2019 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: How many defensive linemen go in the first round?

NBC Sports Washington Staff
NBC Sports Washington

The 2018 NFL draftees haven't even gone through their first full summer camps yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early to take another look at what next year's class of first-round draftees might look like.

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We don't know yet exactly what the final rosters will look like this season, but we're still here to look at which college stars NFL teams might be interested in next spring. This list will change with time and evolve based on the construction of those final rosters, the successes and failures of each team and the subsequent changes in draft position to the one listed here.

This draft doesn't look to be as top-heavy with quarterbacks like 2018 was, but there does seem to be a trend emerging in the Class of 2019. This defensive line class is loaded, particularly with Clemson Tigers. Not a ton has changed since the first edition, with all but one of the first 10 picks remaining the same, but there are some big jumpers.

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Much like Alabama running backs of the past, Damien Harris has top-10 potential out of the backfield. The Crimson Tide are typically a force in the ground game, and Harris has the tools to be a No. 1 back in the NFL. There's bound to be plenty of movement in the first round as the season progresses, but for now, all 32 picks are projected to be from Power-5 schools.

With only four quarterbacks projected to go in the first round, Missouri's Drew Lock leads the charge at No. 4 overall. The Tigers aren't expected to be world-beaters in 2018, but a strong statistical season could keep Lock in the top five.

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