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2019 NFL Draft: Top Pick at Each Position

by Michael Stewart on Apr. 5, 2019

Introduction: The 2019 NFL draft is only weeks away and by now many football fans and football experts have a good idea who the elite prospects are in this draft. Like every draft, we are going to have surprise selections of prospects through each round as no one has a crystal ball on who that might be. So let’s take a look at the top prospect from each position; projected to be selected first:

Offense

Quarterback: Kyler Murray (Oklahoma): Murray is a clear winner in this group and possibly the first player selected in the draft.

Wide Receiver: D.K Metcalf (Ole Miss): Metcalf has all the tools to be an elite wide-out at the next level. Should hear his name called in the 1st round.

Running Back: Josh Jacobs (Alabama): Jacobs had some tough competition to earn this title, but should be the only running back selected in the 1st round.

Tight End: T.J Hockenson (Iowa): Hockenson can do it all at the Tight End position and a lock to go in the 1st round. A team could trade up to get him.

Center: Garrett Bradbury (North Carolina State): Bradbury edges out a few other deserving centers with his overall skill set.

Guard: Chris Lindstrom (Boston College): Lindstrom sneaks by notable prospects to claim the title and will be an immediate starter from day one.

Tackle: Jawaan Taylor (Florida): Taylor is a shut down right tackle that checks off all the boxes in what you’re looking for in an offensive tackle.

Defense

Defensive End: Nick Bosa (Ohio State): Bosa is a beast and will make an immediate impact as a rookie and could be better than his older brother Joey.

Defensive Tackle: Quinnen Williams (Alabama): Williams arguably had the toughest competition, but prevailed and will be a headache for many offensive linemen.

Inside Linebacker: Devin White (LSU): White is simply the best inside linebacker hands down and will be a play making tackling machine.

Outside Linebacker: Josh Allen (Kentucky): Allen is going to be an instant threat at the outside linebacker position who can do it all on the field.

Cornerback: Greedy Williams (LSU): Williams edges out Byron Murphy as it was so close that Murphy could easily have been the top cornerback.

Safety: Taylor Rapp (Washington State): Rapp gets the nod over Deionte Thompson to claim top safety. Despite a sub-performance in his pro-day, Rapp is going to have a successful NFL career; which could mirror former safety John Lynch.

Final Thoughts: Most of these picks are clear no-doubters; while others could spark a debate as many positions could have went in another direction. Either way, this only justifies the depth in the 2019 draft at every position and in my opinion; arguably the best draft class overall in the past decade.