So here we are, we are well into our draft coverage here at the Full 10 Yards, we have articles dropping daily now giving you my top 5 at each position, this will reach its crescendo with me putting out my top 100 for the 2019 class and then my final mock on the day of the draft in a few weeks.
Yes, boys and girls… IT’S ALMOST DRAFT NIGHT. *Screams uncontrollably*.
But first, we have my penultimate mock, following on from Tim’s mock last week. This is also my first mock since free agency ended and also since I actually become convinced that Kyler Murray is going with the first overall pick. It’s also a bumper edition as it’s a 3 rounder too (welcome to the party, Saints and Cowboys fans (and welcome back Brownies)), so get comfy as it’s a longer read but hopefully you enjoy it as much as I loved writing it.
So let’s get on with it…
- Cardinals – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
As I have said in the introduction and on our first draft podcast, on which Kyler Murray featured heavily; I am almost certain by this point that this is happening. You can hear my full reasoning on that podcast, so if you’ve not already, then go and give it a listen!
- 49ers – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
With A, follows, B. Murray going at 1 leaves San Francisco in dreamland and with their perfect player with the number 2 pick. I believe Bosa is a hand-in-glove fit for what they need on the defensive line opposite newly acquired Dee Ford and is means Solomon Thomas can be pushed inside next to DeForest Buckner and just like that, the 9ers have one of the best defensive lines in the league and [Hot Take Incoming], are a Superbowl contender.
- [TRADE] Giants – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
The Giants trade up 3 spots in the same manner that the Jets did last year with the Colts when they took Sam Darnold. The compensation is this year’s 6th and 37th picks, a 2020 2nd round pick and a 2020 4th.
So, what’s the motivation here? Well… to grab the best pass rusher available not named Nick Bosa. Josh Allen brings that speed back to New York and that’s really important because the New York Giants are a franchise which is synonymous with having edge pass rushers who are quick and who get results. What is Josh Allen? A speed demon pass rusher with an insane ceiling who had excellent college production.
- Raiders – Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Do the Raiders have a huge need at defensive tackle? No. However, do the Raiders need as many good football players as they can possibly accumulate? Hell. Yes. Ask some people and they have Quinnen Williams as the best overall player in this draft class and if the board shakes out like this, they get him at number 4. Yeah they drafted P.J Hall and Mo Hurst last year and then went out and signed Johnathan Hankins so this creates somewhat of a logjam of talent on the inside… But you know what, isn’t the thought of Hurst and Williams rushing the passer just a thing of beauty? Hankins can rotate in as your run stuffer and P.J Hall is then your rotational and developmental guy as your 4th D tackle.
- Buccaneers – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Bucs have a need to fill at linebacker since they lost Kwon Alexander in free agency and I think they could do much worse than pick up Devin Bush, yes, you read that correctly, Bush, not White at number 5. Look, both of the Devin’s are top quality linebackers in this year’s class and are both athletic, sideline to sideline tacklers. I feel Bush is better when processing the game and suits the Bucs new 3-4 system better than Devin White. I feel Bush will slot in next to Deone Bucannon in the centre of the linebacking corp.
- [TRADE] Jets – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Masterful move by the Jets here as they recoup some of the picks they spent on acquiring Sam Darnold last spring and still get the best tackle in the draft class. They don’t quite get back what they spent on Darnold because every man and his dog knows they want to trade back.
Jawaan Taylor will come in a play right tackle for the Jets for a long time and be another building block along the line as the franchise rebuild that aspect of the team as they look to give Sam Darnold the best possible chance to succeed.
- Jaguars – DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Jacksonville possess a bunch of very quick receivers and here they add another one. However DK Metcalf is a different breed of receiver to those that are already on the Jags roster. Metcalf is a true WR1 with the ability to dominate anyone who guards him, he is the kind of receiver that you can base your offense around, whereas the other players the Jags currently have a smaller burners who can just take the top off or WR2’s like Marqise Lee. John De Filippo is a nice offensive coordinator for Metcalf and should diversify his route tree a hell of a lot which will, in my opinion, further unlock the potential of Metcalf as a pro. Ole Miss’ offense literally ran 25 plays, so it’ll be a step up but I strongly believe it’s one Metcalf can and will take in his stride.
- Lions – Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Sweat is the kind of pass rusher that I feel like Matt Patricia will want over others in this class as he plays against the run so well and has shown discipline to set the edge consistently. Sweat also has the dimensions to hold up setting the edge in a Matt Patricia defense too and can do so allowing Trey Flowers to wreak havoc from the other side.
