2019 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Latest Rankings

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterJanuary 8, 2019

2019 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Latest Rankings

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    The top players in the 2019 NFL draft class are making their intentions known as they declare early, sit out bowl games and start training for the grueling predraft process that has begun with the bowls finished. Pro scouts are doing their own work now as they evaluate and rank the top players in the country.

    The early-January update of my big board adds many underclassmen who have declared for the draft, adjusts for injuries and sees a number of players emerge at the top of their positions. In a year with no clear-cut leaders at many positions before midseason, we'll get clarity as the final month of the NFL calendar begins. 

    Who is the top quarterback? Who rises now that Justin Herbert is returning to Oregon? Who are the best defenders in an absolutely loaded class? How many front four defenders rank in the top 20?

    It's all in here.

           

Top 50 Players Overall

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    In a draft class long thought to be a two-man race for No. 1, Quinnen Williams has crashed the party.
    In a draft class long thought to be a two-man race for No. 1, Quinnen Williams has crashed the party.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    1. Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

    2. Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama

    3. Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

    4. Devin White, LB, LSU

    5. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

    6. Ed Oliver, DL, Houston

    7. Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

    8. Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State

    9. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

    10. Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

    11. Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

    12. Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

    13. Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

    14. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

    15. Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

    16. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

    17. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

    18. Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

    19. Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

    20. Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

    21. Dre'Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State

    22. Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson

    23. Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

    24. Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

    25. Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

    26. Cody Ford, OG, Oklahoma

    27. N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

    28. Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech

    29. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

    30. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

    31. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

    32. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

    33. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

    34. Elgton Jenkins, OC, Mississippi State

    35. Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion

    36. Joe Jackson, EDGE, Miami (Fla.)

    37. Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

    38. Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

    39. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

    40. Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame

    41. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

    42. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

    43. Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

    44. David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

    45. Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

    46. Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

    47. Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford

    48. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

    49. Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

    50. Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

Quarterbacks

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    There are question marks, but Mizzou's Drew Lock has impressive arm talent.
    There are question marks, but Mizzou's Drew Lock has impressive arm talent.Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

    Biggest Faller: Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

    Most NFL-Ready: Daniel Jones, Duke

    Best Arm: Drew Lock, Missouri

    Best Runner: Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

    Best Potential: Haskins

    Biggest Question Mark: Tyree Jackson, Buffalo

    Biggest Sleeper: Trace McSorley, Penn State

    1. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

    2. Daniel Jones, Duke

    3. Will Grier, West Virginia

    4. Drew Lock, Missouri

    5. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

    6. Ryan Finley, NC State

    7. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

    8. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo

    9. Gardner Minshew, Washington State

    10. Trace McSorley, Penn State

    11. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

    12. Easton Stick, North Dakota State

    13. Brett Rypien, Boise State

    14. Jacob Knipp, Northern Colorado

    15. Jake Browning, Washington

Running Backs

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    The RB class lacks the superstar talent of a year ago, but David Montgomery is ready to start in today's NFL.
    The RB class lacks the superstar talent of a year ago, but David Montgomery is ready to start in today's NFL.Tim Warner/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic

    Biggest Faller: Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky

    Most NFL-Ready: David Montgomery, Iowa State

    Best Third-Down Back: Singletary

    Best Speed: Bryce Love, Stanford

    Best Power: David Montgomery, Iowa State

    Best Potential: Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma

    Biggest Question Mark: Anderson (injury history)

    Biggest Sleeper: Darrell Henderson, Memphis

                                 

    1. David Montgomery, Iowa State

    2. Damien Harris, Alabama

    3. Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic

    4. Darrell Henderson, Memphis

    5. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma

    6. Mike Weber, Ohio State

    7. Bryce Love, Stanford

    8. Miles Sanders, Penn State

    9. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M

    10. Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky

    11. Justice Hill, Oklahoma State

    12. Karan Higdon, Michigan

    13. Jordan Scarlett, Florida

    14. LJ Scott, Michigan State

    15. Alex Barnes, Kansas State

Wide Receivers

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    Hakeem Butler is new to the list and one of the fastest risers in the draft class.
    Hakeem Butler is new to the list and one of the fastest risers in the draft class.David K Purdy/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Hakeem Butler, Iowa State

    Biggest Faller: David Sills, West Virginia

    Most NFL-Ready: Kelvin Harmon, NC State

    Best Outside Receiver: D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

    Best Slot Receiver: Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

    Best Hands: N'Keal Harry, Arizona State

    Best Route-Runner: Marquise Brown

    Best Potential: Butler

    Biggest Question Mark: Metcalf (injury history)

    Biggest Sleeper: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

                                                

    1. N'Keal Harry, Arizona State

    2. Hakeem Butler, Iowa State

    3. D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

    4. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

    5. A.J. Brown, Ole Miss

    6. Riley Ridley, Georgia

    7. Kelvin Harmon, NC State

    8. Parris Campbell, Ohio State

    9. Mecole Hardman, Georgia

    10. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

    11. Dillon Mitchell, Oregon

    12. Darius Slayton, Auburn

    13. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo

    14. David Sills V, West Virginia

    15. Jakobi Meyers, NC State

Tight Ends

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    Noah Fant will hear his name called on Day 1 of the draft.
    Noah Fant will hear his name called on Day 1 of the draft.Michael Hickey/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Caleb Wilson, UCLA

