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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


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


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


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