I feel like I have to make a stand against 99% of all the other mock drafts. I am by no means an expert, but I can’t be having Kyler Murray to the Cardinals at #1 overall. More importantly, I hate to see people taking the easy way out for the first 2 picks in the draft.
Going straight in at the deep end with trades too because let’s face it, it is actually quite pointless to do a mock draft with everyone selecting from their current positions. It’s more likely that a Brexit deal gets through parliament than no trades happening in the first round of the 2019 draft.
Here is my uneducated opinion on what the draft can look like outside the narrow-visioned experts.
#1 – *TRADE* – Giants (from Cardinals) – KYLER MURRAY (QB) – Oklahoma
Although I did say that the Murray to Arizona was boring, I didn’t say that I thought both Murray and the Cardinals wouldn’t be at the #1 spot. I think come draft night, the Giants could give up pick 6 and Browns pick (17) from the OBJ trade. Considering 2nd round picks are being discussed at the moment for Rosen, I can’t see the Cardinals pulling the trigger on that one and it pays off as on the eve of the draft, one team comes in with a decent offer to trade back. From the Cardinals point of view, dropping to 6 is a perfect back stop. The only other team I can see doing something similar is the Raiders from the pick 4, but that can be for another time.
#2 – San Francisco – NICK BOSA (EDGE) – Ohio State
Unfortunately, I revert to the general consensus type here. Obvious, yes. One of the best talents in the draft, yes. So why wouldn’t San Francisco take Bosa? If Raiders are to take a QB, they wont need to give up much to move up 2 spots. San Francisco would be very open to offers too I think.
#3 – New York Jets – JOSH ALLEN (EDGE) – Kentucky
Jets need a pass rush and whilst like San Francisco, would like to trade back to make up for last years sacrifice, in this mock I have them taking the SEC Defensive Player of the year in Josh Allen.
#4 – Oakland Raiders – QUINNEN WILLIAMS (DT) – Alabama
Arguably one of the more surer talents in the draft, Oakland begin their Draft war by starting on defence and picking up DT Williams.
#5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DEVIN WHITE (LB) – LSU
After seeing Kwon Alexander head for the exit door, another Louisiana State Linebacker joins the team to help elevate this defence that played under itself last year.
#6 – Arizona Cardinals (from NYG) – JAWAAN TAYLOR (OT) – Florida
Seeing as though the Cardinals made more moves in FA on the defence, I think they’ll use their 1st of 2 1st rounders to patch up the offensive line that gave Rosen absolutely no time at all in 2018.
#7 – *TRADE* – Denver Broncos (from Jaguars) – DREW LOCK (QB) – Missouri
John Elway will get itchy feet as their pick approaches and I can see them giving up 1.10 and 2.09 to move up 3 spots to get another Quarterback.
#8 – Detroit Lions – RASHAAN GARY (DE) – Michigan
Rashaan Gary stays in the state he played for in college. Arguably the rusher in the class with the biggest upside will help cover the void either through injury or otherwise of Ziggy Ansah
#9 – Buffalo Bills – ANDRE DILLARD (OT) – Washington St.
Buffalo still need to repair the holes on the offensive line. Especially more so now that Josh Allen has some people to throw to.
#10 – Jacksonville Jaguars (from Denver) – TJ HOCKENSON (TE) -Iowa
Jacksonville give Nick Foles someone in the mould of Zach Ertz to be a go to guy on the field.
He can also pass block effectively, which will help add to what they tried to implement last year in terms of the running game.
#11 – *TRADE* Miami Dolphins (from Cincinatti Bengals) – DWAYNE HASKINS (QB) – Ohio St.
Bit of a curveball here, with Cincinatti arguably needing a QB trade out of the position and allow Miami to take their quarterback and give up 13, 78 and a 2020 4th Rounder.
#12 – Green Bay Packers – ED OLIVER (DT) – Houston
Green Bay beef up their interior defensive line with the rest of the defence covered by Free agency acquisitions.
#13 – Cincinatti Bengals (from Miami) – JONAH WILLIAMS (G) – Alabama
Zac Taylor will look to tighten up the offensive line to add to the pick of Billy Price last year and fill one of many holes in the roster. Williams can play Tackle or Guard and that versatility is the reason why the Bengals take him.
#14 – Atlanta Falcons – MONTEZ SWEAT (DE) – Mississippi
Atlanta add depth to their roster which was decimated with injury last year. Touted as a top 5 talent before medical history information came to the surface, Atlanta gamble on that not being an issue.
