The 2019 NFL Draft is just under a month 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 now started to reveal their big board of the top 50 prospects in the entire draft. Joe and John continue their reveal with the players 40-31 on their big boards.
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
Gilbert and Colosimo’s 2019 NFL Draft Big Boards: 50-41
Joe: RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
Jacobs is a tough running back to bring, using his strong build, power, and balance to run through defenders and create yards after contact. He also adds the ability to be a receiver in the passing game and a returner on special teams.
John: WR N’Keal Harry Arizona St.
Harry is great with the ball in his hands, the trouble at times is getting to that point. He may struggle to get separation in the NFL but there are tools to work with in the right system.
Joe: RB Elijah Holyfield, Georgia
Holyfield had a horrific athletic testing during his pre-draft testing, forcing me to move him down my big board. But on film, he shows excellent vision, quick feet, and underrated strength to fight through tackle attempts. His athletic testing really scares me, but his film keeps him in my top 50. Though, I think he will not go till Day 3 now with his poor tests. I’m on an island with Holyfield.
John: EDGE Ben Banogu, TCU
Ben Banogu is an excellent athlete who racked up a ton of pressures last season for TCU, he is on the smaller side at 6′ 3″ 250lbs, and opinions seem to vary wildly. May be best as an EDGE Lber in an odd front.
Joe: IDL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Tillery has the potential to be one of the best players out of this class. He is a powerful lineman with the length to control blockers and easily get free from them when he sees the ball. He moves well for such a big man, too.
John: S Chauncey Gardner Johnson, Florida
Johnson projects as a utility knife as a safety/nickel in the NFL has excellent range and shows good man coverage skills in the slot. Very physical at the point of attack.
Joe: WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Samuel may not have the size that teams want in a receiver, but he is a playmaker at the wide receiver position. When he has the ball in his hands, he can create big plays and make defenders miss.
John: EDGE Chase Winovich, Michigan
I think most people were surprised when Winovich put up great numbers at the combine and proved that he wasn’t just a high-motor player but an above average athlete as well. He’s been overlooked in this strong class of Defensive lineman.
Joe: OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Many draft analysts believe Ford is best suited at guard, but I believe he can be a starting right tackle in the NFL. His weight makes him a powerful man who is tough to move off his spot. Even with his huge size, he shows patient feet that are fluid enough to match the speed on the edge.
John: LB Blake Cashman, Minnesota
One of the best athletes at any position in this draft. Shows excellent instincts and read/react skills. Needs some work in coverage but will not have any physical issues transitioning to the NFL.
Joe: EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Sweat is an athletic freak and that showed off at the NFL Combine. He wins on the edge using his explosiveness off the snap and his speed to beat blockers around the edge.
John: CB Amani Oruwariye, PSU
A converted WR, Amani has outstanding size and athleticism at corner and shows excellent ball skills at the catch point. Still somewhat raw, but shows scheme versatility though he is currently strongest in man and press-man. Shows CB-1 potential.
Joe: EDGE Jachai Polite, Florida
Polite is another player who has had a rough pre-draft process, including poor testing and injuries. But, his film screams athleticism. He is on the lighter side, but he uses great speed and explosion to win around the edge, while also showing good agility to avoid blockers and to slip through gaps.
John: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Behind Murray, Haskins is the only other QB in this class with potential for long term success. He shows good accuracy from a clean pocket, my concerns are what happens when things break down, as he does not show an ability to be accurate off a platform. Has a bit of a long windup and delivery that could pose problems at the next level as well.
Joe: S Nasir Adderley, Delaware
Adderley is your prototypical free safety, who watches over the top of your defense. He can fly from sideline to sideline and quickly react to the pass to be in position to make a play on the ball.
John: G Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
Excellent interior offensive line prospect, shows excellent movement skills to the second level. Good functional strength. Should be a high-quality guard for a long time at the NFL level.
Joe: G Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
Lindstrom is my No. 1 rated offensive guard and the No. 2 overall interior offensive lineman. He moves so well in the interior with the ability to quickly change directions to pick up an oncoming rusher from another direction.
John: EDGE Clelin Ferrel, Clemson
Not much of an edge-bender, but he shows excellent strength on the edge. Very good against the run and setting the edge, doesn’t get stuck on blocks very often. Excellent hands. He will fit best as a 4-3 End in the NFL.
Joe: OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Risner is another offensive lineman who many believe is best at offensive guard. But, I believe he can be an offensive tackle. He moves really well and goes back in pass pro set with smooth feet. But, his value is heightened due to his ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line.
John: CB Julian Love, Notre Dame
Julian Love is my favorite CB in this class. He is excellent at every aspect of playing the position. His testing showed, however, that he is not an elite athlete. I think if drafted into a zone-heavy scheme, he will be a very good NFL corner. He works best with his eyes to the QB, had the most passes defended in CFB the last two seasons. Extremely savvy, he positions himself well nearly every play. Very smooth hip transitions.