The staple of NFL Draft coverage is the Mock Draft and it’s the reason that lead to me diving into this part of my life. The reason for it’s popularity is everybody either wants to see who their favorite team could be taking, where they’re favorite college football players could go, or where the top prospects could land. This obsession has also lead me to being ranked as one of the most accurate mock drafters over the past five years. Either way you look at it, it’s a fun way to look ahead to the next NFL Draft. In version 12.0 of my 2019 NFL Mock Draft is my final one for this draft class as the actual 2019 Draft is hours away. Trades were factored in, but I decided to leave the teams in their original slots.
Final 2019 NFL Mock Draft
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma
Nothing really new here as it has seemed that Murray is going to be the pick for a long time. I feel the Cardinals would be better off building around Rosen who I had as a higher rated prospect coming out. But if Kingsburgy feels that he needs Murray for his offensive to run the way he wants, it is hard to really hate that.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa DE Ohio State
San Francisco really benefits by the Cardinals drafted two first round quarterbacks in back to back and they end up with their choice for the best non quarterback in the draft. The 49ers have lacked a good edge rusher for years and now picking Bosa to go with Dee Ford, San Francisco has two guys that they can pair up with interior rushers Solomon Thomas and DeForrest Buckner.
3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver DT Houston
I’m not confident the Jets will stay put here as they have been wanting to move down. Atlanta and Washington are two teams that are rumored to want to move up. Regardless they’ve been pretty high on Oliver and reports are that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams even watched Aaron Donald tape with Oliver from when Williams coached him with the Rams. Whether the Jets take him with the 3rd pick or trade back a little, they see a fit.
4.Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams DT Alabama
Oakland needs help rushing the passer and have reportively set their sights on Williams to be a strong interior rusher. Williams could play the 1 technique in Paul Guenther’s defense with Maurice Hurst playing the 3 technique giving the Raiders one of the best young defensive tackle duo’s in the league. I also feel that the edge class is much deeper than at tackle which means they could get someone in the later rounds to come off the edge.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White LB LSU
With Josh Allen available you would think the Bucs could target him as they are shifting to the 3-4. However new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has never really utilized true rush linebackers and instead wants to blitz with his linebackers and run different action with the defensive line. Devin White’s ability to do it all really fits in with the Bucs new defense and the word is they love his leadership skills.
6. New York Giants: Josh Allen OLB Kentucky
Largely considered to be one of the top prospects in the draft, Allen could very well slide a bit because teams wanting to go in different directions. What the Giants do with this pick will be a surprise as we have heard so many different rumors. However I do think they go best available pass rusher and defensive coordinator James Bettchner gets to use Allen the same way that he used Chander Jones in Arizona.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonah Williams OT Alabama
This pick likely comes down to taking an offensive lineman or tight end TJ Hockenson. While I completely understand that they could go with Hockenson, the persistent rumor coming out is they want to solidify the offensive line so that they can continue to pound the ball with Leonard Fournette. While I like Jawaan Taylor more for this role since he is already a right tackle and a physical blocker, the Jaguars have been reported to really like Williams.
8. Detroit Lions: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
Whether it is the Redskins, Panthers, Texans or Falcons looking to move up to get a specific player the Lions seem like one of the teams looking to move down. If they don’t Wilkins is a strong possibility. Word out is that teams like Wilkins a lot more than we think and is a top 10 pick. Over the last two drafts that Lions General Manager Bob Quinn has ran the player he took in the first round was not somebody they met with prior to the draft. If you look at all the fits out there, Wilkins checks all those boxes. Plus it doesn’t help that A’Shawn Robinson and Damon Harrison’s contracts are long term.
9. Buffalo Bills: Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State
Buffalo is another team that is mentioned to be wanting to move back, so with that information plus the report that Carolina and Houston want to move up to get offensive lineman that could lend the Bills to be picking later than here. Whether they pick 9th or later on they need better edge rushers and could take Sweat anywhere in this draft. A heart concern could have him falling, but he is rumored to be cleared. Regardless Sweat is a perfect fit for the Bills defense.
10. Denver Broncos: Devin Bush LB Michigan
Quarterback seems to be a popular pick as John Elway has done a lot of work studying this years class. But he also just traded for Joe Flacco who commands a big chunk of their salary cap. And let’s not forget that he had a chance to take a top quarterback last year and passed too. I feel they go in a different direction and look to solidify the defense now that Vic Fangio is their new head coach. At each stop Fangio has had dynamic inside linebackers while the Broncos just released starter Brandon Marshall. Bush may be small but he can do it all, something that is important in Fangio’s scheme.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jawaan Taylor OT Florida
With new head coach Zac Taylor it seems like they are going to roll the dice with Andy Dalton for another year looking to see what they have before they address the position again. Defense could be an option but most of the elite defenders are already gone. Instead the Bengals look to the offensive line and Jawaan Taylor who could fill an enormous hole at right tackle. New offensive line coach Jim Turner wants physical maulers along the line and he’s going to love Taylor.
