2019 NFL Draft: Top Ranked DTs
***Updated April 15, 2019***
1. Quinnen Williams, Alabama, 6-3/303
One of the most dominant players in college football last year, is certainly in the mix for first player taken overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Showed an excellent display of size, power, slipperiness, and speed to project as an immediate impact player at the next level.
2. Ed Oliver, Houston, 6-2/287
At one point, Ed Oliver was on everybody’s list of top five players in this draft. Then questions began to surface about his playing weight and would he be big enough to hold up at the next level. Good coaches find places for good players to succeed. Oliver has all the tool, just needs to find the right fit.
3. Dexter Lawrence, Clemson, 6-4/342
Somebody was saying that run-stuffing DT’s are a thing of the past … until the Super Bowl they said that anyway. Controlling the clock and wearing down a defense can win games. Stopping the run and getting off the field also wins games. Plenty of room for a high quality player like Lawrence in today’s game.
4. Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State, 6-4/300
Like Lawrence, Simmons excels at stuffing the run and being a disruptive presence. Players with Simmons physical assets won’t stay on the board long. He might not go in the top 15, maybe not in the first round – now that he has the ACL issue. But some team will snatch him up and consider him an investment in the future.
5. Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame, 6-6/296
Tillery has surprising agility for a guy six-foot-six. He’s quick off the ball and can get his pads low rather consistently for a tall man. He’s a long-strider with good backside pursuit.
6. Christian Wilkins, Clemson, 6-3/315
Winner of the 2018 “Academic Heisman” (aka William Campbell Award). Can play up and down the line. Some think he’s a 3-4 defensive end, other a three-technique in a 4-3. Either way, plenty of teams will be eager to draft him.
7. Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State, 6-3/281
Jones is explosive off the snap and the agility to make plays at or near the line of scrimmage. He’s not just one who pushes the linemen back and cause a disruption in the play, Jones likes to get to the quarterback.
8. Zach Allen, Boston College, 6-4/281
Allen is listed as a DE in most places, however, he’s a bit of a one-trick bull-rushing pony and that doesn’t translate well at the next level. Let the NFL bulk him up a bit and put him at DT where his strength can be used to its maximize his potential — disrupting the backfield and holding up the line of scrimmage.
9. Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M, 6-3/288
Keke is one of those players who stood out over Senior Bowl week. He gets his power from his lower body and likes to pin his ears back and go forward. He’s another guy who can play up and down the line. Good coaching will add more tools to his belt as he goes along.
10. Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois, 6-0/324
Saunders was another Senior Bowl storyline. His short stature allowed him to constantly win the low-pad-level game and his strong lower body allowed him to get plenty of push. Might be best in line rotation.
OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
- Trystan Hill, Central Florida, 6-3/308
- Daniel Wise, Kansas, 6-3/281
- Armon Watts, Arkansas, 6-5/300
- Renell Wren, Arizona State, 6-5/318
- Gerald Willis, Miami, 6-2/302
- Isaiah Buggs, Alabama, 6-3/306
- Chris Slayton, Syracuse, 6-4/307
- Greg Gaines, Washington, 6-1/312
- Bryan Cowart, Maryland, 6-3/298
- Dylan Mack, Texas A&M, 6-1/320
- Derrick Brown, Auburn, 6-3/319
- Kevin Givens, Penn State, 6-1/285
- Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati, 6-2/293
- Kenny Bigelow, Virginia, 6-3/307
- Michael Dogbe, Temple, 6-3/286
- Ray Smith, Boston College, 6-1/302
- Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin, 6-1/324
- Immanuel Turner, La. Tech, 6-3/286
- Albert Huggins, Clemson, 6-3/305
- Ed Alexander, LSU, 6-3/339
- Terry Beckner, Jr., Missouri, 6-4/296
- Marquise Copeland, Cincinnati, 6-2/281
- Dontavious Russell, Auburn, 6-2/319
- Isaiah Mack, UT-Chattanoogo, 6-3/305
- Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia, 6-4/280
- Anthony Rush, UAB, 6-5/340
- P.J. Johnson, Arizona, 6-5/315
- Jay-Tee Tiuli, Eastern Washington, 6-4/320
- Alec Heldreth, Clarion, 6-4/283
- Deyon Sizer, Colorado State-Pueblo, 6-2/279
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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.