FINAL 1st ROUND MOCK 3.0
The draft is finally upon us. Teams draft boards are done and scenarios are playing through war rooms so no one is shocked when they are on the clock. You have prepared all year for the next three days. You know pretty much everything your going to know unless some unforeseen video or story pops up. Now it is time for all 32 NFL teams to add the next infusion of youth to their rosters. Whether a prospect gets his name called from the podium, or he gets the call after the last pick to be an undrafted free agent these young men will look to make the best of their opportunities. Here are my final predictions for the top 32 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
1-Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Murray gives new Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury the piece he likes to build his Air Raid Offense around. Murray’s arm strength, elusiveness and playmaking ability will allow the Cards to trade Josh Rosen for more picks.
2-San Francisco 49ers: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Bosa makes the most sense here. The Niners added Dee Ford for edge pressure. They have a ton of defensive tackles. They lack edge pressure. If you want to take the division from Goff and the Rams you need to start by getting pressure with your front four. Bosa makes that happen.
3-New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Originally, I had the feeling that Quinnen Williams here, but I’ve been hearing that the Jets like Oliver more. Oliver adds aggressiveness and motor to an already talented defensive front.
4-Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, T, Alabama
Williams will add a playmaker to the Raiders front. They lost a major piece when they traded away Khalil Mack. Quinnen Williams gives them a tough and gritty inside defender that will collapse pockets and push offensive linemen into quarterbacks laps.
5-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
With the move to the 3-4, the Bucs get their rush backer. Allen will get to stand up and rush the QB or drop into coverage. His speed and athleticism make this an easy transition for him as well as a blessing for the Bucs to get their man.
6-New York Giants: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
While Daniel Jones is a hot name with the Giants, Lock makes the most sense. He has the tools and the mobility to play behind the rebuilding Giants offensive line.
7-Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonah Williams, T, Alabama
The Jags get the player that will help keep Nick Foles upright. While many think he should kick inside to guard, Williams is dead set on showing the Jags he is a bookend. If he struggles then he can make the move inside with relative ease.
8-Detroit Lions: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
I have Risner as my top center. However he has proven there isn’t a place on the line he can’t play. This move allows the Lions to improve their offensive line by adding a player that can plug right in anywhere you need him Day 1.
9-Buffalo Bills: Juwann Taylor, T, Florida
The Bills get a big tackle to help protect their young quarterback. I believe Taylor is better suited for the right side, but you can expect taking him this high means he will be a left tackle.
10-Denver Broncos: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Another quarterback needy team gets a franchise quarterback. You could put Drew Lock here if the Giants go Haskins instead. I have them graded very close. With Lock gone Haskins can prepare to be the eventual starter as he only has an aging Joe Flacco ahead of him.
11-Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU
Hole in the middle of the Bengals defense meet Devin White. He fills the void left by Vontez Burfict. White is easily the top LB in the class and should be gone no later than Cincinnati.
12-Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Packers have been searching for a playmaker inside for several seasons. Rather than another free agent signing they get that player in T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson provides a quality blocker and a threat to the seams of the defense.
13-Miami Dolphins: Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. State
Bradbury is an immediate upgrade to the interior of the Miami offensive line. The Dolphins will not reach for a quarterback in this draft. If one doesn’t fall to them then a value pick of a true first round player like Bradbury makes sense.
14-Atlanta Falcons: Montez Sweat, DE, Texas A&M
I know that the Falcons have a couple of edge players in McKinley and Beasley. Beasley has only had one real year of production and is coming up on the end of his rookie deal. There is still plenty of hope for Takk. Sweat not only give them another talented edge player, he also give them the ability to move on from Beasley if he doesn’t prove his worth.
15-Washington Redskins: Andre Dillard, T, Washington St
Get a tackle to not only protect your current quarterbacks, but to protect the future quarterback as well. It would compromise the team’s board to jump into the top 10 for a quarterback, and there are too many needy teams ahead of them to wait on one. Make a move late in the round or early in the 2nd makes more sense. Dillard will be a staple of the Washington line for years to come.
