2019 NFL Draft: Big Board 1.0, pre-Combine edition


INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL Draft coverage consists of many elements including mocks and big board rankings. Like the Washington Redskins at left guard, NBC Sports Washington had a hole in one of those areas -- until now.

Here is our first crack at assessing the 2019 pool regardless of draft order or team needs. Perhaps most notably, these evaluations come just as the annual NFL Combine kicks off. Expect a new round of assessments after all the drills, measurements and interviews change projections or reinforce beliefs.

Before diving in, some quick notes:

  • Even if the next mock draft from NBC Sports Washington’s Ben Standig includes 3-4 quarterbacks in the first round, consider that a factor of need and positional importance. Initial conversations and public comments from head coaches and general managers at the Combine paint a picture of uncertainty with the passing prospects. The top four – Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray, Drew Lock, Daniel Jones – have their backers, but the passion pre-Combine lacks in comparison to 2018’s group.
  • Defenders dominate this year, particularly on the line and with the edge pass rushers. One former front executive told NBC Sports Washington he would have 26-28 defenders among the top 32 players on his big board.
  • The receiver class lacks high-end talent yet offers a deep crop of candidates from the second to the later rounds. Rankings for two players we see moving up during the evaluation process – D.K. Metcalf and Preston Williams – reflect such anticipation.
  • Murray isn’t the only player teams are anxiously awaiting to hear about measurables. Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, the 2017 Outland Trophy winner, receives comparisons to All-Pro Aaron Donald. That’s a combination of production, but also initial fears of size limitations on the pro level. Donald, of course, turned into one of the league’s most dominant defenders. Oliver’s draft projection may rise or fall depending on his official height and weight. His official college bio lists him at 6-foot-2, 293 pounds. “Oliver is a tough conversation because most of us can’t wait to see what his height and weight is this week because we don’t even know,” Raiders general manager and former draft analyst Mike Mayock said Wednesday during his official podium session. “If you look at historic data, at analytics, it tells you that [his] height and weight probably shouldn’t work in the NFL, but when a
    guy like that runs 4.5 something at the Combine that changes the analytics a little bit. … I think he’s one of the guys this week that most the teams are really intrigued, not just with his height and weight, but how the kid works out and how he handles himself. He is really an interesting case because he’s a little different than the other potential first-round lineman out there."

1 Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

2 Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

3 Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

4 Devin White, LB, LSU

5 Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

6 Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

7 Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

8 Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

9 Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

10 D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

11 Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

12 Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

13 Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

14 Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

15 Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida

16 DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

17 Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

18 Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

19 Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

20 Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

21 Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

22 T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

23 Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

24 Cody Ford, G/T, Oklahoma

25 Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

26 Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

27 Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

28 Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

29 Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

30 Preston Williams, WR, Colorado State

31 Dre'Mont Jones, DE/DT, Ohio State

32 Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

33 Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

34 N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

35 A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

36 Irv Smith, TE, Alabama


37 Jaylon Ferguson, DE, La. Tech

38 Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

39 Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

40 Nassir Adderley, FS, Delaware

41 Greg Little, OT, Mississippi

42 Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

43 Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

44 Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

45 Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

46 Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion

47 Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

48 Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

49 Chase Winovich, LB, Michigan 

50 Damien Harris, RB, Alabama.