Stacking the Board

The Defensive Draft Value Chart
Defensive Value-Board Ratings:
Final Update:  04/24/19
 
*** This is the projected order (stacked-board style) for which the players will come off the board during the draft. Rounds 1 & 2 are each whittled into sectors "1A, 1B, etc."  In this case, "1A," for example, stands for picks in the first one-third of round one (picks 1-10), and something like "2C" would equate to the last one-third of Rd. 2.  Likewise, in Rd's 3-7 all players are stacked vertically by way of their grade / expected order drafted in that round.***
Round
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
4/5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6/7
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Priority
F.A.
 
 
 
 
Defensive Line Edge-Rusher Linebacker Cornerback Safety Specialists
1A      Quinnen Williams, Alabama 1A      Nick Bosa, Ohio State 1A      Devin White, LSU 1A       1A       1A
          Ed Oliver, Houston           Josh Allen, Kentucky           Devin Bush, Michigan      
          Rashan Gary, Michigan                    
1B      Christian Wilkins, Clemson 1B      Clelin Ferrell, Clemson 1B       1B      Rock Ya-Sin, Temple 1B       1B
                      Brian Burns, Florida St.             Byron Murphy, Washington              
                                                  
1C      Jeffrey Simmons, Miss. St. 1C      Montez Sweat, Miss. St. 1C       1C      Greedy Williams, LSU 1C      D. Savage Jr., Maryland [s/cb] 1C
                                             Deandre Baker, Georgia           Nasir Adderley, Delaware  
************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* *************************
2A      Dexter Lawrence, Clemson 2A        2A       2A       2A      C. Gardner-Johnson, Florida 2A
          L.J. Collier, TCU                                                          Johnathan Abram, Miss. St.  
          Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame                    
2B      Dre'Mont Jones, Ohio State 2B      Chase Winovich, Michigan 2B       2B      Julian Love, Notre Dame 2B      Taylor Rapp, Washington 2B
                                Oshane Ximines, Old Dom.             Justin Layne, Michigan St.           Juan Thornhill, Virginia [s/cb]  
                         Lonnie Johnson Jr., Kentucky              
2C       2C      Jachai Polite, Florida 2C      Bobby Okereke, Stanford 2C      Sean Bunting, Central Mich. 2C      Amani Hooker, Iowa 2C    
                                   Trayvon Mullen, Clemson              
************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* *************************
Zach Allen, Boston College Ben Banogu, TCU Mack Wilson, Alabama Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt -  -  -
 
Khalen Saunders, Western Ill. Jaylon Ferguson, LA Tech Germaine Pratt, N.C. State -  -  -
Ugo Amadi, Oregon [s/cb]  
Trysten Hill, UCF Anthony Nelson, Iowa Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii Amani Oruwariye, Penn St. -  -  -
 
Renell Wren, Arizona St. D'Andre Walker, Georgia Cody Barton, Utah David Long, Michigan Khari Willis, Michigan St.  
Charles Omenihu, Texas Joe Jackson, Miami Josiah Tauaefa, UTSA Isaiah Johnson, Houston -  -  -
 