- Bills – T.J Hockenson, TE, Iowa
As I said when playing Bills GM on the 5 Yard Rush guest mock draft, (if you’ve not heard it already, go and listen to it, essential draft listening), the modus operandi for the Bills this off season is to protect Josh Allen and to give Josh Allen more people to throw to and have done exactly that in free agency; they could start the season with four new faces on the offensive line and a couple of new wideouts in John Brown and Cole Beasley. This selection of T.J Hockenson, kind of continues both of those quests at the same time. Hockenson is a fantastic receiver and is an instant upgrade at the position for Buffalo and he is also an excellent blocker so he gives the Bills some play and scheme flexibility on that score too.
- Broncos – Devin White, LB, LSU
With Vic Fangio now calling the shots at Mile High, the defense is going to be remodelled in his image. What does that mean? Well the 3-4 base defense is staying but in the centre of it, it probably won’t be Josey Jewell and Todd Davis as Mike linebackers. Jewell and Davis are fine but they are downhill run pluggers and that’s probably all they’ll ever be. Fangio needs his linebackers to be able to run and tackle from sideline to sideline; recent example, Roquan Smith, who went to Chicago last year in the top 10 and was an instant hit in Fangio’s defense. Rinse and repeat with Devin White here.
- Bengals – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
This is a somewhat unideal scenario for Cincinnati with both of the premier linebackers off the board but there are still plenty of good players to be had at 11; Case in point the selection of Jonah Williams. Williams would probably start right away at right guard since the Bengals decided to pay Bobby Hart an obscene amount of money for a player of his calibre but once that fails, I can see Williams being the right tackle in Cincy for a long while.
- Packers – Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
Yes, the Packers picked up both Za’darius Smith and Preston Smith in free agency but this is about getting a long term solution at edge rusher, to continue the refresh that has been taking place on the Green Bay defense for the past couple of years. Burns has potentially the highest upside of any pass rusher in this class, in my view and even though they now have the Smith’s on board, I feel it’s important to build strengths on strengths. This move would mean that Kyler Fackrell, who got 10.5 sacks last year is Green Bay’s 4th edge… that sounds like a really healthy situation to me.
- [TRADE] Panthers – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Panthers trade their 2019, 3rd rounder (pick 77) in order to jump up 3 spots, ahead of divisional rivals Atlanta, to grab Ferrell.
Why would they do that? Simply because they could think Ferrell is a target for their divisional rivals and they don’t want to face him and also because you draft a team to win your division and that means beating the Saints and containing their rushing attack. This means having defensive ends that have good edge discipline. Pairing Ferrell with free agent acquisition, Bruce Irvin sounds like a decent combination to do so.
- Falcons – Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
The hyper athletic defensive tackle finds a home next to Grady Jarrett and forming an interior pairing that would certainly have me tuning into Falcons games to watch their defense as much as I can.
- Redskins – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
Butler’s enormous wingspan and catch radius will give Case Keenum more to aim for when he takes his shots down field and he also offers a different kind of playmaker to those that they have right now in Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson. Butler isn’t the most fluid or agile but he’ll make his money in the red zone and in contested catch situations.
- [TRADE] Dolphins – Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Miami took a 3rd to move back to 16 but maybe they’ll have preferred a 2020 pick instead having thought about it. Miami are embracing the suck for 2019 and whilst they won’t publically say so, they’re tanking and acquiring as much draft capital for next year’s draft; where they’ll be looking to grab one of the quarterbacks on offer next year. Anyway, on to this pick… If you know you’re about to bring in a young, rookie passer then the prudent thing to do is to ensure your offensive line isn’t in complete shambles by the time he arrives. Risner can play any spot on the line and do it well. Don’t be shocked if Miami takes two offensive linemen this year to link up is Laremy Tunsil and get that building work well underway in time to be complete in 2020 when the new era begins.
- Giants – Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
Speaking of teams rebuilding their offensive line. Cody Ford’s selection here continues the Giants rebuild of theirs too. Nate Solder and Will Hernandez in 2018 and now Kevin Zeitler and Cody Ford in 2019… Now when is the new QB arriving?
- Vikings – Garrett Bradbury, IOL, N.C. State
Ladies and gents, there are a lot of bad offensive lines in the National Football League, hence why the run on good offensive linemen continues here with Minnesota. Bradbury is the premier interior linemen in the class to me and could play either guard spot or take over from Pat Elflein at center and Elflein play one of the guard spots either way, the Vikings are better. Good news for Dalvin Cook and of course, Kirk Cousins.
