With the 2019 NFL Draft sitting just over a week away, we decided to take a look at some of our favorite prospects in the upcoming selection process from each different position group. Starting with defensive backs and ending with quarterbacks on next Wednesday (the day before the NFL Draft begins), we’ll highlight some new players each day that we think you should keep an eye on.
The_Coach: Garrett Bradbury (North Carolina State)
The 2018 winner of the Rimington Trophy, the college football award given annually to the game’s most impressive center, North Carolina State’s Garrett Bradbury has continued to see his stock rise as of late, with help from a strong showing at the NFL combine. A mobile and agile center who measures in at 6’ 3” and 306 pounds, Bradbury is already garnering comparisons to six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Jeff Saturday, who played with a similar frame. Bradbury may give up strength at times to defenders but overall, his knowledge of the game mixed with his incredible skill and development should make him a veteran stand-out on Sundays for many years to come.
Ross Parker: Dalton Risner (Kansas State)
Risner is one of those guys that won’t be a sexy pick on draft day, but will come in and immediately contribute meaningful minutes to whatever team he ends up on. Risner provides the flexibility to play any position after playing all along the O-line at K-State. Risner started his Wildcat career at center, but eventually moved to tackle where he served the majority of his college career. Though he can play anywhere, he projects best as a RT in a west-coast style offense that features some power concepts. This style of system would allow Risner to utilize his point-of-attack power that makes him so successful.
Risner possesses a polished technique with ideal length and weight to help him serve as an anchor on an offensive line. Combine that with excellent play strength and Risner is an great prospect for any team. While he needs to clean up his footwork, NFL coaching could help Risner develop into one of the better O-line players in this entire draft. Expect to hear Dalton Risner’s name mid to late first round on draft night.
Marcus Russell: Kaleb McGary (Washington)
Kaleb McGary is a gigantic and extremely physical offensive lineman. He’s played right tackle his entire career for Washington, but he might move inside at the next level. He’s extremely explosive as a run-blocker, but still has some issues moving laterally. At 6-foot-7, 312-pounds he’s just a monster at the line of scrimmage. Look for McGary to be drafted in the first or second round of the upcoming draft.