    Biggest Faller: Alize Mack, Notre Dame

    Most NFL-Ready: Noah Fant, Iowa

    Best Slot Tight End: Fant

    Best Hands: Fant

    Best Route-Runner: Irv Smith Jr., Alabama

    Best Blocker: Smith

    Best Power: Smith

    Biggest Question Mark: Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

    Biggest Sleeper: Isaac Nauta, Georgia

    1. Noah Fant, Iowa

    2. Irv Smith Jr., Alabama

    3. Kaden Smith, Stanford

    4. Caleb Wilson, UCLA

    5. Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

    6. Isaac Nauta, Georgia

    7. Zach Gentry, Michigan

    8. C.J. Conrad, Kentucky

    9. Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

    10. Josh Oliver, San Jose State

Offensive Tackles

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    The talent is there, but questions still surround Jawaan Taylor.
    The talent is there, but questions still surround Jawaan Taylor.Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Andre Dillard, Washington State

    Biggest Faller: Mitch Hyatt, Clemson

    Most NFL-Ready: Jonah Williams, Alabama

    Best Run-Blocker: Williams

    Best Pass-Blocker: Williams

    Best Potential: Greg Little, Ole Miss

    Biggest Question Mark: Jawaan Taylor, Florida

    Biggest Sleeper: Max Scharping, Northern Illinois

    1. Jonah Williams, Alabama

    2. Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia

    3. Greg Little, Ole Miss

    4. Jawaan Taylor, Florida

    5. David Edwards, Wisconsin

    6. Andre Dillard, Washington State

    7. Max Scharping, Northern Illinois

    8. Dennis Daley, South Carolina

    9. Isaiah Prince, Ohio State

    10. Kaleb McGary, Washington

    11. Tariq Cole, Rutgers

    12. Mitch Hyatt, Clemson

    13. Tytus Howard, Alabama State

    14. Derwin Gray, Maryland

    15. Lukayus McNeill, Louisville 

Offensive Guards

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    Dalton Risner is made for today's pass-first NFL.
    Dalton Risner is made for today's pass-first NFL.Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Cody Ford, Oklahoma    

    Biggest Faller: Dru Samia, Oklahoma

    Most NFL-Ready: Ford

    Best Run-Blocker: Michael Dieter, Wisconsin

    Best Pass-Blocker: Dalton Risner, Kansas State

    Best Potential: Connor McGovern, Penn State

    Biggest Question Mark: Michael Jordan, Ohio State

    Biggest Sleeper: Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

    1. Cody Ford, Oklahoma

    2. Connor McGovern, Penn State

    3. Michael Deiter, Wisconsin

    4. Michael Jordan, Ohio State

    5. Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin

    6. Dalton Risner, Kansas State

    7. Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

    8. Nate Herbig, Stanford

    9. Ryan Bates, Penn State

    10. Dru Samia, Oklahoma

    11. Nate Davis, UNC-Charlotte

    12. Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas

    13. Ben Powers, Oklahoma

    14. Chuma Edoga, USC

    15. Martez Ivey, Florida

Centers

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    Elgton Jenkins sits atop the center class in 2019 and has starting potential.
    Elgton Jenkins sits atop the center class in 2019 and has starting potential.Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Lamont Gaillard, Georgia

    Biggest Faller: Drew Kyser, Memphis

    Most NFL-Ready: Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State

    Best Run-Blocker: Jenkins

    Best Pass-Blocker: Jenkins

    Best Potential: Jenkins

    Biggest Question Mark: Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

    Biggest Sleeper: Keegan Render, Iowa

    1. Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State

    2. Garrett Bradbury, NC State

    3. Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

    4. Lamont Gaillard, Georgia

    5. Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

    6. Keegan Render, Iowa

    7. Jon Baker, Boston College

    8. Jesse Burkett, Stanford

    9. Nick Linder, Indiana

    10. Drew Kyser, Memphis

Defensive Linemen

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    Ed Oliver has No. 1 overall talent but could fall down the board a bit.
    Ed Oliver has No. 1 overall talent but could fall down the board a bit.Tim Warner/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Quinnen Williams, Alabama

    Biggest Faller: Isaiah Buggs, Alabama

    Most NFL-Ready: Williams

    Best Run-Stopper: Williams

    Best Pass-Rusher: Rashan Gary, Michigan

    Best Potential: Ed Oliver, Houston

    Biggest Question Mark: Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

    Biggest Sleeper: Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois

    1. Quinnen Williams, Alabama

    2. Ed Oliver, Houston

    3. Rashan Gary, Michigan

    4. Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

    5. Dre'Mont Jones, Ohio State

    6. Dexter Lawrence, Clemson

    7. Raekwon Davis, Alabama

    8. Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

    9. Christian Wilkins, Clemson

    10. Gerald Willis, Miami (Fla.)

    11. Isaiah Buggs, Alabama

    12. Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri

    13. Ed Alexander, LSU

    14. Demarcus Christmas, Florida State

    15. Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois

Edge-Rushers

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    In a draft class in which Nick Bosa has long been the No. 1 prospect, Josh Allen has made a name for himself.
    In a draft class in which Nick Bosa has long been the No. 1 prospect, Josh Allen has made a name for himself.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Joe Jackson, Miami (Fla.)

