The Bills could use multiple additions on the inside of their defensive line. Marcell Dareus was traded away, while Kyle Williams is nearing the end of a very good career. Star Lotulelei was brought in, but he is a limited nose tackle and Carolina allowed him to leave because he isn't very good. Here's a difference-maker for Buffalo who offers a lot of versatility up front.
Once again, the Alabama factory churns out another freak defensive lineman. Following the example of Jonathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne, Davis looks like he is a future high first-rounder as well. The 6-foot-7, 306-pounder had an excellent 2017 season for the Crimson Tide. He totaled 69 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and an interception for his breakout sophomore campaign. Davis has a versatile skill set with a ton upside. He can play a variety of techniques up front and is a force as a run defender or in the pass rush.
The Colts grab a highly impactful defensive tackle for their 4-3 defense. Oliver would be a perfect fit as a three-technique.
In 2017, Oliver had 73 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. The 6-foot-1, 290-pounder dominated at the point of attack in 2016, starting from his debut game against Oklahoma. All season, the freshman overwhelmed offensive linemen with his quickness, athletic ability, and physicality. He totaled 66 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes batted on the year.
Oliver is going to see a ton of double teams for the rest of his college career, but he is good enough to produce even with the extra attention. Like Dexter Lawrence, Oliver looks like a future top prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Jets could use an edge rusher to go next to Leonard Williams.
Bosa notched 34 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble in 2017. He was the Buckeyes' best defensive end during the season, even though he rotated with Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis. Bosa could explode as a junior with the departure of those latter two for the NFL, which should leave him playing every down. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder played well for Ohio State in 2016, too, recording 29 tackles with seven tackles for a loss and five sacks.
The Dolphins grab a quarterback to replace Ryan Tannehill.
Sources who have already completed advance work on the 2019 NFL Draft's class say Herbert has big-time potential. He only played in eight games during 2017, but completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,750 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. The sophomore also ran for five touchdowns. As a freshman, Herbert completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,936 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder has a good skill set and could have a big junior year.
The Cardinals grab a young receiver to pair with Christian Kirk for Josh Rosen.
In 2017, Brown totaled 75 receptions for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was injured in the game against California on his first target and missed the rest of the contest. Brown had a strong debut in 2016 with 29 receptions for 412 yards with two touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound freshman showed some play-making potential, and it wouldn't be surprising if he puts together a big season in 2018.
If Tyron Smith doesn't bounce back this year, the Cowboys could consider a tackle. Even if he does, Adams makes sense as an upgrade at right tackle who could eventually move to left That would allow Dallas to move La'el Collins inside to guard.
In the first half of the 2017 season, Adams went out for the year after a torn ACL. Sources stated they didn't think that the torn ACL would have kept Adams from being a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, similar to Cedric Ogbuehi in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Adams is a smooth mover with length, making it tough to get by him. He plays with nice body lean and leverage that he uses to help sustain blocks. Adams has quick feet and is athletic on the edge.
Adams was one of the top left tackles in the Pac-12 during 2016. The Huskies fielded a potent passing offense, and Adams did a nice job of keeping Jake Browning protected. The 6-foot-7, 302-pound Adams has length and size on the edge to go along with good quickness and athleticism. Sources previously raved about Adams being one of the top talents for the 2018 NFL Draft class with franchise left tackle potential. They were impressed with his 2016 tape, including how well he did in one-on-ones with Alabama's edge rushers in the Huskies' playoff game.
The Bengals could lose Geno Atkins in free agency next year. Here's a replacement.
Brown (6-5, 316) had an impressive 2017 season, playing well down the stretch when Auburn made a run into the SEC Championship. He totaled 56 tackles with 3.5 sacks, nine tackles for a loss, one pass broken up and two forced fumbles on the year. The 6-foot-5, 316-pounder has a lot of upside to grow. Team sources who have done advance work on the 2019 class are high on Brown and think he definitely has first-round potential.
