric Williams, Montana, 5-10/192
  9. McKinley Loudermilk, Central Florida, 5-11/221
  10. Bryce Crawford, San Jose State, 6-2/227

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Quarterbacks: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Rated QBs

Haskins is expected to be the first quarterback off the board.
Photo: Eleven Warriors

1. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, 6-3/231

He set a Big-10 record by passing for more yards than Drew Brees. He also threw for 50 touchdowns. He looks very comfortable in the pocket and seems to have a natural feel for the game. Quick release and really drives the ball down field. Reads the field well and is accurate. Mechanics are clean, but sometimes drops his arm creating errant throws. Haskins is still learning the game. With good coaching he has a high ceiling.

2. Drew Lock, Missouri, 6-4/228

There are something you just can’t coach, and one of them is arm-strength. Lock has the best arm in the class. Lock’s throwing motion resemble a Major League pitcher. He really torques that elbow and has a lot of range in his shoulder. Has four-years of playing experience against top level competition. Could start right away at the next level.

3. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, 5-10/205

Murray is the wild-card in the draft. In 2018, he won the Heisman and Davey O’Brien Awards – widely considered the best player in college football. Opted for the NFL over the MLB. When you watch his throwing mechanics, you can see that baseball background in his throwing motion – look like a third baseman throwing it to first. Has a very quick release and nice touch on the ball – especially, the deep ball. Murray expects to be a day one starter, after all, he didn’t skip a professional baseball career to ride the pine.

4. Daniel Jones, Duke, 6-5/221

A protégé of coach David Cutcliffe, Jones knows his X’s and O’s. His experience playing in a pro-style offense has helped him prepare for the next level. Has good arm strength, but not top-notch. Releases ball at it’s high point. Could start right away at the next level, but might benefit by not being asked to do too much in his first season.

5. Ryan Finley, North Carolina State, 6-4/213

Finley is a cerebral quarterback, who throws the ball with a soft touch. He makes smart decisions and plays mistake free football. Doesn’t take unnecessary sacks or throw into tight windows when he can check the ball down.

6. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo, 6-7/240

This guy has the physical traits some team will fall in love with. At 6′ 7″, he ran a 4.59 forty. He gets tons of rotations on the ball as it zips out of his hand. Not a runner, but if pushed out of the pocket, he has a quick reset allowing him to get the ball off quickly. He keeps his eyes downfield and is really accurate in the intermediate range. Has a lot of potential, but will need good coaching to fix some mechanical issues which cause him to over/under throw too many passes.

7. Will Grier, West Virginia, 6-2/217

Played in a wide open gun-slinger style of offense that showcased the best of his skills. Even though the Pro game is changing, you still need to play from under center. He bring enthusiasm to the field and is a natural leader. If a team seeks intangibles, this guy has them.

8. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn, 6-2/218

Stidham can make all of the throw, but doesn’t make them consistently. He threw a lot of dink-and-dunk passes at Auburn. Didn’t play under center. So there’s going to be a curve for him too.

9. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern, 6-4/222

Thorson has the size and arm strength every scout is looking for. He won 27 games over his career and took Northwestern to the Big-10 Championship game last year. Had shoulder surgery prior to the 2018 season.

10. Brett Rypien, Boise State, 6-2/210

Rypien is getting plenty of looks leading up to the draft. A four-year starter known for his football IQ and preparation. Doesn’t have a rocket arm, but is accurate and doesn’t make costly mistakes.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Devlin Hodges, Samford, 6-1/205
  2. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State, 6-5/226
  3. Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi, 6-3/221
  4. Gardner Minshew, Washington State, 6-1/225
  5. Easton Stick, North Dakota State, 6-1/224
  6. Trace McSorley, Penn State, 6-0/202
  7. Kyle Shurmer, Vanderbilt, 6-4/230
  8. Jake Browning, Washington, 6-2/211
  9. Justice Hansen, Arkansas State, 6-4/2018
  10. Wilton Speight, UCLA, 6-6/240
  11. Tony Cornelius, Oklahoma State, 6-6/232
  12. Taryn Christion So. Dakota State 6-2/220
  13. Bart Williams, Grand Valley State, 6-6/225
  14. John Lovett, Princeton, 6-3/230
  15. Jake Dolegala, Central Connecticut State, 6-6/235

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Fullbacks: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked FBs

Wisconsin Badgers fullback Alec Ingold (45) breaks a long run during an college football game against the New Mexico Lobos. Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire

1. Alec Ingold, Indiana, 6-2/248

Jim Nagy, who is the executive director of the Senior Bowl and spent 18 years in the NFL as a scout, tweeted that event organizers polled more than half the NFL teams about Ingold during the roster building process for the game.  “Ingold had a draftable grade from every club,” Nagy said. “Which is rare these days at the fullback position.”

