I’m back with my first of many mocks for 2019. Still a ton of scouting left and much more to learn about a draft that is highlighted by a tremendously deep defensive line class. As always, feel free to comment on how you think I did with your team and give us your feedback on anything below.
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1 – Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa, EDGE – Ohio State
Best player in the draft at a premium position. Bosa possesses all the tools to be an explosive, elite pass-rusher in the NFL for years to come. No brainer to me, but hey, I am a Buckeye fan so maybe I’m a little biased? Bosa and a proven pass-rusher opposite him in Chandler Jones will terrify opposing offenses.
2 – San Francisco 49ers – Josh Allen, EDGE – Kentucky
The 49ers have chosen several defensive linemen in recent years in Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner. Neither have provided the pass-rush ability they need on the outside–Josh Allen can bring just that. Allen has elite potential off the edge, by far the biggest need on the team. The 9ers just set the NFL record for fewest takeaways (7) and fewest INTs (2) in a season.
3 – New York Jets – Jonah Williams, OT – Alabama
Darnold showed enough to be the QB of the future in New York. Jonah is the clear-cut best offensive linemen in the draft. With both elite level pass-rushers off the board, Jonah makes a lot of sense. Protect your young QB. Williams has strong technique and excels in pass protection, often shutting down edge rushers and double teams–making him worthy of a high pick such as this.
4 – Oakland Raiders – Quinnen Williams, DL – Alabama
Gruden and Mayock are salivating at the opportunity to take (arguably) the best prospect not named Bosa. Quinnen has been an absolute monster this year for Alabama who could end up challenging for the top overall pick. The Raiders need a lot of help in several areas, starting at DL which is loaded with talent, is a great way to kick things off for them with their first of three first round selections.
5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Greedy Williams, CB – LSU
This is the first pick that really makes me think. Ed Oliver makes sense here, especially if McCoy leaves as expected. Trading down makes a ton of sense as well since teams will be looking to jump the Giants if they want a QB. I ultimately decided to forget trades in my first mock and go with Greedy. The Vernon Hargreaves experiment is fizzling out as he hasn’t lived up to expectations yet. Tampa’s defense leaves a lot to be desired and could use an upgrade at in the secondary. Like I said though, this is the first spot where a trade is extremely likely (i.e. Jags, Broncos, Dolphins).
6 – New York Giants – Dwayne Haskins, QB – Ohio State
A popular pick that makes a ton of sense should Haskins declare as I expect. On draft day I expect the Jags to push the Giants into trading up to get their QBOTF (probably with the Buccs as I mentioned). Haskins is very accurate and smart with the football. He may need a year of seasoning, but with a great veteran mentor like Eli Manning, Haskins will be in a great position to succeed come 2020 (if they can wait that long that is). The Giants will happily welcome Haskins to a young nucleus of Saquon, Engram and of course, Odell Beckham.
7 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Daniel Jones, QB – Duke
Admittedly, I don’t know much about the QB prospects this year. What I do know is Blake Bortles is awful and it’s time to move on. The current regime stayed in place and with their jobs on the line, they need to fix the most important position on the team. I could see them going the safer route by bringing in an experienced vet, but for now I’ll give them a QBOTF. While I personally don’t love him as a prospect, Daniel Jones has a lot of hype around him as a first round pick and with Haskins off the board, Jones to the Jags makes a lot of sense.
8 – Detroit Lions – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE – Clemson
With Ziggy Ansah’s underwhelming 2018 season it looks like the Lions will be moving on, leaving a big hole on the edge. They could also use a corner (Byron Murphy/Greedy Williams) opposite Slay, but Ferrell provides the necessary physical tools to excel as a 4-3 edge rusher. With the necessary length and quickness on the edge, Ferrell’s first step quickness in combination with his plethora of moves make him a lock for the top 10.
9 – Buffalo Bills – Ed Oliver, DL – Houston
My Buffalo Bills are left with a number of needs on offense but I elected to fill the 3T spot on the defensive line going with a favorite defensive prospect of mine, Ed Oliver. With the retirement of Kyle Williams the Bills highly ranked defense from 2018 is left with a hole on the line next to Star Lotulelei. Sure they have guys like Jordan Phillips and Harrison Phillips for depth, but neither provides what Oliver can in my opinion. Oliver provides Buffalo with a pass-rushing presence in the middle a la Aaron Donald. With the emergence of Levi Wallace towards the end of the year I think the Bills will look to address the second corner spot in free agency or later on in the draft. Wide receiver is another option here, but unless D.K. Metcalf’s medical is better than I expect, I think the Bills elect to pass on WR as that position is one you can get good value on in the next round.
10 – Denver Broncos – Byron Murphy, CB – Washington
Bradley Roby is likely heading to free agency for a big pay-day and with Chris Harris getting older it is apparent that they’ll need to address the secondary this offseason. Murphy is a fast rising prospect who has all the tools necessary to step into any defensive system and be a high-level difference maker.
11 – Cincinnati Bengals – Devin White, LB – LSU
Devin White is a fantastic athlete that fills a desperate need for Cincinnati–who needs to fill multiple linebacker positions. White may not be on the same level as Roquan Smith, but he does a lot of things well–good movement in coverage, quick pursuit to ball carriers with strong tackling ability.
12 – Green Bay Packers – Jachai Polite, EDGE – Florida
The Packers have a handful of needs on defense–luckily they have an extra first round pick to fill a couple of those needs. They start the draft off by grabbing Polite, a very polished pass-rush specialist. He fits nicely into the current 3-4 defense scheme in Green Bay.
13 – Miami Dolphins – Kyler Murray, QB – Oklahoma
Should they move on from Tannehill? You betcha. I feel like Miami could be a solid landing spot for Nick Foles, but we don’t know what will happen yet so I’ll give them my QB2, Kyler Murray. I expect him to eventually pass Daniel Jones, but his size is concerning and I feel some GM’s will be afraid to gamble.
14 – Atlanta Falcons – Rashan Gary, iDL – Michigan
It seems like every year I mock an interior defender to the Falcons, is this finally the year they pull the trigger? If Gary is available it would be wise to do so. Gary, a former 5-star top high school recruit for Michigan, has a unique and impressive stature and athletic blend. He has a lot of versatility along the line, offering an ability to set the edge versus the run, but also provide a pass-rushing presence.
15 – Washington Redskins – D.K. Metcalf, WR – Ole Miss
Metcalf is an intriguing wide receiver prospect. He has a physical build (6’3” 225lbs) of an elite game-changing #1 WR with immense potential. That said, his injury concerns, namely his season-ending neck injury, are glaring and preventing him from being a for-sure top 10 selection. The Redskins are in a position where they desperately need WR help, and should Metcalf’s medical check out ok, I think he’s the first one taken here.
16 – Carolina Panthers – Brian Burns, EDGE – Florida State
The Panthers had issues rushing the passer this year, and with an aging defensive line in place, the combination of the two lead many to believe edge will be a top priority for Carolina. Brian Burns is an extremely athletic edge rusher with plenty of room for growth. His one knock is his size. At just 235 lbs, he could use a bit more muscle mass. If he can do so and not lose his explosiveness, he will continue to boost his already fast-rising draft stock.
17 – Cleveland Browns – Jeffery Simmons, iDL – Miss. State
The Browns could use a player like Simmons on their line to attract blockers and give Myles Garrett more one on one matchups. That’s not to say he’s able to create pressure one his own–he possesses a skillset that enables him to get upfield and gain leverage. In a league that is pass-driven, you can never have too many pass-rushers. Simmons can do that and hold his own in defending the run game.
18 – Minnesota Vikings – Cody Ford, OL – Oklahoma
The Vikings could use two new interior offensive line players. Cody Ford has been a fast rising prospect with the ability to thrive as a tackle or guard. Versatility is always a plus. With just one year as a full-time starter, an impressive one though, Ford has shown he has all the physical tools to be a top-tier offensive lineman with plenty of room to grow with refinement through coaching.
19 – Tennessee Titans – Montez Sweat, EDGE – Miss. State
The Titans lost Brian Orakpo to retirement and with his counterpart Derrick Morgan declining rapidly, the team needs to find replacements on the edge. They appear to have found a replacement for one of those guys in last years draft pick Harold Landry, but could use another. Montez Sweat in the next best available edge rusher in this very deep class.
20 – Pittsburgh Steelers – DeAndre Baker, CB – Georgia
Another year mocking a corner here and another season where corner is a glaring weakness and need for the Steelers. Artie Burns is a bust and Joe Haden isn’t getting any younger–so logically you’d think the Steelers place corner high on their needs list. Baker is physical at the line despite his size–and that same physical nature is evident in the run game. He sometimes has issues with matching speed in turn, leaving too much space on the top of routes.
21 – Seattle Seahawks – Deionte Thompson, S – Alabama
Thompson’s talent at the safety position is without question top-10 worthy in my opinion. However, with the incredible defensive line depth and the premium placed on that position, Thompson will likely slide beyond that point as I have him here. Thompson is fast, aggressive with impressive size at 6’2” 200 lbs. Thompson is strong in man coverage situations and a tenacious tackler.
22 – Baltimore Ravens – Riley Ridley, WR – Georgia
Ridley fills Baltimore’s long standing need for a true #1 WR–possessing the ideal size and frame for the X WR position. Ridley, like his brother Calvin (be prepared to reminded of that 1,000x more times on draft night), he shows sound technique. He has a big catch radius with strong hands and good body control to come down with contested catches.
23 – Houston Texans – Dalton Risner, iOL – Kansas State
Watson has been sacked 15 times in the red zone, the most in 30 years. That’s just one stat of the many that shows how awful the line has been. Risner has been a 3 year starter at right tackle for the Kansas State offense. He’s consistently been able to shut down edge rushers using his strong hands and physicality. He may be limited to an interior position, which the Texans need anyways.
24 – Oakland Raiders (via CHI) – N’Keal Harry, WR – Arizona State
Oakland needs a lot of help on offense and they fill the void of Amari Cooper by taking my favorite WR prospect this year (secretly hope he magically falls to pick 40), N’Keal Harry. Harry has the perfect build for an X/#1 WR. He is strong in many areas, especially in jump ball scenarios and gettings yards after the catch. If he was better at getting separation at the line he’d be a top 15 lock.
25 – Philadelphia Eagles – Yodney Cajuste, OT – W. Virginia
The Eagles go into the offseason needing to replenish the trenches. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past year, its that Wentz needs all the protection he can get with his back injury. Jason Peters is aging and continuing to have issues staying healthy so Cajuste here seems like an ideal fit. Cajuste is a powerful blocker that can be a force in creating running lanes, but could use some improvement in pass protection.
26 – Indianapolis Colts – Christian Wilkins, iDL – Clemson
With a need at both interior defensive line positions the Colts elect to take Christian Wilkins. Wilkins chose to stay another year at Clemson after being touted as a potential top pick in the 2018 draft. He has a lot of versatility, proving to be a strong pass-rusher as well as holding his own in stopping the run. His lack in size is made up for in his movement skills.
27 – Oakland Raiders (via DAL) – Devin Bush, LB – Michigan
Filling another of many needs, the Raiders take a ‘Gruden Grinder’ in Devin Bush. High IQ player with the passion you want out of your leading linebacker. He can make an impact in the modern style NFL using his speed and mobility to his advantage–whether that’s shooting gaps blitzing or in pursuit on running plays.
28 – LA Chargers – Jerry Tillery, DL – Notre Dame
With their two edge defenders locked down (Bosa and Ingram), the Chargers could use an upgrade in the middle of their line. In Jerry Tillery, they get a big defensive tackle that excels at using his power to push the pocket.
29 – New England Patriots – Dexter Lawrence, DT – Clemson
Lawrence could slide further than this on draft day with his drug test results coming to light, but given what I’ve read, I tend to side with Lawrence on the issue. Lawrence can slide in and play more of a true nose tackle position that the Patriots are known for having. He’s a huge mammoth of a man in the middle and could help clog up the middle to stop the run.
30 – LA Rams – Nasir Adderley, S – Delaware
With a lot of holes opening up in the secondary for the Rams, specifically Joyner likely leaving, Adderley makes a lot of sense here at pick 30. I’d be lying if I told you i’ve watched him play and knew anything about him until very recently. Thanks to the guys at The Draft Network, I’ve become aware of his NFL-caliber skillset. He has elite burst and is incredibly physical. He has the ability to play as a deep lying safety, but can also line up at the line of scrimmage and cover the slot.
31 – Kansas City Chiefs – Amani Oruwariye, CB – Penn State
It’s no secret that Kansas City had a rough time stopping the pass this year, giving up the 2nd most yards per game. To fill that void in the secondary they select a 4-year senior from Penn State, Amani Oruwariye (good luck pronouncing that one Roger). Amani possesses the ideal size of the modern day corner at 6’1” 205 lbs. He offers scheme versatility being strong in both press-man coverage and zone. Very strong in almost every area aside from tackling, often going for ankle tackles.
