1. Cincinnati BengalsChase Young, DE, Ohio State
2019 season stats: 16.5 sacks, 38 total tackles, 7 forced fumbles
The question on everyone’s mind: Do the Bengals or whoever ends up with the first overall pick draft Ohio-born quarterback Joe Burrow, the presumptive Heisman winner who starred this year at LSU, or an utterly dominant defensive end and worry about a quarterback later? (And by later, I mean Clemsons Trevor Lawrence next year.)
With questions about the quarterbacks and none about the Buckeyes’ absolute game-changer, give me Chase Young at No. 1.
2. New York Giants Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The Giants guards have played well this season … while their tackles have not. Daniel Jones is the sixth most sacked QB in the NFL and leads quarterbacks in lost fumbles with 10. Thomas only turns 21 next month but at 6-5, 320 pounds, hes a perfect fit to protect Jones.
3. Washington RedskinsJerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
2019 season stats: 71 receptions, 959 receiving yards, 9 receiving TDs
The Redskins are 29th in the NFL this season explosive pass rate, a statistic that measures their big play capability, and after a huge win with pick Terry McLaurin in the third round last year, Jeudy is the perfect complement for the rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
4. Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
2019 season stats: 71.4% completion percentage, 2,840 yards passing, 33 passing TDs
The Tua vs. Burrow debate is an interesting one. Tagovailoa was a 5-star recruit who everyone wanted, and then delivered in the title game vs. Georgia as a true freshman, followed by two monster seasons. Burrow was a 3-star recruit who could never win the starting job at Ohio State, has put together a dazzling 15-game stretch at LSU, and turns 23 next week. Hes probably not a 1-year wonder, but its a question NFL front offices will have to get their arms around.
This has to be one of the craziest stats of 2019: The Dolphins roster right now is made up of 42% of undrafted players … theres been a massive talent drain in Miami. There will be talk of drafting everything but a quarterback to tank for Trevor Lawrence, but I’m sorry, folks thats just not how teams operate.
Again, i think Tua is the better prospect, so I’m taking him over Burrow as the No. 1 QB on my board.