Garrett Ballard’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

In this 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0, Garrett Ballard joins us to predict where players will be drafted. Additionally, we’ll provide some insight as to how each player will fit in this 2019 Mock Draft 1.0.

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1. Arizona Cardinals

Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Bosa is the best prospect in this year’s draft. Barring unforeseen circumstances, he should go #1 overall. Pairing Bosa with Chandler Jones would make for an elite pair of EDGE rushers for Arizona.

2. San Francisco 49’ers

Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

The 49’ers need EDGE help, badly. They messed up their chances for Nick Bosa by beating the Seahawks late in the season. Because of that, I have them picking a guy I know the NFL loves.

3. New York Jets

Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama

With a new coaching staff in town, the Jets go and draft a game changing defensive tackle in Quinnen Williams for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. With rumors of Leonard Williams being on his way out of town this pick makes too much sense.

4. Oakland Raiders

Rashan Gary, EDGE/IDL, Michigan

According to Jon Gruden, “It’s hard to find good pass rushers.” Well at least that’s what he said after trading away Khalil Mack. Because they need EDGE rushers so badly, I have them reaching on Rashan Gary, a raw pass rusher who I’m sure Jon Gruden would love.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Despite the problems along the defensive line and in the secondary, the Bucs primary need is at Offensive Line. If they want Jameis Winston to be their long term quarterback, they need to protect him, so why not grab my top rated offensive tackle to do so.

6. New York Giants

Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The Giants aren’t taking a QB, they passed on one in a better class last year. If they aren’t getting a QB, why not get a great offensive tackle to protect the one they’re going to draft next year.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Jacksonville is taking a quarterback, because Blake Bortles is very bad. I have Kyler Murray above Dwayne Haskins in my rankings, but I believe Tom Coughlin is going to go with the more traditional quarterback to lead their team.

8. Detroit Lions

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

I know EDGE and cornerback are both big needs for the lions, but Hock is too good to pass up on. Hockenson is a fantastic blocker with great receiving skills to go with it; address CB and EDGE later, Hockenson is a monster.

9. Buffalo Bills

D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

Buffalo drafted Josh Allen last year with the thought that he will be their quarterback of the future; one problem, he didn’t have anyone to throw to. Metcalf is a special talent who can do incredible things on the football field. Let’s give Josh Allen his #1 receiver for years to come.

10. Denver Broncos

Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Drew Lock just seems like a Broncos QB, doesn’t he? Despite trading for Joe Flacco; John Elway grabs his QB of choice and doesn’t look back.

11. Cincinnati Bengals

Devin White, LB, LSU

Linebacker is the biggest need for the Bengals, and Devin White is a pretty good linebacker. With incredible athleticism and tackling ability, the Bengals draft White with the hopes he can be their defensive centerpiece for years to come.

12. Green Bay Packer

Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

The Packers really need help on the defensive line, and Brian Burns is just that. An impressive pass rusher with speed and power is brought in to rejuvenate that Packers D-line.

13. Miami Dolphins

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

With Ryan Tannehill already confirmed to be out as the starter in Miami, they are looking for a replacement. The new regime decides to take a chance on the Heisman winner, Kyler Murray.

14. Atlanta Falcons

Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston

If this happens on draft day, this should be an easy pick for Atlanta. The superstar out of Houston falls right in the Falcons lap and they make an elite pairing of Ed Oliver and Grady Jarrett.

15. Washington Redskins

Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College

The Redskins were a tough team to pick for, as I don’t know what’s going to happen with their QB situation. Regardless of QB, you need a good O-line to block for them. With this pick the Redskins grab the guard out of Boston College to bring some nastiness to their O-line.

16. Carolina Panthers

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Safety, Florida

The Panthers need safety help. Gardner Johnson has the versatility to make his transition to the NFL quick and the Panthers know that. Grabbing Gardner-Johnson with this pick will be easy for the Panthers.

