Top Defensive Prospects In 2019 NFL Draft

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 7:22 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019 7:22 PM UTC

Predicting the NFL draft and how teams will pick prospects is no exact science. In this post we look at the defensive side of the ball and discuss how the field might line up across the NFL.

There isn’t a uniform best player philosophy where the NFL draft is concerned. The way a field lines up in the NFL draft lottery doesn’t always go according to the measure of a player against his peers; i.e. the No.1 draft pick isn’t necessarily a reflection of who the best of the crop is, the finest overall player. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t.

Then again, it is all subjective. How do you measure players against one another, particularly different positions? Apples and oranges isn’t it? Teams do their own scouting and assessing and use their own set of criteria to determine what the best means in their opinion and/or for their team.

Teams address needs and the team with the top NFL pick will address its most pressing need and not simply grab the best player available if it is a position that they’ve already got well filled.

In the 2019 NFL draft the Arizona Cardinals have the top NFL pick, and, by and large, they’re expected to kick-off the highly anticipated draft extravaganza by picking a quarterback. That is certainly one of their needs, but it isn’t the only need. Cardinals have needs on both sides of the ball as they look to rebuild. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that they might use their top pick for a defensive player.

Now, Kyler Murray is the name bandied around for the coveted top pick currently still with the Cardinals, but it’s not a done deal. Those that espouse the best-overall-player philosophy would argue that the 2019 NFL draft class isn’t a great one. Mainly, for its lack of a bona fide elite quarterback, which takes the shine off the rest of the group.

Continuing on the same vein, the best player in the 2019 NFL draft class therefore is in many circles down to a choice of a couple of defensive players Nick Bosa (Edge) and Quinnen Williams (DT).

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Quinnen Williams will reportedly be spending a lot of time in the Bay this week.

Plus, updates on the Cardinals and their interest in Nick Bosa:https://t.co/qfYS2ybH2u

— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) 1 de abril de 2019
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Indeed, it is rich pickings on the defensive side of the ball in 2019 and many a mock draft circulating in NFL circles across all platforms is dominated by defensive choices in the first round.

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1. Cardinals - QB Kyler Murray
2. 49ers - DE Nick Bosa
3. Jets - Quinnen Williams

Check out the rest of @joelklatt's Mock Draft 1.0 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/fLqIMWADCL

— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) 26 de março de 2019
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Some of the top names in the group include Josh Allen, Devin White, Rashan Gary, Montez Sweat, and Jawaan Taylor. This five along with Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams are expected to mostly go amongst the top ten picks and to teams such as the Niners, Bucs, Jets, Jaguars, Lions, Bills and Broncos, all of whom have pressing needs on that side of the ball.

It remains to be seen what Kliff Kingsbury does and whether he’ll set the ball rolling with the expected choice of Kyle Murray or send seismic shockwaves by doing the unexpected. The San Francisco 49ers, who are in possession of the second pick are most likely to use it to select a defensive player and Nick Bosa is the popular pick that is attached to the organisation by most NFL experts.

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Former Ohio State DE Nick Bosa will visit #49ers next week, per @AlbertBreer https://t.co/gIQM5T3XyU

— 49ers Webzone (@49erswebzone) 1 de abril de 2019
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We could go down the draft pick list and continue to slot the various defensive players in the appropriate spots based on our impartial view of what teams need. We probably won’t get it 100% right though, anyway, because, well, we don’t have a crystal ball. We don’t know what will happen on the day itself.

You know, the moment when the commissioner traipses onto the stage with an air of authority. You know something big is about to go down. The silence is deafening. He’s milking the moment for as long as he possibly can before he drawls out – ever so slowly – the dramatic sentence of the occasion…”There’s been a trade!”

In 2018, there were eight trades that allowed teams to jostle each other for pole position, move up the queue where necessary to get a specific target on their list.

Normally, the driver of such trades in the first round is a quarterback prospect. We did mention earlier the lack of elitist quality in the 2019 quarterback draft class according to NFL experts, but that is an opinion perhaps not all share. There could still be some significant trades made in order to snap up the choice morsels of Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones.

To some organisation, team and coach one of these guys could be a hidden gem – a potential jewel in their crown… a bit of a Dak Prescott of sorts perhaps. Somebody might see something the rest don’t. Should that happen and the draft pick order changes significantly, who knows where the defensive prospects may then fall. Watch this space…

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