2019 NFL MOCK DRAFT

2019 NFL MOCK DRAFT:

1st ROUND:

  1. With the 1st overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Arizona Cardinals select: Nick Bosa DE Ohio State Buckeyes: Barring any sort of trade, this decision ultimately will come down to Nick Bosa, the edge rusher from Ohio State with the family lineage versus Quinnen Williams, the monstrous interior presence who broke onto the scene in 2018 and was the most dominating force in the game. It’s a tough call really. For the Cardinals I lean Nick Bosa. Such a complete edge rusher doesn’t come around every day. If he can develop like his brother Joey, they have a multi-year All Pro on their hands.
  • With the 2nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers select: Quinnen Williams DT Alabama Crimson Tide: Another team with a tough decision on their hands. Many in the scouting industry believe that the 49ers will select DE/OLB Josh Allen from Kentucky, due to the fact that they have 1st rounders littered across their defensive line and they need a pass rusher off the edge. While this is sound thinking, you don’t go away from the better player—and I have Williams substantially ahead of Allen. Also, you don’t pass on a difference making talent like Quinnen Williams because you have Arik Armstead or Solomon Thomas—those are the type of decisions that get coaches and GMs fired.
  • With the 4th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select: Ed Oliver DT Houston Cougars: I know what you’re likely thinking…the Raiders REALLY need an outside pass rusher to replace Khalil Mack. I had that thought too, but here’s the truth about that thought…no matter is it’s the 4th pick, the 24th pick, 27th…so on…NO ONE is going to be able to replace Mack. Why not take the best, most natural pass rusher, regardless of position? There will be doubters due to Ed Oliver’s size at around 280 lbs. To that I will say, just watch the film. Oliver explodes when you watch him play, and his production is off the chart. Ed Oliver would be a great foundation piece to begin the rebuild of the Oakland Raiders.
  • With the 5th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select: Jawaan Taylor OT Florida Gators: Admittedly, this is a tough spot for the Buccaneers. In fact, this selection and the 4th pick of the Raiders, in my opinion, are the top landing spots to explore if you want to trade up for a QB—especially Dwayne Haskins. The Buccaneers could use help on both sides of the line. It feels like their more desperate need is on the offensive side, and with Bruce Arians tasked with developing Jameis Winston, keeping him upright is paramount. With Jonah Williams, and possibly Cody Ford having to kick to the inside to offensive guard, I would expect the Buccaneers to prioritize Jamaal Taylor—who’s length and size would suggest that he play at one of the tackle positions.
  • With the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the New York Giants select: Rashan Gary DE/DT Michigan Wolverines: Everyone and their momma are projecting the New York Giants to take Dwayne Haskins. There are a few things at play here. One, I think it’s possible that the Jaguars leapfrog the Giants in order to secure Dwayne Haskins. Two, Dave Gettleman prefers to build his team along their offensive and defensive lines, so it’s entirely possible if Haskins even is here, that the Giants pass once more. If the Giants are hellbent on building up their lines they will be looking at the likes of Clelin Ferrell, Rashan Gary, etc. On the offensive side, they could choose either a Cody Ford or Jonah Williams. The Giants put a ton of money into Nate Solder a season ago, and invested a 2nd rounder in Will Hernandez in the 2018 draft. I expect the Giants to go back to basics with this selection. The Giants have had the most success when they are generating a pass rush—and they need help there now. They could use a scheme-versatile defensive presence, and that’s what Rashan Gary could be.
  • With the 8th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions select: Devin White LB LSU Tigers: The Lions could go any number of different directions here with the 8th overall selection. With Ezekiel Ansah eyeing Free Agency, they could use help along the defensive line with pass rushing. The Lions could also use some secondary help, and a counterpart for Darius Slay. On the offensive side of the football—some additional firepower to replace Golden Tate or a functioning TE wouldn’t hurt. At the end of the day, I have the Lions going a different direction. Devin White is one of the safer prospects in the 2019 class. A player like White would immediately begin to transform the Lions defense and bring an element of leadership to the table.
  • With the 9th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Buffalo Bills select: Cody Ford OT/OG Oklahoma Sooners: The Buffalo Bills are one of the least talented teams in the NFL, so they could go in any direction and I wouldn’t be especially surprised. Ultimately, I expect them to try and build around 2nd year QB Josh Allen, and provide him the best opportunity for success. This selection certainly feels like Cody Ford or Jonah Williams versus D.K. Metcalf to me. I really like D.K. Metcalf, his talent is off the charts, but he is a complete projection with a lack of tangible evidence to support a Top 10 pick. Jonah Williams is the safe pick. Whether he translates to the Right Tackle position or inside to offensive guard, you know what you’re getting with Williams. Cody Ford looks to be the most dominating presence on the offensive line remaining. If the Bills want to be a physical team and take care of the trenches, drafting Cody Ford is a great place to start.