- Titans – Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
Rashan Gary is a physical specimen of a man who I believe is pretty raw and rough around the edges. I also feel feel benefit from a move off the edge and inside to defensive tackle. So the tutelage of Mike Vrabel and playing with his hand in the dirt in Tennessee’s 3-4 base defense makes a lot of sense, as will being taken under the wing of Jurrell Casey.
- Steelers – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Greedy just looks like the kind of corner that the Steelers like to draft in recent times, doesn’t he? He’s big, tall and physical off the LOS and is best in press-man. Also like a few of the corners that Pittsburgh have drafted recently, he’s also not without his faults and does have some develop.
- Seahawks – Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
The Seahawks have never shied away from doing things a little differently or taking talents from smaller schools. Adderley will have a bit of a step up coming from Delaware but he certainly has the talent to fill the large shoes vacated by Earl Thomas in the secondary. Adderley has the versatility to play either safety spot too so that adds to what Pete Carroll and Ken Norton can do with him.
- Ravens – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
I’m so in love with this matchup that I just cannot stop mocking it. I feel that Harry is that hard nosed receiver that Baltimore fans will love and I feel that Lamar Jackson will have found a new best friend in the former Sun Devil.
- Texans – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Another player that I really feel is an absolute lock, it just makes too much sense. Every QB needs a blindside protector, none more so that DeShaun Watson and Dillard is the best true left tackle available in this class.
- Raiders – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Raiders need to get better on the boundary with so many playmaking wide receivers in the AFC West. Murphy could form a nice tandem with Gareon Conley, both of whom can force turnovers, which in today’s NFL, is the name of the game on defense.
- Eagles – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Eagles are in the rather lovely position of just being able to sit back, watch and wait for the draft to come to them, then take the best player available at a position of need.
As I mentioned in my Eagles article in our Where Do They Go From Here series (if you haven’t read it already, then why not?), Philly have had some turnover on the defensive line and have a few new faces on board. I feel like Wilkins would compete that and would be a long term fixture and the leader of the room in years to come.
- [TRADE] Broncos – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
With Wilkins off the board, the Colts are more than happy to trade back and accept the 41st and 71st picks in this year’s draft in return.
John Elway just can’t help himself when it comes to swinging from the fences for a quarterback, he’s said it himself, he’s going to keep swinging until he gets it right… the physically gifted Lock is his next attempt at finding a long term answer.
Lock is fairly similar to Joe Flacco when it comes to arm talent so it would be a natural fit of master and apprentice.
- Raiders – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
With 2 QB’s off the board, I feel like this would mean Oakland would have to act. I feel this would be more of a Mike Mayock pick, as opposed to a Gruden pick but nevertheless, the silver and black could have their future in the building and putting pressure on Derek Carr.
I feel that this situation would also suit Haskins too considering he’s only had 1 year of starter experience under his belt at Ohio State.
- Chargers – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
Pairing CGJ with Derwin James would give the Chargers a highly talented and dynamic, interchangeable safety pairing, who are both capable of making plays on the ball… and who wouldn’t want that?
Not necessarily a huge need for L.A. but the flexibility this move gives their defense is too much to pass on. They can think about defensive tackles later on down the line…
- Chiefs – Erik McCoy, IOL, Texas A&M
Mitch Morse is now a Buffalo Bill, which leaves a pretty sizable gap at the pivot of the offensive line for K.C AND Patrick Mahomes. McCoy is an excellent interior lineman with 38 games for Texas A&M under his belt.
McCoy can play guard or center and has bags of toughness. Shortish arms aren’t ideal but on tape I rarely saw him get beat which matters way more than what the tape measure says.
- Packers – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Matt LaFleur is going to want to put his stamp on the offense after years of Aaron Rodgers, sorry… Mike McCarthy running the show. Aaron is going to want a few weapons that he can trust, the Packers tried to do that last year by drafting three rookie receivers and also by signing Jimmy Graham, all to varying levels of success.
Fant is straight out of the Jimmy Graham tight end factory and a year alongside Graham before taking over as TE1 would do his development wonders, that is if Rodgers takes a liking to him.
- Rams – Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College
The Rams lost Rodger Saffold to Tennessee and even with the veteran guard, they probably needed a boost in the interior of their offensive line anyway. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see L.A. double down on their line considering they also lost John Sullivan too. Erik McCoy would have been in play to replace the center but he is off the board to Kansas City. Lindstrom is my number two interior offensive lineman, so he’s not exactly a bad consolation prize here.
