We are only a few days away from the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, TN. The offseason has been and gone, and now it’s time to start gearing up for the new season.
So without any inside information, and this being my final mock before draft day, let’s make this a good one!
1. Arizona Cardinals — Quinnen Williams, DT,
This starts a series of changes in the top of this draft, starting with the very next pick.
Previous pick: Kyler Murray
2. Oakland Raiders (trade with SF) — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock can’t move fast enough to get a new quarterback that could revive their offense and excite the future fanbase in Las Vegas.
The cost — the fourth and 24th overall picks — may have been high, but with three total first-round picks they could afford it for a future franchise player.
Previous pick: SF chose Nick Bosa
3. New York Jets — Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
With Quinnen Williams going #1 overall and the 49ers switching spots with the Raiders, that leaves the Jets the option of picking any of the top pass rushers they want. Bosa at one point was the consensus #1 pick before Murray opted for the NFL.
Previous pick: Quinnen Williams
4. San Fransisco 49ers (trade with Oakland) –Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
The 49ers moved back fully aware they would likely miss out on Nick Bosa, but are still happy with the next best pass rusher in Josh Allen while also accumulating another first-round pick.
Previous pick: OAK chose Josh Jacobs
5. New York Giants (trade with Tampa Bay) — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Turns out the Giants disinterest in Haskins was all just a smokescreen and they move up one spot, sending the sixth overall pick and a second-rounder in 2020) to ensure they get their guy before another team leapfrogs them.
Previous pick: TB selected Devin White
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (trade with NYG) — Devin White, ILB, LSU
Tampa Bay gladly moves down one spot knowing they’ll still have their guy in Devin White while picking up a future second-round pick.
Previous pick: NYG selected Josh Allen
7. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Nick Foles is their QB and they decide they need to protect that asset right away.
Previous pick: Rashan Gary
8. Detroit Lions — T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa
The Lions have needs in multiple areas but choose to give Stafford a legitimate weapon at tight end.
Previous pick: Montez Sweat
9. Buffalo Bills — Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
The Bills have a need along the defensive line, and Oliver is one of the most talented defensive linemen in this draft.
Previous pick: Ed Oliver
10. Miami Dolphins (trade with Denver) — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
With the top two quarterbacks off the board already, the Dolphins front office sees an opportunity to secure the remaining top-tier quarterback before someone else does.
The cost isn’t cheap, with the Dolphins sending the 13th and 48th overall picks this year, and a second-round pick in 2020 to the Broncos.
Previous pick: Washington traded with Denver and selected Dwayne Haskins
11. Cincinnati Bengals — Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
The Bengals had to sweat a little with Denver on the clock and in need of linebacker help. Fortunately for them, Devin Bush fell right to them.
Previous pick: Devin Bush
12. Green Bay Packers — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Aaron Rodgers needs weapons to throw to, but he also needs time to throw. The Packers need to protect their franchise quarterback first and then potentially look to add a weapon with their other first round pick.
Previous pick: Noah Fant
13. Washington Redskins (trade with Denver) — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Broncos make another move to gain draft capital, this time moving back to #15, while also picking up the 46th overall pick.
The Redskins add a big weapon to help out their lackluster group of quarterbacks.
Previous pick: Miami picked Drew Lock at this spot.
14. Atlanta Falcons — Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
With moves being made in the top half of the draft, the next tier of edge rushers falls a little and Atlanta is the first to benefit. Rashan Gary will be a disruptive force on the Falcons defense.
Previous pick: Brian Burns
15. Denver Broncos (from WAS) — Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State
The Broncos finally decide to stay put and pick up a player that would solidify their offensive line since they lost Matt Paradis in free agency. This will allow Connor McGovern to move back to guard as well.
Previous pick: Christian Wilkins
16. Carolina Panthers — Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
The Panthers need to get younger on defense and fill the void left when Julius Peppers retired. Montez Sweat should provide a huge boost for this defensive group.