  • With the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Denver Broncos select: Drew Lock QB Missouri Tigers: After the trade for Joe Flacco, many will be projecting other position players here at pick #10. Let’s consider those options shall we? With the Broncos already invested in Von Miller and Bradley Chubb—the edge rushers like Clelin Ferrell, Jachai Polite, Montez Sweat, and Brian Burns don’t really fit. I don’t see the Broncos investing yet ANOTHER high pick at the WR position—after investing in Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. You’re evaluating the inconsistent CB class—the likes of Greedy Williams, Byron Murphy, Deandre Baker, and Joejuan Williams. T.J. Hockenson could sneakily be in the mix here as well. I can’t see John Elway looking at Drew Lock, and not salivating at the possibilities and the upside that he has. I would expect Elway to tie his future to a young QB, and Drew Lock is the selection here at pick #10.
  • With the 11th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Cincinnati Bengals select: Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma Sooners: And here…we…go…the wildcard pick of the 1st round comes here at pick #11. This will raise some eyebrows I’m sure, because this is the anti-Bengals pick. I’m sure many will project the Bengals to take Devin White or someone ‘safe’ like that. I can’t imagine that new Head Coach Zac Taylor and the Bengals regime looks at their division and thinks to themselves…”Big Ben…Baker Mayfield…Lamar Jackson…yeah—we’re good here with Andy Dalton.” The time certainly feels right to begin to turn the page at the QB position here. Kyler Murray is the type of prospect that would open up Taylor’s playbook, and the Bengals take the plunge on the unknown here at pick #11.
  • With the 12th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select: T.J. Hockenson TE Iowa Hawkeyes: The Packers are one of those teams, where their needs seem pretty clear. On defense they would use help off the edge, and at the safety position. On offense, they could use some help with weaponry for Aaron Rodgers—whether that be at the WR position, or more prominently, at the TE position. I love Nasir Adderley, so I would consider him here, but it doesn’t feel like the NFL scouting community is as high on Adderley as I am. Clelin Ferrell, Montez Sweat, Jachai Polite, and Brian Burns have to be in the conversation here. How the Packers proceed this off-season as it relates to Nick Perry and Kyler Fackrell will speak volumes. Has there even been a quieter double digit sack season than Fackrell’s in 2018? The Packers seemed to prioritize getting Rodgers a weapon at TE heading into last season, but the Jimmy Graham experiment seems to have run it’s course. I love T.J. Hockenson and have him as a Top 10 prospect in this draft class. A weapon like that would open up this offense for Aaron Rodgers tremendously. New Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur has been tasked with getting the most out of A-Rod and this offense, and selecting T.J. Hockenson here at pick #12 goes a long way in doing so.
  • With the 13th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins select: D.K. Metcalf WR Ole Miss Rebels: With the top three QB prospects off the board by pick #13, and with rumors circulating that the Miami Dolphins are ‘tanking’ in order to select Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert in the 2020 NFL Draft, this projection would make some sense, lay the groundwork with some weapons for whoever will be your future QB. Remember, this is a team that might lose Kenny Stills, Devante Parker, and Danny Amendola—there are a lot of targets to fill here. D.K. Metcalf is a dynamic talent and would bring some excitement to the city of Miami.
  • With the 14th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons select: Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson Tigers: I am expecting that GM Thomas Dimitroff, Head Coach Dan Quinn, and the Atlanta Falcons brain trust to prioritize building up their defense, particularly, their defensive line. Vic Beasley has not produced the way the Falcons were hoping since his breakout 2016 season, and there’s a chance they move on from him. This would open an even larger priority at the edge position. I love Christian Wilkins, more than most, but again, this is not about what I would do, it’s about what these NFL teams will do, and the feeling around the league is that this is a little bit too rich for a low-ceiling, high-floor prospect like Wilkins. I’m expecting the Falcons to take advantage of the depth at the edge position, and Clelin Ferrell is as complete a defensive end prospect this side of Nick Bosa. Great value, and it fills a need—great pick for the Atlanta Falcons here at the 14th selection.
  • With the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Washington Redskins select: Daniel Jones QB Duke Blue Devils: Let me get this out of the way right now. I don’t have a Top 100 grade on Daniel Jones. I see him as a late-round prospect, who’s game is very vanilla and average. Reportedly, the Redskins were targeting a trade for Joe Flacco before the Ravens agreed to move him to Denver for a 4th round pick. I’m not expecting the Eagles to let Foles go within the division, so the Redskins options at the QB position are slowly dwindling. I personally think that this would be a HUGE mistake, a waste of assets, and would set the franchise back substantially, but they do need someone behind center—so Daniel Jones is the projection here with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
  • With the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns select: Greedy Williams CB LSU Tigers: Greedy is a polarizing guy. You can see the talent, but you can also see the fact that he doesn’t like being physical, and in fact, takes entire plays off. How this plays out in NFL teams’ war rooms will be fascinating to see. If you can talk yourselves into believing you can get the most out of Greedy—you’re getting a Top 5-10 talent. The Browns pairing Greedy Williams with Denzel Ward is almost too good to pass up.