32 – Green Bay Packers (via NO) – Greg Little, OT – Ole Miss
Green Bay filled one huge need earlier in the draft, and with their second first round selection they elect to fill a need on the offensive line. Greg Little has some has the mold of a solid starting tackle in the NFL but he comes with some concerns–specifically with his technique. I think with coaching, he has the potential to correct some of his deficiencies in that area. In terms of strengths, Little plays with just that, strength–he’s very physical, often getting to the second level of blocking with ease.
33 – Arizona Cardinals – David Edwards, OT – Wisconsin
34 – Indianapolis Colts (via NYJ) – Trayvon Mullen, CB – Clemson
35 – Oakland Raiders – Noah Fant, TE – Iowa
36 – San Francisco 49ers – J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR – Stanford
37 – NY Giants – Chris Lindstrom, iOL – Boston College
38 – Jacksonville Jaguars – T.J. Hockenson, TE – Iowa
39 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jawaan Taylor, OT – Florida
40 – Buffalo Bills – Kelvin Harmon, WR – N.C. State
41 – Denver Broncos – Drew Lock, QB – Mizzou
42 – Cincinnati Bengals – Garrett Bradburry, iOL – N.C. State
43 – Detroit Lions – Taylor Rapp, S – Washington
44 – Green Bay Packers – A.J. Brown, WR – Ole Miss
45 – Atlanta Falcons – Bobby Evans, OT – Oklahoma
46 – Washington Redskins – Zach Allen, EDGE – Boston College
47 – Carolina Panthers – Dru Samia, iOL – Oklahoma
48 – Miami Dolphins – Dre’Mont Jones, iDL – Ohio State
49 – Cleveland Browns – Marquise Brown, WR – Oklahoma
50 – Minnesota Vikings – Gerald Willis, iDL – Miami
51 – Tennessee Titans – Hakeem Butler, WR – Iowa State
52 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Germaine Pratt, LB – N.C. State
53 – Philadelphia Eagles – Charles Omenihu, EDGE/DL – Texas
54 – Houston Texans (via SEA) – Julian Love, CB – Notre Dame
55 – Philadelphia Eagles (via BAL) – Josh Jacobs, RB – Alabama
56 – Indianapolis Colts – DeMarkus Lodge, WR – Ole Miss
57 – Dallas Cowboys – Irv Smith, TE – Alabama
58 – Houston Texans – Michael Dieter, OL – Wisconsin
59 – LA Chargers – Elgton Jenkins, iOL – Miss. State
60 – New England Patriots (via CHI) – Kaden Smith, TE – Stanford
61 – New England Patriots – Chase Winovich, LB – Michigan
62 – Kansas City Chiefs (via LAR) – Te’Von Coney, LB – Notre Dame
63 – Kansas City Chiefs – Juan Thornhill, S – Virginia
64 – New Orleans Saints – Dawson Knox, TE – Ole Miss
Just missing the first round: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S – Florida, David Montgomery, RB – Iowa State, Oshane Ximines, EDGE – Old Dominion, Beau Benzschawel, iOL – Wisconsin,, Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE – Louisiana Tech
** Bonus full offseason mock for Bills fans **
75 – Buffalo Bills – Dennis Daley, OT – South Carolina
106 – Buffalo Bills – Benny Snell, RB – Kentucky
127 – Buffalo Bills (via KC) – Darryl Williams, OG – Miss. State
137 – Buffalo Bills – Dax Raymond, TE – Utah State
148 – Buffalo Bills (via PIT) – Cameron Smith, LB – U.S.C.
168 – Buffalo Bills – Derrick Baity, CB – Kentucky
203 – Buffalo Bills – Terry McLaurin, WR – Ohio State
206 – Buffalo Bills (via CAR) – Jack Bailey, P – Stanford
Free Agent Signings:
Daryl Williams, RT – 5 years, 60 mil (35 mil guaranteed)
Matt Paradis, C – 5 years, 50 mil (30 mil guaranteed)
Quinton Spain, G – 3 years, 15 mil
Tyrell Williams, WR – 2 years, 16 mil
E.J. Gaines, CB – 1 year, 4 mil <- Ultimately think we sign someone at CB who is a cap casualty though.