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2019 NFL Draft: Defensive Rankings

April 5, 2019
Here are my top five rankings by position for the 2019 NFL Draft. To read my offensive rankings, click here.

Defensive Line:

1. Quinnen Williams, Alabama
2. Ed Oliver, Houston
3. Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State (he's hurt, but he's a top-20 player in the draft when healthy)
4. Christian Wilkins, Clemson
5. Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

Edge:

1. Nick Bosa, Ohio State
2. Josh Allen, Kentucky
3. Brian Burns, Florida State
4. Rashan Gary, Michigan
5. Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Linebacker: 

1. Devin White, LSU
2. Devin Bush, Michigan
2. Mack Wilson, Alabama
4. Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
5. Blake Cashman, Minnesota

Cornerback:

1. Byron Murphy, Washington
2. Deandre Baker, Georgia
3. Greedy Williams, LSU
4. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
5. Justin Layne, Michigan State

Free Safety:

1. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
2. Nasir Adderley, Delaware
3. Deionte Thompson, Alabama
4. Marquise Blair, Utah  
5. Sheldrick Redwine, Miami

Strong Safety:

1. Taylor Rapp, Washington
2. Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
3. Juan Thornhill, Virginia  
4. Jaquan Johnson, Miami  
5. Amani Hooker, Iowa  

This has been updated since its original publication.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics