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 5. Ed Oliver  |  Houston  |  Defensive Tackle









Ed Oliver might have his critics, with arguments revolving around his size and the relatively inferior offensive linemen he faced in college. However his college production can not be denied, and really has to be viewed before any kind of assessment can be made about Oliver and how his game might transfer to the NFL. Elite get-off and burst, Oliver explodes out of his stance and employs a violent hand swat in one smooth movement to get backfield penetration. Based off this move, and variations of this move, Oliver wracked up 53 tackles for loss in a three-year college career! That’s elite no matter the conference you play in. His resemblance to Aaron Donald, indisputably the best defensive player in the NFL, is notable, and further pads his, already highly valuable, draft stock.




 4. Devin White  |  LSU  |  Inside Linebacker










Defending the run isn't all on the defensive front, the linebackers also have responsibility to defend their gaps and contribute with a tackle. In this draft class, LSU inside linebacker Devin White looks pound-for-pound the top run defender operating at the second-level, boasting great speed, a thunderous tackle and the core strength to shed blocks and hold opponents up when required. Also possesses the kind of quickness that allows him to give pursuit out wide, where he's put up an impressive college highlight reel of colliding with ball-carriers at pace and putting them on their backside.



 3. Christian Wilkins  |  Clemson  |  Defensive Tackle










One of the cogs in Clemson's National Championship-winning team, despite fellow DT Dexter Lawrence and end Clelin Ferrell winning much of the plaudits. Wilkins is a hugely physical competitor on the interior, who lined up all over the front with Clemson, even passrushing off the edge when it was asked of him. His best fit is probably in the 1-technique, where he can be hugely disruptive and has the strength, competitive nature and powerful hands to consistently threaten backfield penetration and draw double-teams.









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 2. Nick Bosa  |  Ohio State  |  4-3 Edge









Bosa is an all-purpose edge player who has made his name based off his menace in passrush, but his strength, high level handwork and ability to do the fundamentals of the defensive end position means his run defending should be viewed in the same elite light as his passrushing. Bosa earns extra value due to his versatility both in terms of being able to set the edge in a 30 or 40 front, or even play inside to a high level on obvious passing downs in a 4-3 defense.



  1. Jeffrey Simmons  |  Mississippi State  |  Defensive Tackle









6-5 and 300lb+, Simmons has one of the most balanced games among 2019’s hugely talented D-lineman class. Although primarily a run-stuffing 1-technique that can single-handedly control the interior and make it a long day for opposing centers and guards trying to move him on run plays; Simmons also figures strongly on passing downs, where his get-off and brute strength consistently help him push the pocket. Violent hands are something he can further develop, ensuring his utility in passrush situations will only increase.