Dalvin Tomlinson (New York Giants): Tomlinson had a strong rookie year (especially as a run stopper). He has a chance to improve as a pass rusher in his sophomore season, and if so he will be a force to be reckoned with. He has strong veteran mentors with names like Damon “Snacks” Harrison and Olivier Vernon on the same defensive line as him.
Jarran Reed (Seattle Seahawks): Reed hasn’t quite lived up to my expectations so far, but the Seahawks will need him to step up this season, given the recent losses of key names on their defense like Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor on the backside. I expect that he will be able to, and will play a key starting role in the Seattle front seven this season.
Vita Vea (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Vea will have the luxury of being paired with Gerald McCoy this season. Those two down the line could be one of the best defensive tackle pairings in the game. Vea’s athleticism is rare for a person of his size.
Ed Oliver (Houston Cougars): Oliver has a shot at going first overall in 2019. He doesn’t play at a national powerhouse like some of the other top 2019 defensive prospects do, but he will manage to overcome that and be a top five pick if he continues to dominate the collegiate ranks.
Rashan Gary (Michigan Wolverines): Gary dominated the Big Ten last year and will again in 2018. It’s crazy that the Big Ten has two of the three best players in the 2019 draft with Gary and Nick Bosa. It’ll be interesting to see who gets drafted higher. Right now, I give Bosa the edge, but Gary isn’t too far behind.