This past January, Mel Kiper released his first Draft Board for the 2019 NFL Draft. He had 14 SEC players going in that early version of his board, twice as many as the second most conference. Alabama had the most of any SEC school, and of any school in the country.
- (2) Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
- (3) Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
- (4) Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
- (5) Jonah Williams, OT/G, Alabama
- (8) Devin White, LB, LSU
- (10) Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
- (11) Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
- (15) Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
- (17) Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
- (18) Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
- (22) AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
- (25) Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
- (27) Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
- (31) Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
In his new board, there are many changes in both how many players go in the First Round and the order which they go.He also goes over his Top 300 and and his position rankings.
- (2) Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama +1
- (3) Devin White, LB, LSU +5
- (4) Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky -2
- (10) Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State +15
- (12) Jonah Williams, OT/G, Alabama -7
- (13) Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State -4
- (15) Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
- (16) Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida +5
- (18) Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
- (21) Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
- (27) Erik McCoy, C/G, Texas A&M
- (28) Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama -1
There are 12 on Kiper’s final Board, and several original prospects have been bumped off, including Greedy Williams, Deandre Baker, Jachai Polite, Greg Little, AJ Brown, and Deionte Thompson. New prospects include Erik McCoy, Drew Lock, Johnathan Abram, and Josh Jacobs.
The biggest winner on the board is probably Montez Sweat, who soared 15 spots up to the 10th pick. On the opposite end, Greedy Williams had by far the biggest fall. He was projected as the 4th overall pick, but now is projected as a Second Rounder by Kiper.
Round One of the 2019 NFL Draft will begin this Thursday at 8:00pm in Nashville. It will be the first NFL Draft to ever take place in the Music City.
Written by Dylan Vogel, ESPN Chattanooga Contributor