- Patriots – Irv Smith Jr, TE, Alabama
Rob Gronkowski is done and I know the Patriots just signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins but I really don’t think that’s enough to stop New England dipping into the tight end market at some point in this draft. That’s not to say I think ASJ is a bad player or a bad pick up, I just feel that Bill Belichick will want to get back to the days of when they used to dominate with a bunch of two tight end sets and Gronk and Aaron Hernandez were mismatch nightmares for every defense they faced. Smith can be that second half of the duo with ASJ, in my book.
- Cardinals – Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
What does every QB need? A steady blindside protector. Cajuste is pretty raw but he’s a true left tackle with plenty of athleticism; something he may need when fending off attackers for Kyler Murray.
- Colts – Dexter Lawrence, IDL, Clemson
The Colts were the surprise package for a lot of people last year and it all stemmed from Chris Ballard knocking the 2018 draft out of the park. Success came mainly via a trade and acquiring more picks and then ultimately hitting on a lot of them. Obviously this won’t happen every year but the more picks you have the more opportunities to get good players you have and in this mock I have the Colts trying something pretty similar.
With their first pick of this draft, they take Dexter Lawrence who is a big bodied, run stuffing nose tackle out of Clemson. The Colts had Margus Hunt at the nose last year and whilst he’s huge, he’s a converted defensive end and isn’t a natural nose tackle. Lawrence can two gap and space eat for days and will provide a little pass rush on the side too. Another potential key cog in the Indy defense.
- Raiders – Joshua Jacobs, RB, Alabama
The signing of Isaiah Crowell won’t, or at least shouldn’t stop the Raiders from drafting a running back. Joshua Jacobs is the best available runner according to me and pretty much everyone else you will hear talk or write about the draft.
Jacobs is a all round back who can run, receive and pass protect, he’s also got the added bonus of not having been overused in college, so he should come into the league pretty fresh. He’ll be a nice compliment to Crowell, at the very least, in his first season.
- 49ers – J.J Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
If we look through the 49ers wide receiving corps it’s all pretty similar stuff; Marquise Goodwin, speedy guy, Trent Taylor, shifty slot, Dante Pettis, speedy slot guy. J.J Arcega-Whiteside adds something a little bit different here and in my opinion, really rounds out this group. Arcega-Whiteside stays in Northern California here and would be the red zone and jump ball specialist who would feast on back shoulder throws and boxing out corners on the perimetre. As a defense, who do you guard? JJAW, Kittle, Goodwin or Pettis? Then throw in Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon and your defense has a conundrum.
- [TRADE] Jets – Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
The Jets take their second Gator of the draft in edge rusher Polite. Polite was a top 20 pick before the combine, where frankly, he looked overweight and underprepared and seemingly talked himself out of first round contention. However, the Florida man didn’t become a bad player overnight. If he was overweight for the combine I’m sure the Jets would be keen to shave that off of him early on in training camp. Polite is still one of the speediest guys available when it comes to getting to the quarterback, if the Jets can add some polish, he could be the sack artist they’ve been longing for for over a decade.
- Jaguars – Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
The Jags continue to give Nick Foles big targets to throw to. Sternberger went for over 17 yards a pop and brought in 10 touchdowns for A&M last year, which is some going. He’s another modern day tight end who is all about receiving which could provide the boost that the Jags offense needs alongside first rounder DK Metcalf. This fills a need early on again for Jacksonville because as much as I don’t mind Geoff Swaim, he isn’t the long term answer in North Florida.
- Buccaneers – Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
Layne has shot up a lot of people’s draft boards recently due to rare size and length for the position and also some nice jumping numbers too. I know that Tampa spent some capital on the position last year but Carlton Davis and M.J Stewart didn’t exactly have fantastic rookie years, Vernon Hargreaves is on his last strike and is going to play in the slot and let’s be honest, in today’s NFL, you can never have enough corners. Layne needs a lot of work but as I mentioned the size and length are going to get him drafted earlier than he should and Tampa Bay bet on the upside here, giving Todd Bowles a new toy.
- Bills – Jeffrey Simmons, IDL, Mississippi State
The slide is halted for Jeffrey Simmons and Buffalo have what could be the steal of the draft on day 2. We have seen similar slides for the likes or Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith in the past couple of years due to injury and I predict the same of Simmons as he recovers from an ACL tear suffered when training for the combine.
Simmons also has a past assault that some teams will have down as a big red flag but if he can overcome the injury and his past indiscretions, he’s a wonderful player who can be absolutely dominant in the league.
