With the NFL Scouting Combine less than a week away, it’s time to deliver our first mock draft of 2019.
Twenty-nine teams are currently slated to draft in the first round, with the Oakland Raiders boasting three picks and the Green Bay Packers holding two after the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints made trades last season.
The 2019 class looks to be stacked on defense and should boast a loaded first three rounds, but it’s bad news for teams desperate to find their franchise quarterback.
Ahead of the Underwear Olympics at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, here is version 1.0 of our first-round mock.
#1 Arizona Cardinals — Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio St
The consensus number one pick, despite never having a double-digit sack season. Bosa is a highly polished pass rusher and ready to go from day 1.
#2 San Francisco 49ers — Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
It’s rare to see interior defensive linemen go this high in recent times but, when they’re as disruptive as Williams, they’re hard to pass up.
#3 New York Jets — Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
#4 Oakland Raiders — Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
The Raiders made history in 2018 just for all the wrong reasons. Shipping out All-Pro pash rusher Khali Mack left the Raiders defensive line looking anemic and they finished the year with just 13 sacks.
#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Jacobs was part of running back committee in Alabama but that didn’t stop him being ultra-productive averaging a TD on every 10 touches for 14 touchdowns in 2018.
#6 New York Giants — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio St
The Giants have to move on from Eli, right? The Giants have plenty of needs but are in a prime position to draft their QB of the future and maybe the present.
#7 Jacksonville Jaguars — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Lock has prototypical size and a huge arm. He could start immediately in Jacksonville. The Blake Bortles era is over.
#8 Detroit Lions — Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Gary has elite size and talent but the production hasn’t always matched in college. The Lions likely have a need with the departure of Ziggy Ansah and Gary has high upside and stays in state.
#9 Buffalo Bills — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Bills need to surround their young quarterback with playmakers. At 6-4, Metcalf has huge catch radius for a quarterback not known for his accuracy.Embed from Getty Images
#10 Denver Broncos — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Broncos could go quarterback here. Kyler Murray is still on the board. Williams’ LSU teammate Devin White would be a popular pick but, in this scenario, the Broncos secure the back end and grab a player to replace Bradley Roby in Vic Fangio’s defense.
#11 Cincinnati Bengals — Jawaan Taylor, OL, Florida
The Bengals have a ton of needs on defense but are desperate for line help. Look for the Bengals to run the ball a lot in 2019.
#12 Green Bay Packers — Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi St
The Packers can’t ask Rodgers to win every game single-handedly and must get better on defense.
#13 Miami Dolphins — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Perennially 6-10, 8-8 the Dolphins are one of the most boring teams in the League. Murray gives them an identity and signals the end for Ryan Tannehill in Miami
#14 Atlanta Falcons — Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
It’s difficult to say where Lawrence may have gone if not for a failed PED test at the end of this college career. He joins an underrated Falcons defensive line.Embed from Getty Images
#15 Washington Redskins — Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Washington can’t afford to pay another vet with Alex Smith on the books and must look to the draft. There are some questions on whether Jones has the necessary arm talent to succeed in the NFL, but Jay Gruden’s West Coast system suits the Duke prospect perfectly.
#16 Carolina Panthers — Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
Williams has the potential to play at guard or tackle as a pro and the Panthers are desperate for help right across the offensive line.
#17 Andre Dillard, OL, Washington State
The Browns finally have a franchise quarterback but no longer have anyone to protect him at left tackle. The Browns add to what is already a strong line on the interior.
#18 Minnesota Vikings — Greg Little, OL, Ole Miss
Kirk Cousins was one of the most pressured quarterbacks across the league last season. If the Vikings want to make another deep playoff run they need to keep the $90-million man on his feet.
#19 Tennessee Titans — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
It remains to be seen if Marcus Mariota is a franchise quarterback, but the Titans need to surround their young quarterback with playmakers on the outside to give him every chance.
#20 Pittsburgh Steelers — Devin White, LB, LSU
The Steelers have needed help at linebacker ever since the tragic injury to Ryan Shazier, White is a sideline to sideline playmaker perfect for the modern NFL.
#21 Seattle Seahawks — Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
Oliver is one of the most talented players in the draft and its criminal he may drop this far. The Seahawks get some much needed interior pass rush.
#22 AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Ravens are again starved for WR help, they can not go into the season with Willie Snead as their no1 receiver.
#23 Houston Texans — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
When healthy the Texans have a solid WR trio but miss a TE who can make a difference. Hockenson is an elite red zone weapon alongside Hopkins and will make an impact both run and pass blocking.
#24 Oakland (from Chicago) — DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Raiders secondary is bad, very bad.
#25 Philadelphia Eagles — Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
The Eagles won their Super Bowl with depth across the offensive and defensive lines and will get back to that formula.
#26 Indianapolis Colts — Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
The Colts exceeded all expectations in 2018 but ultimately they were found out in the playoffs. Their biggest need on
#27 Oakland (from Dallas) — Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
Ford should start at right tackle immediately while last year’s first-round pick Kolton Miller plays on the left side.
#28 LA Chargers — Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
The Chargers’ only major roster weakness is on defense, they might address this in free agency, however.
#29 Kansas City Chiefs — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
To say the Chiefs’ secondary is talent poor would be generous, despite solid performances at home this unit was a liability on the road.Embed from Getty Images
#30 Green Bay (from New Orleans) — Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
Jimmy Graham is just the latest veteran tight end to flame out in Green Bay. It’s time to get younger at the position.
#31 LA Rams — Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
Ferguson has an abundance of production and fills a direct need for the Super Bowl runners up.
#32 New England Patriots — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
It remains to be seen whether Gronk will return in ’19, but Fant is an explosive athlete who can stretch a defense down the scheme.