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Mauricio’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Mauricio Rodriguez



Mauricio's 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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.

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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.

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Cowboys Draft: Reviewing Kansas DT Daniel Wise

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft: Kansas DT Daniel Wise

Throughout the post draft media process, the Cowboys' decision makers have been adamant that they found multiple draft-able players in undrafted free agency this year. Each of which, of course, will have an opportunity to compete for a roster or practice squad spot this summer.

One of those players who almost certainly had a draft-able grade despite fall through all seven rounds, is Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise.

At 6'3" and 290 pounds, Wise projects as a 3-technique in the NFL, and should compete for that very role on the Cowboys defense. Wise is not an overly bendy or athletic player, but he has a good initial quickness which allows him to penetrate gaps well. Wise plays with excellent effort, having the type of motor that I'm sure Rod Marinelli valued highly during the pre-draft evaluations.

A strong and powerful interior presence, Wise can offer some upside as a pass rusher as well. He has quick, active, and heavy hands. When combining his hands with his get-off, Wise is a real threat as a pass rusher. Maybe his most impressive pass rushing quality, however, is the effort which he plays with. Never giving up on a play, you'll have to block Wise until the final whistle or he will threaten for effort sacks.

In college, Wise was often asked to be a two-gap defender from the 5-technique, but that's just not where he'll be at his best. Rather, he should be used in the role the Cowboys likely envision for him, allowing him to play with power at the point of attack and disrupt the running game.

But what are Daniel Wise's chances of even making the team?

The Cowboys made a concerted effort to improve their defensive line this offseason, specifically on the interior. By adding free agents like Kerry Hyder and drafting Trysten Hill 58th overall, Dallas has improved what was considered a weakness during the postseason a year ago.

Not all of these talented defensive tackles will make the team, though, it's simply a numbers a game. And cutting an undrafted free agent will certainly be easier to do than cutting someone who will be owed real money, or was acquired through premium draft capital.

Regardless, Daniel Wise will have the chance to prove his worth during training camp and the preseason. And based on how he projects through his college tape and physical attributes, he'll likely make those final decisions very difficult on the Cowboys' staff.

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Pre-Draft Visitors Highlight Dallas Cowboys 2019 Rookie Class

Brian Martin



Pre-Draft Visitors Highlight Dallas Cowboys 2019 Rookie Class

The Dallas Cowboys are "officially" adding 21 rookies to their roster, eight of which they drafted and the remaining 13 are undrafted free agents. The number of rookies the Cowboys are bringing in isn't all that surprising, but what did surprise me was how many of them were pre-draft visitors.

You may or may not know, but the NFL allows 30 allotted pre-draft visits for each team around the league. Teams don't have to use all 30 visits of course, but the majority of them take advantage of the opportunity and generally use up all 30 visits. It's a chance to introduce these rookies into the atmosphere they could be playing in and work them out in more of a one-on-one basis.

The Dallas Cowboys of course are known as a team who take their 30 pre-draft visits very seriously. Over the past several years they've drafted several players who were brought in for pre-draft visits, and 2019 was no exception.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, paying attention to the Dallas Cowboys 30 pre-draft visits is a good idea because the odds of them drafting one or more of them is pretty high. That's why I decided to run a pre-draft tracker this year, and because of it I was able to confirm 27 of the possible 30 pre-draft visitors for the Cowboys.

Here are 2019 pre-draft visitors currently on the Cowboys roster:

  • DT, Trysten Hill
  • RB, Tony Pollard
  • RB, Mike Weber
  • WR, Jon'Vea Johnson
  • CB, Chris Westry

If you're doing the math, 5 out of 30 equates to 17% of the players the Dallas Cowboys brought in as pre-draft visitors. But, if Dallas only brought in 27 that percentage rises to 19%. To say that the Cowboys value these pre-draft visits would be an understatement, at least as far as 2019 is concerned.

The first three of Trysten Hill, Tony Pollard, and Mike Weber were of course all draft picks and have the best chance to stick around on the final 53-man roster, but I wouldn't rule out Jon'Vea Johnson and Chris Westry. Both were draftable players, but somehow fell through the cracks right into the lap of the Cowboys as UFAs.

I don't really know if it's a good idea the Dallas Cowboys are so transparent with how valuable the treat these 30 pre-draft visits. We've seen teams time and time again trade up right in front of them to draft a player the Cowboys could've possibly been eyeing, and this year was no exception.

After drafting Running Back/Wide Receiver Tony Pollard with the first of their fourth-round draft picks, it looked like the Dallas Cowboys had their sights set on small school Defensive End/Defensive Tackle John Cominsky out of Charleston with their second pick in the fourth. Unfortunately, the Atlanta Falcons traded up a spot ahead of them to draft Cominsky.

This of course isn't the first time the Falcons have done this, which begs the question as to how they knew the Cowboys could have possibly been targeting Cominsky. We can throw a conspiracy theory out there that Atlanta might have been inside source, but that's highly unlikely. More plausible theory is they were paying attention to Dallas' 30 pre-draft visitors as well.

It may be time for the Dallas Cowboys to deploy a little more smoke and mirrors when it comes to who they bring in for pre-draft visits in the future. But regardless, there's no denying the Cowboys pre-draft visitors highlight their 2019 rookie class.

Are you surprised the Dallas Cowboys added so many pre-draft visitors to the roster?

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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Draft Grades

Shane Carter



Dallas Cowboys 2019 Draft Grades 1

Another year, another draft come and gone. The difference was that this year the Dallas Cowboys were without a first-round pick thanks to their trade for Amari Cooper with Oakland. Their de facto first-round pick would obviously earn an A+ from how well he meshed with Dak Prescott and gave this Cowboys offense another dimension.

