The combine results are in and the dust has settled on free agency and the NFL landscape suddenly looks very different. Odell Beckham Jr. is with the Cleveland Browns, Antonio Brown is with the Oakland Raiders, and the Arizona Cardinals look set to blow it all up after just a year with Josh Rosen.
One thing that hasn’t changed is a belief throughout the NFL that this could be our year, unless you’re in full fish tank mode on South Beach, Miami.
Add all that up and Mock Draft 2.0 is vastly different to its predecessor weeks prior. Let’s dive in.
1. Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Once just a fun rumor, it now feels like established knowledge that Murray will be dropped into Kliff Kingsbury Air Raid offense on Day 1 of the NFL season. What this means for Josh Rosen remains to be seen. Maybe the Broncos are in his future.
2. San Francisco 49ers — Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
For months Nick Bosa was the locked on #1 pick in April’s draft, but his mini-slide continues as the 49ers pick up Williams, an athletic freak with the ability to wreck the interior of a defensive line.
3. New York Jets — Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
In the first round of the draft, teams get 10 minutes to submit their pick. Don’t expect too much time to elapse as the Jets run this pick to the podium.
The Jets’ recent fortune of elite players sliding to them in the draft continues; see Leonard Williams #6 (2015), Jamal Adams #6 (2017) and Sam Darnold #3 (2018).
4. Oakland Raiders — Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
The Raiders are in desperate need of pass rush. Behind quarterbacks, pass rushers are the most important position in the NFL. When you find a dominant pass rusher it’s important to keep hold of them, you’d have to be crazy to trade an elite pass rusher.
Anyway, in Allen, the Raiders pick up a raw talent who’s still learning the finer nuances of the position but has excellent production regardless with 17 sacks in 2018.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Sweat’s combine workout was frankly absurd. Sweat’s 4.41 40-yard dash was faster than 21 of 23 running backs who took part in the drill and he did this despite clocking in at 6-5 and 240 pounds.
Arians loves speed and power on his defensive line and Sweat has plenty of both.
6. New York Giants — D.K Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
It’s easy to see the Giants’ trade of OBJ and surmise that a full rebuild is underway. However, I truly believe that the organization from ownership on down to the front office believe that shipping Odell out of town is addition by subtraction.
The Giants truly are deluded enough to believe they are in
Shame about Eli.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Jaguars have their quarterback in Nick Foles and must now keep him upright. Foles is reunited with his former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
We’ve already seen what that pairing is capable of; now all the Jaguars need is for Taylor to keep their quarterback clean.
8. Detroit Lions — Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Despite the free agency signing of Trey Flowers, Patriots Midwest still need to solidify their defensive line. By keeping Michigan man Rashan Gary instate, they boast a formidable defensive line starring Gary, Snacks Harrison, former second-round pick A’Shawn Robinson, and the aforementioned Trey Flowers.
9. Buffalo Bills — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
This ones pretty simple so I’ll keep it short. The Bills are bad on the offensive line. They need to protect second-.
10. Denver Broncos — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
OH BOY. Here it is. Haskins at #10 is truly a viable option for the Broncos. Kyler Murray may be the most fun quarterback to watch in this year’s draft but Haskins is a better player.
He is only a one-year starter at Ohio State, which may worry some but what an outstanding year it was. Haskins was the best passer in college football in 2018, throwing for 4,821 yards (#1), 50 touchdowns (#1) for just eight interceptions while completing 70 percent of his passes.
Haskins is not a runner, despite what some pundits will have you believe, but has enough athleticism and pocket awareness to succeed in the league. There are several moves the Broncos could make at quarterback but Haskins is the most appealing.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin White, LB, LSU
White is a sideline-to-sideline playmaker and from everything we hear was a key locker room leader at LSU.
12. Green Bay Packers — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Fant is a downfield playmaker who will stretch the seam in the Packers’ offense. The Packers have been looking for a new tight end for Rodgers for a few seasons now, big names like Michael Bennett, Jared Cook and, most recently, Jimmy Graham have all fallen flat.
13. Miami Dolphins — Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Dolphins could take a quarterback here but that doesn’t into the current fish tank plan.
14. Atlanta Falcons — Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Oliver’s value has been all over the place in recent mocks, as high as three, as low as the bottom of the first. In any case, the Falcons get great value at #14.
15. Washington Redskins — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Another team who could take a quarterback, but I see them building out their roster before looking ahead to 2020. Expect Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and maybe a later round rookie to all start for this team in 2019 as they wait out Alex Smith’s rehab.