- [TRADE] Colts – A.J Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Colts give Andrew Luck another weapon and add more diversity to their wide receivers. T.Y Hilton and the newly acquired Devin Funchess will occupy the defense on the outside which should give room for Brown to operate underneath as a big slot and be a mismatch for whoever is trying to guard him.
- Bengals – Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Wilson was highly thought of before the start of the previous college football season and that remained the case for long periods throughout the season but towards the end of the season, his play really tailed off, hence why his stock has dropped sufficiently to take him out of the first round and he now lags behind Devin’s White and Bush is most people’s linebacker rankings now.
His skillset really does match what team look for the a modern day linebacker though, so a linebacker needy squad like Cincinnati should jump at the chance to get him, especially at 42.
Wilson has shown good coverage skills and even had a 4 interception season a couple of years back and followed it up with 2 more last season in Tuscaloosa. Wilson processes he game well and you can tell he has a good football IQ. His issue, as I alluded to, is consistency.
- Lions – Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn. State
The Lions need a corner who can operate on the other side of the field to star man, Darius Slay, because ladies and gentlemen, it’s official… Teez Tabor ain’t it. Apparently though, Slay has made it clear that he would see it as a personal slight in Detroit took a corner at 8, so they wait until the second day to pick up Slay’s future running mate and really, they don’t lose out too heavily by doing so.
Oruwariye is another big corner who has length that you don’t find too often, although he openly admits himself that he needs to play up to his size more and be more physical.
Oruwariye doesn’t have a problem getting his hands on the ball though, whether that be via interceptions or batting down passes. This is similar to Slay who is one of the best playmakers in the league at the cornerback position. This could be one of the better starting duos in the league in a short time.
- Packers – Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
Solid. That’s how I would describe Taylor Rapp. The former Husky is an exceptional tackler and is a high character, high IQ player with good leadership qualities. Rapp would come in and compete with Josh Jones for the starting strong safety role next to Adrian Amos and if he beats out Jones, Jones could play the hybrid, SS/LB role in Mike Pettine’s D.
- Falcons – Charles Omenihu, EDGE, Texas
Defensive line depth is a must have and the Falcons keep on adding to it. Ed Oliver at 11 to play next to Grady Jarrett with Deadrin Senat behind them and on the edge they would now have Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley backed up by Omenihu and the returning Adrian Clayborn. Nice.
Omenihu also has that inside/outside flexibility which will give him extra reps on the field and give Atlanta more options on long and late downs. I would also have no problem with the former Longhorn taking over the starting gig in 12 months time if Beasley continues to lack consistency.
- Redskins – David Long, CB, Michigan
Slot corner is a starting position these days in the NFL and that’s where I see David Long having a decent chance of success in the pros. Long had himself a nice combine with some excellent work in the agilities and the jumps, again, clues that he’ll be a decent slot corner at the next level.
Doesn’t have the size or long speed to play outside, nor has he played particularly well in press coverage.
In a bad cornerback class, Washington are another team betting on the upside of a prospect.
- Panthers – Dru Samia, IOL, Oklahoma
Carolina need to get better on the offensive line. Pure and simple, and that could come from reinforcing the tackle spots or inside. Samia is an athletic guard with good power who should be a good fit for the Panthers and an upgrade over what they already have.
- Dolphins – Jerry Tillery, IDL, Notre Dame
I know the Dolphins are tanking and are probably more interested in acquiring picks for the 2020 draft in order to have some flexibility to move for a quarterback but they have to get some pieces in place for their rebuild. The best way to build a defense is from the inside out, so that means getting a cornerstone on the defensive line… Hello Jerry Tillery.
- Browns – DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
Baker is an alpha corner with a feisty attitude, good ball skills and is well coached. The worry is the long speed and rumours of not being the most coachable player in the world.
I feel like Baker could be a nice CB2 and partner in crime to Denzel Ward that’ll give Cleveland a really good corner duo that most excel is press man coverage.
- Vikings – David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
What did I say earlier about not being surprised if Minnesota take two offensive linemen? David Edwards is a prospect I really like and believe in. 6’7, with excellent movement skills as an ex-tight end, he’s a little raw around the edges but I’d think this’ll all be worked out with more experience. Brian O’Neill, Garrett Bradbury, Pat Elflein and David Edwards is a young core that Minnesota can nurture together and who can grow together to be as good line in a year or two… Kirk will be pleased.
- Titans – Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Titans really need some speed in their wide receiver room. The have their X and they’re slot guys in Corey Davis and Adam Humphries so they really are just missing that guy to take the top off the D.
