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2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 1.0

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With the Super Bowl just a few days away, it’s time for us here at NFL Draft Lounge to look ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville. With the Senior Bowl now behind us, we’re in the thick of the process and before we know it, we’ll be covering Draft Day. Our mock draft below breaks down the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft as we predict where each team might look for talent in April.

           

1. Arizona Cardinals

Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Kliff Kingsbury was hired as head coach to revamp the Cardinals offense and develop QB Josh Rosen. But first, he has an opportunity to draft the best available prospect in EDGE rusher Nick Bosa, who will be able to come in and start from day one.

       

2. San Francisco 49ers

Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

I have Josh Allen as the best overall Outside Linebacker on my draft board. Allen plays with high awareness, is able to hold his own out in coverage, or can be used to rush the passer and disrupt the pocket.

       

3. New York Jets

Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

New head coach Adam Gase inherited a team with several building blocks, such as QB Sam Darnold, but the Jets are also a team with massive holes. The Jets and Gase are in the perfect position to bring in one of the top defensive prospects for Gregg Williams’ new defense.

       

4. Oakland Raiders

Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

The Raiders have needs at nearly every position. They traded away Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for a slew of draft picks. I have the defensive trend continuing here with Rashan Gary coming off the board.

        

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

I’m assuming that Bruce Arians wants to come in and work with QB Jameis Winston for at least a year. That being said, this is the first opportunity, barring a trade, where I wouldn’t be surprised to see a quarterback come off the board. Instead, I’ll give the Bucs one of the best defensive backs in this draft class.

         

6. New York Giants

Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

I know that the pick SHOULD be quarterback here, but hear me out on this one. The Giants valued Saquon Barkley over the QB draft class last season, which, in my opinion, is much better than this year’s class. Jawaan Taylor was an anchor for Florida, albeit at right tackle, but will be much needed for an unimpressive offensive line.

          

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

The Blake Bortles experiment in Jacksonville has officially failed. I think the rest of the draft class might have a higher ceiling, but for me, Lock is the safest pick. The Jaguars need a signal caller that can play consistently, and while one of the potential free agents might be the best option, that’s not my style in these mock drafts.

         

8. Detroit Lions

Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

I still think that the Lions needs to find a top wideout to fill the role left by Calvin Johnson’s retirement following the 2015 season. However, the Lions have, and could potentially, lose key pass rushers. I was pretty high on Sweat heading into the Senior Bowl, where he balled out and likely earned himself quite a bit of money.

        

9. Buffalo Bills

Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Josh Allen appears to be the long-term answer for the Bills at quarterback. I’ll give them some much needed help on the offensive line here. I think Jonah Williams might benefit from a switch to right tackle or guard, so look for the Bills to utilize that.

        

10. Denver Broncos

Ed Oliver, Defensive Line, Houston

When the Broncos were most successful recently, they had an elite defense. Look for new head coach Vic Fangio to get back to those roots and elect to go defense with this pick. I’m not entirely sure where Ed Oliver will fit into an NFL defensive line, but he’s a top level talent.

       

11. Cincinnati Bengals

Devin White, ILB, LSU

Devin White is my top rated inside linebacker on my draft board. He’s an above average tackler in the open field, and can certainly hold his own in pass coverage or when rushing the passer. This is another spot where the surprise pick could be quarterback, depending on how the selections shake out.

         

12. Green Bay Packers

Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

The Packers can go in several different directions here, so i gave them my best available prospect. I’m a big fan of what Clelin Ferrell’s abilities as a pass rusher. He’s an intelligent and patient prospect that should fit well into Mike Pettine’s defense.

        

13. Miami Dolphins

Dwayne Haskins, Jr., QB, Ohio State

I’m not as high on Haskins as others are, but I do believe that the Dolphins could be a great fit. The Dolphins have a potential out on the Ryan Tannehill contract, which they’ll likely take. This gives them the opportunity to bring in a veteran quarterback for a year or two while they develop Haskins.

          

14. Atlanta Falcons

Cody Ford, OG, Oklahoma

Ford played at right tackle for the Sooners, but would benefit greatly from a move to guard. The Falcons have to play more consistent football in 2019, which starts with giving Matt Ryan more time in the pocket.

