The 2019 NFL Draft is just days away. The Cleveland Browns have already had a huge offseason through their trade acquisitions and free agent signings. The excitement of the season has really taken off because of the success of last season and the big moves the team has made so far this offseason. The NFL Draft is another avenue for the Browns to improve the roster and help fill the remaining holes on the team. Even though the Browns traded away their first-round pick for Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns still have eight draft picks throughout the seven rounds.
Joe Gilbert and John Colosimo have been examining the 2019 NFL Draft over the past couple months. The duo began their look at the draft by going through each position class, identifying their top five prospects at each position and giving their overall thoughts on the position class.
The two have also been revealing their big boards of the top 50 prospects in the entire draft. Well, the wait is over. Joe and John finish up their reveal with the 20 players who are on the top of their big boards for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Gilbert and Colosimo’s 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings Series: Safeties, Cornerbacks, Linebackers, Edge Rushers, Interior Defensive Linemen, Interior Offensive Linemen, Offensive Tackles, Tight Ends, Wide Receivers, Running Backs and Quarterbacks
Joe: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Murray is the talk of the NFL world as many have projected him to go No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals. Murray is a dual-threat quarterback with a great arm to make plays with both his legs and arm.
John: OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
Williams shows excellent technique, anticipation, and hands to go with good functional strength. Very good feet and a high football IQ help him overcome some of his deficiencies as an athlete. He gets everything he can out of his body, but he may need to move inside at the NFL level. Still a high-quality NFL OL prospect.
Joe: WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
If it weren’t for D.K. Metcalf, Butler would be viewed as the freak of this receiver class. Butler is a big receiver, who can create big plays with his size and speed. Even though he is a big target, he has the skill set to take the top off the defense with his speed.
John: CB Greedy Williams, LSU
Greedy has outstanding length at 6’1″ and should fit best in man-heavy schemes in the NFL. Tested among the best of the CB’s but can be a little stiff in transitions.
Joe: TE Noah Fant, Iowa
Fant is the freak athlete of the tight end class and my No. 1 rated tight end. He will instantly be a mismatch in the NFL because of a combination of size and athleticism. He has the unique ability as a tight end to be a playmaker as an after-the-catch runner and a deep threat.
John: DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Tillery has some issues with consistency, but when he is on, he is a monster in the middle capable of disrupting entire offenses. Good overall production in college and is an elite athlete for his size. Shows a good pass rushing plan and counters. With some additional refinement, he could be a Pro Bowl 3T in the NFL.
Joe: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Haskins is my No. 1 ranked quarterback in the class. He has great size, along with excellent arm talent to make every throw on the field. He also shows good eyes to help manipulate the defense and find open receivers downfield.
John: CB Byron Murphy, Washington
Murphy is a lot of fun to watch on tape. Byron Murphy is my top cornerback this year. He is outstanding in man coverage, intelligent in zone, and is good in run support as well. He did not test as well as expected but will excel in cover 2 schemes or as a nickel corner.
Joe: CB Byron Murphy, Washington
Murphy is one of the best zone coverage corners in the class. He was asked to do this a lot in college. But, he also shows excellent feet to be a quality corner in man coverage, too.
John: S Nassir Adderley, Delaware
My favorite Safety in this class, Adderley is very fluid in coverage and can excel in man or zone. He has experience as a corner and mirrors routes well. Fights for the ball at the catch point. He is a good tackler and doesn’t get caught up in blocks. Very versatile safety who is just short of being an elite prospect at the position.
Joe: IDL Christian Wilkins, Clemson
There are not many interior defensive linemen at Wilkins’ size who can move as well as he can. His quickness is tough to block in the interior of the line. But, he also adds a combination of power to really be a disruptive force in the middle.
John: TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa
TJ is a complete package as an inline TE. Blocking, route running, hands, run after the catch, he does it all well. TE is a difficult position to come into the NFL and play well quickly, however, Hockenson is as close to NFL ready as TE’s come. Has the ability to be a focal point of an offense and should fit in well for any scheme.
Joe: EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
Allen was a highly productive player in college. As an edge player, he has the unique experience and skill set to be trusted to play in space, including in coverage. His agility makes him a dangerous pass rusher around the edge.
John: IOL Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Some believe he can play outside in the league, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that is where he starts his career, but I believe ultimately he will be a guard. He is massive at 6’4″ 345, he is extremely powerful and has quick feet, although he has some things to clean up in his footwork. He will need to get used to a 3-point stance in the NFL as well. He has that nasty disposition coaches love to see in offensive linemen.
Joe: CB Greedy Williams, LSU
Williams is one of the best corners in class in man coverage due to his excellent ability to mirror the receiver. He has good length as a corner, which helps him as a lockdown corner in one-on-one man coverage situations.
John: EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Another great EDGE prospect in one of the strongest classes I’ve seen, Sweat would be ranked higher in most drafts. Ideally sized and one of the best athletes in the draft. Highly productive in the SEC, shows good hand usage and strength at the point of attack. While he does not have elite bend, and may need to develop better pass rush plan and counters to be effective consistently in the NFL.
Joe: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
Metcalf is my No. 1 rated wide receiver in the class. His combination of size and speed is unmatched by any other receiver, making him the freak athlete of the class. He can make big plays in any situation using his size and speed. He is just a huge mismatch when he steps on the field.
John: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
A mountain of a man at OT, Taylor also shows quick feet and excellent hand usage. Shows good power and movement skills in space. Shows impressive IQ and does not overextend often. A very high-quality OT prospect.
Joe: S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
Abram is an aggressive, physical safety who can set the tone for a defense. He is my No. 1 rated safety in the class. What makes him even better is his ability to play in coverage. He can cover in zone and even in man coverage, using his athleticism to stay with the offensive pass catchers.