Hollywood Brown is small and very, very light but he has breakneck speed and can score from anywhere on the field once he gets the ball in his hands.
- Steelers – Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
Well, the Steelers obviously have a vacancy in the wide receiver room now that Mr. Big Chest has moved out west to Oakland… a little bit like the Tennessee pick before it, it’s about filling specific roles. JuJu is their big slot, although he will move around, James Washington become a the speed guy and Harmon comes on as the perimeter possession receiver.
Harmon ain’t a burner by anyone’s standards but he’s got sure hands and is a better player than his numbers suggest. Could be a real bargain in the mid to late second round.
- Eagles – Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
I’m going to be honest, Darnell Savage is one of my favourite players in the entire class. An undersized but super quick and explosive safety with play making abilities. As soon as you flip on the tape, Savage is flying around the field and playing at full tilt, all the time. Mostly this is under control which is fantastic when you see him covering ground and making a play on the ball or if he’s drilling the ball carrier. He does get caught coming down field sometimes so he needs to work on that a little as it’s meant he’s been burned deep more than you’d like. Projects as a box safety with good man coverage skills and tackling ability, although he has played deep for Maryland too but perhaps this is something he should work on in his early career but because of his athletic ability and playmaking, he definitely shows promise in this area. Philadelphia gets a valuable tool to work into their rotation at the back end of their defense.
- Texans – Michael Deiter, IOL, Wisconsin
Houston doubles down on offensive linemen in order to boost DeShaun Watson’s protection further. Deiter has played some tackle for Wisconsin but is probably better suited to playing guard arms which as a smidge over 33 inches and some iffy pass sets. Inside he’s powerful and is athletic enough to be a problem at the second level when getting out in front of runners on screens or when pulling.
- Texans – David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
David Montgomery is a slippery zone runner with ridiculous ability to keep churning forward through contact,he has excellent balance and footwork and just keeps on going! He’s not a fastest back in the world but has been really productive in college from a yards and touchdowns prospective; back to back seasons with at least 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns. Montgomery can also catch the ball out of the backfield or line up outside and has shown good hands when doing so. The bonus with Montgomery and probably the reason he’s the second back taken is that he’s also decent in pass protection. The Texans would work him into their rotation with Lamar Miller and then see if Montgomery could replace the veteran with D’Onta Foreman continuing to be the hammer.
- Patriots – Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
Is there a more “Patriots” player in this draft than Chase Winovich? Physically limited in many ways but effort and IQ are off the charts. Winovich wins reps through pure effort and by having a plan a lot of the time because he doesn’t have the speed or strength of the top pass rushers in the draft class. Winovich has played both inside and outside on the D line for Michigan too, so I feel like the Patriots will love that versatility too, he’ll come in, be coachable and do his job from day 1 and probably have a long a successful career for it without ever being the star man.
- Eagles – Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
Greg Little was a big time high school recruit who has had some success at Ole Miss but isn’t someone who has developed in the way that he should. Philadelphia already possess one the better offensive lines in football so they have the time to invest in developing someone like Little who could blossom into someone who could take over from current left tackle, Jason Peters in a year or two.
Little has the length and strength you’d want in a tackle prospect but his technique is all over the place at times. High upside,developmental swing tackle… for now.
- Cowboys – Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
Is there a more aggressive safety than Johnathan Abram in this draft class? Abram is always flying around and trying to knock guy’s heads off. Super physical in the tackle and super aggressive when coming downhill to make a tackle. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Abram but Dallas could do with a tone setter on the back end of their defense. Doesn’t have the change of direction to be a fluid free safety, so I’d leave that to Xavier Woods or George Iloka but Abram could definitely trouble Jeff Heath for the other safety role. Abram would also likely be a special teams diamond with the way he goes about his business.
- Colts – Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
For the Colts third pick of the second round, they switch back to defense. Love has the man coverage skills to be a potential lock down corner in the NFL, he also has the instincts to go with it too, evidence of this is his eye popping pass deflection numbers (although he doesn’t convert too many of them into interceptions). Athletic enough without really jumping off the page and same goes for his aggressiveness, he plays hard without being described as particularly feisty. So why isn’t Love going higher? Because he is an iffy, at best, tackler and isn’t particularly proficient in zone coverage, so you’re going to have to work on these aspects of his game before you can have full confidence in him.
