The NFL Draft always is one of the most exciting events in football as you learn where the next generation of talent will play. However, a major part of each draft cycle is attempting to predict where each and every player will end up.
This year, the Cardinals hold the first overall pick, followed by the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This mock draft is going to be two rounds long and includes trades. It is based on what I predict is going to happen – not what I would particularly do.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The Cardinals realistically have three choices here. They could select Nick Bosa (the consensus best edge prospect in this draft), Quinnen Williams (the best player at one of the team’s many needs), or trade back and let a quarterback-needy team select a player like Dwayne Haskins. In this scenario, however, Arizona takes Nick Bosa, who many have had pegged at this number one slot for months now.
Jacksonville Jaguars receive: 2nd Overall Pick
San Francisco 49ers receive: 7th Overall Pick, 2019 Third Round Pick, 2019 Fourth Round Pick, 2020 First Round Pick, 2021 Second Round Pick
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (from SF) – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Jaguars make a trade to move up and select their guy. The Blake Bortles experiment has clearly failed and Jacksonville is looking to rebuild after just one season with a winning record. Dwayne Haskins could be a great quarterback to build your team around, and with Oregon quarter back, Justin Herbert, going back to college, this leaves the QB class thin making this the correct pick.
3. New York Jets – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Jets have a young quarterback that they need to protect, and Williams has been stellar for the Crimson Tide. Getting a star left tackle could immensely (and immediately) help Sam Darnold and the New York Jets.
4. Oakland Raiders – Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden would probably be very happy if Quinnen Williams fell to them with the fourth overall pick, and shouldn’t hesitate to select him. The now-first overall player on my big board should be a force for the Raiders for years to come. Williams is an interior monster in both the run and pass game.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Buccaneers number one corner Brent Grimes reportedly quit on the team before their season closer against Atlanta (not to mention Grimes’s expiring contract and relative age). Therefore, the Buccaneers need to find another player in the secondary after many of their young prospects have not panned out. Williams is a ball-hawk in the secondary and has a chance to be a lock-down corner on the outside.
6. New York Giants – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
After the 49ers trade out of the second draft spot, Josh Allen falls four spots from his original projected draft slot of number two. The Giants, however, don’t let him fall any further. The team could take an offensive lineman, linebacker, or possibly even an interior lineman, but with a premier player at a premier position available, this selection should be a no-brainer.
7. San Francisco 49ers (from JAX) – Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
After Josh Allen is taken one pick before Lynch makes his selection, the 49ers still decide to go with a pass rusher. Burns would help along the edge after Solomon Thomas has failed to develop as a pass rusher (but is good at getting in on rushing plays). Burns helps the 49ers pass rush immensely.
8. Detroit Lions – Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
The Lions luck out when Ed Oliver is still somehow on the board with this pick. An athletic freak, Oliver dominated all three of his years at Houston despite some issues with the coaching staff fairly recently. After trading for Damon Harrison, the Lions interior defensive line becomes an absolute unit.
Miami Dolphins receive: 9th Overall Pick
Buffalo Bills receive 13th Overall Pick, 2019 Third Round Pick, 2019 Fifth Round Pick
9. Miami Dolphins (from BUF) – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Drew Lock has one of the highest ceilings for a quarterback in this draft. Last year for Missouri, Lock totaled 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. For a team looking to move on from Ryan Tannehill, Lock just might be their best option in this draft.
10. Denver Broncos – Jeffrey Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
Denver has two elite edge rushers in Bradley Chubb and Von Miller. Gaining another interior lineman to create vertical pressure could not only help the run defense but also decrease the space at which a quarterback has to step up and make a throw. Simmons could possibly be a top-5 talent without the news of him being a bad character in the locker room.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin White, LB, LSU
I’m going to steal this pick from Matt Miller, just because I love it so much. White has the potential to be a top-tier linebacker in the NFL and is most certainly a top-5 talent in this draft. If he can learn his keys, there isn’t anything stopping White from being the best player on the field.
12. Green Bay Packers – Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
The Green Bay Packers almost took Marcus Davenport last season but made the right decision to trade back and obtain an additional first round pick this year. Polite arguably is a better prospect than Davenport last year and is certainly more NFL-ready. For a roster that doesn’t have much outside of Aaron Rodgers, Polite is certainly a talent upgrade.
13. Buffalo Bills (from MIA) – Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
Cajuste is a great pass blocker on the left side of the line. Josh Allen needs a team around him (just in general, a team – there’s way too many holes on that offense) to be a successful NFL quarterback. He has been successfully running the ball but could definitely use another tackle to help him have time to actually throw the ball.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
The Atlanta Falcons need an offensive lineman, but probably won’t be in the position to select one worth the 14th overall pick. Gary, if he tests well, could end up being a top-10 pick. As for now, though, he fits the Falcons seamlessly. Gary can play either the 3-technique defensive tackle spot or even on the edge some (a la Calais Campbell).
15. Washington Redskins – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The Redskins don’t really have a true number one wide receiver. Sure, there’s newly signed Paul Richardson and bust-Josh Dotson, but N’Keal Harry seems to be a special player. There isn’t really much he can’t do. Image Kelvin Benjamin, except athletic, faster, and about 10x better at football.
Indianapolis Colts receive: 16th Overall Pick
Carolina Panthers receive: 22nd Overall Pick, 56th Overall Pick
16. Indianapolis Colts (from CAR) – Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
The Colts move up to grab their guy. Wilkins is a three-technique defensive tackle that should improve the interior pass rush immensely. While there is a lot of talent in this draft at the position, Wilkins is the last of an early-round tier, and the Colts have the assets to make a move for the particular player that they want.