2. Trevon Wesco, West Virginia, 6-4/270

Played tight-end, so he can block, run routes, and catch the ball. Was a WV all-state basketball player at Inwood H.S.

3. George Aston, Pittsburgh, 6-2/250

Aston takes a lot of pride in this strength and blocking ability. Has a little Jon Ritchie in him.

4. Darnell Woolfolk, Army, 5-9/240

Woolfolk was a battering-ram in Army’s triple option attack. He rushed for 2,297 yards and scored 37 touchdowns in his Army career.

5. Joe Protheroe, Cal-Poly, 6-0/230

Rushed for 4,721 yards and 35 touchdowns in his career. Averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Will transition to fullback at the next level.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Kendrick Igbinoba, Adams State, 6-2/245
  2. Trayone Gray, Miami, 6-1/240
  3. Chandler Cox, Auburn, 6-1/240
  4. Brad May, Weber State, 5-11/235
  5. Winston Dimel, UTEP, 6-0/35
  6. Andre Stoddard, Wofford, 5-10/240
  7. Sam Seonbuchner, Iowa State, 6-2/230
  8.  Cal Daniels, Stony Brook, 6-2/255
  9. Malik Morris, California, 5-11/290
  10. Johnathan Vickers Florida State 6-1/241

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Running Backs: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked RBs

There isn’t a lot of top-end speed in this class. There’s not a lot of bruising runners either. This seems like a very average overall class. None sticks out as particularly special, there’s no star player in this group. However, for the lack for top-end talent, this class is fairly solid all the way down the list. The player selected in the fifth round has about the same chance to make a team as the player selected in the second round.

Jacobs came on strong in the big games when it mattered most.
Photo: John David Mercer/USATODAYSports

1. Josh Jacobs, Alabama, 5-10/220

Jacobs became Alabama’s go-to all-around back. They used him as a return man, a slot receiver, and running back used in a variety of ways. Shows good vision, balance, and decision making when running the ball.

2. Miles Sanders, Penn State, 5-11/211

A protégé of Saquon Barkley, Sanders has worked diligently over the past year to become stronger, quicker, faster, and just overall better. His workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, prove he can do what he sets his mind to accomplish. North-South runner that spring it from between the tackles. Has experience as a return man. Has good upside. Needs to be a better blocker.

3. Darrell Henderson, Memphis, 5-8/208

Henderson averaged, something like, 8 yards per carry over his career at Memphis. That’s just crazy. Henderson doesn’t have great speed, but he is fast enough. His real strength is his vision, his ability to read blocks and leverage his angles.

4. Damien Harris, Alabama, 5-10/216

Harris was Alabama’s workhorse. He’s the big powerful back that you can pound the ball with. Has good vision, trusts his eyes and takes what is given. Also has the ability to catch it out of the backfield. He’d fit best with a team that likes to establish the run.

5. Dexter Williams, Notre Dame, 5-11/212

Williams has good footwork, is patient as he presses to the line, trusts his eyes, and then exploded. Good cut-back runner, smooth acceleration, takes what is given.

6. David Montgomery, Iowa State, 5-10/222

Montgomery is shifty and has excellent vision. He won’t have breakaway speed at the next level. So, he’s in the mold of a Matt Forte or Kareem Hunt – both productive NFL players. Did not test well, only had a 4.63 forty and 28.5 vertical. He’s patients and follows his blocks, but doesn’t always make the best decision on where to go with the ball.

7. Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic, 5-7/203

Singletary is a touchdown scoring machine. He crossed the goal line 67 times during his career – mostly do to his shifty moves. Shows good balance upon contact and has the ability to plant his foot and change direction. Played inferior competition and has 765 plays from scrimmage. His best asset is his quickness.

8. Ryquell Armstead, Temple, 5-11/220

Armstead has been getting more and more attention since the season ended. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl, and then ran a 4.45 forty at 220 pounds at the Combine. Armstead’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is helping his cause.

9. Travis Homer, Florida, 5-10/201

Miami’s Travis Homer is another running back that helped himself at the Combine with a good outing. He ran a 4.48 with a 39.5 vertical and 130 broad jump.