- Chargers – Dre’Mont Jones, IDL, Ohio State
Dre’Mont Jones is an undersized, gap penetrator with great initial burst and a red hot motor. Jones would be a nice addition to the Chargers defensive line and would add some pass rush to the interior to go along with the elite rushers they have outside. Dre’Mont Jones would rotate along with his namesake, Justin as the 3 tech on the Chargers line depending on the situation. Dre’Mont is very much a pocket pusher, whereas Justin is far better in run defense, which is actually a pretty glaring weakness of the former Buckeye. Dre’Mont would have to work on this area of his game and probably become much stronger before becoming the full time starter for L.A.
- Chiefs – Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
Bunting is another lengthy, high upside corner who has really risen up draft boards recently. Coming from a smaller school like Central Michigan, he definitely needs some refinement but with better coaching and access to better facilities and with mentorship, he certainly has potential as a starting corner in the NFL. Better in zone coverage as opposed to man at the moment but has the athletic abilities, in terms of his long speed and agilities to improve his man coverage skills. Bunting has also shown some sticky hands when collecting interceptions throughout his collegiate career but level of competition must be taken into consideration here.
- Saints – Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
This is a little bit of a luxury pick for the Saints but let’s be honest, as one of the best teams in the NFL, they don’t have too many holes on their roster and the last time they picked a receiver out of Ohio State in the second round, it didn’t work out too badly. Campbell would serve as the deep threat and replace Ted Ginn. Outside of Ginn and Thomas; Tre’Quan Smith is a taller receiver, so at just under 6’, Campbell gives the Saints a speedy and agile pass catcher to work vertically or underneath on slants and drag routes which get the ball in his hands quickly and ask him to create on his own, which is a big strength.
- Chiefs – Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama
Miller is an inexperienced but technically savvy pass rusher, who can come into Kansas City and play a similar role to that he played in Tuscaloosa the past couple of years and be another rotational piece on a diverse defensive line. Miller has good length but seems to struggle when getting off the line as he seems to lack explosion off the snap. 8 sacks last year is a nice total and shows that there’s plenty to work with.
- Patriots – Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Samuel is a smaller, stockier receiver who some would describe as having a running back like body type. He’s not super athletic but plays fast and is really quite physical as a receiver, despite not being the biggest. Samuel has a high football IQ and can play both inside and out, which are two qualities that the Patriots will really love. To most teams, Samuel would probably be a WR2 but the way New England do things he’ll just be another one of their rotation and I’d imagine him to be pretty productive from the early stages on his career.
- Cardinals – Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech.
QB, left tackle and pass rusher in the first three rounds. That’s how you rebuild – at the key positions. Ferguson in the NCAA all time sack leader so has been productive, although level of competition is a factor there.
- Steelers – Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota
Exploded this year for the Golden Gophers with over 100 total tackles. Undersized and explosive (also past experience as a defensive back). The new Ryan Shazier?
- 49ers – Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Thompson really fell away at the back end of last season but he is still a high quality operator when he’s on song. Could be an absolute bargain at the top of the 3rd for the 9ers.
- Jets – Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
Mullen is a bit of a projection but Gregg Williams’, super aggressive man coverage system could suit him down to the ground. Development needed.
- Jaguars – L.J Collier, EDGE, TCU
Big-bodied edge that could be moved inside if he situation required it. More of an edge setter than a pass rusher.
- Buccaneers – Derrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
Small and shifty back with home run potential when he gets out in space. I think Bruce Arians would love to have him as an option.
- Giants – Forfeited due to selection of Sam Beal in 2018 supplemental draft.
- [TRADE] Colts – Elgton Jenkins, IOL, Mississippi State
Keep building strengths on strengths. Indy had a great line last year and Jenkins adds some nice depth. Can play center or guard at a good level.
- Bengals – Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss
Knox is a little bit of a mystery since he was so underutilized in college but the tools are definitely there. Could be a real find in the 3rd round and a long term replacement for the oft-injured Tyler Eifert.
- Patriots – Zach Allen, IDL, Boston College
Allen doesn’t have to move far as a pro and like Chase Winovich, becomes a hard nose rotational piece in New England and for their defensive line.
- Bills – Ben Banogu, Edge, TCU
Banogu can come in and provide some nice pass rush depth in Buffalo.
- Packers – Ben Powers, IOL, Oklahoma
Powers Could compete for a starting job early on in Green Bay and at worst you’ve improved your depth with a nice guard on day 2.
- Redskins – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
The Redskins take a punt on a potential QB of the future in Jones. Jones doesn’t really have an outstanding trait but does most things to an ok level. The safeness of him may make him appealing, in an odd kind of way.
