2019 Underclassmen

By Jared Stanger

I believe the deadline for college underclassmen to declare for the 2019 draft is January 15th, and we’re already flying towards a new all-time high in terms of total players entering early.

It’s been tough to find a comprehensive listing, and certainly tougher to find one that can keep up with how fast and how many declares are coming. But I thought I’d post as many as I could, and throw in some video and a quick blurb about the players I’ve watched.

This took a few days to compile. And it will be outdated by Sunday.

Defensive End

Nick Bosa, OSU

Legacy player with the potential to end up at #1.1 overall.

Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State

Really productive season where he showed awesome upside, but wasn’t as consistent as I’d like and faded late. Reminds me a bit of Marcus Smith.

Brian Burns, FSU

Nice athlete with effortless first step. Getting first round buzz regardless of his thin frame. Very good production and intangibles.

Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan

Joe Jackson, Miami

One of the thicker-bodied DE this year.

Shareef Miller, Penn State

Jachai Polite, Florida

Super explosive in his passrush. A logical first round name.

Sutton Smith, NIU

Undersized passrusher akin to Shaquem Griffin that inevitably ends up at linebacker.

Defensive Tackle

Ed Alexander, LSU

Rashan Gary, Michigan

It’s lowkey pretty easy to find a single highlight from most of the players on this list. Not Gary. But go ahead and put him in your first round mock. I’ll pass.

Kevin Givens, Penn State

Dre’mont Jones, Ohio State

Somehow people are lower on Dre’mont than they are on Gary. That is asinine. Jones is the best interior penetrator in this draft. And there are a lot.

Ed Oliver, Houston

DL tweener without a ton of passrush, but with some injury and personality redflags. My intuition is that he will eventually underperform his draft position.

Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

Huge off-field redflag that deserves a round or two downgrade. But otherwise 100% a 1st round talent.


Devin Bush, Michigan

Tyrel Dodson, Texas A&M

Joe Giles-Harris, Duke

Hugely productive player, but seemed slower in 2018 than as seen here in 2017.

Vosean Joseph, Florida

Interesting player. Especially if you can get away with him being a two-down player.

David Long, West Virginia

Undersized player but a ton of playmaking on tape.

Quart’e Sapp, Tennessee


Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida

I’m a huge fan of Chauncey. Great positional versatility. Solid tackler. This play here is my highest hope for him: rangy, thumping single-high safety.

Taylor Rapp, Washington

I think he’s a 2nd round player that could easily climb into the 1st due to a shallow safety class. Kind of a B+ player across the board…hitting, coverage, blitzing (probably more an A).


Blessaun Austin, Rutgers

Sean Bunting, Central Michigan

Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan

Jamel Dean, Auburn

Clifton Duck, Appalachian State

Justin Layne, Michigan State

Layne is as close to Richard Sherman’s profile as we’ve yet seen in 6-7 years. WR convert. Same size. And quickly developing skillset.

David Long, Michigan

Julian Love, Notre Dame

Greedy Williams, LSU

Undoubted 1st round pick. Probably the best pure cover corner in the class.

Offensive Line

Venzell Boulware, Miami

David Edwards, Wisconsin

I wasn’t sold on Edwards in 2017, and another didn’t do much more.

Cody Ford, Oklahoma

Pretty interesting player. Getting a lot of mid-late 1st round buzz now that he’s declared.

Nate Herbig, Stanford

Andre James, UCLA

Michael Jordan, Ohio State

Greg Little, Mississippi

Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

Connor McGovern, Penn State

Tyler Roemer, San Diego State

William Sweet, North Carolina

Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Taylor is a bit of a creeper…the more you watch him, the more you start to like him. Really powerful. Not the quickest but he compensates with intuitive play.


Daniel Jones, Duke

Good luck if you need a QB this year. Jones’ under-pressure reel is pretty awful.

Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

One of the better deep ball throwers this year. But otherwise unspectacular.


Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma

I was pretty interested in Anderson before he got hurt this year. There’s like a mix of Arian Foster and James Conner in there.

Alex Barnes, Kansas State

Darrell Henderson, Memphis

Justice Hill, Oklahoma State

Elijah Holyfield, Georgia

A short-stepping back like Thomas Rawls, but maybe a tick more speed.

Travis Homer, Miami

Was looking like a potential early round RB earlier in his Miami career, before injuries hit.

Miles Sanders, Penn State

Jordan Scarlett, Florida

I’m a huge Scarlett fan. I just want to see him work on his pass-catching.

LJ Scott, Michigan State

Devin Singletary, FAU

There will be people that find this blasphemous, but……….Barry Sanders.

Benny Snell, Kentucky

Mike Weber, Ohio State

Kerrith Whyte, FAU

Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M

Wide Receiver

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford

Unbelievable redzone threat.

AJ Brown, Mississippi

Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Greg Dortch, Wake Forest

The odds are against Dortch becoming an elite receiver because of his size, but damnit if he isn’t a fun player to watch.

Jovon Durante, FAU

Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State

Mecole Hardman, Georgia

Kelvin Harmon, NC State

N’Keal Harry, Arizona State

Diontae Johnson, Toledo

DK Metcalf, Ole Miss

Jakobi Meyers, NC State

Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina

Riley Ridley, Georgia

Darius Slayton, Auburn

I’m a fan of Slayton. He’s got 4.3 speed and nice body control.

John Ursua, Hawaii

Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech

Preston Williams, Colorado State

Tight End

Keenen Brown, Texas State

Noah Fant, Iowa

Zach Gentry, Michigan

Dawson Knox, Ole Miss

Alize Mack, Notre Dame

Isaac Nauta, Georgia

Dax Raymond, Utah State

Kaden Smith, Stanford

Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

Kahale Warring, San Diego State

Caleb Wilson, UCLA


I really love the way the underclassmen have sort of intuitively filled in the gaps of where the senior class is weakest. These TE and RB declares help tremendously. The only thing unhelped, really, is the Safety class. There just aren’t that many bodies even combining Senior and Junior years.