Ladies and Gentlemen… We made it. It’s draft day. So here’s my final mock for the 2019 NFL Draft.
1.Cardinals – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Guys and girls, it’s going to happen. Lock it in and even put some money on it (albeit you won’t get much return on your investment) because Kyler Murray will be a Cardinal.
SO, what happens with Josh Rosen? Well the Patriots send the 32nd overall pick to Arizona in return and the Patriots give themselves a potential future starter once Tom Brady hangs it up.
Rest of the NFL:
2. 49ers – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Murray, followed by Bosa. It just makes too much sense.
3. Jets – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
The Jets go need with Josh Allen over best player available, which would have been Quinnen Williams. This is of course after they try their best to trade back I don’t see them finding a partner since they haven’t done so already.
4. [Trade] Redskins – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
It was reported that the Raiders were planning on doing something surprising with the #4 overall pick and just last night is was reported that the Redskins are trying to move into the top 5 in order to draft a QB…
So Dwayne Haskins will be a Redskins and simmer behind Case Keenum for a year before taking the reigns next year.
5. Buccaneers – Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
If you listened to the first half our our “Take or Trade” podcast on Tuesday evening, you would have heard me say that I feel that Tampa strikes everyone with a surprise and here it is… Brian Burns stays in Florida and provides some speed in Todd Bowles 3-4 system off the edge.
6. Giants – Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Giants are the biggest winners of the Haskins trade up and also that the Bucs choice to go edge over Quinnen. Not even Dave Gettleman can mess this one up.
7. Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Jags probably still believe that they can win now with Nick Foles, so they should do a better job of protecting him that they did Blake Bortles last year.
They’ll also probably have a new QB on the way in the next year or two so building up the protection prior to that guy’s arrival is sensible and it also means more holes for Leonard Fournette.
8. [Trade] Falcons – Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston
The second trade of the evening is Atlanta moving up to grab Ed Oliver ahead of Buffalo, Denver and possibly Cincinnati.
We’ve all seen Oliver mocked to Atlanta almost as much as any player/team fit this year; I think it happens but they will have to make a move to do it.
This probably takes a second round pick (45th overall) and a swap of late round picks to get this done.
9. Bills – Christian Wilkins, IDL, Clemson
The consolation for potentially being leapfrogged for Ed Oliver is Christian Wilkins. The Bills aren’t crying too much.
10. Broncos – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The NFL will ALWAYS overdraft quarterbacks. John Elway will keep swinging for a QB., especially if that QB is tall and white. 2+2+2=6.
11. Bengals – Devin White, LB, LSU
Huge need filled here at linebacker for Cincy. The other area they could go is offensive line but I feel like the best linebacker in the draft falling into their laps is too much to pass up and they can get the O line help later on since they just paid Bobby Hart.
12. Packers – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Packers will want to appease Aaron Rodgers and give him more targets and more people who will help him score more points. The Packers invested on defense in free agency and the draft is where they’ll invest on offense.
13. Dolphins – Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
I mentioned this on Tuesday’s pod; Miami are tanking for a QB for next year, most likely Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama. Tua is a left handed QB, thus making the right side his blindside. Miami pick up and right tackle in Cody Ford who will be best friends with their potential next QB. Laremy Tunsil isn’t a bad bookend to pair him with either.
14. [Trade] Lions – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Don’t get me wrong, Jonah Williams is a tackle at the next level and Detroit don’t have a huge need at the tackle position but you can never have enough good offensive linemen. I like Ricky Wagner and Taylor Decker as a pairing but I do not like Kenny Wiggins at guard and Wagner does have a potential out in his contract after the 2019 season. Williams could play guard for a year and give Detroit an incredible line with the above tackles, Frank Ragnow and Graham Glasgow… OR they could do the sensible thing and play Tyrell Crosby (who I was really high on last year) at guard with Williams and Ragnow at center. That, my friends is an offensive line.
15. [Trade] Oakland – DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Raiders move back acquiring more picks this year and next from the Redskins and still grab a potential difference maker on the offensive side of the ball.
16. [Trade] Texans – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
I have had this player/team fit slated for a good while but I don’t think they can wait to do so at 23 with the Giants, Vikings and Panthers (who they obviously trade with here) who could all be in the market for an offensive tackle.
17. Giants – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
After getting Quinnen at 6, I feel that the Giants will want to to offensive line and, more specifically, they’ll want a right tackle to continue their rebuild of the unit. However, the Texans trade up only really leaves Dalton Risner for them and some teams may see him as an interior guy.
