A new quarterback in the top 25. Several moves in the top 10. Two defenders from Conference USA make their debuts.
Below is my updated Big Board — my ranking of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL draft — and the first look at my top 10 prospects at every position, from quarterbacks to kickers.
A few notes before I get started, same as always:
These aren’t detailed scouting reports. I still have a lot of work to do on these prospects, and what they do from now until January matters a lot.
Height and weight are based on what we have from schools. We don’t get official numbers until the 2019 NFL combine.
Note: One asterisk denotes the player is a junior, and two asterisks denote the player is a redshirt sophomore in 2018.
1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State*
Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 263 pounds | Previously: 1
Bosa won’t be back at Ohio State, as his core muscle injury will keep him out until December, and he decided to train for the draft instead of trying to return for a bowl game. It’s the right decision. Think about it this way: Now Bosa’s next injury will come after he’s a multimillionaire, not before. I don’t expect the injury or decision to affect his draft stock. He is an elite pass-rusher who is advanced for his age in his technique — you can probably thank his brother, Joey, and dad, John, both former first-round picks. He’ll finish his Buckeyes career with 17.5 sacks in two-plus seasons, most of which was in a loaded line rotation.