The 2019 NFL Draft is fast approaching. As always, you can’t move about the internet these days without bumping into hundreds of mock drafts written by anyone and everyone.
The dirty little not-so-well-kept secret about all of those mock drafts is that they are never right. They are all wrong, and most of them are not even close.
Heading into this year’s draft, I’ve highlighted five guys who most experts have getting picked much later than they’ll actually be selected. I call them my “draft crashers,” as they’ll be the ones hearing their names called earlier than projected, making the experts look like anything but.
Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
While scouts drool over the different attributes Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson bring to the table, Raymond is sitting there looking like a combination of the two players. He has a similar build (6-5. 255) and playing style as a receiver as Fant, and is every bit strong and versatile as Hockenson. If he played in a Power 5 conference, he would likely be one of the first three tight ends drafted. As it stands, there’s a good chance he’s the fourth player at his position off the board.