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 are now back again to reveal their big board of the top 50 prospects in the entire draft. Joe and John start their reveal off with the players 50-41 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: EDGE Chase Winovich, Michigan
Winovich may have not been the most heralded Michigan defender, but he is a talented edge rusher. He has the bend on the edge to be a productive sack artist in the NFL.
John: DT Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
Khalen is an extremely agile nose tackle who can play some three-technique as well. At 320lbs, he has incredible feet and an excellent motor. You may have seen videos on twitter of him doing backflips and not remembered the name. Fit in nicely at the Senior Bowl which answered some questions about his small school status.
Joe: WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
Harry is a physical receiver with good size and build. He may not be the most explosive or agile receiver, but he can make catches in tight coverage.
John: WR Kelvin Harmon, N.C. State
Harmon is a big bodied, reliable receiver with good hands. Excellent college production. He isn’t an elite athlete, so there are questions about his ability to separate consistently in the NFL. Excellent blocker.
Joe: EDGE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
Ferguson has great length as an edge rusher and comes into the league after a super productive college career. He has the combination of a quick change of direction and power to be a productive NFL player.
John: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Lawrence is a monster of a body in the middle, a nose tackle with outstanding athletic traits, but comes with red flags galore. He was suspended for PED’s though the details are not all known, and just as concerning is what he shows on tape. Despite an excellent first season, Lawrence has not shown a lot of progression and does not dominate opponents in the ways you would expect to see from his athletic profile.
Joe: LB Devin Bush, Michigan
Bush is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker with the speed to chase down ball carriers. He may be undersized, but he is built well for his shorter height.
John: S Juan Thornhill, Auburn
Thornhill is an excellent athlete and high-quality producer as a college safety. Has excellent size and good instincts in zone coverage, will likely be an instant starter at the NFL level.
Joe: LB Mack Wilson, Alabama
Wilson is a good athlete with the size NFL teams look for in a linebacker. He is an all-around linebacker with the ability and experience to cover in the pass defense.
John: WR J.J. Arcega Whiteside, Stanford
Whiteside hasn’t tested yet, but he likely will be closer to average than elite as an athlete. Where he is elite is at the catch point. Get the ball into his substantial catch radius and he is coming down with it. Excellent body control.
Joe: C Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State
Jenkins is an interior offensive lineman with great length, which helps him control defenders. He has experience playing multiple positions on the line.
John: S Amani Hooker, Iowa
Profiles as an excellent strong safety prospect with excellent instincts in zone coverage and can play man in short areas as well. he’s got a nose for the ball and is an aggressive tackler.
Joe: EDGE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
Ximines was really productive in college. He has good athleticism and shows active hands to keep himself clean from getting stuck on blocks.
John: CB Justin Layne, Michigan St.
The best athlete at CB in this draft, and very large for the position, Layne is a converted WR who excels in press man. Team rankings for CB’s in this class will vary wildly based on the coverage they employ, so this ranking is likely low for teams who run extensive man coverage.
Joe: IDL Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
Jones has some disappointing athletic testing at the NFL Combine, but his tape shows an athletic player with the ability to be a disruptive penetrator in the interior of the line.
John: DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi St.
Simmons will be injured for at least a portion of his rookie season, which along with his off-field concerns has dropped him lower for me than most. As a healthy player without off-field issues, he had the potential to be a top 20 player in the class. As it is, we have no testing data to confirm tape, but he is a dominant physical force in the middle on film.
Joe: WR Riley Ridley, Georgia
Ridley is not the best athlete on the field, but he is very skilled. He is an excellent route runner, along with being a reliable pass catcher.
John: EDGE Anthony Nelson, Iowa
Nelson produced well at Iowa and then raised some eyebrows with how well he tested athletically. at 6’7″ 270lbs, he shows good hands and is consistent in his effort every play. He will need to progress in pass rushing technique, but there is plenty to work with in Nelson.
Joe: CB Trayvon Mullen, Clemson
Mullen is an athletic corner with the size teams want at corner. He is a fluid athlete with the ability to quickly react and break on a pass.
John: WR DK Metcalf, Ole Miss
There will be some hand wringing over this ranking, but I can’t just rank him highly because other people do. DK has some ELITE athleticism traits in terms of explosion with his weight adjusted 40 time, bench, vert, and broad jumps. He pairs that with almost equally poor agility. It will be up to NFL coordinators to properly apply his talents to take advantage of what he does well, but don’t expect him to be Julio Jones.