2019 NFL Mock DraftThe 2017 NFL Draft will conclude today (April 29th).
Not only was it overly ambitious (read: foolish) to post a way-too-early 2018 NFL Mock Draft a couple of months ago, I'm going to take an early look at some prospects that could hear their name called on Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Late this summer, I'll take a stab at posting a way-too-early 2019 NFL Mock Draft (yes, I know that I have a problem).
For now, however, I will highlight a few prospects that will be first eligible for the NFL Draft in 2019 and could be possible Round 1 selections depending on their development.
[Please note the prospects are listed in no particular order.]
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston Cougars
As productive as any freshman in the country, Oliver was one of four defensive linemen named to the 2016 AP First-Team All-American Team. The other three -- Myles Garrett, Derek Barnett and Jonathan Allen -- were high first-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday. As a true freshman, Oliver had 23 tackles for loss including five sacks and three forced fumbles.
Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan Wolverines
It shouldn't be a surprise to see Gary on this list considering he was the nation's top high school recruit on the ESPN 300 and Rivals 250 prospect lists just a year ago. The sky is the limit for Gary, who is an absolute athletic freak (see tweet below).
DL Rashan Gary who #Michigan lists at 6-5, 287, was timed at a 4.57 40 (faster than all UM LBs) & broad-jumped 9-6 in offseason testing. Wow— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 16, 2017
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State Buckeyes
Bosa's father (John) and brother (Joey) were both first-round picks as Joey was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2016. Per PFF, Bosa led all freshmen with a pass-rush grade of 81.8.
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide
A freshman starter at right tackle, the former five-star recruit will move to the left side now that Cam Robinson is moving on the NFL. Playing unlike a freshman right from the start, Williams was actually named SEC Freshman of the Week in his first-ever game (vs. USC). As ESPN's Alex Scarbrough wrote in January, Williams "was an easy SEC All-Freshman selection and actually played better on a more consistent basis than left tackle Cam Robinson."
Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson Tigers
If you ask (now) former teammate Carlos Watkins, Lawrence is "going to be the No. 1 pick in the draft." Running a sub-5.0 forty at 340 pounds, the former five-star recruit has tremendous physical gifts, but defensive coordinator Brent Venables said of Lawrence's technique: "He’s just so natural playing inside. Pad level, not staring into the backfield, good hand placement, physical, tough." The ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, Lawrence broke the Clemson freshmen record for sacks (seven) with 23 quarterback pressures, second most on the team.
Jacob Eason, QB, Georgia Bulldogs
The transition from high school to SEC starting quarterback as a true freshman could (and should) be a challenge. Making strides from his true freshman season as a starter, Eason has all of the prototypical physical attributes to be a future No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft (perhaps in 2019). Georgia coach Kirby Smart has recently praised the quarterback by saying that Eason has "come a long way because he understands the protection now." Smart went on to say: "To manage that offense is challenging coming in straight from high school. I think he’s in a better place. He’s more confident throwing the ball."
Shea Patterson, QB, Mississippi Rebels
If Eason isn't the top quarterback selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, there's another SEC quarterback that could be: Shea Patterson. Coming out of high school, Patterson was the third-ranked recruit by ESPN behind only Gary and Lawrence. Starting the final three games for an injured Chad Kelly, the dual-threat quarterback led the Rebels to an impressive come-from-behind victory over Texas A&M in his debut by accounting for over 400 yards of offense (338 passing and 64 rushing).
Brian Burns, DE, Florida State Seminoles
Second on the team in sacks behind only DeMarcus Walker, a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Burns led all freshmen nationally with 9.5 sacks last year.
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