10. Justice Hill, Oklahoma State, 5-10/198

Played in an RPO offense, so he’ll fit right in with the modern NFL. Hill has plenty of speed and accelerates on the dime. Good balance and elusive. Excellent lower body strength to shed tackles and fight for extra yards, despite being under 200 pounds.

11. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M, 5-8/206

Williams has been quietly moving up draft boards. He has good vision and lateral agility, finds the hole and burst through it. He has outstanding balance and isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder. Scored 19 touchdowns last year, one being for 93 yards.

12. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma, 6-0/224

Anderson doesn’t waste any motion, he goes straight to the hole. Has vision to see crease, gets skinny, and slide out the other side. Good feet in space. Very good in pass protection. Has missed a lot of time due to injury – medical will have to check out.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Bryce Love, Stanford, 5-9/200
  2. Alex Barnes, Kansas State, 6-0/226
  3. Karan Higdon, Michigan, 5-9/206
  4. Kerrith Whyte, Florida Atlantic, 5-10/200
  5. L.J. Scott, Michigan State, 6-0/227
  6. Alexander Mattison, Boise State, 5-11/221
  7. Mike Weber, Ohio State, 5-11/212
  8. Divine Ozigbo, Nebraska, 5-11/222
  9. Myles Gaskin, Washington, 5-9/205
  10. Jordan Scarlett, Florida, 5-11/208
  11. Benny Snell, Kentucky, 5-10/223
  12. Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh, 6-1/228
  13. Patrick Laird, California, 5-11/205
  14. Tony Pollard, Memphis, 6-0/210
  15. Darwin Thompson, Utah State, 5-8/190
  16. Jordan Ellis, Virginia, 5-9/225
  17. Jalin Moore, Appalachian State, 5-10/212
  18. Wes Hills, Slippery Rock, 6-1/218
  19. Jon Hillman, Rutgers, 5-11/216
  20. David Hamm, McNeese State, 6-0/222
  21. James Washington, Washington State, 5-9/197
  22. Darrin Hall, Pittsburgh, 5-11/220
  23. Damarea Crockett, Missouri, 5-10/224
  24. Nico Evans, Wyoming, 5-9/199
  25. Ryan Fulse, Wagner 5-11/195
  26. Matt Colburn II, Wake Forest, 5-7/206
  27. Lexington Thomas, UNLV, 5-8/175
  28. Marquis Young, UMass, 6-1/210
  29. Bruce Anderson, No. Dakota State, 5-11/211
  30. Nick Brossette, LSU, 5-11/209

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE | MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Wide Receivers: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked WRs

The wide receiver class has plenty of speed. D.K. Metcalf ran a 4.33; Parris Campbell ran a 4.31; Emanuel Hall ran a 4.39; and Mecole Hardman and Terry McLauren also ran in the 4.3’s. Marquise Brown, who is recovering from an injury, didn’t run – but is said to run a sub 4.3.

This class is solid and deep alway the down, at every level. If you want speed, but don’t want to spend a top pick, try Jeff Smith of Boston College – Smith ran a 4.34 at his Pro Day. David Sills was a touchdown machine in West Virginia and will be a great mid-to-late-round pick up. Overall, a lot to like about this class.

If his medical checks out, Metcalf could be the first WR taken in the draft. He’s big, raw, athletic and has all the measurables teams fall in love with.
Photo: Matt Bush/USA TODAY Sports

1. D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi, 6-3/228

Metcalf is a monster. He ran a blazing 4.33 at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 1.53 split. Just line him up and send him deep. The speed alone will keep any defense honest. Along with the speed, he’s big and physical. He’s a bit raw, but just that much more to work with.

2. Parris Campbell, Ohio State, 6-0/205

Campbell ran a 4.31 at the combine, pushing him up the boards. When you look at the success Carolina is having with Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel, Campbell’s going to go in the first round.

3. A.J. Brown, Mississippi, 6-0/226

Brown is Mississippi’s all-time leader in receiving yards. He can line up anywhere on the field. Reliable hands and knows how to create separation from defenders. May be the most polished receiver in this class.

4. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma, 5-9/166

Didn’t work out at the combine, so we are waiting to see his 40 time. Word is he’ll be the fastest guy coming out. The fastest time at the combine was a 4.29, so if Brown breaks that someone will grab him in the first two rounds. I don’t recall a receiver this highly rated, and this small, since Todd Pinkston in 2000. Pinkston was 6-3/167 and went in the second round.

