No. 1 Rashan Gary, 19 For 2019

Jul. 21 -- In this Scout special, Paramus, N.J. five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary checks in at No. 1 in the 19 For 2019 NFL Draft Prospects From The Opening. This was based soley on the performances of the 2016 recruits that participated in The Opening 2015...


No. 2 Jacob Eason
No. 3 Oluwole Betiku
No. 4 Greg Little
No. 5 Shea Patterson
No. 6 Ed Oliver
No. 7 Kyle Davis
No. 8 Levonta Taylor
No. 9 E.J. Price
No. 10 Feleipe Franks
No. 11 Stephen Sullivan
No. 12 Ben Davis
No. 13 Brandon Jones
No. 14 Baveon Johnson
No. 15 Isaac Nauta
No. 16 Kristian Fulton
No. 17 Mique Juarez
No. 18 Kendell Jones
No. 19 A.J. Brown


With the help of my colleagues we put together a top 19 NFL Draft prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft based soley on the performances of the 2016 recruits that participated in The Opening, which ended 10 days ago. The criteria was simple, it’s based on the long term upside of each prospect in relation to how they performed among their peers in Oregon. Some elite recruits like Nick Bosa and Shavar Manuel were missing action and didn’t participate. The 2017 players there do not count because they wouldn’t be draft eligible until 2020. So make sure you check out this extensive look ahead at some of the best players in this current class.

Over the course of today I will release all 19, one by one, every 30 minutes.

1) Rashan Gary (DT) Paramus, N.J.


Gary was simply outstanding at The Opening. The Paramus (N.J.) Catholic rising senior was at this event last summer, where he quickly made a big time name for himself. That experienced seemed too really to give him a leg up on the competition. The Nike coaches felt Gary was the best defensive linemen that they have ever had at this event.

Why No. 1?: Gary further cemented his status at the nation’s top prospect in the Class of 2016. Gary, 6-foot-4, 289-pounds looked awesome. It starts with his stance and get off. It’s impressive, as Gary looks like a coiled spring that explodes at the snap of the ball. Gary plays with leverage, speed, quickness and power. That’s a deadly combination. At times, he shows violent hands. Gary’s get off sets up everything.

Looking ahead: Gary doesn’t know the word complacency. That sometimes happens with five-star recruits. They sometimes feel entitled, that they already put in the hard work. That bodes well for Gary’s next four seasons. I think he obviously projects the highest inside as a three-technique. But with his skill set I could also see him being a very good five-tech in a three man front. That scheme versatility coupled his talent and desire sets him up exceptional well for the NFL. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him go wire to wire as the nation’s very best prospect in his class and the first pick in the NFL Draft in 2019, just like Jadeveon Clowney.

Recruiting: Gary will be at Georgia's Dawg Night on July 18, and is planning a trip to Ole Miss, Auburn and Alabama later in the month. Michigan, Ohio State, Clemson, Rutgers, Notre Dame, USC and UCLA all remain in contention for Gary, who is yet to publicly trim his list.


No. 2 Jacob Eason
No. 3 Oluwole Betiku
No. 4 Greg Little
No. 5 Shea Patterson
No. 6 Ed Oliver
No. 7 Kyle Davis
No. 8 Levonta Taylor
No. 9 E.J. Price
No. 10 Feleipe Franks
No. 11 Stephen Sullivan
No. 12 Ben Davis
No. 13 Brandon Jones
No. 14 Baveon Johnson
No. 15 Isaac Nauta
No. 16 Kristian Fulton
No. 17 Mique Juarez
No. 18 Kendell Jones
No. 19 A.J. Brown


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