If you’ve been paying attention to NFL draft history for a while, you may have noticed that the sport has undergone several changes over the years.
The first, and most obvious, was the rise of the internet.
Before that, it was mostly the NFL and its teams that were responsible for keeping fans updated on prospects through social media.
Now, however, we are seeing a new trend emerge: recruiting.
It’s a trend that has had a positive effect on recruiting, but it has also had a negative one.
And with the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, a lot of teams are now realizing they need to diversify their rosters to make sure their prospects can find the right fit.
That’s why, as the 2019 NFL Draft approaches, we decided to look at the best prospects in the entire draft.
It has taken us more than a year to compile this list, and we still have a lot to learn about prospects and how they might fit in the NFL.
So, without further ado, here are the best of the best in 2019.1.
Sam Darnold, QB, Florida State, 2018: One of the most promising prospects in this class, Darnolds potential will be on full display.
He’s already started his first NFL season, throwing for 3,824 yards and 16 touchdowns and adding 10 touchdowns on the ground.
He led the Seminoles to the NCAA Division III national title, and he also won the SEC quarterback of the year award.
Darnards skill set is also something to be admired, and scouts and evaluators alike love his size and athleticism.
With his size, speed, and arm strength, he has a chance to become a top-five pick.
And if the draft comes down to the end, Davons name will be synonymous with the Noles program for years to come.2.
Jaron Brown, WR, Clemson, 2019: Brown’s ceiling is high, and the Clemson product is certainly on the rise.
He has big, physical hands, and is an explosive receiver who will make NFL defenses miss on the perimeter.
He had 10 touchdowns in 2019, making him one of the top wideouts in the draft.
His versatility will be an asset to any offense, and his ability to run after the catch will help his stock.
He will be a first-round pick, but that won’t hurt his stock at all.3.
Malik Hooker, WR/KR, Michigan State, 2019 : Hooker is a huge, strong receiver, but his upside is even bigger.
He can also run, and while he is very raw, he is a good athlete for his size.
He was the consensus first-team All-Big Ten performer last year, and there is no reason why he can’t become a first or second-round talent.4.
Johnathan Hankins, QB/WR, South Carolina, 2019; No. 1 QB: After a shaky start, Hankins has finally started to pick things up.
He finished with 11 touchdowns in his first season at South Carolina and then rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2020.
He should continue to grow into the role as the program becomes more comfortable with him and his new offensive coordinator, Dave Doeren.5.
David Njoku, WR; No, 1 WR: The No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft is already an elite athlete, but there is still a lot left to do before he can become an NFL caliber receiver.
He played in four games as a true freshman last season, but he did not register any stats, was not on the field for a sack or a touchdown, and had no interceptions.
With that being said, he still has the tools to be an elite NFL wide receiver.6.
T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin, 2019-2020: The defensive end was the best player on the Badgers defense in 2020, and with the success of the defensive line, he should continue that trend.
Watt recorded five sacks and three forced fumbles, and also forced four fumbles in his final season at Wisconsin.7.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford, 2019 (No. 3 overall): With the addition of quarterback David Shaw to the Stanford program, the Cardinal could really use a running back who can take pressure off of the quarterbacks.
McCaffreys potential is there, but we’ll see how much of an impact he can make on the Cardinal offense, especially in a vacuum with Shaw under center.8.
Deandre Walker, WR-DE, Michigan, 2019(No. 4 overall): Walker has all the traits you look for in a great edge rusher, and will have an even bigger impact if he can add strength and bulk.
Walker has the length to play anywhere on the line, and if he develops the strength to stay in one spot, he will be one of this year’s biggest impact