5. Emanuel Hall, Missouri, 6-2/201

Rare athlete with track background. Has speed and quickness to make his a doubly dangerous. Can leap high for the jump ball. Injuries have been a concern during his career.

6. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 5-11/214

During the Senior Bowl, Samuel really raised his draft status. Several scouts said that Samuel was playing at the higher level than everyone else. He can also double as a return man.

7. N’Keal Harry, Arizona State, 6-2/228

Harry looks the part. He’s tall. He’s fast. Physically, he’s chiseled. Has strong hands to grab the contested balls. Like Metcalf, he’s still raw and has a lot of potential to build upon. Was a good return man at ASU.

8. Miles Boykin, Notre Dame, 6-4/220

Big-bodied receiver with rare size and strength. Good hands and willing to fight for the ball. Came out early, so with good coaching he’ll just get better and better.

9. Hakeem Butler, Iowa State, 6-5/227

Bulter has averaged 19.5 yards per catch over his three-year career at Iowa State. Uses his height and size to box out like a basketball player. Very good and going up and winning the contested ball.

10. Mecole Hardman, Georgia, 5-10/187

Hardman will make a good third receiver to start his career. With 4.33 speed and excellent return skills, look for Hardman to come off the board early. Still a bit raw, so plenty of upside.

11. Terry McLauren, Ohio State, 6-0/208

McLauren has used the post-season to move up draft board with steady and impressive performances. He wrapped up a solid week at the Senior Bowl with an impressive game. His 4.35 will certainly entice teams too.

12. Riley Ridley, Georgia, 6-1/199

Younger brother of Calvin Ridley. Excels are reading coverages and exploiting them. Considered the draft’s best route runner. He’s not going to “wow” you, but he’ll make the kind of catches that keep the chains moving. Doesn’t get the separation you’d like to see, and not fast.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo, 6-2/209
  2. Andy Isabella, UMass, 5-9/188
  3. Daruis Slayton, Auburn, 6-1/190
  4. Morgan Stanley, Nebraska, 6-1/201
  5. Diontae Johnson, Toledo, 5-10/183
  6. Dillon Mitchell, Oregon, 6-1/197
  7. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford 6-2/225
  8. Kelvin Harmon, NC State, 6-2/221
  9. Johnny Dixon, Ohio State, 5-10/201
  10. Ashton Dulin, Malone, 6-1/215
  11. Jalen Hurd, Baylor, 6-5/226
  12. Keelan Doss, UC Davis, 6-2/211
  13. Gary Jennings, West Virginia, 6-1/214
  14. Andre Lindsey, Sacramento State, 6-1/192
  15. David Sills, West Virginia, 6-3/211
  16. Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State, 6-5/227
  17. Jeff Smith, Boston College, 6-0/191
  18. Nick Easley, Iowa, 5-11/203
  19. Keesean Johnson, Fresno State, 6-1/201
  20. Terry Godwin, Georgia, 5-11/184
  21. DeMarkus Lodge, Mississippi, 6-2/202
  22. Jaylen Smith, Louisville, 6-2/219
  23. Alex Wesley, No. Colorado, 6-0/190
  24. Reggie White, Jr. Monmouth 6-3/210
  25. Hunter Renfro, Clemson, 5-10/184
  26. Emmanuel Butler, No. Iowa, 6-3/217
  27. Tyre Brady, Marshall, 6-3/211
  28. Preston Williams, Colorado State, 6-2/210
  29. DeAndre Tompkins, Penn State, 5-11/192
  30. Scott Miller, Bowling Green, 5-9/174

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Tight Ends: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked TEs

Hockenson is the most complete TE in the draft.
Photo: Nick Rohlman/Daily Iowan

1. T.J. Hockenson, Iowa, 6-5/251

Protoypical size for a tight end. Hockenson can play in-line and smash defenders with old school toughness. He’s athletic enough to line up in the slot or at halfback. His versatility is going to open up playbooks.

2. Noah Fant, Iowa, 6-4/249

Fant was the pre-season favorite to be the top TE in the draft, that is until his teammate came on like a freight train. But at the combine, Fant made a statement by running 4.5 forty, had a 6.81 3-cone, and an 11-49 90-yard shuttle – all best in his position group. That kind of athleticism goes early in the draft.

3. Irv Smith, Jr., Alabama, 6-2/242

Smith surprised a little, by coming in at 6′ 2″, he was a little shorter than anticipated. He ran a good 4.63 forty, but was only average in the rest of the drills. However, Smith comes from a football family and has football smarts. He knows how to create separation and has excellent hands. And he’s a good route runner. He’ll find his way on the field.