    Biggest Faller: Chase Winovich, Michigan

    Most NFL-Ready: Nick Bosa, Ohio State

    Best Run-Stopper: Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

    Best Pass-Rusher: Bosa

    Best Potential: Bosa

    Biggest Question Mark: Winovich (injury)

    Biggest Sleeper: Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion

    1. Nick Bosa, Ohio State

    2. Josh Allen, Kentucky

    3. Brian Burns, Florida State

    4. Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

    5. Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

    6. Jachai Polite, Florida

    7. Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech

    8. Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion

    9. Joe Jackson, Miami (Fla.)

    10. Chase Winovich, Michigan

    11. Zach Allen, Boston College

    12. D'Andre Walker, Georgia

    13. Ben Banogu, TCU

    14. Charles Omenihu, Texas

    15. Anfernee Jennings, Alabama

Linebackers

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    The "other" Devin of the LB class, Devin Bush was Big Ten DPOY and has starting-caliber talent.
    The "other" Devin of the LB class, Devin Bush was Big Ten DPOY and has starting-caliber talent.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Gary Johnson, Texas

    Biggest Faller: Cameron Smith, USC

    Most NFL-Ready: Devin White, LSU

    Best Run-Stopper: Mack Wilson, Alabama

    Best Pass Coverage: Dakota Allen, Texas Tech

    Best Pass-Rusher: White

    Best Potential: White

    Biggest Question Mark: David Long, West Virginia

    Biggest Sleeper: Ryan Conley, Wisconsin

    1. Devin White, LSU

    2. Devin Bush, Michigan

    3. Mack Wilson, Alabama

    4. Dakota Allen, Texas Tech

    5. T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin

    6. Gary Johnson, Texas

    7. Vosean Joseph, Florida

    8. David Long Jr., West Virginia

    9. Germaine Pratt, NC State

    10. Khalil Hodge, Buffalo

    11. Te'von Coney, Notre Dame

    12. Chase Hansen, Utah

    13. Cameron Smith, USC

    14. Joe Giles-Harris, Duke

    15. Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin

Cornerbacks

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    Greedy Williams is not just NFL-ready, but he could also be an immediate star.
    Greedy Williams is not just NFL-ready, but he could also be an immediate star.Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

    Biggest Riser: Amani Oruwariye, Penn State    

    Biggest Faller: Damon Arnette, Ohio State

    Most NFL-Ready: Greedy Williams, LSU

    Best Slot Cornerback: Byron Murphy, Washington

    Best Man Coverage: Williams

    Best Zone Coverage: Deandre Baker, Georgia

    Best Potential: Williams

    Biggest Question Mark: Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State

    Biggest Sleeper: Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

    1. Greedy Williams, LSU

    2. Trayvon Mullen, Clemson

    3. Deandre Baker, Georgia

    4. Byron Murphy, Washington

    5. Julian Love, Notre Dame

    6. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State

    7. Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State

    8. David Long, Michigan

    9. Michael Jackson, Miami

    10. Damon Arnette, Ohio State

    11. Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

    12. Kris Boyd, Texas

    13. Sean Bunting, Central Michigan

    14. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt

    15. Iman Marshall, USC

Safeties

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    Taylor Rapp is looking to be the next great Husky DB to enter the NFL in recent years.
    Taylor Rapp is looking to be the next great Husky DB to enter the NFL in recent years.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Mike Edwards, Kentucky

    Biggest Faller: Brandon Jones, Texas

    Most NFL-Ready: Deionte Thompson, Alabama

    Best Coverage: Thompson

    Best Strong Safety: Taylor Rapp, Washington

    Best Free Safety: Thompson

    Best Hybrid Defender: Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State

    Best Run-Stopper: Abram

    Best Potential: Thompson

    Biggest Question Mark: Mark McLaurin, Mississippi State 

    Biggest Sleeper: Adderley

    1. Deionte Thompson, Alabama

    2. Taylor Rapp, Washington

    3. Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State

    4. Nasir Adderley, Delaware

    5. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida

    6. Juan Thornhill, Virginia

    7. Jaquan Johnson, Miami

    8. Mike Edwards, Kentucky

    9. Darnell Savage Jr., Maryland

    10. Marvell Tell III, USC

    11. Mark McLaurin, Mississippi State

    12. Lukas Denis, Boston College

    13. Brandon Jones, Texas

    14. Will Harris, Boston College

    15. Andrew Wingard, Wyoming