12. Green Bay Packers: TJ Hockenson TE Iowa
Green Bay is a wildcard in this draft with two first round picks and plenty of holes that need to be filled. But based on how I have things playing out the Packers may look to add a weapon for Aaron Rodgers and someone who can help out in the run game. Hockenson’s dual threat ability makes him one of the most coveted targets in this class while new head coach Matt LeFleur comes from the Mike Shanahan coaching tree and they have utilized the tight end very well.
13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary DE Michigan
I truly believe that the Dolphins are going to stay true to the rumors and not take a quarterback for this class and wait till the 2020 Draft to go in that direction. Instead they’ll look to build up the offensive and defensive lines. Jonah Williams would have been best case scenario but he is gone. So instead they turn to the defensive side and find and edge rusher. Rashan Gary has everything that you want physically but just didn’t put up gaudy numbers. However I feel NFL teams will still love his skill set and he will be a better pro than college player. Gary also fits well with the Dolphins because he can be Trey Flowers role in Brian Flores defense. Even with the reports of a torn labrum it shouldn’t matter because are tanking and can let him rest, right?
14. Atlanta Falcons: Cody Ford OT Oklahoma
Defensive tackle is is a big target for the Falcons as they have been linked to both Ed Oliver and Christian Wilkins. However if the rumors of the Jets loving Oliver and the Lions liking Wilkins are true, the Falcons may not be able to move up as high as they want or may not want to part with that many picks. That could leave them here looking in a different direction. Altanta’s offense has taken a dip and a big reason has been the right side of their offensive line has struggled. Ford can play both tackle or guard so the Falcons may take him and see where he fits the best.
15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State
With the reports of Daniel Snyder taking over their first round pick it brings back memories of the last time he did so and they traded a bunch of picks for RG3. Washington desperately needs help at quarterback and Haskins is the best quarterback prospect in my eyes. This could lead to the Redskins flying up the board to get him, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he fell into their laps here.
16. Carolina Panthers: Andre Dillard OT Washington State
After the Matt Kalil signing amounted to nothing, the Panthers need to go out and find some help at tackle since they really lack anybody to play the left side. Andre Dillard is the best true left tackle in this class and if the Panthers want him, they’re likely going to have to move up to get him. But its a need that has to be filled as Cam Newton has taken way too many hits over the years.
17. New York Giants: Daniel Jones QB Duke (From Cleveland)
At some point the Giants are going to have to take a quarterback of the future and with two first round picks this may be that year. New York has been liked two a few different quarterbacks but the one that seems to fit the best with what they would want to do is Daniel Jones. It probably doesn’t hurt that Eli has a connection to Jones through David Cutcliffe and would be more willing to work with him because of their previous relationship.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Noah Fant TE Iowa
Offensive line its the Vikings main area of need but we can’t just assume that they are going to just take the best available lineman just because it’s a need. Instead the Vikings could look to find some way to continue to improve their offense which wasn’t running on all cylinders. Gary Kubiak has been brought in to help with the offense which likely will resemble the offenses he’s ran in the past. A big part of those offenses featured a tight end. Noah Fant at this point would be a great value pick and add a different downfield demension to their passing attack.
19. Tennessee Titans: Garrett Bradbury C North Carolina State
At one point the Titans had one of the three best offensive lines in the NFL but injuries and players falling off the Titans have a big need in the interior. Tennessee has done a lot of work on the top interior lineman in this class and could use this pick to build up their line. Bradbury doesn’t have the ideal size but he makes up for it with elite movement traits and plays with sneaky power created by good leverage. Tennessee still wants to be a run first team and taking Bradbury will allow them to do that.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rock Ya-Sin CB Temple
Based on recent history the Steelers tend to value defensive backs a little different than the majority of us NFL Draft analysts. And that could continue again this year as they still need help at cornerback (great Artie Burns pick) and the reports out there is that Mike Tomlin loves Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin. Ya-Sin is a talented but raw corner who transfered to Temple after playing small college ball. But he has good size and the ability to play both man or zone coverages which fits perfectly into what the Steelers want to do on defense.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Brian Burns DE Florida State
Before the Frank Clark trade the Seahawks were rumored to want to move back to accumulate picks since they only had four to begin with. Now with two first round picks they could feel the need to stay here and just draft the best available guy. In this case that could be Brian Burns to fill the shoes of Frank Clark. Burns is a true speed rusher who comes off the ball hard and can bend the edge. He could fall in the draft because of concerns about his playing weight and how he does against the run. But in Seattle’s defense he’ll play the Leo (weakside) defensive end who lines up as the Wide 9 and will be looked to come off the ball hard and make plays in the backfield.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Lindstrom G Boston College
Baltimore wants to build up the offense around Lamar Jackson and the best way that they can do that is to have a strong offensive line to run behind. While they have their tackles set, the interior of the line is a bit weak and that doesn’t take into account that Marshall Yanda may be close to retirement. Lindstrom is an athletic right guard who can play with both quickness and power.