John: EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
Nick Bosa is difficult for me to rank. His tape this season was great, there is no question about that. His first step is lightning, and few OT’s had a prayer when he was healthy and rushing the passer. But there are questions. How healthy will he be? He has never handled a starting load of snaps for a full season, and his extensive injury history goes back to High School. Even when healthy, he was a rotational player his first two seasons at Ohio State. The potential is there, but this is as high as I am willing to rank him in a draft with more reliable blue-chip prospects at a number of high-value positions.
Joe: CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
Baker is my No. 1 rated cornerback and in my opinion, the most complete corner in the class. He has long arms, which make up for his shorter height. He is strong in both press coverage and zone coverage, making him a versatile corner who can play in any scheme.
John: TE Noah Fant, Iowa
Fant is a phenomenal athlete at TE, the kind that can be a true match-up nightmare for defensive coordinators. He exhibits good route running skills and soft hands with great balance as a pass catcher. All this in a 6’4″, 250lb package.
Joe: IDL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
Simmons is yet another athletic interior defensive lineman, who can be a disruptive force in the NFL. He has great quickness and ability to slip through the gaps and into the backfield. He shows active hand usage, too. His injury may keep him out for his entire rookie season, but he is still too good to pass up.
John: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
My number 1 OT in this class, he has ideal size and athleticism and shows in pass protection. He needs to improve his strength, but he has everything you could want in an OT prospect, with the understanding that he is still a bit raw technically.
Joe: LB Devin White, LSU
Speed, speed, speed. White plays sideline to sideline and is a linebacker who can run with any offensive player. He is a great athlete, who can use his athleticism to make plays in run defense, coverage and pass rushing.
John: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
Outstanding Athlete and a technician, see him at center in the NFL. He is ready immediately, a plug and play stalwart in the middle of line from day one.
Joe: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
Dillard is my No. 2 rated offensive tackle, but he is not far behind my top tackle. Dillard is a great athlete at 6-foot-5 and he uses this athleticism to move smoothly in pass protection. He is extremely experienced and skillful in pass protection.
John: LB Devin White, LSU
Devin White has excellent length and speed, one of the best athletes in this class. Not as polished as Devin Bush, but still young and developing. Needs to improve his consistency but still an outstanding LB prospect. Extremely productive in college and showed immense improvement in his final season at LSU.
Joe: EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
Ferrell has the size team’s dream of in an edge rusher. He has a great first step, which allows him to get a head start on the blocker. He is a powerful edge rusher with active hands that can lay a heavy hit on blockers.
John: LB Devin Bush, Michigan
Bush is a 3-down linebacker that can play anywhere you need him to. An outstanding athlete who shows quick processing skills and controlled aggression once his decision is made. Excels in space and when blitzing, he will reward a creative defensive coordinator in the NFL.
Joe: EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State
Burns may be the best athlete of all the edge rushers in the draft. He is a freakish athlete with the speed and explosion to be a menace around the edge. He is a long player with the agility and bend to change direction on a dime and to have great bend around the edge.
John: EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
Allen comes in as the most productive EDGE player in the SEC. He has been a star at Kentucky without the benefit of having other players to take much of the focus off of him on Saturdays. Explosive pass rusher with an excellent motor, he shows great flexibility and range and uses his hands well. Not overly strong at the point of attack, but that’s picking nits in the end. He is an upper tier EDGE prospect in any draft.
Joe: OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
Williams is my No. 1 rated offensive tackle in the class. He has the best technique of all the tackles and is the most complete tackle of class. In pass protection, he is calm under pressure, sticking with technique, smooth athleticism and strength to win. In run blocking, he can road grade and create holes with his power.
John: EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State
Burns answered some of the concerns about his weight by showing up at the combine at 250lbs and still having one of the best showings in Indianapolis. He will still want to add some functional strength and weight from where he is now, but he has the length, speed and explosion you are looking for in an EDGE player, and the production to go with it.
Joe: IDL Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Williams is right up there with my top two prospects as the best player in the draft. Williams has great size, but with the unique movement ability that few players his size possess. His best assets may be his hands. They are active, strong and technically sound, allowing him to get free from blocks very quickly.
John: IDL Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Williams is a great athlete at his size and has been extremely productive no matter where Alabama lined him up. He has no flaws as a DT prospect.
Joe: EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
Bosa is my No. 1 rated edge rusher and right there with Oliver as my top overall player. He is an explosive athlete with the bend around the edge to be incredible hard to handle. He is great with his hands, using them to shed blocks and to manipulate blockers. He also has nice power in his game.
John: IDL Ed Oliver, Houston
Ed Oliver has been one of my favorite NFL prospects since his fist game as a freshman in college. He is an insanely athletic defensive tackle. There are doubts about his size, but not about his ability. I think once he is playing full time as a 3T we will look back and wonder how anyone could ever have questioned his fit in the NFL.
Joe: IDL Ed Oliver, Houston
Oliver may not be gifted in size, but he has almost everything else in his game. He is an explosive athlete at his size with a first step that helps him gain a quick advantage. He is a very powerful player with the punch to stun blockers and push them back into the backfield. He lives in the backfield and will be a playmaker in the NFL.
John: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
High-quality QB prospects will always top my boards because the impact of that player reaching their potential is far higher than any other position in football. The key to being a quality prospect, however, is having a great chance to reach that potential, and Kyler has that. Excellent mobility, great arm strength, and good accuracy. He has the complete package. In last years excellent QB class, he would have been my QB3 behind Baker and Darnold, but there is no shame in that.