#15 – Washington Redskins – MARQISE BROWN (WR) – Oklahoma
Brown is the first WR off the board and not DK Metcalf. After losing Crowder in FA and only having Doctson, Jordan Reed as their pass catching options, Brown can fill both slot and outside the hash roles.
#16 – Carolina Panthers – CLELIN FERRELL (EDGE) – Clemson
After losing Peppers this offseason, edge rush becomes a top priority and they fill it with the guy from Clemson.
#17 – Arizona Cardinals (from NYG) – DEVIN BUSH (LB) – Michigan
Arizona start to fill out their roster on defence in the draft, getting Bush gives them a good start to that.
#18 – Minnesota Vikings – GARRETT BRADBURY (C) – N.C. State
Minnesota need to protect their $84m guaranteed quarterback. Bradbury can start anywhere on the line and is solid in both run blocking and pass protection.
#19 – Tennessee Titans – NOAH FANT (TE) – Iowa
It doesn’t take too long for the other Iowa Tight End to find a home. Delanie Walker can’t be trusted health wise and Arthur Smith (a former TE coach) goes with a pick on a position he knows very well.
#20 – Pittsburgh Steelers – BYRON MURPHY (CB) – Washington
Arguably the best CB in the class, Murphy bolsters the back end of the Pittsburgh defence after an impressive combine.
#21 – Seattle Seahawks – BRIAN BURNS (EDGE) – Florida St.
Burns brings explosiveness, which is what the Seattle D is all about. Another that had a good combine.
#22 – Baltimore Ravens – DK METCALF (WR) – Mississippi
Baltimore take a flier on a potential big play guy. Yes, this is a run heavy offence in 2019, but that could give Metcalf 1 on 1 looks fairly often. Baltimore aren’t afraid to take WR in the first round with the most recent (failure) being Breshad Perriman
#23 – Houston Texans – GREG LITTLE (T) – Mississippi
Houston could trade back here to accumulate picks, something they’ve not had too many of comparatively to most teams over the last few years. Left Tackle is a gaping hole though and Little plugs in that need.
#24 Oakland Raiders (from Chicago) – DEANDRE BAKER (CB) – Georgia
The Raiders use their second pick of the 1st round to help the back end of the defence who can contribute from day 1.
#25 – Philadelphia Eagles – CODY FORD (G) – Oklahoma
Prior to the Jordan Howard trade, everyone thought that this is where Josh Jacobs ended up.
Very surprised if that is the case now and therefore the Eagles turn their attention to offensive line.
#26 – Indianapolis Colts – DEXTER LAWRENCE (DT) – Clemson
Chris Ballard and Frank Reich have turned everything they touch into gold so far and Lawrence can be a powerhouse up the middle.
#27 Oakland Raiders (from Dallas) – DALTON RISNER (OT) – Kansas St.
It could be easy to put in N’Keal Harry or a WR here as it’s the pick traded to them for Amari Cooper. I think they’ll address offensive line with this pick seeing as though Kolton Miller has struggle thus far. Risner could potentially play both sides of Center.
#28 *TRADE* Washington Redskins (from LA Chargers) – DANIEL JONES (QB) – Duke
Washington give up pick 46, 96 and a 2020 2nd rounder to the Chargers to take Daniel Jones. Whilst they could try and get Rosen for pick 46 in real life, that wouldn’t be happening here with the Cardinals not going for Murray so Washington try and trade up for a QB.
#29 – Kansas City Chiefs – GREEDY WILLIAMS (CB) – LSU
Kansas immediately get a playmaker on defence for a team that have lost a few pieces in free agency including Eric Berry and Justin Houston. They could trade back and get a few more picks to fill all the holes on defence.
#30 – Green Bay (from New Orleans) – AJ BROWN (WR) – MIssissipi
After Randall Cobb left for Dallas, Green Bay uses it’s extra 1st rounder to replace him. AJ Brown could be a great fit for Aaron Rodgers in the slot.
#31 – Los Angeles Rams – CHRISTIAN WILKINS (DT)
Not too many holes to fill for Los Angeles but the void left from Suh can be filled by Wilkins, who is the type Wade Phillips likes: a guy that can get through the gaps.
#32 – New England Patriots – D’ANDRE WALKER (EDGE) – Georgia
New England could do anything from trade out of the first round to either side of the ball. Jachai Polite was another option, but seeing as though Belichick seems to like Georgia, why fix something that isn’t broken?