The 2019 NFL Draft is less than 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 30-21 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
Joe: CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
Oruwariye is a big corner with the skill set to play in an array of coverages, including press man and zone. He moves well for a bigger corner with the feet to transition quickly with receivers.
John: WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss
Despite the hype surrounding DK Metcalf, AJ Brown has been the Rebels’ No. 1 WR for the last several seasons. AJ Brown is an excellent athlete in his own right and has the production and experience justify his billing as one of the few WR’s that may be taken in the first round this year.
Joe: OT Greg Little, Ole Miss
Little has the physical talent teams want in an offensive tackle. He moves very well for a man his size. His feet are quick, but he also keeps a wide base when moving around the field.
John: OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State
There are questions about whether or not Risner will stick at OT in the NFL, but few question his status as one of the best offensive line prospects available. If I had to describe him in a word, that word would be nasty. Very good in pass sets and pulling out in the run game.
Joe: RB Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
Singletary is my No. 1 rated running back. He is the most elusive back in the class, with the ability to change directions on a dime. He shows good balance to take on contact and remain upright to continue to add yards to the run. He does not blow you away with his speed, but he is just so hard to bring down.
John: DT Charles Omenihu, Texas
Omenihu profiles as a versatile defensive lineman that can line up in a wide variety of techniques effectively. I prefer him as a 3T but he would do well as an end in an odd front as well. Huge body, explosive athlete and a high producer.
Joe: WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri
Hall is one of the most underrated players in this draft. He is so explosive, making him a deep threat to take the top of the defense. But, his athleticism also gives him the ability to easily get separation from coverage, which I believe will make him a productive receiver beyond just being a deep threat.
John: S Darnell Savage, Maryland
He lives up to his name with his aggressiveness at safety. Excellent in coverage, I think he has Pro Bowl potential as a SS/nickel corner in the NFL. Shows the ability to handle both zone and man responsibilities.
Joe: S Juan Thornhill, Virginia
Thornhill is a versatile defensive back who can fill multiple roles for a defense. He is a great athlete who has the experience and skill set to perform as a cornerback and a safety. He can be a defensive coordinator’s do-it-all player.
John: CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
Baker is excellent at the line, shows the ability to be consistently disruptive in press man. Shows good route recognition and competes at the catch point. I was higher on him before athletic testing at the combine, but he tested as average. Strong CB2 potential on a playoff team.
Joe: WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
Brown may be overshadowed by his freakish teammate during the pre-draft process, but Brown was a productive college receiver and deserves to be mentioned with the top receivers in the class. He shows good route running, along with the athleticism to make plays after the catch.
John: CB Byron Murphy, Washington
Byron Murphy is one of my favorite prospects in this draft. Extremely smart and ultra-competitive, his style of play is infectious. Unfortunately, he is a bit undersized and did not test as an elite athlete, so he may ultimately be at his best as a nickel. But I seriously doubt that the team that drafts him will regret it.
Joe: S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
Gardner-Johnson is another safety with the ability to perform multiple roles on the defense. Last season at Florida, he was used as a slot cornerback. But, he has shown the ability to be a physical player around the line of scrimmage, while also showing some free safety-type plays where he covered ground over top. He will be a defensive coordinator’s favorite player.
John: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Somewhat of a forgotten man given he’s been a standout on the national stage for so long in college, Wilkins has everything you need at 3T and has few holes in his game. Good production, good size, good athlete, with Wilkins I don’t see much risk of him becoming a bust. The only question is just how good will he be?
Joe: C Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
Bradbury was my No. 1 overall interior offensive lineman. He is a great athlete for an interior offensive lineman. He beats his defender to the spot and can move his feet to stay in front of any rusher. He has the experience and skill set to move to offensive guard if a team wants him there.
John: WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
Butler is a polarizing prospect, with some people having him as their number 1 WR, and others saying they wouldn’t take a chance on him. He is a huge body in the passing game, though he doesn’t quite play up to his size. He needs some technique adjustments at the line, but he is a phenomenal athlete with YAC ability to go with his 6′ 6″ frame.
Joe: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
Taylor is yet another first-round talent at offensive tackle. He has good size and length with the athleticism to pair with it. He fires off the snap and quickly gets in the right position to take on the oncoming rusher. When he interacts with the defender, he lays heavy punches that can stun the defender. His athleticism also allows him to recover well when initially beaten.
John: OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
Cajuste is an excellent pass protector and shows good awareness on blitzes and stunts. In the run game, once he gets his hands on a defender, the battle is usually over. Quality OT prospect in a strong class.
Joe: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
Hockenson is a complete tight end with the ability to be an inline blocker, but also a playmaker at wide receiver. He is a great athlete with the refined receiving skills to be a mismatch in the passing game.
John: WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Samuel is still my number 1 WR prospect in this class. He doesn’t have the highest ceiling of the bunch, but he’s number 1 in my favorite WR trait, getting open. Separation will not be a problem for Samuel and due to that, I see his transition to the NFL going smoothly and quickly.