- [TRADE] Dolphins – Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
Johnson is far from the finished product but is another corner with rare length and has some great athletic traits as he showed at the combine. Tape is really bad in places so he’s definitely a player you want to sit on for a year or two and see what comes of it.
- Dolphins – Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
Miami gets legit deep threat, something the currently don’t possess.
- Falcons – Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
2019 NFL Draft giant corner with bad tape but some developmental potential part 24521.
- Browns – Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
Thornhill has some deep coverage skills that you don’t often find in the mid 3rd round. Isn’t the quickest though which is why he’s fallen so far.
- Vikings – Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
Another modern day tight end with really nice receiving ability and run-after-catch skills but ultimately lacks the athletic profile of the top prospects at the position. Will be a decent heir to Kyle Rudolph.
- Titans – Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
- Steelers – Anthony Nelson, EDGE, Iowa
The Steelers love to take athletic guys who aren’t that good at football yet and bank on their coaching staff to make them good at football. His mockdraftable spider graph is insane for a man of his height and weight, his sack numbers are good but his tape leaves a lot to be desired.
- Seahawks – Michael Jackson, CB, Miami
Part 24523. Seriously, there is going to be a corner of two from this class that does develop into the next Richard Sherman and there are plenty of lottery tickets to be bought and plenty of team to buy them. It would be nice for Seattle is Jackson gave them their next big, physical corner.
- Ravens – Andy Isabella, WR, UMass
Another wide receiver to give Lamar more help and some receivers to grow up with, rather than the band of free agents he had last year. Isabella offers a different skill set to that of N’Keal Harry.
- Texans – Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Ya-Sin is a smaller corner to those who have gone before him but needs equal amounts of development. Had a big step up from Presbyterian college to Temple and faces an equally big step up to the NFL.
- Bears – Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State
Wow. Round 3 really is the place to be if you want a corner. Which isn’t a bad thing, it’s a round where teams don’t mind taking upside guys and corner is a position you never mind having too many of.
Sheffield is a super quick corner who projects best as a slot in the NFL. The Bears lost Bryce Callahan in free agency, a slot who I really like and Buster Skrine is a band-aid.
- Lions – Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
Another tight end with athletic upside but in need of some polish.
- Colts – Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
The Colts add a legit deep threat to their wide receiver room. The offense continues to get more diverse.
- Cowboys – Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame
A nice tight end with all round abilities who could develop into a top 12 option in the game, if Jason Witten can take him under his wing.
- Chargers – Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
McLaurin is a nuanced route runner who knows how to get open and could be a valuable option on 3rd down for Philip Rivers.
- Chiefs – Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
The Chiefs fill out a little bit of a depth need here at linebacker. Giles-Harris is a true Mike with decent coverage skills.
- Jets – Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Super underused at Georgia so could prove to be bargain in the late third. Nice route runner who plays quickly on tape and has the size and speed required to be successful, he’s just not really a known commodity, which will scare some teams.
- Rams – D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia
The Rams add another piece to the rush arsenal. Walker could back up Dante Fowler to begin with and play situationally.
- Giants – Myles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
The Giants obviously need to replace Odell Beckham Jr. and Myles Boykin certainly has the athletic profile to fill that need, he just needs to be more consistent as a receiver.
96*. Redskins – Marquise Blair, S, Utah
The Redskins have a glaring need at free safety next to Landon Collins so Blair could fight for that job immediately.
97*. Patriots – Renell Wren, IDL, Arizona State
The Patriots are taking conscious steps to refresh and reload their defensive line after a little bit of turnover at the position. Wren joins Zach Allen and Chase Winovich as the next generation.
98*. Jaguars – Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Grier is a nice fit for what the Jags do on offense and we all know that Nick Foles isn’t their forever quarterback. Grier will also benefit from sitting for a year or three.
99*. Rams – Connor McGovern, IOL, Penn State
Another interior line player and another team that is doubling down in the trenches. McGovern is depth at this point but the cupboard is pretty bare in L.A. after a couple of aforementioned departures.
100*. Panthers – Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
Harris could be a nice change of pace from Christian McCaffrey. He’d instantly be RB2 on this squad
101*. Patriots – Mark Fields, CB, Clemson
Fields has the speed and smarts to be a nice nickel or dime corner for New England. Fields doesn’t have the height to play on the outside but as I’ve said, slot corner is a starting position in 2019.
102*. Ravens – Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame
Tranquill is a far better player than the final pick in the 3rd round but has a long history with injuries. If he can get over them he has starter potential, if he doesn’t develop like that, then he’s a special teams ace, which ain’t bad with what is essentially a 4th round pick.