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2019 NFL Draft Board – Top 32 prospects after Week 8

Sep 8, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) in action during the game against the Arizona Wildcats at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

We're well past the midway point of the season and already five weeks removed from our first 2019 NFL Draft Board update. The second version of the PFF Draft Board continues to feature a healthy mix of familiar names and those who have already shown next-level ability in limited samples.

As always, the draft board is a continuous work in progress, particularly here at PFF where on-field production means so much when it comes to NFL projection.

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1. Nick Bosa, Ohio State – Edge defender

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 1st (no change)

Bosa logged 113 defensive snaps this season before it was over, accumulating a 92.6 overall grade (was first in the nation when he qualified) and 11 pressures on just 69 pass-rushes.

2. Justin Herbert, Oregon – Quarterback

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 2nd (no change)

Herbert's adjusted completion percentage on deep passes of 54.2% ranks eighth in the class among quarterbacks with at least 20 deep attempts. Despite a national-leading six dropped passes on deep balls, Herbert's nine deep touchdowns are still fourth in the country.

3. Deandre Baker, Georgia – Cornerback

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 4th (+1)

Has made a play on the ball on 33.3% of his targeted passes – two interceptions and eight pass breakups on 30 targeted passes.

4. Greedy Williams, LSU – Cornerback

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 5th (+1)

Williams has allowed a 40.1 passer rating into his coverage, just 0.5 points higher than if the quarterback threw the ball in the dirt on every pass,

5. Quinnen Williams, Alabama – Interior Defensive Lineman

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 16th (+11)

Williams is joined by Temple's Michael Dogbe as the only two interior defensive linemen to currently rank in the top five in terms of most pressures and most defensive stops. Dogbe, however, has spent 164 more snaps on the field than Williams.

6. Deionte Thompson, Alabama – Safety

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 7th (+1)

Thompson not only ranks first among all safeties in overall grade (92.0), he also leads all that nation's safeties with his 91.3 grade in coverage.

7. Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State – Interior Defensive Lineman

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 3rd (-4)

Simmons has pulled down 16 defensive stops and 13 total QB pressures this season.

8. Ed Oliver, Houston – Interior Defensive Lineman

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 8th (no change)

Adding to his impressive three-year resume, Oliver is just four QB pressures away from his career-high total of 27 that he set in 2017. He has brought in 24 pressures already this year, on 165 fewer pass-rushes than last season.

9. Jonah Williams, Alabama – Offensive Tackle

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 13th (+4)

Currently the second-highest graded tackle in the country behind only Georgia's Andrew Thomas (175 fewer snaps for Thomas), Williams has allowed just four total QB pressures on 226 snaps in pass protection.

10. Dexter Lawrence, Clemson – Interior Defensive Lineman

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 9th (-1)

Playing along one of the nation's most talented defensive fronts, Lawrence has racked up 17 QB pressures despite being kept off the stat sheet in terms of sacks.

11. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford – Wide Receiver

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 12th (+1)

Arcega-Whiteside has hauled in 13 contested catches this season, good enough for third in the country.

12. Dalton Risner, Kansas State – Offensive Tackle

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 11th (-1)

Risner has been dominant in pass protection, allowing just two pressures (a QB hit and one hurry) on his 227 pass-blocking snaps.

13. N’Keal Harry, Arizona State – Wide Receiver

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 15th (+2)

Harry currently ranks 13th in the nation with 11 missed tackles forced after the catch.

14. Brian Burns, Florida State – Edge Defender

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 24th (+10)

Burns leads the nation in pressures with 46, six more than the next closest FBS defender.

15. Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State – Interior Defensive Lineman

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 17th (+2)

Jones' pick-6 against TCU is one for the highlight reel, yet he's consistently made plays this year. His 23 total QB pressures rank tied for seventh among interior defensive linemen.

16. A.J. Brown, Ole Miss – Wide Receiver

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 6th (-10)

Brown currently ranks second in the nation with 798 receiving yards from the slot.

17. Byron Murphy, Washington – Cornerback

Week 3 Draft Board rank: NR (-)

Murphy has given up just 37 yards after the catch this season while breaking up another 12 targets.

18. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma – Wide Receiver

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 10th (-8)

Brown averages 9.8 yards after the catch per reception, good enough for seventh among receivers with at least 25 targeted passes.

19. Noah Fant, Iowa – Tight End

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 19th (no change)

Fant is tied for the national lead in touchdowns at the tight end spot with six, as he has accumulated 118 yards after the catch and sports a 135.2 passer rating when targeted.

20. Josh Allen, Kentucky – Edge Defender

Week 3 Draft Board rank: NR (-)

Allen has racked up 15 combined sacks (8) and QB hits (7) and 36 total QB pressures on 161 pass-rushes.

21. Jachai Polite, Florida – Edge Defender

Week 3 Draft Board rank: NR (-)

10 of Polite's 24 total pressures have ended with the quarterback on the ground either by a sack (5) or a QB hit (5).

22. Devin White, LSU – Linebacker

Week 3 Draft Board rank: NR (-)

Among linebackers with fewer than 70 pass-rush attempts, White ranks second in the nation with 17 QB pressures. He's recorded those on just 58 pass-rushing snaps.

23. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State – Quarterback

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 22nd (-1)

Haskins currently holds the nation's ninth-highest adjusted completion percentage at 78.5%. Of his 91 incompletions, 17 have been dropped, three have been thrown away, four were thrown as he was being hit and another was batted at the line of scrimmage.

24. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo – Wide Receiver

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 23rd (-1)

After missing some time with injury, 16 of Johnson's 24 receptions have either gone for a touchdown (5) or a first down (11).

25. Will Grier, West Virginia – Quarterback

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 18th (-7)

Grier holds the nation's fourth-highest passer rating when kept clean from pressure at 136.4.

26. Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame – Interior Defensive Lineman

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 30th (+4)

Tillery is second among all defensive interior players with his 26 total QB pressures. He's recorded seven sacks and four QB hits with an additional 15 hurries.

27. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State – Cornerback

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 27th (no change)

Oruwariye has seen 54 targets this season, fourth-most in the FBS and has broken up eight passes and intercepted two more.

28. Te'von Coney, Notre Dame – Linebacker

Week 3 Draft Board rank: NR (-)

In coverage, Coney has been targeted 21 times as the primary coverage defender, allowing just nine receptions for 45 yards. Most impressively, he's allowed just 30 yards after the catch and no passes longer than 16 yards.

29. Greg Little, Ole Miss – Offensive Tackle

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 28th (-1)

Little's 90.2 pass-blocking grade is fourth in the country as he's allowed just four pressures on 311 snaps in pass protection.

30. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin – Center

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 29th (-1)

Biadasz has allowed just four pressures on 166 pass-blocking snaps while his 80.8 run-blocking grade is good enough for second in the nation.

31. Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon – Offensive Tackle

Week 3 Draft Board rank: NR (-)

Breaking out in 2018, Throckmorton has allowed just eight pressures (all hurries) on his 255 pass-blocking snaps.

32. Devin Bush, Michigan – Linebacker

Week 3 Draft Board rank: 14th (-18)

Bush has gotten home with five sacks on just 47 pass-rushes while also not allowing a reception longer than 15 yards on 18 targeted passes as the primary coverage defender.

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