Todd McShayESPN Senior WriterClose
- ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst
- Joined ESPN in 2006
- Played quarterback in high school and was a backup QB for the University of Richmond.
Well, the 2018 college football season is over, and Monday’s deadline to declare for the 2019 NFL draft is in the rearview mirror (although a full list of underclassmen who were accepted into the draft class will be sent to teams Friday).
The class is certainly starting to clear up, but there is still a long way to go. So much can still change. Look for more shuffling to come over the next few months as players attend all-star games, the NFL scouting combine (beginning Feb. 26) and work out at pro days.
When we last ran through the Top 32, Auburn’s Derrick Brown and Oregon’s Justin Herbert still inhabited spots — but both highly coveted players will be returning to their respective colleges. Three new players jump into the rankings, including the quarterback drawing all the buzz this week. So where does Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray rank?
Here are my top 32 players for this year’s draft. Be sure to check out our full draft rankings.
Note: Underclassmen — who have all declared — are marked with an asterisk.
1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State*
Grade: 95 | Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 263 | Previous: 1
An elite talent (with elite bloodlines), Bosa isn’t just a gifted pass-rusher; he always knows where the ball is and is active against the run. He projects best as a 4-3 defensive end in the NFL but is scheme-versatile with his length and power. Bosa had six tackles for loss (TFL) and four sacks in three games before suffering an abdominal injury against TCU on Sept. 15. This isn’t the type of injury that will worry NFL scouts, and he has since withdrawn from school and declared for the draft. In my Mock Draft 1.0 from December, Bosa went No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
2. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama*
Grade: 94 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 295 | Previous: 2