3 Prospects Shooting Up Mock Draft Boards Ahead of 2019 NFL Draft

Max Staley
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The NFL Draft is often one of the most unpredictable events of the year. Think back to Aaron Rodgers' infamous fall in the 2005 NFL Draft, or Brady Quinn's drop in 2007.

However, the reverse is often true as well, as players can rise up draft boards just as quickly, and this year appears to be no different. With that in mind, let's take a look at three players shooting up draft boards ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.

3. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

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Marquise "Hollywood" Brown's dynamic quickness and speed translated to incredible production this season, as the Oklahoma product tallied 1,318 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. However, a Lisfranc injury caused Hollywood to miss the NFL Combine, which saw his projection slip into the second day. Now that coaches and scouts have had more time to review tape, it seems Brown is once again rising into the first round. Assuming NFL teams aren't scared off by Brown's lengthy injury history, the speedster could go in the mid-to-late first round.

2. Devin White, LB, LSU

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Coming into the 2019 NFL Draft process, Devin White was viewed as a surefire first-round pick. However, after putting up remarkable numbers at the NFL Combine (4.42 40-yard dash at 237 pounds), White now looks like a good bet to be the first linebacker off the board. Most mocks have White going as high as No. 5 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it's rare to see a projection with him falling out of the first 10 picks. White projects as a rangy athlete who could be the leader of a defensive unit for years to come, so it's no surprise he's shooting up draft boards.

1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

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Coming into the season, Ed Oliver and Nick Bosa were neck and neck to be the first player off the board. Of course, a lot has changed since then. Oliver's production took a significant dip this season, going from 73 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2017-18, to 54 total tackles and three sacks in 2018-19. As a result, Oliver was being projected by some mock drafts as late as the middle of the first round in early April. However, Oliver is once again rising up draft boards, and some projections even have him going fourth to the Oakland Raiders. With a lethal combination of power, speed and size, it's no wonder Oliver has once again found himself near the top of the draft.

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