While we won’t see a running back taken as highly as Saquon Barkley in 2019, there’s still plenty of talent at the position that should earn first-round consideration.
Iowa State’s David Montgomery may not be a household name, but he should have plenty of buzz by the time next April’s draft rolls around.
Montgomery (5-foot-11, 216 pounds), had a breakout season for the Cyclones in 2017, racking up over 1,100 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He has an uncanny ability to make defenders miss, forcing 108 missed tackles according to Pro Football Focus last season. Montgomery also plays with great balance and a wide base that allows him to fight through initial contact to gain extra yards.
With Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles both slated to hit free agency following this season, the Eagles would welcome a talent like Montgomery to become their next feature back.
It seems like the Patriots need a quarterback of the future more than anybody, but every time we think that, they wind up going a different direction. Maybe Tom Brady will be able to play until he’s 75 after all.
For the purposes of this mock, the Pats don’t have look any further than Boston to find their next first-rounder, Boston College standout defender Zach Allen. Allen (6-foot-5, 285 pounds) was overshadowed by Harold Landry over the past several years for the Golden Eagles, posted 10+ tackles for loss in 2016 and 2017.
Allen displays good strength and uses his length to bully opposing offensive lineman. He’s played mostly on the edge for Boston College, but has the size to potentially move inside to a hybrid role at the next level. Depending on whether the Patriots extend Trey Flowers, they may bring the hometown kid Allen into the fold to help solidify their pass rush.