4. Kahale Warring, San Diego State, 6-5/252

Warring is a rare combination of size and athleticism. He’s still learning, but growing steadily. He didn’t play football until his senior year in high school. He was an all-league water polo goalie and basketball player at rural Sonora High in Northern California. He also competed on the cross country, swimming, soccer and tennis before trying his hand at football.

5. Dawson Knox, Mississippi, 6-4/254

Under utilized at Mississippi but for good reason, Knox was competing for catches with D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and DeMarkus Lodge. There just weren’t enough balls to go around on that offense. Displays good hands and athleticism. A bit raw, but has lots of upside.

6. Foster Moreau, LSU, 6-4/253

Played in a wide open gun-slinger style of offense that showcased the best of his skills. Even though the Pro game is changing, you still need to play from under center. He bring enthusiasm to the field and is a natural leader. If a team seeks intangibles, this guy has them.

7. Josh Oliver, San Diego State, 6-5/249

Oliver is capable of stretching the field. Has long arms and big mits which compliment his ability to track down the ball. A pretty good route runner and has shown the capacity to be an aggressive in-line blocker.

8. Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M, 6-4/251

Sternberger is getting a lot of attention from teams and steadily rising up draft boards. He is very athletic, a former three sport athlete, that takes his conditioning seriously. Has shown good hands and plenty of upside.

9. Elkanah “Kano” Dillon, Oregon, 6-5/265

Dillon arrived in Oregon as a grad-transfer from South Flordia. He is certainly one of the more physically intriguing tight end prospects in the 2019 draft class. If a team decides to invest in his measurables, he could become a better pro than college player.

10. Isaac Nauta, Georgia, 6-3/244

A former five star recruit that didn’t have the production expected. However, his athleticism has teams taking a second look. A good blocker who isn’t afraid to engage in contact. His ability to play inline or line up in the slot has increased his value.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Drew Sample, Washington, 6-5/255
  2. Kaden Smith, Stanford, 6-5/255
  3. Tommy Sweeney, Boston College, 6-4/255
  4. Dax Raymond, Utah, 6-5/255
  5. Matt Sokol, Michigan State, 6-6/250
  6. Caleb Wilson, UCLA, 6-4/240
  7. Mavin Saunders, Kansas, 6-4/236
  8. Isaiah Searight, Fordham, 6-3/242
  9. Zach Gentry, Michigan, 6-8/255
  10. Kendall Blanton, Missouri, 6-6/262
  11. Daniel Helm, Duke, 6-4/249
  12. C.J. Conrad, Kentucky, 6-4/249
  13. Alexandre Savard, Laval, 6-5/242
  14. Keenan Brown, Texas State, 6-2/250
  15. Donald Parham, Stetson, 6-8/245
  16. Charles Scarff, Delaware, 6-6/270
  17. Brandon Dillon Marian 6-5/250
  18. James Washington, Rutgers, 6-2/241

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Offensive Tackles: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked OTs

Williams, Taylor, and Dillard will compete to see who is the first offensive tackle off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft. The second tier has roughly six players in it – they should go in rounds two, three, and maybe the early fourth. Expects to see the rest of the class go rather frequently from the middle of the fourth to until the seventh round.

Jonah Williams has long been considered the top tackle in the draft.
Photo: David J. Phillips|AP

1. Jonah Williams, Alabama, 6-4/302

Williams has long been considered the best OL prospect heading into the 2019 NLF Draft. He’s not going to wow you with his test numbers, but he’s a genuine football player. He’s gone against the best the SEC has to offer year-in and year-out, game after game, and always held is ground. Should be an All-Pro with a little NFL experience under his belt. Anticipated to be a left tackle at the next level, but could also project at right tackle or even inside a guard – very versatile skill set.

2. Jawaan Taylor, Florida, 6-5/312

Most likely at right tackle or guard at the next level. Has really good mirroring techniques and sticks with his defender. A team whose priority is to improve their run game could have Taylor rated above Williams on their draft board – because that’s his strength.

3. Andre Dillard, Washington State, 6-5/315

Andre Dillard has the traits pass-happy NFL teams covet.
Photo: Washington State Athletics

Dillard was the best testing offensive tackle at the NFL Scouting Combine. His athleticism and light feet have pushed him toward the top of the board. Dillard will be a good fit for a pass-happy, wide-open, fun-and-gun kind of team – that’s his strength.