The Buccaneers signed Vinny Curry, but he wasn't a prolific pass-rusher with the Eagles. Here's a pass-rusher to pair with Jason Pierre-Paul.
Clemson has a defensive line that is comprised of future first-round picks, and some sources think that Ferrell created some of the big plays for the other Clemson defensive linemen in 2017. On the season, he totaled 66 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. Fellow defensive end Austin Bryant spent 2017 playing himself into being an early-rounder, but Bryant did well at cleaning up a lot of scrambling quarterbacks running away from Ferrell. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Ferrell has superb speed with athleticism and the ability to bend around the corner. He looks like a future first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
9.Baltimore Ravens:Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
Soon the Ravens will have to replace Terrell Suggs, and the 2019 NFL Draft could provide a great value in the first round for them.
Sweat (6-6, 241) had an excellent 2017 season and was dynamic defender for the Bulldogs. He totaled 48 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. It was his first year of playing time, so he has upside to develop.
The Giants grab their replacement for Eli Manning.
Stidham completed 67 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,158 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Team sources have said that Stidham (6-3, 210) has a lot of ability and that they are eager to see him develop. They think Stidham has the upside to be a special player. He displayed improvement in his accuracy and decision-making over the course of the 2017 season.
Stidham flashed as a freshman at Baylor, completing 69 percent of his passes for 1,265 yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. His freshman season was ended early because of injury, but he flashed serious ability with arm strength, athleticism and accuracy. After the scandal that claimed the job of Art Briles, Stidham eventually landed at Auburn following a stint attending community college for a year.
The Broncos have never really replaced Danny Trevathan. Here's an upgrade to go next to Brandon Marshall.
White (6-1, 255) is a big inside linebacker who possesses excellent instincts. He is a good athlete with the ability to cover in the passing game while also being a stout run defender. In 2017, White totaled 133 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one interception. It was a breakout sophomore campaign for White, and if he could have entered the 2018 NFL Draft, he would have graded out similarly to Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds or Georgia's Roquan Smith.
Little showed a ton of potential as a freshman starter. He was up and down as a sophomore, but has plenty of upside. The 6-foot-6, 325-pounder has improved as he has gained experience and should only get better as a junior. Little could end up being a really good left tackle prospect if he works hard and makes the most of his immense potential.
Kansas City needs a No. 1 corner to replace Marcus Peters.
Williams broke out in 2017 season with six interceptions, 11 passes broken up and 38 tackles. He showed good instincts, an ability to break on the ball, and impressive ball skills. One big problem for Williams (6-2, 175) is a very skinny frame, meaning he needs to add a lot of weight for the NFL.
14.Seattle Seahawks:Prospect not selected
Seattle lost Sheldon Richardson to free agency and Malik McDowell to injury. Here's an interior disruptor, which they need.
Simmons (6-4, 301) is a special player with an excellent combination of speed, athleticism, size and strength. As a sophomore, he totaled 60 tackles with five sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. In the leadup to whichever draft he enters, Simmons will be very polarizing because of off-the-field issues. In a video that is reminiscent of Joe Mixon, Simmons is seen beating a woman in a street fight, throwing multiple punches. Some teams that don't consider players with a history of domestic violence will immediately remove Simmons from their draft boards.
The 49ers need one more edge rusher to finish off their defensive line.
Jackson is a dangerous edge defender with a nose for the quarterback. He has excellent speed off the edge to go along with length and size. The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder could grow into a solid base end for a 4-3 defense. In 2017, Jackson totaled 59 tackles with 11.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble. He was impressive in his play against Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey, the ninth-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and one of the 49ers' starting tackles for the coming season. As a freshman, Jackson made 8.5 sacks.
In 2017, Gary notched 65 tackles with six sacks, one forced fumble and 12 tackles for a loss. The 6-foot-5, 287-pounder is a rare athlete who could turn into a dominant defender. Scouting sources say Gary has high first-round potential if he puts everything together. That could definitely happen during his junior season. Gary has a tremendous skill set with rare athleticism, speed and versatility. His upside is off the charts.