17. Cleveland Browns – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
The Browns simply select the best player available, and that would be Clelin Ferrell at this point in the draft. In part due to the edge position being so stacked in this draft (and passing on Bradley Chubb for Denzel Ward last year), they upgrade the edge slot this year instead. While it would be nice to take an offensive lineman with this pick, there isn’t really one worth the selection. Ferrell could easily be a top-5 pick if a team in that range values his potential and fit.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Devin Bush has recently come on as a first-round prospect. For a team that may move on from Anthony Barr, Bush helps in a lot of areas, from coverage skills to getting to the quarterback. Bush is an all-around linebacker that could help an already-great defense in many ways.
19. Tennessee Titans – DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Titans need more weapons. Corey Davis has been okay and still has plenty of potential, but getting another young pass-catcher on the opposite side of the field could help Marcus Mariota and the overall boring-ness of the Titans offense get… well… less boring.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Steelers desperately need help on the other side of Joe Haden, and Murphy could end up being the best corner from this class. The objective for Pittsburgh has to be to get more defensive help for an already electric team. They attempted this last year when they picked Terrell Edmunds, but that hasn’t turned out as well as expected after one year.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
The Eagles don’t necessarily need a safety, but the value of Thompson at pick 21 is tremendous. Taking him to pair along with Malcolm Jenkins only makes the future brighter for Philadelphia.
22. Carolina Panthers – Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
The Panthers desperately need edge help with Mario Addison aging rapidly and Julius Peppers likely retiring. Sweat brings immediate help and value this late in the draft. Carolina is able to move down and still get a player at a premier position.
23. Seattle Seahawks – Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
Seattle tried to take a defensive lineman in the second round two years ago with Malik McDowell but after a major injury put his future in doubt, the team has still yet to solve the problem. Poona Ford, a UDFA from Texas has been solid, but Lawrence could be a long-term fix at the position, and possibly a future pro-bowler, as well.
24. Baltimore Ravens – Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Despite his low production numbers, Ridley remains one of the better all-around receiver prospects in the 2019 NFL draft. The Ravens still don’t have many weapons on the outside, and Ridley could be one of the steals at this point in the draft.
25. Oakland Raiders – DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Raiders could use more help at the cornerback position (and anything else other than quarterback really), and Baker is one of the best left at the position. Paired with Gareon Conley, the young duo has the potential to be great.
26. Houston Texas – Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The Texans need to protect DeShaun Watson after he was nearly killed this year, being sacked more than 65 times. Noah Fant could be considered here, but the need for offensive linemen is far too strong to pass on Little at this point.
27. Oakland Raiders – Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion
The Raiders took Quinnen Williams earlier in this mock draft, but that shouldn’t stop them from taking an edge with this pick. After they traded Khalil Mack early on in the season, Ximines certainly may not ever reach that level of production or skill, but he would certainly help a lackluster Raiders pass rush.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
The Chargers need some youth along the interior defensive line, and Davis is an underrated prospect that could be very good on a line that already includes Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. Alabama also has produced many great defensive linemen over the past three years with Jon Allen, Da’Ron Payne, and Quinnen Williams.
29. New England Patriots – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Fant is a top-15 talent in this draft but will fall due to positional value. The Patriots could find Gronkowski’s successor with ease if they select Fant. A smart pick by New England, finding an all-around tight end that is good at mostly everything.
30. Los Angeles Rams – David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
The Rams have a few aging offensive linemen and getting solid players to plug in the gaps could only help in protecting Jared Goff. Edwards is no exception here.
31. Kansas City Chiefs – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
While Jacobs didn’t necessarily have the production you’d want to see in an SEC running back, someone is going to be sold on his potential. It’s just a matter of which team it is. In this case, it’s Kansas City, who need a feature back after the whole Kareem Hunt dilemma. Jacobs has shown flashes of Alvin Kamara in his time at Alabama and will have mixed reviews if he declares for the draft.
32. Green Bay Packers – Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
The Packers could use another receiver on the opposite side of Devante Adams, and Harmon could be an explosive threat for the pack. After having over 1000 yards for the past two seasons, Harmon has a chance to be a first-round pick and may surpass expectations in his first season.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
2. Indianapolis Colts – Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
3. Oakland Raiders – Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
4. San Fransisco 49ers – AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
5. NY Giants – Te’Von Coney, LB, Notre Dame
6. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
8. Buffalo Bills – JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
9. Denver Broncos – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
10. Cincinnati Bengals – Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College
11. Detroit Lions – Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami
12. Green Bay Packers – TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
13. Atlanta Falcons – Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
14. Washington Redskins – Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College
15. Carolina Panthers – Elgton Jenkins, iOL, Mississippi State
16. Miami Dolphins – Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
17. Cleveland Browns – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
18. Minnesota Vikings – Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
19. Tennessee Titans – Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
20. Pittsburg Steelers – Cameron Smith, LB, USC
21. Philadelphia Eagles – David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
22. Houston Texans – Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
23. Philadelphia Eagles – Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
24. Carolina Panthers – Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
25. Dallas Cowboys – Lukas Denis, S, Boston College
26. Houston Texas – Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma
27. Los Angeles Chargers – Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
28. New England Patriots – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
29. New England Patriots – D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia
30. Kansas City Chiefs – Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
31. Kansas City Chiefs – Jalen Jelks, OLB, Oregon
32. New Orleans – Ryan Finley, QB, NC State