SO… Daniel Jones becomes more of a priority for them at this point. I think they’ll consider him at 6 but Williams simply makes that impossible.
18. Vikings – Garrett Bradbury, IOL, N.C State
Offensive line, no matter what.
19. Titans – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Not a brilliant fit in the 3-4 base defense admittedly, considering he’s most definitely a hand in the dirt defensive end, as opposed to a stand up rusher. However, Ferrell is a brilliant run defender and I think he fits as a down lineman next to Jurrell Casey and in place of DeQuan Jones as the edge setter. Ferrell will also add some pass rush and pocket moving ability up front too. He also allows the Titans to move to a 4 man front with ease when a situation dictates.
20 . Steelers – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Steelers have a need at corner. The Steelers love to draft corners in the first round. Greedy Williams fits the athletic profile that Pittsburgh go for. I have a strong feeling that this will happen, even with Devin Bush still on the board.
21. Seahawks – T.J Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Seahawks just paid Russell Wilson the big bucks and so they need to give him some weapons other than Tyler Lockett and and oft-injured Doug Baldwin. The tight end depth for the Seahawks is also abysmal, so this is a big need fill.
22. Ravens – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
I’ve long harped on about Baltimore giving Lamar Jackson some receivers that he can grow up with and I strongly believe that it’s the direction that they’ll go. However, I am having the let the dream of N’Keal Harry to the Ravens go. Harry hasn’t interested the Ravens in the pre-draft process at all, however Baltimore have shown interest in Hakeem Butler, having brought him in for a private work out. Butler gives Jackson a big bodied target to aim for which is ideal with his accuracy.
23. [Trade] Panthers – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
This may come as a bit of a surprise but Bush is just too much of an enticing option for a team that just lost it’s franchise legend, Will linebacker, Thomas Davis. Bush next to Luke Kuechly gives Carolina another dynamic linebacker duo for the next few years and gives that defense a big injection of speed.
24. Raiders – Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
I don’t know whether you noticed but Jon Gruden wants to find a pass rusher to replace Khalil Mack, because they’re really hard to come by…
I don’t think he’d be able to resist Gary in the mid 20’s here.
25. Eagles – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
Philly fill a big need on the back end of their defense with a versatile piece, who can move around and be used in multiple ways whilst making plays at all of those positions.
26. Colts – Jeffrey Simmons, IDL, Mississippi State
Someone is going to take a chance on Jeffrey Simmons and take him in the first round in order to get that 5th year option in the contact.
He may miss most of next season with the ACL injury that he picked up in training for the combine but he could be placed on the PUP list and be ready to go come playoff time.
27. Raiders – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Raiders need to get some playmakers on defense and give Gareon Conley a partner on the other side of the defense. Byron Murphy does both of those things.
28.Chargers – Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Throughout the pre draft process, it feels like that Chargers have paid a lot of interest in the secondary with the players they’ve been in touch with and brought in for workouts. Nasir Adderley is one of those players and would give them a fantastic young safety duo when paired with last year’s first rounder, Derwin James. Adderley is also a bit of a chess piece who fits nicely in their DB heavy plans.
29. Seahawks – Jerry Tillery, IDL, Notre Dame
Seattle love long and lanky defensive tackles who have rush the passer and disrupt passing lanes with their hands. At 6’7, Jerry Tillery fits that bill; they tried to do this with Malik McDowell a couple of years back, another player I was really high on at the time but unfortunately it hasn’t worked out for McDowell since his ATV accident, so the Seahawks go again.
30. Packers – Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College
As I said above, this is the time for the Packers to invest on offense. That doesn’t always have to be in the form of flashy guys, it can also be rock solid linemen. Such as Chris Lindstrom.
31. Rams – Erik McCoy, IOL, Mississippi State
After losing Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan this off season, they interior of the Rams offensive line could do with some bolstering and I always feel that the end of the first is a sweet spot for linemen in any draft. McCoy could fill a guard or center role and don’t be shocked if L.A. doubles down later on in the draft to fill the other need.
32. [Trade] Cardinals – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
N’Keal Harry put out a picture of himself in a Cardinals uniform earlier this week. Obviously he went to school in Arizona and has lived in the Phoenix area for a long time since moving from Canada as a youngster, so it would probably be a dream move for him.
Maybe he already knows that the Cards want him and maybe the team have already let him know that they plan to take him with the 33rd… or 32nd pick if the Josh Rosen deal has already been verbally agreed. Who knows but we only have a few hours until we find out.