It’s time for my first mock draft of 2019. There will be no predicted trades but a good idea of the possibilities of the player and team pairing we could see on NFL Draft night.
We will see the usual reaches, especially at the quarterback and offensive tackle positions and you will see the possibilities in my mock.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
I would imagine the Cardinals would be interested in any trade offers for the top pick but I can’t imagine much being offered like you’ve seen in the past due to the lack of top tier quarterbacks. Sitting here picking, Nick Bosa makes a lot of sense with the need for a pass rusher. Bosa’s hand usage is immense and plays like a seasoned veteran.
2. San Fransisco 49ers – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
The 49ers would love for Bosa to be available and teams really look for edge players. Josh Allen is not a bad player at all. Allen improved so much over the year going from a third-round player to a top-5 player. Plays with very good speed, bend and a good catalogue of pass rush moves.
3. New York Jets – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Not an ideal situation to be sitting picking third when those two are off the boardunless you select the best player available, DT Quinnen Williams of Alabama, but they select his teammate Jonah Williams. They selected their franchise quarterback last year and now they aim to protect him. Ideally they would want to able to trade down and still select an offensive lineman.
4. Oakland Raiders – Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
If it was me, I would be turning the card in for Quinnen Williams but the Raiders need pass rush help after trading away Khalil Mack. Rashan Gary is a crazy athlete for a man in the 280-pound range and has enticing traits but has not lived up to the hype.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Waiting for only four picks ahead of them must have felt very long awaiting to see if Quinnen Williams is available. He plays with power, quickness and excellent hand technique. He’s dominant against the run and the pass and it wouldn’t matter where you would line him up.
6. New York Giants – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
They passed on quarterbacks in the past and they can’t bet that they will be a bad team again and have the chance to choose better options in the next draft. Haskins has a smaller sample size than you’d like but has the arm and accuracy to become a good quarterback.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
Early days yet but for now, the Jaguars aim to upgrade the offensive line. Ford is a big guy and moves very well for his size but also moves well in general. Quarterback is still a possibility for this pick.
8. Detroit Lions – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Ezekiel Ansah a possibility heading for the exit which leaves a need for pass rush help. Ferrell isn’t the bendiest and the quickest but has displayed disruption on tape with very good hand use and technique.
9. Buffalo Bills – Jawaan Tayor, OT, Florida
Buffalo look to help keep quarterback Josh Allen protected but could go with a other positions. Their offensive line was not good and this is a step in the right direction. Taylor has the tools to be a good tackle in the NFL but could always be an option to play guard.
10. Denver Broncos – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Denver can keep aiming for veterans in free agency or they could attempt to groom another quarterback? Drew Lock has a great arm, making all the throws and possesses traits that John Elway would get excited about. Lock’s accuracy is generally good but can disappear, especially when under pressure and needs to feel the pass rush a lot better.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin White, LB, LSU
If one of the offensive tackles above were available then that could be the pick. With those gone, they go for linebacker but this is a little too high for me. Linebacker is a need and White is physical, athletic and has good range.
12. Green Bay Packers – Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
The Packers could go tight end here (T.J. Hockenson) but Polite offers impact as a pass rusher. His burst and speed is very good and shows the bend to dip under blockers and get to the quarterback. He will need to get stronger but his tape against the run shows promise.
13. Miami Dolphins – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
I imagine this won’t be the most popular pick but it’s very possible. He’s a smaller player which is a concern but constantly updated NFL rules may help with his durability. Teams will need to feel football is Murray’s priority and the NFL Combine interviews will be important for his stock.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Oliver’s athleticism is crazy but his size is not for everyone, will be interesting to see what he weighs at the NFL Combine. He fits well in a 1-gap attacking front and he would be a good fit in Atlanta.
15. Washington Redskins – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Probably wouldn’t be talking about quarterback as much but after Alex Smith’s injury, they could be looking for one. Better in the short game as of now with deeper shots needing more accuracy. Traits are there to develop and maybe it’s still worth a pick for a team, even if you plan to go with a veteran and have Jones sit.
16. Carolina Panthers – Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
There’s not many edge players left on the roster and they desperately need some. Sweat had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl on top of his tape. Not the bendiest player but shows quickness and knows how to use his length which has given him a productive college career.
17. Cleveland Browns – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Browns are going in the right direction and should continue to improve. Wilkins plays with good leverage and quickness, playing ideally as a 3-technique. This would create a nice defensive line for the Browns.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Garrett Bradbury, OC, NC State
The Vikings need help on their offensive line. It will keep Kirk Cousins upright but also help in the run game. Bradburry has very good mobility, technique and footwork.
19. Tennessee Titans – Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida
Burns is somebody who could be taken well before this spot with his excellent hand usage, pass rush variety and bend. Was close to giving them offensive line or offensive skill position but Burns offered the best value.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Some may think Greedy could be the pick but it wouldn’t surprise me if teams would prefer Murphy. His feet are good, he’s tough, instinctive but size and speed would be a focus at the the NFL Combine.
21. Seattle Seahawks – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Very likely this talented player is long gone and could see Seattle go for bigger needs but they won’t pass on his level of talent. Hockenson is well known for his blocking skills but is also great in the passing game with speed close to his teammate Noah Fant. Hockenson could be taken in the top 10-15 range.
22. Baltimore Ravens – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Time to give Lamar Jackson some weapons. Metcalf is not a polished player yet but his combination of mammoth size and speed is rare.
23. Houston Texans – Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
Offensive line is a need and they have the chance in this draft to grab one here. Greg Little plays with good foot quickness, movement and body control. Will need to improve his hand placement and timing.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears) – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
It’s a possibility that Greedy slides further or he gets taken a lot earlier. In this scenario, he has fell to the Raiders who now have selected two players with very high ceilings.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Plenty of uncertainty at the position and could look to the draft. Lawrence is a big man and moves so well for his size but needs improvement as a pass rusher to see all three downs. Will open up plenty of room for Fletcher Cox.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The hiring of Matt Eberflus made a big difference in Indy for the defense but the unit could still get more pieces. Not the biggest or the faster corner but Baker does well to read with instincts to make plays on the ball.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys) – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Another player with high upside for the Raiders but this time on the offensive side of the ball. Fant is a great athlete offering help in the passing game, a better blocker than some may think and would be a nice addition for someone like Derek Carr if he’s the starter in September.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Chargers should consider this position and Dillard gives them a chance for a long-term answer. Already showing promise as a pass protector with good feet and calmness but still needs to improve using his length and leverage in the run game.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Nasir Adderley, FS, Delaware
Excellent performance from the offensive side of the ball but the defense needs talent. The secondary needs attention and Adderley is a nice addition to play free safety.
30. Green Bay Packers – Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama
Green Bay grabbed the much needed pass rusher earlier and continue to improve the defense. They traded away Clinton-Dix and could add another piece to the secondary which could go well with their promising cornerbacks. Thompson is a typical high safety displaying range and ball skills.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Not the greatest year for a team needing a linebacker but here is a good chance to select one. Bush is a little undersized and the reason why he could be selected later but he’s a good football player.
32. New England Patriots – Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
New England like to use their tight ends and Gronk’s injuries should give them concern over the future of the position. Smith is another athletic tight end who offers help as a pass catcher and a blocker.