With 15 weeks in the books, it’s time to start looking at how the 2019 NFL Draft projects to shape up.
We’ve now reached the point in the 2018 NFL season where roughly half the league is focusing on their respective playoff pushes, while the other half has shifted their focus to evaluating draft prospects and preparing for the 2019 campaign.
In fact, 13 teams have already officially been eliminated from postseason contention, and another four teams will need a lot of help to sneak their way into the playoffs.
Fortunately for the fan bases who have already moved on to draft season, the oddsmakers at online sportsbook MyBookie have released odds on which player will be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. While there are only a handful of teams in contention for the No. 1 overall pick, this list still has relevance, as it can serve as a list of the top-five prospects in this year’s draft class.
With that being said, here is a look at who the oddsmakers are picking to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Odds courtesy of MyBookie as of December 11, 2018.
Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn (+800)
Brown, a mammoth 6-foot-4, 322-pound defensive tackle prospect has the potential to be future perennial All-Pro type of player at the NFL level. He has the strength and quickness to make an immediate impact on the interior of any defensive line, but what’s even more enticing about Brown, though, is the fact that he is still just 20-years-old.
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama (+400)
After serving as a rotational player in 2017, Williams, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle prospect out of Alabama, burst on to the scene in 2018, winning the Outland Trophy and earning unanimous All-American honors.
The biggest knock on Williams will be his lack of experience, but if you turn on the game film, there is simply no denying that he has the ability to single-handedly take over and change games.
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson (+400)
Ferrell, at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, has a very similar skillset to Denver Broncos rookie phenom Bradley Chubb. Like Chubb, Ferrell is a well-rounded defensive end, who has the potential to be a double-digit sack threat in the NFL for the next decade.
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston (+200)
Oliver has been the most hyped defensive player in all of college football for most of the last year, drawing comparisons to Los Angeles Rams superstar (and likely 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year) Aaron Donald.
Bottom line: if you watch him on film, it’s easy to see why NFL scouts are in enamored with Oliver. And if he is anywhere close to the type of player Donald is, the former Houston standout will prove to be well worth the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Draft.
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State (+150)
This one is simple: NFL teams place a premium on edge rushers, and Bosa is arguably the best pass rusher in the 2019 Draft class. Don’t be surprised if the former Ohio State Buckeye is the first player off the board next April.
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