Previous pick: Jawaan Taylor
17. New York Giants — Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
The Giants took the risk of passing on an edge rusher early to get their quarterback of the future. Luckily for them, this draft is stacked with talented pass rushers and they are still able to get a talented guy in Burns.
Previous pick: Arizona had acquired this pick and selected D.K. Metcalf
18. Minnesota Vikings — Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Kirk Cousins is a large financial investment to put behind a porous offensive line. Williams will be able to provide some stability and time for Cousins to get the ball out to his talented receiving corp.
Previous pick: Cody Ford
19. Tennessee Titans — Chrisitan Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Titans need a little more of a push up front on defense and have their pick of talented interior defensive lineman. They go with Wilkins in this scenario to be a disruptor.
Previous pick: Clelin Ferrell
20. Pittsburgh Steelers — N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Antonio Brown forced his way out and left JuJu Smith-Schuster to take on the load of being the top wide receiver. The Steelers know the window for Big Ben is closing and give him one more weapon to get their offense back on track.
Previous pick: Byron Murphy
21. Seattle Seahawks — Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
The Legion of Boom is long gone, with Earl Thomas making his way to Baltimore this offseason. Seattle’s secondary can begin to rebuild with Abram manning the middle of the field.
Previous pick: Deionte Thompson
22. Baltimore Ravens — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Ravens have put all their chips in with Lamar Jackson and now they need to give him weapons. Brown can create separation and give Jackson a big enough window to increase his confidence.
Previous pick: A.J. Brown
23. Houston Texans — Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
DeShaun Watson was one of the most pressured quarterbacks in the league last year, which is saying something given his mobility. Houston needs to protect their talented quarterback and do so with big offensive lineman Cody Ford.
Previous pick: Andre Dillard
24. San Fransisco 49ers (from OAK) — Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
San Fransisco wasn’t expecting to have two first round picks but after the trade with their Bay Area rivals, they are able to address their defense early and look to give Jimmy Garrapolo more weapons to effectively run Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
Previous pick: Oakland picked DeAndre Baker
25. Philadelphia Eagles — Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Carson Wentz has struggled to stay healthy, so it would make sense for the Eagles to bring in someone to protect him. But with most of the top offensive lineman off the board, they elect to strengthen their defense while looking to later rounds to pick up someone for O-line help.
Previous pick: Jonah Williams
26. Indianapolis Colts — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Colts don’t have an immediate need at cornerback since bringing back Pierre Desir, but they need depth at the position and Murphy will give them just that right away.
Previous pick: N’Keal Harry
27. Oakland Raiders — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Raiders could go running back here and pick up Josh Jacobs to replace Marshawn Lynch, who has decided to move on from football. But they decide to give newly-acquired quarterback Kyler Murray a big target to throw to.
Previous pick: T.J. Hockenson
28. LA Chargers — Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
As with Big Ben, Philip Rivers’ window is closing and the Chargers need to be in win-now mode. They have a talented offense but need to bolster their defensive a little more to prevent teams from keeping pace with them on offense.
Previous pick: Dexter Lawrence
29. Seattle Seahawks — DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The recent trade of Frank Clark to the Chiefs give the Seahawks another opportunity to strengthen their secondary and they do so by adding Baker.
Previous pick: KC held this spot and picked Greedy Williams
30. Green Bay Packers — A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Packers strengthened their O-line earlier in the round and now look to give Rodgers a new weapon to throw to. Brown will give Rodgers another option in the middle of the field and mid-range throws with his clean route running and reliable hands.
Previous pick: Johnathan Abram
31. LA Rams — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Rams may want to trade out of this spot but don’t find any suitors. They add another talented piece to their secondary in Williams to play alongside Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters.
Previous pick: Garrett Bradbury
32. New England Patriots — Irv Smith Jr, TE, Alabama
The Patriots would also probably like to move out of this spot but also can’t find a trade worth moving for. They decide to look for Gronk’s replacement by adding Smith, a talented pass-catching tight end that needs to work on his blocking.
Previous pick: Jerry TillerySave 25% on Pro Football Focus EDGE or ELITE with promo code DRAFT19 through 5/3/19