16-Carolina Panthers: Christian Wilkens, DT, Clemson
The Panthers are getting older inside. Wilkens helps not them not only inject youth into the front, but adds another talented player inside. The Panthers linebackers will benefit from having another big bodied defender absorbing blocks to keep them free.
17-New York Giants: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Trading Beckham left the without a playmaker on the outside. Sterling Shephard isn’t a WR1. They take the QB of the future with the first pick. Now they can start to replace some of the firepower they lost. Metcalf isn’t Beckham, but he can give them the big play receiver they lost.
18-Minnesota Vikings: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Vikings have not had a disruptive player inside for several years. Lawrence give them that player inside. With Hunter screaming off the edge and Lawrence inside you have a front that can be very disruptive for years to come.
19-Tennessee Titans: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Fant adds an inside playmaker with the aging Delaney Walker fading out. Fant is a tough matchup inside and will give the Titans another red zone option.
20-Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams is a long, physical corner that improves the Steelers secondary immediately. Joe Haden is not getting any younger and Williams gives them long-term stability.
21-Seattle Seahawks: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
The Seahawks just traded their top pass rusher away to Kansas City. They get the next big thing with the pick of Brian Burns. He isn’t Frank Clark, but he has the potential to be just as good.
22-Baltimore Ravens: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
The Ravens add to their pass rush with talented but streaky Rashan Gary. Gary can fit in right away for the Ravens who are in need of young pass rushers.
23-Houston Texans: Yodny Cajuste, T, West Virginia
After their young franchise quarterback took a terrible beating last season, the Texans grab a light footed pass protector to help keep him clean. Cajuste can upgrade the tackle position for the Texans and give Watson peace of mind in the pocket.
24-Oakland Raiders: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St.
Adding Williams earlier improves the front end of the defense. Now Abram improves the back end. Abram is an enforcer that can not only intimidate receivers across the middle, but also is a monster when it comes to run fits. The Raiders defense will be physical again.
25-Philadelphia Eagles: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
The Eagles struggled with injuries in the secondary. Their depth at the position was tested to the max. Even healthy their corners are not overwhelming. Darby is the most respected corner. Ya-Sin is that press corner they need. A true bump and run corner that can help take away your WR1.
26-Indianapolis Colts: Marquis Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Hollywood will help T.Y. Hilton stay healthy. Brown give the Colts another explosive slot player. He allows Hilton to move around the formation and draw favorable matchups.
27-Oakland Raiders: A.J, Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Raiders add to the offense this time giving Antonio Brown another Brown to go opposite him. Brown is a vertical threat that can work defenses underneath as well as over the top.
28-Los Angeles Chargers: Eric McCoy, C, Texas A&M
The Chargers add more talent to the interior of the offensive line with McCoy. He can stay at center or move to guard if needed. Nothing wrong with adding to the offensive line to help protect Rivers.
29-Kansas City Chiefs: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Chiefs great rebuild on defense continues with Murphy. With the trade for Clarke, Murphy becomes a building block in the secondary. The Chiefs want to sure up that defense that gave them plenty of trouble last year.
30-Washington Redskins: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
The Redskins make the jump back into the 1st for Grier. They got their tackle with the first pick, but now they get the QB too. In this case they don’t have to trade up and give up the farm for a potential franchise QB. Grier is a better passer than Jones so it make sense that if the Skins decide to pull the trigger on this deal.
31-Los Angeles Rams: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Bush give the Rams a talented inside backer that is a true linebacker, not an oversized safety. Bush understands run fits and is rangy enough to flow to the football. He is an upgrade over the team’s past linebackers.
32-New England Patriots: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
Gronkowski’s retirement paves the way for this 2nd generation tight end who is a tough matchup and brings blocking toughness in the running game. The Pats could take another tight end later, but in this case he would be the best option to take over immediately for Gronk. Even though they have multiple 2nd round picks they do not know if Smith will be there when they pick again.