Kiper's way-too-early Big Board rankings for 2019 NFL draft

Kiper targets D-line in early look at 2019 draft (0:59)

Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down whom he is watching atop the 2019 NFL draft. (0:59)

Wait ... what about the post-draft breather?

Alas, here's one more to at least get the ball rolling toward what could be another really interesting draft class. After this year's draft was dominated by quarterback buzz, that position is a big question mark for 2019. We could see plenty of shuffling there.

A few notes on my first 2019 Big Board, which are similar to versions from past years:

  • These aren't detailed scouting reports. I still have a lot of work to do on these players.

  • Keep in mind that several prospects here have started only one season, so there is a lot of projection in some cases.

  • Height and weight are based on what we have from schools. We don't get official numbers until the 2019 combine.

Note: One asterisk denotes the player is a rising junior, and two asterisks denote the player is a rising redshirt sophomore for the 2018 season.

1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston*

From a production standpoint as a game-wrecker on the defensive interior, Oliver could get some Aaron Donald comps -- which ain't bad company. Oliver has 38.5 tackles for loss through two seasons, and he played at less than 100 percent for a stretch of 2017.