John Cominsky, Charleston Justin Hollins, Oregon Ben Burr-Kirven, Wash. -  -  -
Deionte Thompson, Alabama  
************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* *************************
Daylon Mack. Texas A&M Christian Miller, Alabama Sione Takitaki, BYU Jamel Dean, Auburn Mike Edwards, Kentucky  
Gerald Willis III, Miami Maxx Crosby, Eastern Mich. Blake Cashman, Minnesota Corey Ballentine, Washburn Marquise Blair, Utah  
Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M Jordan Brailford, Okl. St. Terrill Hanks, N. Mexico St. Michael Jackson, Miami Will Harris, Bos. College Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah [p]
Isaiah Buggs, Alabama Austin Bryant, Clemson Vosean Joseph, Florida Jimmy Moreland, J. Madison Evan Worthington, Colorado  
Armon Watts, Arkansas Shareef Miller, Penn St. Te'von Coney, Notre Dame Saivion Smith, Alabama Jaquan Johnson, Miami Matt Gay, Utah [k]
Greg Gaines, Washington Sutton Smith, Northern Ill. David Long, W. Virginia Jordan Brown, So. Dakota St. S. Redwine, Miami [s/cb]  
************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* *************************
Ed Alexander, LSU Malik Reed, Nevada Tyrel Dodson, Texas A&M Iman Marshall, USC [cb/s] Mike Bell, Fresno St. Cole Tracy, LSU [k]
Demarcus Christmas, Fla. St. Jalen Jelks, Oregon Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame Mark Fields, Clemson Malik Gant, Marshall Jake Bailey, Stanford [p]
Dontavius Russell, Auburn Porter Gustin, USC Chase Hansen, Utah [lb/ss] Kendall Sheffield, Ohio St. Marvell Tell III, USC [s/cb]  
Kevin Givens, Penn St. Andrew Van Ginkel, Wisc Ulysses Gilbert, Akron Stephen Denmark, Valdosta St. Andrew Wingard, Wyoming Dan Godsil, Indiana [ls]
Daniel Wise, Kansas Wyatt Ray, Bos. College Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin Kris Boyd, Texas [cb/s] Saquan Hampton, Rutgers Austin Seibert, Oklahoma [k]
Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia Landis Durham, Texas A&M Drew Lewis, Colorado Xavier Crawford, Cent. Mich. Darius West, Kentucky  
Michael Dogbe, Temple Carl Grandersen, Wyoming Emeke Egbule, Houston Hamp Cheevers, Bos. College Zedrick Woods, Ole Miss  
************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* *************************
Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati Ronheen Bingham, Arkansas St. Gary Johnson, Texas Ken Webster, Ole Miss Montre Hartage, N'Wstrn [s/cb] John Baron II, San Diego St. [k]
Albert Huggins, Clemson Derick Roberson, Sam Hou. St. Jordan Kunaszyk, California Clifton Duck, App. St. Lukas Denis, Bos. College Jack Fox, Rice [p/k]
Chris Slayton, Syracuse Chris Peace, Virginia T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin Jamal Peters, Miss. St. Jonathan Crawford, Indiana Nick Moore, Georgia [ls]
Isaiah Mack, Chattanooga Malik Carney, North Carolina Tre Lamar, Clemson Blace Brown, Troy D'Cota Dixon, Wisconsin Cody Grace, Arkansas St. [p]
Byron Cowart, Maryland Markus Jones, Angelo St. Dakota Allen, Texas Tech Rashad Fenton, So. Carolina Mark McLaurin, Miss. St. Parker Thome, Vanderbilt [p]
Ricky Walker, Virginia Tech Gerri Green, Miss. State Cameron Smith, USC Jordan Miller, Washington Donovan Wilson, Texas A&M A.J. Cole III, N.C. State [p]
Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri Darryl Johnson Jr., N.C. A&T Joe Giles-Harris, Duke Derrick Baity, Kentucky Delvon Randall, Temple Chase McLaughlin, Illinois [k]
************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* ************************* *************************
175 Defensive/Special Teams Players are ranked here for 2019
They're ranked in a formula/evaluation method that couples "expected off the board order" along with evaluation of athletic skill at their respective position.  It so happens that most years the DraftBoardGuru formula leads to approx. 170-180 prospects in the category of defensive/special teams players. This is a very strong defensive value board in 2019 and there's also a few special special team players.
 
On defense:  Cornerback is a position that isn't necessarily spectacular at the top, in the area you would normally find blue-chip prospects.  Yet, it is a tremendously deep position.  Teams looking for CB's should be able to find safe haven in all of the rounds, as the depth runs very deep.... The defensive line and Edge positions are more skewed towards the upper rounds with a fantastic number of Round One and Round Two prospects.  The linebackers, at times, can be painful to evaluate in this draft class.  It's a rather bland group... and is some of that due to the fact that many of the best athletes in the collegiate game are being moved to Edge and Safety?  In a prior era of football, teams stacked their best players at LB, and that just isn't the case anymore.  Food for thought, anyhow.  The safety position is a strong group.  But as has been the case at the Safety position in recent years, there are many flavors of "safety" and what fits one team might not fit another.