         

15. Washington Redskins

Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Alex Smith is likely to miss all of the 2019 season after suffering a terrible leg injury. Washington’s best option is to bring in one of the available free agent quarterbacks, but also need to find a viable replacement before their window closes. Daniel Jones doesn’t have spectacular game film, but he has the prototypical size and mechanics that would be the perfect project for head coach Jay Gruden.

         

16. Carolina Panthers

Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida

I had Polite mocked to the Panthers before Julius Peppers’ announced his retirement, which just solidified the need for an EDGE rusher. Polite was one of my favorite rushers to scout, and his stock should be on the rise as we get closer to April.

          

17. Cleveland Browns

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

The Browns drafted Denzel Ward with the 4th overall pick in 2018. I’m giving them another cornerback here to make much needed improvements to their secondary.

        

18. Minnesota Vikings

Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

The Vikings have all the weapons on offense to make a push for the playoffs, but have to find consistency. I’m giving them some depth on the offensive line to give Kirk Cousins the time he needs to get rid of the ball.

         

19. Tennessee Titans

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

With the AFC South improving, the Titans are going to need to find a prolific wide receiver for Marcus Mariota. Metcalf is listed as the top wideout on my board, but don’t be surprised if we see a tight end off the board here instead.

            

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

The Steelers are eventually going to have to find a suitable replacement for QB Ben Roethlisberger. However, they aren’t getting any younger at corner. I’m not exceptionally high on Baker, but he should have a few years to develop before he’s asked to do too much.

          

21. Seattle Seahawks

Delonte Thompson, S, Alabama

When the Seahawks were at their best, they had one of the most effective defenses in the league. Since then, they’ve had to make tough decisions in letting their defensive stars go. Drafting a prospect like Thompson here will give them the talent they desperately need.

         

22. Baltimore Ravens

Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

I don’t know how much longer Lamar Jackson is going to be able to play at such a high level before defenses start to figure him out, but adding a weapon or two for him in this draft class should be a priority.

        

23. Houston Texans

Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

It’s time for the Texans to finally address their offensive line woes. For them to find long-term success, they’ll need to keep quarterback DeShaun Watson upright and healthy.

        

24. Oakland Raiders (Via Chicago Bears)

Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

As I mentioned before, I don’t know if Derek Carr is the quarterback that Jon Gruden envisions being there in three years. However, he’s going to have to find offensive weapons in this draft class, which could start with a stud at running back.

        

25. Philadelphia Eagles

Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

The Eagles must find consistent play on offense to make their way back to the playoffs. But games are also won and lost in the trenches. Dexter Lawrence is a versatile D-Line monster that can be used in a variety of ways.

            

26. Indianapolis Colts

Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

General Manager Chris Ballard hit a homer in with OG Quenton Nelson in 2018. This year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them draft an EDGE rusher.

         

27. Oakland Raiders (Via Dallas Cowboys)

N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

At 6’4, the Raiders could find a solid red zone target with N’Keal Harry. I’d like to see him develop a bit more, but he’s certainly someone that Jon Gruden can work with.

        

28. Los Angeles Chargers

Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Simmons isn’t invited to the NFL Combine due to a domestic violence incident in 2016. However, he’s one of the top defensive tackles in this draft class. Adding depth on the interior defensive line will be key for their pass rush to be successful.

        

29. Kansas City Chiefs

Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

The Chiefs were still able to move the ball well after releasing Kareem Hunt. They’ll still need to find a replacement for him in the long run, but their defense was atrocious this season.

         

30. Green Bay Packers (Via New Orleans Saints)

Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Depending on how the draft shakes out to this point, a receiver or tight end is a possibility here. Instead, I’m mocking them one of the top safeties in a class that lacks deep talent.

         

31. Los Angeles Rams

Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

The Rams have a talented team on both sides of the ball. That being said, there’s going to be a point where decisions will have to be made on contracts. Brian Burns isn’t a polished pass rusher, but he plays with a high-motor and has a knack for finding the ball.

          

32. New England Patriots

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Rob Gronkowski is still one of the best tight ends in the game, but talk of his retirement has creeped up in the last few seasons. T.J. Hockenson is a pro-ready prospect that can step in and contribute at a high-level in all aspects of the position.

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Brian Lamb’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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With the Super Bowl now complete, the draft order is officially set for the 2019 NFL Draft. I’ve had more time to breakdown film and have completed more scouting reports. It’s time to release my Mock Draft 2.0.

