The NFL Draft is one of my favorite events in the league calendar. It’s a time of excitement and hope for every fan base. Watching bright college football stars get the call to play on Sundays, wondering who’s picking who and what unexpected selection or trade will mess up every single mock draft available.
As every year, I’ve written up a Mock Draft of my own. This time around, the Dallas Cowboys don’t count with a first round pick but it’s still a ton of fun to see how things could pan out to the rest of the NFL teams. I hope you enjoy it and make sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk!
Note: This mock doesn’t include any sort of trades.
R1/1 – ARI: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
I’m still not 100% convinced the Cardinals are going after Murray. However, the rumor is just way too strong to ignore. Kliff Kingsbury reportedly wants him as his new QB for his reign in Arizona and that’s pretty understandable. Murray is the best QB in the Draft and has the most upside. Overthinking about his size is a mistake. He will be exciting to watch.
R1/2 – SF: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The 49ers are incredibly lucky to see the best player in the Draft fall to their lap. Nick Bosa didn’t play most of last season as he decided to prepare for the Draft process after suffering an injury. But he’s as good as they come. Some consider he was even better in college than his brother Joey, currently an LA Charger. San Francisco gets a premium pass rusher who will fit right in.
R1/3 – NYJ: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
This will be a hot spot for a trade once the Draft begins. However, in this mock draft we don’t have any trades so if the Jets stay put, they’ll probably get an edge rusher. In this case, it’s Josh Allen. Kentucky’s defense was great last season in big part thanks to Allen, who wrecked chaos in opposing offenses. The Jets got their franchise QB last year, now they can get their franchise pass rusher.
R1/4 – OAK: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Raiders could go for a quarterback or for defense here. But with Kyler Murray gone, I have them going for DT Quinnen Williams. They need a pass rusher, but the top two are already gone and Williams is pretty good at going after quarterbacks from the interior. Raiders go after the best player available.
R1/5 – TB: Devin White, LB, LSU
Another team that could end up going for a QB knowing that the Jameis Winston project didn’t exactly work out. In this case, Devin White is the best player available and one that fills a huge need in Tampa Bay after Kwon Alexander left. White is insanely good and is the middle linebacker any NFL team would want.
R1/6 – NYG: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
It’s time for the Giants to move on from Eli Manning. With two picks in the first round, they should feel confident in going after Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Many question his upside, but he can be a winning QB early in his career. With QB-needy teams ahead of them, New York will likely have to trade up to get him.
R1/7 – JAC: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
This feels like one of the most surefire picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Jaguars need help in the offensive line and Taylor is the best prospect for the job. Jacksonville just signed Nick Foles to be their starting QB. Giving him protection is the next step.
R1/8 – DET: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Ed Oliver has been forgotten by many. but when the Draft comes around, I believe he’ll go earlier than many expect nowadays. He’s still one of the most talented prospects available this year and should find a home in the top 10. The Lions get a steal at #8 here. Many argue he didn’t have production in Houston, but he drew double-teams (sometimes triple) way too often.
R1/9 – BUF: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
The Bills will be tempted to go after a skill player here, but the smart move is continue to build on their offensive line. Jonah Williams can line up anywhere and would be an upgrade for one of the worst units in 2019.
R1/10 – DEN: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Joe Flacco isn’t a long term answer in Denver. I don’t think he’s a short-term answer either, but we’ll see. Drew Lock has things to work on, but his arm showed a lot of potential as he can make any throw. The Broncos may sit him in 2019, but they need to work on their future.
R1/11 – CIN: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Cincinnati Bengals add a talented linebacker who can do a lot for their defense. He’s fast, something they desperately need. With Vontaze Burfict gone and a growing need at the position, Devin Bush has great value at #11.
R1/12 – GB: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Packers get a weapon for Aaron Rodgers. D.K. Metcalf did nothing but impress week after week in Ole Miss and will likely be the first WR to be drafted. Metcalf is a huge, deep threat guy and what looks like a true #1 for the Packers’ offense.
R1/13 – MIA: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Yet another QB-needy team I could see going up for a passer. However, they have a lot of other needs to work on, specially offensive line. Andre Dillard from Washington State is the best tackle available and would be a wise pick by the Dolphins. Build for the younger QB who could come to the team soon.