Given how well the Cowboys have done in the first round in recent history -- all but two of their first round picks since 2011 have been in the Pro Bowl, a trend that continued with last year’s pick, Leighton Vander Esch. This season, the Cowboys only had picks from round two and on. So this year was all about finding value and hoping it would fall into their laps.

Obviously time will tell if any of these players work out or not. For the time being, we can grade the picks based on what we do know. Some picks were worth it, while others raised questions, as well as eyebrows.

58 Overall: DT, Trysten Hill

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In what has been considered the best defensive line draft in decades, the Cowboys took a bit of a risk with their first “official” pick. Trysten Hill is a first round talent out of UCF, but reports questioning his love for the game had some give him a third round grade.

Dallas has already had an off-season dealing with talented defensive linemen with questions around their passion for the game (i.e. David Irving) and so obviously people didn’t love this pick.

It’s a high risk, high reward move that we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.

Grade: B

90 Overall: G, Connor McGovern

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As far as value goes, McGovern was probably the team’s best pick. In my pre-draft rankings, Connor McGovern was my fourth overall interior lineman; a player who you can play anywhere in the interior and start immediately.

However, guard didn’t really seem like a need. This was obviously a “best player available” pick. What this pick has done instead is raise a bunch of questions.

Who’s job could be on the line?

Does this imply the team won’t re-sign La’el Collins?

Is Connor Williams going to play tackle like he did in college?

Is one of them going to get traded?

Is Travis Frederick really ready to go?

So many questions surround this pick, but there’s no questioning the player. Connor McGovern is likely a future starter on the line and Cowboys fans should be excited about that.

Grade: A

128 Overall: RB, Tony Pollard

If you follow me on Twitter, you know my feelings about Tony Pollard already.

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Tony Pollard might be my favorite #Cowboys pick. Has experience at both the RB and WR position, plus had 7 career kick return TDs in college. He addresses all 3 needs in 1. #NFLDraft

Returner has been a need for a year now. I never liked the team trading away Ryan Switzer because it created a huge hole on special teams, as well as the receiving core.

The team also needed a backup running back to take the load off Ezekiel Elliott a bit. With Tony Pollard, they get all three positions filled in the form of a player who's 6'0" 210 pounds, ran a 4.52 40 and compiled 25 total touchdowns. Terrific value in the fourth round.

Grade: A-

158 Overall: CB, Michael Jackson

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This is the type of corner Kris Richard loves; big and tall. At 6'1" 200 pounds, Michael Jackson fits the profile.

His 2017 tape was actually better than his 2018 tape, and all four of his career interceptions came in '17. However, the team is obviously betting on his potential, especially with corner being a serious need.

With the Cowboys' four primary corners coming into contract years the next three seasons, odds are that at least one will be gone. MJ doesn’t fill in day one as a difference maker but, given some time under Kris Richard, he could be a nice player.

Grade: C+

165 Overall: DE, Joe Jackson

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Take Joe Jackson, new Cowboy, as well as Michael and Darius Jackson, and the team is just two short of a Jackson 5 reunion.

The team has been very busy trying to rebuild the depth at edge and Joe Jackson is icing on an already stacked cake. In an off-season that saw the retirement of David Irving and another suspension for Randy Gregory, the team was able to extend DeMarcus Lawrence and trade for Robert Quinn.

The edge room was already full but you can never have too many.

Joe Jackson is a fun, productive player from The U, who was teammates with the previous pick, Michael Jackson. In his career, he totaled 24 sacks and 37.5 tackles for loss all in three seasons. He’s not the fastest edge rusher in the world but has plenty of power to make up for it. With the team only for sure having DeMarcus Lawrence guaranteed beyond 2019, it’s good to have as much talent as possible.

Grade: B+

213 Overall: S, Donovan Wilson 

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The team really needed a safety and it enraged most people that they didn’t pick one earlier. Especially with Taylor Rapp, Juan Thornhill and Amani Hooker all available at different times.

Donovan Wilson is an interesting pick. His career has been a rollercoaster while at Texas A&M, with a highly productive 2015 season, a dip in 2016, a fractured foot in the 2017 opener, and a rebound 2018 season.

Had his career not been derailed by his injury, he’s likely gone way before the sixth round and the Cowboys are obviously betting on his potential. Meets a need, but not a plug-in right away type of pick.

Grade: B

218 Overall: RB, Mike Weber

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 13

Tony Pollard is going to get first crack at the backup running back spot. However, given that he’s also the team’s likely return man as well, it makes sense that they’d want to deepen the running back room to give the team a true RB2.

Mike Weber was Ezekiel Elliott’s teammate at Ohio State, but didn’t come close to the impact Elliott had. Only topping 1,000 yards once in college, Weber is likely in competition with Darius Jackson for the backup spot.

He’s not as flashy as Zeke but can pick up the slack when asked to and is a solid receiver out of the backfield. If Weber can’t beat Jackson for the backup spot, then Weber is a likely candidate for the practice squad.

Grade: B

241 Overall: DE, Jalen Jelks

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Jalen Jelks falls into a similar boat that both Hurricanes players are in. Like Joe Jackson, he’s a good solid edge piece (fifth round draft grade), but like Michael Jackson, his prior season's tape was better than his final season.

It's interesting that the Cowboys would pick a player who seems to be better suited to play in a 3-4 as a OLB, but has plenty of starter potential. Otherwise he’s a player that’s likely headed to the practice squad that the Cowboys wanted to make sure they get first crack at. Still, a good value in terms of where he was picked.

Grade: B-

Dallas Cowboys Overall 2019 Draft Grade: B

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