17. Cleveland Browns

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

This worked out perfectly for the Browns; have a great season and still walk away from the draft with a great player. Pairing Greedy Williams with Denzel Ward is exactly what the Browns have in mind and pull the trigger at 17 to make it happen.

18. Minnesota Vikings

Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

The clear need for the Vikings is offensive line. With their pick they grab Cody Ford, the nasty offensive lineman from Oklahoma. The Vikings can either play him at guard or tackle and he’ll succeed.

19. Tennessee Titans

Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

With Orakpo retiring, the Titans are in need for a replacement. The Titans grab pass rush specialist Jachai Polite and pair him with Harold Landry to create a lethal duo at EDGE in this 2019 Mock Draft 1.0.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

The Steelers are notorious for taking raw players with great athletic traits, but in this case they take a good player with athletic traits. Murphy has the skills to be a CB1 in the NFL and the Steelers hope he can be that for them.

21. Seattle Seahawks

Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

It seems like every year the Seahawks need offensive line help, but don’t take it. Well, I guess history tends to repeat itself because they do it again. Instead of taking an offensive lineman to protect franchise QB Russell Wilson, the Seahawks take a polished EDGE rusher in Clelin Ferrell.

22. Baltimore Ravens

Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

With the likely departure of John Brown in free agency, the Ravens grab the young speedster out of Oklahoma to replace him. Get Brown into space and throw him the ball and let him run, Brown will make it easy for Lamar Jackson to get completions and have options outside of running.

23. Houston Texans

Garrett Bradbury, IOL, NC State

The Houston Texans need to take the best offensive lineman available when they pick. Garrett Bradbury is exactly that in this mock draft. Protect Deshaun Watson.

24. Oakland Raiders (Via Chicago Bears)

Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

The Raiders wide receiver room is terrible. Kelvin Harmon, however, is not terrible. The Raiders grab a stud WR who can make most catches on the field for Derek Carr to throw to.

25. Philadelphia Eagles

Nasir Adderley, Safety, Delaware

With safety being a primary need for the Eagles, they go ahead and address it in round 1. Adderley is a talented, versatile safety who should immediately contribute.

26. Indianapolis Colts

Christian Wilkins, IDL, Clemson

I was shocked by the Colts turnaround this year, it was very impressive. With their pick, the Colts grab a guy to lead the way on the defensive line in hopes of another playoff appearance.

27. Oakland Raiders (Via Dallas Cowboys)

Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

The Raiders are doing exactly what they wanted when they got their hands on 3 first round picks, and that is draft good players. With Jared Cook hitting free agency after a breakout year, Jon Gruden aims to grab someone to replace him. Fant is an athletic freak who can do just that, especially at this spot in my 2019 Mock Draft 1.0.

28. Los Angeles Chargers

Jeffery Simmons, IDL, Mississippi State

Even with the ACL injury, I feel like Simmons is going to be incredible when he comes back from it. A top-5 player for me based on talent this year. The Chargers draft the best player available while also addressing a primary need.

29. Kansas City Chiefs

Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

The Chiefs defense was atrocious last year, they couldn’t defend against the pass as all. Which is why the select Baker at 29. An impressive cover corner, Baker will automatically upgrade the cornerback position for Kansas City.

30. Green Bay Packers (Via New Orleans Saints)

Deionte Thompson, Safety, Alabama

Deionte Thompson is an ultra rangy safety who can make an impact to an NFL defense immediately. The Packers upgrade their defense twice in the first round and come away with 2 great players.

31. Los Angeles Rams

Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

With needs all throughout their defense, the Rams opt to upgrade their linebacking core. Bush is my top Linebacker prospect this year and should be a solid addition to the Rams already stacked team.

32. New England Patriots

Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

With another Super Bowl win under their belts, the Patriots are looking to improve a position in their lineup to help them win another. Mack Wilson is a skilled coverage linebacker who will be an upgrade to their linebacker room.

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