16. Carolina Panthers — Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The main priority for the Panthers needs to be keeping Cam Newton upright. Williams is a three-year starter out of Alabama and can play multiple positions on the line. Some argue his arms are too short to play tackle, Williams disagrees and so do I.
17. New York Giants (via Browns) — Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Why Daniel Jones? The Giants organisation is rich in nepotism. Don’t take that as a knock on Jones, it’s just a fact. David Cutcliffe, Jones’ college coach at Duke, was also Eli Manning’s coach at Ole Miss. In recent days former Cowboys GM NFL HoFer Gil Brandt stated on the record that Jones and Peyton Manning are the “same guy”. Jones only a one-year starter is loved in NFL circles; he’s what you’d call “sneaky athletic” read: white. Don’t be surprised if Jones doesn’t make it to the Giants at #17.
18. Minnesota Vikings — Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Vikings remain the NFL’s “what if” team. On paper, they have a top-five defense, the best receiving duo in the game, a top-10 running back in Dalvin Cook, and yet despite paying Kirk Cousins $90m over three years the team didn’t get it done in 2018 and Cousins was one of the most pressured passers in the league. That has to change in 2019.
19. Tennessee Titans — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Some would consider it an upset Fant going over the more versatile Hockenson. As opposed to Fant who is essentially a blownup WR, Hockenson is an excellent in-line blocker with fantastic receiving skills. The Titans are in need of a replacement for an aging Delanie Walker and they have an excellent one in Hockenson.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert is probably the best evaluator of wide receivers in the league. His record drafting defensive backs,
21. Seattle Seahawks — Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Ferrell is one of the more underrated prospects in this year’s draft. Playing on a stacked defensive line, it can be hard to stand out, but Ferrell is set to stand out at the next level and slides right in as a replacement for the recently-departed Frank Clark.
22. Baltimore Ravens — Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
This offseason saw the end of Terrell Suggs’ 16-season Ravens career. It won’t be easy to replace him but, in Ferguson, the Ravens will have an ultra-talented yet raw playmaker with a history of production: 17.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss in 2018. The Ravens have a history of developing defensive talent and this is a great fit for both sides.
23. Houston Texans — Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The Texans would be overjoyed if any of the top tackles fall to them at #23. Greg Little does and will be on a plane to Houston.
24. Oakland Raiders (via Bears) — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Raiders essentially control the draft with a almost-unprecedented three picks in the first round. Head coach Jon Gruden isn’t a Derek Carr fan. Drew Lock lacks polish but has a huge arm and tonnes of potential, he may compete in 2019 but look for him to start in 2020.
25. Philadelphia Eagles — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams is seen by some as the best corner in the draft. He will expect to be drafted much higher than #25 so will go into Philly with a huge chip on his shoulder. He’ll fit right in.
26. Indianapolis Colts — Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Despite more cap room than any other team, the Colts were relatively quiet during free agency. Chris Ballard is sticking to his philosophy of building through the draft and with his track record to date, it’s hard to doubt him. Baker fills an immediate need for the Colts.
27. Oakland Raiders (via Cowboys) — Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
The departure of Jared Cook opens up 101 targets on the Raiders offense. With no real competition on the roster at tight end, Smith would catch plenty of balls in this rookie season if Derek Carr is still the starter.
28. LA Chargers — Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC State
Bradbury is one of the most talented offensive linemen in the draft. He has the ability to play all five positions but excels at guard or centre. Look for him to start at guard from day one while giving the Chargers a premium backup to veteran center Mike Pouncey.
29. Seattle Seahawks (via Chiefs) — Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Seahawks may very well go offensive line here depending who’s left on the board, but here they double down on remaking the defensive line with Clemson standout Christian Wilkins. Despite making Russell Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL, the Seahawks are and will always be defense-first team under Pete Carroll.
30. Green Bay Packers (via Saints) — A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Packers give Aaron Rodgers another offensive weapon in A.J. Brown. After being hurt in back-to-back seasons, look for Rodgers to return to MVP form in 2019 in a refreshed offensive with new playmakers.
31. LA Rams — Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Risner has been a late riser in the process, applauded for his versatility and toughness; there was hope he would fall to the Broncos in round two.
32. New England Patriots — Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Simmons would be a top-five pick if he wasn’t hurt. Set to miss most if not all of the 2019 season with a torn ACL, the Patriots grab Simmons at a heavy discount at the bottom of the first round.Save 25% on Pro Football Focus EDGE or ELITE with promo code DRAFT19 through 5/3/19