R1/14 – ATL: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
The Falcons still need a pass rusher and Rashan Gary is the way to go. Many analysts are divided when discussing how good is Gary, but at #14, the value is definitely there.
R1/15 – WAS: OL, Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Reaching for a QB would be a mistake here, and there’s always the possibility of trading for Josh Rosen. Some say QB Daniel Jones will go earlier than the media expects, but in this scenario the Redskins upgrade their offensive line by adding Cody Ford. Ford could play ar right tackle or could be a guard in the NFL.
R1/16 – CAR: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
With the top offensive linemen gone, the Montez Sweat slide ends here. His huge Senior Bowl and Combine performances are too good to ignore. The Panthers find very good value at #16.
R1/17 – NYG: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
After adding a quarterback, the Giants help their pass rush. They recently traded Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns and need a new young stud for the job. Brian Burns is that guy. Burns has helped himself a lot this offseason.
R1/18 – MIN: Greg Little, OT, Minnesota VIkings
This might feel like a reach for the Vikings, but offensive line is the main reason they failed in 2018. They need desperate help and Greg Little will give them a decent starter with upside.
R1/19 – TEN: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Somehow, the Titans find one of the most talented prospects with their 19th pick. T.J. Hockenson provides a good blocker in the run game plus a reliable pass catcher for Marcus Mariota.
R1/20 – PIT: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The first cornerback to come off the board is Byron Murphy. The Steelers must address defense in the first round, and cornerback is where the best players are available at the moment. Murphy is a great pick.
R1/21 – SEA: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Greedy Williams is a big cornerback ready to succeed in the NFL in coverage. The Seahawks get a cornerback who can line up against big, tall receivers in the league and contribute from day one.
R1/22 – BAL: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Lamar Jackson needs a young weapon and the Ravens get him one in A.J. Brown. He’s versatile and can line up in the slot or outside the numbers. He’s been an underrated prospect due to Metcalf’s rise. He can be WR1 for the Ravens.
R1/23 – HOU: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Texans should prioritize offensive line, but right now there aren’t any top prospects left. They should wait. Instead, they go after a solid cornerback for their defensive backfield. Deandre Baker has decent value here.
R1/24 – OAK: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Raiders let Jared Cook walk in free agency and now replace him with a top prospect in Noah Fant. Derek Carr’s offense needs help and Fant will be a reliable pass catcher and a needed third-down target.
R1/25 – PHI: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
The top running back in the Draft slides all the way to #25, where the Philadelphia Eagles take him to fill an urgent need. Jacobs is a balanced RB that will make a big difference in the Eagles’ offense. Carson Wentz finds some new help.
R1/26 – IND: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah has Marquise Brown as his top WR. The Colts signed Devin Funchess to a one year deal in free agency but still need long term answers at a weak position on their roster.
R1/27 – OAK: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
The Raiders finally get an edge rusher in Clelin Ferrell. Fast and powerful, Ferrell will get after opposing quarterbacks on Sundays. The Raiders get a steal at #27 here, the pick they earned by trading Amari Cooper to the Cowboys.
R1/28 – LAC: Jonathan Abraham, S, Mississippi State
Jonathan Abraham can be valuable both in the box and in coverage. After taking Derwin James last season, the Chargers complement him with Abraham. Is it a reach? Perhaps, but I don’t think they’ll regret it when their two safeties do great things together.
R1/29 – KC: Garrett Bradbury, OC, N.C. State
The Chiefs need to upgrade their pass rush. We all know that. However, there’s not an edge rusher that’s worth reaching for at #29. They’d do a great job by going after Garrett Bradbury instead, the best center in the class.
R1/30 – GB: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
After going for a WR earlier in the first round, the Packers continue to please Aaron Rodgers by giving him another weapon. Irv Smith will be a starting tight end right away, despite not having as many upside as the two Iowa prospects.
R1/31 – LAR: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Rams need to add talent to their defensive line and with Christian Wilkins available, they shouldn’t hesitate to pair him up with Aaron Donald. Wilkins was great in college and will surely be able to translate his talent to the next level.
R1/32 – NE: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The Patriots need to give Tom Brady a weapon before his time is up. With Rob Gronkwoski gone, another threat in the passing game should be targeted. In this case, it’s Wide Receiver N’Keal Harry. Some questioned his speed, but his 4.53 in the 40 yard dash should quiet the concerns.