NFL Draft 2019: Next year's best draft prospects include Nick Bosa, Ed Oliver


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Save the 2019 NFL Mocks Drafts. We'll tell you with confidence that defensive line will be the story of the class. A loaded group of defensive linemen will overwhelm the first round of next year's draft, as our top four prospects for next season all play defensive line.

We can't help but look ahead, and we have the top 19 NFL Draft prospects for 2019 on our radar. With the mock drafts already in place, here are the star college football players bound to move up and down that board.

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NFL Draft 2019: Next year's best prospects

(*indicates underclassman)

1. Ed Oliver*, DT, Houston 

Oliver declared his eligibility for the 2019 NFL Draft in spring practice. That's out of the way, so expect Oliver to continue making his case to be the No. 1 overall pick. There will be some nitpicking, but the truth is he's one of the few outliers who was ready for the NFL two years ago. Oliver will have some serious competition from the next three defensive linemen on this list. 


2. Nick Bosa*, DE, Ohio State

The nearest comparison remains his older brother Joey, who totaled 12.5 sacks in his second season with the Chargers in 2017. Nick Bosa continues to carve his own niche as a dominant edge rusher for the Buckeyes. He totaled 8.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss last season. He'll challenge Oliver for the top spot, and it's closer than you think.

3. Dexter Lawrence*, DT, Clemson

Lawrence, a 6-5, 340-pound defensive tackle, would have a been a top-five pick this year had he declared. He might have been a top-five pick in 2017, too. He's part of that Clemson defensive line juggernaut, and despite a drop in statistical production last season, not much else has changed.

4. Rashan Gary*, DE, Michigan 

Gary, the former No. 1 recruit in the nation, totaled 58 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in his first season as a starter. Another year in Don Brown's defense should produce even better numbers, and Gary must get a few more sacks if he wants to compete with the other three linemen ahead of him. It can be done.

5. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

Grier's career path has taken a few interesting turns, but he showed in his first full season with the Mountaineers how much talent is there. There's a big arm, mobility and high-volume statistics. He passed for 34 TDs with just 12 interceptions and averaged 9.0 yards per attempt. He's good enough to be a top-five pick if that development continues.

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6. A.J. Brown*, WR, Ole Miss

Brown enjoyed a monster sophomore season in which he averaged 16.7 yards per reception with 11 TDs. Brown (6-1, 225 pounds) is a strong receiver, excellent route runner and down-field threat. He also decided to stay at Ole Miss instead of transferring. He's a top-10 talent and the best at the position.

7. Trey Adams, OT, Washington

Adams (6-7, 302 pounds) is a sound tackle and could work his way into a top-five pick. Adams, however, must stay healthy after dealing with injuries the last two seasons. He'll have competition from the next two tackles on this list.

8. Greg Little*, T, Ole Miss

A 6-6, 325-pound tackle, Little has progressed as expected as one of the best offensive linemen in the nation. He's an excellent pass blocker and will jostle with Adams and Jonah Williams to be the first tackle drafted next season.

9. Jonah Williams*, OT, Alabama

Williams (6-5, 296 pounds) has played both right and left tackle the last two seasons for the Crimson Tide, and he's handled that transition well. He allowed just 2.5 sacks last season as a sophomore. Williams will continue to develop as Alabama's next first-round pick.

10. Christian Wilkins, DE/DT, Clemson 

The 2017 first-team SN All-American surprised some by returning to school for one more season, and we've seen him dominate on the interior for three years. He's totaled 10.5 sacks and 26.5 tackles for loss, and his leadership continues. He'll be a solid top-10 pick.

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11. Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Baker is a solid tackler for the Bulldogs, and the 5-11, 180-pound defensive back has five interceptions and 14 pass breakups over the last two years. He's another multi-purpose corner NFL teams will be able to move around in the secondary.

12. Clelin Ferrell*, DE, Clemson

Ferrell decided to stay in school this year, and he still has one year of eligibility remaining after 2018. He won't need it. Ferrell is another force on Clemson's defensive line who has totaled 15.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss the last two seasons. He's the third Clemson defensive lineman on this list.

13. Raekwon Davis*, DE, Alabama

Davis enjoyed a breakout sophomore season in which he finished with 8.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. The competition to be a top-10 defensive lineman will be fierce, but Davis should benefit from the addition of new defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski.

14. Greedy Williams*, CB, LSU

Williams is a redshirt sophomore, but the 6-2, 182-pound cornerback had six interceptions and 10 pass break-ups in 2017. Williams is that good that early, and he'll be tempted to go to the next level in 2019 as one of the top cornerbacks in the nation.

15. Jarrett Stidham*, QB, Auburn

Stidham brings a live arm and solid mobility to the position, and he's worked in up-tempo offenses at Baylor and Auburn. That will be somewhat of a question mark for scouts, but he fits into the mold of successful passers such as a Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. He'll also have the big-game spotlight in the SEC.

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16. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford

The Heisman Trophy finalist returned to school, and we can't wait to see his 40 time at the NFL Combine. Love averages 7.8 yards per carry for his college career, and another year at Stanford will not hurt his stock.

17. Shea Patterson*, QB, Michigan

Patterson is a flashy playmaker with a cannon for an arm, but the truth is we haven't seen enough, and last year's PCL injury is a major concern. If Patterson develops in Jim Harbaugh's offense and wins big, then all those questions will be answered.

18. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Lock (6-4, 225 pounds) led the nation with 44 TD passes last season and has improved in each season with the Tigers. If Lock continues to play like he did in the back half of the 2017 season against tough competition, then he will have a chance to move into the top 10. He's good enough to get there.

19. Rodney Anderson*, RB, Oklahoma

Anderson picked up where NFL running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon left off for the Sooners. Anderson averaged 6.2 yards per carry as a sophomore, and that included 201 yards in the Rose Bowl loss to Georgia. He's primed for a monster junior year.