1. Arizona Cardinals

Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Personally, I think we can go ahead and write this one down in permanent marker. Nick Bosa is undoubtedly the most-talented prospect in this draft class. With Vance Joseph taking the Cardinals defense back to a 3-4 scheme, I think it’s solidified that Bosa is the first name called in April.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

I have Josh Allen slated as more of an outside linebacker than a defensive end. That being said, I sill think he’s a great fit for the 49ers here. Allen is athletic enough to rush the passer, so it’s possible that he could become a defensive end.

3. New York Jets

Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

I have Rashan Gary as my best overall true 4-3 defensive end. With Gregg Williams taking over the defense for the Jets, it’s a perfect pairing for New York. I still have a few concerns, but I’m also confident in Williams to shore those up with coaching.

4. Oakland Raiders

Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

The Raiders have holes at nearly every position within their franchise. Considering that Oakland isn’t going to be a ‘win now’ organization in 2019, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them trade out of this position and load up for 2020. Nonetheless, I think Quinnen Williams is a fantastic prospect that would certainly contribute immediately for the Raiders.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

With Todd Bowles taking over the defensive coordinator duties for the Buccaneers in 2019, I’m going to mock them one of the best edge rushers in this draft class. Montez Sweat had a great showing at the Senior Bowl, and if he can couple that with an equally greta performance at the NFL Combine, this would be a steal for Tampa Bay.

6. New York Giants

Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

As I said stated in my first mock draft, I’m not totally convinced that this pick is going to be a quarterback. Nate Solder wasn’t’ necessarily a success for New York, so I’ll give them my best available offensive lineman here. Jawaan Taylor played a lot of right tackle for the Gators, but I think he has the athleticism to play left tackle, even if it’s not right away.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

I don’t believe that any quarterback in this 2019 draft is ‘pro-ready’ at this point, but I think Haskins has the highest ceiling. I still have some glaring accuracy concerns, but the Jaguars are going to have to take a chance on one of these prospects, albeit this year or in 2020.

8. Detroit Lions

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

The Lions could elect to draft an edge rusher here, such as Clelin Ferrell, but I think the opportunity for Matt Patricia to draft a shutdown corner here is more important. I’m a huge fan of Greedy Williams, who I’ve had as high as fourth in my mock drafts.

9. Buffalo Bills

Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The Bills must find talented players to protect Josh Allen, who showed flashes that he could be their franchise quarterback. Cody Ford is a possibility here if the Bills have the need at interior offensive line ranked higher than a potential tackle.

10. Denver Broncos

Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

The Broncos have tried and failed at finding their quarterback of the future several times. Daniel Jones has shown flashes at Duke that he could be a franchise quarterback. He has the ideal size and mechanics, but his game film at Duke isn’t spectacular.

11. Cincinnati Bengals

Devin White, ILB, LSU

It’s still unclear who will take over as defensive coordinator for the Bengals under new head coach Zac Taylor. That being said, the Bengals have a need at inside linebacker that they must fill sooner rather than later.

12. Green Bay Packers

Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

I believe that this is the first spot where we could realistically see our first tight end or wide receiver come off the board. Head coach Matt LaFleur will improve the offensive play calling, but finding Aaron Rodgers targets is an important need. With that said, I’m going to give them an edge rusher here. I have Ferrell ranked 4th on my Big Board, so let’s opt to go best player available instead.

13. Miami Dolphins

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Now that Kyler Murray has officially announced that he’s committed to the NFL, it’s time to take his draft stock seriously. I think the interview process at the NFL Combine is going to be huge for him. I can envision him being used similarly to how the Ravens used Lamar Jackson, although I think there’s a higher possibility of Kyler Murray struggling.

14. Atlanta Falcons

Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

The Falcons can potentially lose both of their starting defensive tackles this offseason to free agency. With Ed Oliver still on the board here at 14, I think it’s a no-brainer for them to make this decision.

15. Washington Redskins

Cody Ford, OG, Oklahoma

Alex Smith reportedly could potentially miss all of the 2019 season after suffering a gruesome leg injury. Rather than pick a quarterback here as an eventual successor, such as Missouri’s Drew Lock, I’ll opt to give them help on the interior offensive line.

16. Carolina Panthers

Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

I was torn between mocking the Panthers OT Andre Dillard or OLB Jachai Polite from Florida, or EDGE prospect Brian burns from Florida State. I eventually settled on Dillard here, but it could go either way when we get to April.

