Rucker Mock Draft 1.0

The Underwear Olympics has been and gone, Pro Days are heading the same way, and NFL teams have splashed hundreds of millions and made some wild trades in the first two weeks of free agency.

The 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, TN is now just four weeks away, and it should be a wild one, so it’s time for a wild mock draft.

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#1 Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB,, Oklahoma

Kliff Kingsbury stays true to his word and gets his quarterback of the future. Rosen becomes expendable, and the New York Giants trade their 17th overall pick to get Eli Manning’s successor.

#2 San Francisco 49ers — Nick Bosa EDGE, Ohio St

John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan couldn’t be happier with Bosa falling to them. Considered one of the best overall prospects in this draft, Bosa will partner up with newly-acquired Dee Ford to create a strong one-two punch.

#3 New York Jets — Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Jets pass on some good EDGE rushers to get one of the most disruptive interior linemen in the draft.

#4 Oakland Raiders — Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Mark Davis does the most Al Davis thing and drafts whoever the heck he wants. They have a need at running back and two more picks in the first round, so why not get the guy you want right away?

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#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Devin White, LB, LSU

With Tampa Bay losing Kwan Alexander to the 49ers in free agency, they look to upgrade at the position and fill the void with one of the most talented linebackers in the draft.

#6 New York Giants — Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

With their QB situation taken care of by trading for Rosen, the Giants don’t have to reach for someone, can focus on an area of need, and find a steal in Allen at six.

#7 Jacksonville Jaguars — Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

The Jags have had to let go of some key figures in their defense this offseason, and with Nick Foles being signed to start at QB, they now look to add to an already strong defense.

#8 Detroit Lions — Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi St

The run on EDGE rushers continues with the Lions picking up a darling of the NFL Scouting Combine. His recent news of a heart condition doesn’t scare the Lions away with the potential talent he could bring to their defense.

#9 Buffalo Bills — Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

The Bills pass on the chance to take the top offensive lineman to protect second-year QB Josh Allen and strengthen the defensive line with Oliver.

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#10 Washington Redskins (via trade with Denver) – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio St

The Broncos have their pick of the litter for QBs not named Murray but Washington comes calling with a swap of first round picks plus a second this year (#46 overall) and a second round pick in 2020. Washington is concerned about Alex Smith’s future and sees an opportunity to grab their QB of the future now with pro ready Haskins.

#11 Cincinnati Bengals — Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Having missed out on White, the Bengals dive in for Bush, who will make an immediate impact.

#12 Green Bay Packers — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Veteran tight ends Jimmy Graham and Mercedes Lewis are approaching the tail ends of their respective careers, and Aaron Rodgers needs more weapons. Fant is the type of TE that will be hard to cover with his athleticism in the passing game.

#13 Miami Dolphins — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

The Dolphins recently signed Ryan Fitzpatrick but they know he isn’t the long-term answer. With Washington leap-frogging them for Haskins, the Fins go with the next best QB prospect with hopes that he will be what they thought Tannehill would be.

#14 Atlanta Falcons — Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida St

The Falcons pick up an EDGE rusher to pair with Vic Beasley, creating a strong combo on defense. Plus, with a name like Burns, how can he not be a top EDGE rusher?

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#15 Denver Broncos (from Was) – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

With the Broncos allowing Domata Peko to test free agency, Shelby Harris is the only natural nose tackle left on the roster. Wilkins can be a disruptive force in the interior that has been missing since Malik Jackson took the big bucks in Jacksonville after winning the Super Bowl. With Wilkins in the middle, Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Derek Wolfe can cause even more chaos on the outside.

#16 Carolina Panthers — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Panthers QB Cam Newton says he’s giving up sex (temporarily) to become a better QB. The Panthers help him out by picking up a strong tackle prospect to protect him.

#17 Arizona Cardinals (via trade with NYG) — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

With their new QB of the future taken care of, they pick up a receiving weapon that will help stretch the field and give Murray an explosive down-field target.

#18 Minnesota Vikings — Cody Ford, OG, Oklahoma

The Vikings strengthen their O-line to protect Kirk Cousins. Ford may not have tested well at the combine but his strength and ability give him a big upside.

#19 Tennessee Titans – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

Ferrell has seen his draft stock drop in recent weeks, but his talent — and the Titans’ need for a consistent pass rush — keep him in the first round.

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#20 Pittsburgh Steelers — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

While initial rounds of mock drafts had Greedy Williams and DeAndre Baker going early, their momentum has recently cooled off while Murphy’s seems to have stayed consistent. He will be a valuable addition to a defense that needs to strengthen their secondary.

#21 Seattle Seahawks — Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

The Seahawks lost one of the last remaining members of the vaunted Legion of Boom when Earl Thomas left for Baltimore this offseason. Thompson can bring back the aggressive nature of the position and some excitement back into the defense.

#22 Baltimore Ravens — A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Brown’s name has been climbing up the ranks recently. The Ravens need a weapon for second-year QB Lamar Jackson after losing Michael Crabtree and John Brown in free agency.

#23 Houston Texans — Andre Dillard OT, Washington St

Protecting QB DeShaun Watson has become priority #1 for the Texans. Since Watson was drafted, the Texans are 14-9 with him and 1-8 without him. Dillard’s performance at the combine keeps him as a first-round consideration.

#24 Oakland Raiders — DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

With the RB position addressed early on, the Raiders find themselves in a promising position with one of the top CB prospects still available. Baker can come in right away and strengthen one of the Raiders’ biggest weaknesses.

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#25 Philadelphia Eagles – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Carson Wentz hasn’t been able to stay healthy in his two years as the Eagles starter. They fortify their line to keep Wentz on his feet with Williams.

#26 Indianapolis Colts — N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St

The Colts strengthened their O-line to keep Andrew Luck healthy. Now they give him a weapon in big, physical receiver N’Keal Harry.

#27 Oakland Raiders — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The Raiders finish up their splashy first round by picking Jared Cook’s replacement in Hockenson. He may not be as athletic as former teammate Noah Fant but he is a well-rounded, do-it-all TE that can block as well as make the necessary catches.

#28 LA Chargers — Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

The Chargers strengthen the interior of the D-line to take attention away from DE Joey Bosa and plug up running lanes.

#29 Kansas City Chiefs — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

The Chiefs have one of the most dynamic offenses in the league, but one of the worst defenses. Williams gives them a solid piece to their secondary along with FA signee Tyrann Mathieu that should help slow down the opposing offenses.

#30 Green Bay Packers — Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St

The Packers addressed the offense with their first pick and choose to go defensive with this pick. Abram is known as a tough safety that can be an enforcer on the field.

#31 LA Rams – Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State

The Rams may have lost some key defensive players, but are still in good shape on that side of the ball. They decide to bring in Bradbury to anchor their O-line and help direct Jared Goff’s offense.

#32 New England Patriots — Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

The Patriots may try to trade out of this spot but they don’t find an attractive enough offer. They go with Tillery who should be a plug-and-play starter on defense.

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