4. Kaleb McGary, Washington, 6-7/317

McGary’s strength is in the run game. Let him move forward and use his nasty aggression to maul defensive linemen. He’s athletic enough to projects at right tackle at the next level. He does have a prior medical condition that teams will need to check out before they select him. If all checks out well. McGary should have a bright future ahead of him on the field.

5. Dalton Risner, Kansas State, 6-5/312

Risner is, perhaps, the top senior tackle in the draft. He’s most likely going to be a right tackle. Showed good composure at the Senior Bowl, coming on strong after a bad start. Grew every day of the event, took well to coaching. Passionate and vocal leader. Capable of playing guard or center at the next level. Should be a day one starter.

6. Cody Ford, Oklahoma, 6-4/329

Ford is another player that’s a right tackle/guard prospect. He’s got the girth and strength to move defensive tackles, and he’s got enough agility to play in space. His strength is his aggressive run blocking. Oklahoma won the Joe Moore Trophy for best offensive line last year – Ford being the best of the bunch.

7. Max Scharping, Northern Illinois, 6-6/327

Scharping has most all the tools needed to play left tackle. He mirrors well and can direct defenders out of the play. He’s actually pretty strong with good agility and could find himself playing inside and out at the next level – at least until he lands a starting spot.

8. Titus Howard, Alabama State, 6-5/322

Titus Howard is perhaps the second best technician in the class behind Jonah Williams. He’s best suiting for a pass-happy team. Shows a nice kick off the snap and excellent mirroring skills to drive defenders out of the picture. Will need to improve his strength and may really bloom in his second year.

9. Greg Little, Mississippi, 6-5/310

Greg Little was once considered a sure-fire can’t miss prospect. He was a five star recruit, the top tackle in the nation. He has all the physical traits, but scouts question his desire and heart to be an outstanding football player. On film, he’s seen standing around too often – his interviews will be important.

10. Tyler Roemer, San Diego State, 6-6/312

Can be a dominating run blocker, plays with a bit of a nasty-streak. Shows solid technique. Had started the first 23 games of his career at left tackle, but was suspended for violating team rules prior to the Fresno State game and eventually missed the rest of the season. Has the tools. Will need to interview well to go this high.

11. Trey Pipkins, Sioux Falls, 6-6/309

Is the best of the small school offensive tackle prospects. Was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. He’s well built with prototypical size and length. Showed up at the East-West Shrine game, making scouts wonder how high his ceiling could be?

12. Chuma Edoga, USC, 6-3/308

Edoga is a prior 5-star recruit. He spent his career at USC playing right tackle. He was asked to play left tackle during Senior Bowl week and held his own. Since then, Edoga added 20 lbs. prior to his Pro Day, raising questions about his commitment to play outside at the next level.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Olisaemaka “Oli” Udoh, Elon, 6-5/323
  2. Yosh Nijman, Virginia Tech, 6-7/324
  3. Jackson Barton, Utah, 6-7/310
  4. Isaiah Prince, Ohio State, 6-6/305
  5. Chidi Okeke, Tennessee State, 6-7/310
  6. Aaron Monteiro, Boston College, 6-7/320
  7. Justin Skule, Vanderbilt, 6-6/320
  8. Kyle Trout, Cincinnati, 6-5/320
  9. Brock Ruble, Toledo, 6-8/324
  10. David Edwards, Wisconsin, 6-6/308
  11. Paul Adams, Missouri, 6-6/317
  12. Dennis Daley, So. Carolina, 6-5/317
  13. Ben Powers, Oklahoma, 6-4/307
  14. Derwin Grey, Maryland, 6-4/320
  15. Mitch Hyatt, Clemson, 6-5/303
  16. Tariq Cole, Rutgers, 6-5/324
  17. Fred Johnson, Florida, 6-7/326
  18. Donnell Greene, Minnesota, 6-5/335
  19. Montez Ivy, Florida, 6-5/315
  20. William Sweet, No. Carolina, 6-6/313
  21. Ryan Pope, San Diego State, 6-7/320
  22. Devon Johnson, Ferris State, 6-7/338
  23. Joe Lowery, Ohio, 6-7/305
  24. Brandon Hitner, Villanova, 6-6/ 300
  25. Maurice Bibaku-Simba, Concordia, 6-7/323
  26. Marquez Tucker, Southern Utah, 6-4/291
  27. Damien Prince, Maryland, 6-3/315
  28. Brian Fineanganofo, Idaho State, 6-6/303
  29. Josh Doyle, Eastern Illinois, 6-5/300

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

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