  • With the 18th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings select: Jonah Williams OT/OG Alabama Crimson Tide: I understand that some will see this projection and immediately question the validity of this mock draft, but hear me out. I know Jonah Williams is highly regarded in many circles, but the league has their question marks. Many feel that Williams is going to grade out as an offensive guard and not a offensive tackle—which I could see hurting his value somewhat. The Vikings have a need all across their line, so having a player the talent and pedigree of Jonah Williams fall into their laps is too good to be true and makes so much sense for the projection here with the 18th overall pick.
  • With the 19th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Tennessee Titans select: Montez Sweat DE/OLB Mississippi State Bulldogs: Admittedly, I have a great deal of trouble putting my finger on the direction and needs for the Tennessee Titans. WR pops out to me, but I don’t get the feeling the Titans are placing a priority on that position. I could see the Titans investing at the TE position to replace longtime stalwart Delanie Walker. Some feel they need help at the CB position—but they have made large investments in Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, and Adoree Jackson. I take a look at their pass rushers, and they rotate their players in, but the fact that Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo combined for just two sacks in 2018 should raise the eyebrow. Montez Sweat is sliding a little bit here, so I could see the Titans pounce here and add another young playmaker in this defense.
  • With the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select: Kelvin Harmon WR NC State Wolfpack: This projection may be a bit reactionary, and out of the norm for the Steelers, but if they are potentially losing an All-World talent like Antonio Brown—it’s hard not be reactionary. Personally, I can’t see the Steelers going into next season with just JuJu and James Washington at the position next season. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a star, no question, but James Washington didn’t exactly set the world on fire in 2018. Kelvin Harmon feels pretty sure as the #2 WR off the board at this point, and adding a downfield playmaker like Harmon would help Big Ben and this offense as a whole.
  • With the 22nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Baltimore Ravens select: Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma Sooners: The Baltimore Ravens need to continue to develop their offense around the uniquely-talented Lamar Jackson. They have placed a priority in providing Jackson with TE outlets, but now need to take a hard look at their WR position. Want to help alleviate concerns regarding Lamar Jackson’s accuracy issues, find a weapon who can outrun everyone on the field. Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown can stretch the field like few prospects we have seen in recent memory. I like this fit a great deal for the Ravens here at the 22nd overall pick.
  • With the 24th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select: Jachai Polite DE/OLB Florida Gators: We have now reached the portion of the draft where I LOVE these players and think they will offer tremendous value if they slide this far. I love Jachai Polite. He is as electric off the edge as any prospect in this draft. Some may ding him for being a bit undersized and for having one year or production—but I won’t be one of them. I have Polite as a Top 5 talent in this draft. If the Raiders are able to secure Jachai Polite after drafting Ed Oliver with the #4 pick overall, they will immediately get a jolt to their defense and their pass rushing, which is desperately needed.
  • With the 27th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select: Joshua Jacobs RB Alabama Crimson Tide: Some might consider this a bit of a tumble for Joshua Jacobs. Look, I love Joshua Jacobs as much as the next guy, he is head and shoulders above the other RB in this class. That being said, the RB position is simply not a position that the NFL puts a lot of value in. Some teams sweat off using any of their high-end assets at the RB position—period. The Raiders continue to clean up as they add a sparkplug to their offense here with the dynamic Joshua Jacobs.

2ND ROUND:

  • With the 57th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Philadelphia Eagles select: Darrell Henderson RB Memphis Tigers: The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the teams in the NFL that do not place a high priority on the RB position. It would not surprise me in the least if they left without a defined piece at the RB position—even after making three picks in the draft. That being said, if they do make a pick early, I’m expecting it to be a dynamic, explosive player. Darrell Henderson could easily be described as the most explosive back in the 2019 draft class. He would add a missing piece of the Eagles offense that they haven’t had since they dealt Shady McCoy.

3rd ROUND:

  • With the 67th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers select: Joe Jackson DE Miami (FL) Hurricanes: The 49ers FINALLY add their player off the edge. Joe Jackson is better with his hand in the ground so the transition to standing up in a two-point stance will need some coaching up.
  • With the 80th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns select: Renell Wren DT Arizona State Sun Devils: The Browns are beginning to load up on young talent. Renell Wren is a rising prospect who would fit nicely alongside Myles Garrett and company.
  • With the 88th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions select: Jaylon Ferguson DE Louisiana Tech Rajun Cajuns: I like the Jaylon Ferguson pick here for the Lions. Ferguson can project to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, and can help replace a potentially departed Ezekile Ensah.

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