23. Houston Texans: Greedy Williams CB LSU
Rumors of the Texans moving up to get an offensive lineman were shot down by Houston native and NFL Media member Lance Zierlein citing that the Texans have too many holes to part with multiple draft picks. Instead they can stay put and take a lineman like Kaleb McGary or they could look to improve their secondary and get a young cornerback. Greedy Williams is long, fast and can play the ball in the air but his struggles to stop the run is why he is falling this late.
24.Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs RB Alabama (From Chicago)
Running back was a major need for the Raiders and that was before Marshawn Lynch retired for the second time. Josh Jacobs is the clear best running back in this class and the only one really worthy of a first round pick. His ability to run tough, make defenders miss and be a factor in the pass game make him a great fit in this modern NFL.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson
If we know anything about the Eagles is that they love to draft defensive lineman and cannot have enough pass rushers. Ferrell was once thought to be a possible Top 10 pick but some limitations in his game has him available here. That won’t matter for the Eagles who can move him around and let him just go after the quarterback within their roation.
26.Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery DT Notre Dame
As the Colts continue to build up their defense the defensive line is one area that they could go in this draft. Margus Hunt was a nice addition and played well as the nose tackle this past year, but they could use someone next to him to provide a pass rusher. Jerry Tillery was flat out dominant at this this year showing burst and good hand usage.
27.Oakland Raiders: Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma (From Dallas)
Even though the Raiders traded for Antonio Brown, they’ve been very active reworking their receiving core. I don’t expect that to change with the draft as they try to find an elite number two to go with Brown. If this is the case, why not go with somebody Brown is familiar with? Maybe his cousin? Sure DK Metcalf is a popular prospect with some having him ranked as a top 10 pick but there is reports that he is no lock to go in the first round. Hollywood is an elite deep threat that can also make plays underneath and provide some help as a punt returner.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson
The Chargers defense is one of the best on the rise as they have two elite pass rushers and an underrated secondary. One area of weakness however is the interior of their defensive line. Looking to make their edge guys even more deadly they want to add some talent to take the attention off. Dexter Lawrence has made an impact since his arrival at Clemson providing a stout run defender whose able to clog up running lanes and reset the line of scrimmage. While I’m not a huge fan of Lawrence he seems to be a lock to go in round one and a perfect fit for what the Chargers want to do.
29. Seattle Seahawks: Darnell Savage S Maryland
One name that has really gained a lot of traction to slipping his way into the first round is Savage. Even before he put on a show at the Combine running a 40 yard dash in the 4.3’s he was building momentum with his explosiveness on the field. Seattle loves to take elite athletes which fits Savage while they still need somebody to fill in the strong safety role that Kam Chancellor once had. Savage reminds me a lot of Keanu Neal who has thrived in the Seattle style defense in Atlanta, and Savage can do the same.
30. Green Bay Packers: Drew Lock QB Missouri (From New Orleans)
While quarterback is the least of the Packers worries with two first round picks they could use this opportunity with two first round picks to get the next guy. Aaron Rodgers is 35 years old and the same age that Brett Farve was when they drafted Rodgers. The Packers did try to bring Lock in for a visit but wasn’t able to make it happen. If Lock does slide the Packers could make the move.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Jeffery Simmons DT Mississippi State
Simmons is likely to go in the first round because he is just so talented. Yeah he has an ACL injury that will likely cost him his entire rookie year and there is the video of him striking a women. But if a team is going to take this risk then it could be the Rams. They’re not afraid to bring in talented players with some red flags. Plus if Simmons is ahead of schedule he could come in late in the season and give them a bonus as they contend for another Super Bowl.
32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith Jr. TE Alabama
At some point in this draft the Patriots are going to draft a tight end and more than likely two of them. When will that happen is anybody’s guess. That being said, if Fant is off the board at this point the Patriots could very well target Irv Smith Jr. who would give them an all around tight end to fit with what they want to do on offense.