McShay’s Top 32 prospects for 2019: Movement in the top five

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  • Todd McShayESPN Senior Writer

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    • ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst
    • Joined ESPN in 2006
    • Played quarterback in high school and was a backup QB for the University of Richmond.

The beginning of the college football bowl season means the 2019 NFL draft season is officially here.

The 2019 NFL draft class is starting to clear up, but there is still plenty of time for change over the next five months. We will start to see players declare for the draft over the next few weeks ahead of the Jan. 14 deadline.

Just three new players enter the top 32, including one who checks in at No. 12. And Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver is no longer the second-ranked prospect.

Here are my top 32 players for next year’s draft, updated from the Nov. 20 version. Be sure to check out our full draft rankings as well.

Note: Underclassmen are marked with an asterisk.


1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State*

Grade: 95 | Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 263 | Previous: 1

An elite talent (with elite bloodlines), Bosa isn’t just a gifted pass-rusher; he always knows where the ball is and is active against the run. He projects best as a 4-3 defensive end in the NFL but is scheme-versatile with his length and power. Bosa had six tackles for loss (TFL) and four sacks in three games before suffering an abdominal injury against TCU on Sept. 15. He has since withdrawn from school to focus on recovery and preparing for the draft. This isn’t the type of injury that will worry NFL scouts.

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