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Pre-Combine NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: No. 10 to No. 1

Over the last two months we’ve been working diligently to provide you, the readers, with as much actionable information as possible regarding the 2019 NFL Draft class. We’ve profiled over 40 prospects, providing the key advanced stats to know for each player and highlighting the strengths and weaknesses in their profiles.

What follows will be my initial set of rankings of the prospects we’ve written up. Click on the names for more detail. If you notice someone missing, don’t worry. We’ll continue providing content up to and beyond the draft in April. If you have any comments or questions regarding these rankings, feel free to hit me up on twitter at @jhoover9787.

Be sure to check out the previous pieces for all the rankings:

No. 10 – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

At 6-foot-6, 225-pounds, Butler has elite size and the ability to win in contested situations. He also posted a 0.44 Dominator Rating in 2018, securing the all-important breakout season we look for when evaluating WR prospects. His age (22.6) is a concern, however, as a 23-year-old rookies have historically found success at a much lower rate than their younger counterparts. Draft position will be key in his final evaluation.

No. 9 – Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky

Snell is young (20.8) and has an incredible production profile, finishing as the only RB in the country with three-straight seasons of at least 1,000 yards rushing and 13 TDs since 2016. He’s also been incredibly durable, handling 737 carries over three seasons. Snell’s athleticism may cap his upside but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better 2019 RB prospect based on age and production.

No. 8 – Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M

Similar to Snell, Williams is also relatively young (21.2) and has a dominant freshman season on his resume, finishing with a 0.57 First-Year Workhorse Score. He capped his college career by becoming just the 15th player since 2000 to finish a season with at least 1,700 yards rushing, 18 TDs, and 25 receptions. Ranked second among all 2019 RBs by NFL Draft Scout, Williams is poised to be a post-draft riser.

No. 7 – J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

Arcega-Whiteside has 28 receiving TDs in 33 career games and back-to-back breakout seasons. At 6-foot-3, 225-pounds, he’s built to play on the outside and should inherit high-value targets for fantasy purposes if deployed correctly. If he’s drafted in the second round in April, as currently projected by NFL Draft Scout, he’s easily a first round rookie pick in dynasty.

No. 6 – Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic

With 4,287 yards rushing and 66 TDs over the last three seasons, Singletary’s raw statistical production is eye-popping. He also registered an age-21 breakout season based on adjusted all-purpose yards per game, a strong indicator of future success. While comparisons to LeSean McCoy seem lofty, Singletary profiles as a solid RB prospect.

No. 5 – David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

Montgomery has been a favorite of Pro Football Focus for a long time primarily due to his ability to evade tackles. His production is solid, albeit somewhat underwhelming, but it’s worth reiterating how poor Iowa State’s offensive line play was during his three seasons in Ames. Questions linger about his athleticism making his combine performance crucial to his draft position and dynasty value.

No. 4 – Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis

Henderson’s production profile is something out of a video game. Since the 2000 season, he’s one of 10 RBs to average 8.5 yards per carry in a season with at least 130 carries and the only RB to average 8 yards per carry with at least 400 career carries. Henderson is also an accomplished receiver finishing his college career with a 63-758-8 line. As of right now he’s my RB1.

No. 3 – A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

With two straight seasons of solid production and an age-20 breakout season on his resume, Brown is a strong WR prospect. His stats are even more impressive considering the amount of WR talent surrounding him. Currently projected as a first or second-round pick, Brown belongs in the WR1 conversation in dynasty rookie drafts.

No. 2 – Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State

At 21 years old, Harmon is one of the younger prospects in the class. He accounted for at least 20 percent of his team’s receiving production in all three seasons but failed to reach the 0.30 Dominator Rating threshold we consider to be a true breakout season — 2017 (0.26) and 2018 (0.29). If he runs well at the combine I could see him landing the first round of the NFL Draft, boosting his fantasy floor and ceiling in the process.

No. 1 – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Harry narrowly missed securing a breakout season as an 18-year-old in 2016, posting a 0.27 Dominator Rating. Since then he’s accounted for 39 percent of Arizona State’s receiving yards and TDs. Harry represents the best blend of age, production, and potential draft position in the 2019 WR class and is easily my 1.01 in dynasty rookie drafts.

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