17. Cleveland Browns

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

While many questioned it at the time, Denzel Ward played well enough for the Browns in his rookie year. It might be a bit unconventional, but I’ll opt to give them another defensive back this year, too. I’m pretty high on Byron Murphy, despite playing in a defense that isn’t suited for corners. I’d like to see him standout in position drills at the NFL Combine, but I feel confident enough to draft him here.

18. Minnesota Vikings

Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida

If the Vikings want to make it back to the playoffs in 2019, they’ll have to figure out their offensive struggles from this past season. With the exception of some offensive line depth, I don’t think drafting a player is the answer. Instead, I’ll give them the best available EDGE rusher in Jachai Polite.

19. Tennessee Titans

DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

In my first mock draft, I sent Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf to the Titans. I still think it’s a high possibility, but with two corners already off the board here, I don’t think they can afford to pass on Baker here, especially after going back through to watch more film.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Delonte Thompson, S, Alabama

Delonte Thompson is my top safety in this draft class. It seems like a natural fit to send him to a team like the Steelers. With that being said, Le’Veon Bell is out the door and Antonio Brown and Ben Roettlisberger might not be in Pittsburgh much longer either. In my opinion, it’s going to get worse before it gets better for the Steelers.

21. Seattle Seahawks

Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

The Seahawks have lost a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball the past few seasons. The Seahawks could elect to draft a safety here, but I think pass rush depth is a more pressing need for them here.

22. Baltimore Ravens

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

In my opinion, Lamar Jackson played better than most expected at the quarterback position. With that being said, now that defenses have some tape on him, Jackson will have to start moving the ball down the field through the air more. D.K. Metcalf is an exciting prospect that will stretch the field for the Ravens. If he’s still on the board, I’m sprinting to the podium to make this selection.

23. Houston Texans

Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

It’s going to be offensive line or cornerback for the Texans. With three corners already off the board, and a limited number of offensive lineman left, I have them drafting Greg Little from Ole Miss, who can step in and play tackle immediately.

24. Oakland Raiders (Via Chicago Bears)

Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Even though I have the Raiders drafting Quinnen Williams at 4, I still think it’s possible they can double up here. They could opt to go wide receiver here with someone like N’Keal Harry or Marquise Brown.

25. Philadelphia Eagles

Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Josh Jacobs is one of my favorite prospects in this draft class. He’s not a flashy runner, but rather looks for contact and punishes defenders. He’s an excellent one-cut back that can make an immediate impact for the Eagles.

26. Indianapolis Colts

N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

The Colts did very well last season with T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron. I’m mocking them additional help on the outside with N’Keal Harry, who I’m fairly high on, and someone that I think Frank Reich can work with.

27. Oakland Raiders (Via Dallas Cowboys)

Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

First off, I don’t think it’s likely that Brian Burns makes it down this fat on the board, but I had a tough time finding a fit. I don’t believe that Burns is an equal replacement for Khalil Mack, although I don’t believe anyone else is either. I love the effort Burns displays and his relentless pursuit off the edge.

28. Los Angeles Chargers

Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

The Chargers have more pressing needs, but I think Jeffery Simmons is a possibility here, even with the torn ACL injury suffered during NFL Draft prep. I think it’s more likely that Simmons drops out of the first, but he’s also likely to be ready towards the start of the season. It’s a gamble for the Chargers, but could pay off huge.

29. Kansas City Chiefs

Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

I have Oruwariye as a second round prospect, but the Chiefs secondary was atrocious last season. They’ve got to get better in a hurry, even if that means stretching a bit for talent.

30. Green Bay Packers (Via New Orleans Saints)

Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

I might be higher on Rapp than most, but I think he plays with intensity and a high-level of awareness. It’s not a sexy pick, but rather a solid one for the Pack.

31. Los Angeles Rams

Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

The Rams has a phenomenal season but are eventually going to lose defensive talent. I believe that Jaoylin Ferguson can step in and contribute in a limited role from day one, but can develop into a top-caliber player by year two or three.

32. New England Patriots

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Even if Rob Gronkowski doesn’t retire this offseason, it’s more likely to happen sooner rather than later. Hockenson is pro-ready and can do it all. He’s not going to be as productive in the passing game as someone like Noah Fant, but can block better than most.

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