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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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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Draft Needs: Special Teams

Jess Haynie



Brett Maher, Chris Jones

Some have argued that the words "kicker" and "punter" don't belong in the same sentence as "NFL Draft." But just last year, six special teams players were drafted by NFL teams. Could the Dallas Cowboys consider such a player with one of their 2019 draft picks?

From 2009-2018, various teams have drafted 19 kickers and 18 punters. The highest pick was a second-rounder; Tampa Bay's selection of Roberto Aguayo in 2016. Outside of one pick in the third round and another in the fourth, the other 34 picks have all been in rounds 5-7.

The Dallas Cowboys have only contributed on pick to this total. In 2009 they selected David Buehler in the fifth round, two years after using a sixth-round pick on Nick Folk.

Ten years later, could Dallas finally use another draft pick on special teams?

There are a few of factors that make this possible. For one, the Cowboys are already fairly loaded with talent across the roster. A late-round pick spent at any number of positions would have a hard time surviving final cuts.

Second, in terms of the quality of player versus the round, there's no better value than on special teams. You can possibly get the best kicker in the country in the fifth or sixth round; no other position offers that.

Lastly, and most importantly, the Cowboys have a pretty clear opportunity to upgrade at kicker. They also could use the draft to save some cap space by making a change at punter.

Brett Maher

Dallas Cowboys K Brett Maher

As I've written about beforeBrett Maher was a Jekyll & Hyde kicker in 2018. He was brilliant from long range but a major liability closer in, and his 80.6% total field-goal accuracy was near the bottom of the league.

While Maher's distance is a true asset, does it outweigh the risk of him missing a game-winning FG from 35 yards? And what about extra-point kicks, for that matter?

Dallas should certainly bring Brett back in 2019 to compete for the job. Remember, he was still Dan Bailey's backup until close the start of the regular season. Perhaps a full offseason as the primary kicker would help him stabilize his game.

But given the uncertainty, the Cowboys could easily justify spending a late-round pick at kicker. They could potentially land LSU's Cole Tracy or Utah's Matt Gay, two of the top prospects in this draft class.

The worst-case scenario is that Maher beats one of these guys and you cut them. But there was a high probability that you'd have cut whoever you drafted at another position anyway. Essentially, you'd have spent a late draft pick as an insurance policy against Maher's development.

That's not bad business. In fact, maybe you'd be able to trade that kicker at final cuts to a team who suffers a preseason injury or is otherwise dissatisfied at the position. There's a chance you could even recoup your draft pick.

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Dallas Cowboys punter Chris Jones (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Another consideration is at punter. Chris Jones has been a very solid one for a while now, but he turns 30 in July and counts $2.3 million against the salary cap. Could the draft give Dallas a chance to get someone younger and cheaper?

Let's say Dallas drafted one of the nation's top punters like Jack Fox out of Rice or Stanford's Jack Bailey. They'd have that player on a four-year rookie deal costing roughly 20% of what Jones' does.

Dallas could trade or release Chris Jones for $800k in 2019 cap relief, or $1.8 million if he's cut after June 1st. That would push $1 million of dead money onto the 2020 cap.

Those aren't big numbers, so the real gain here is if you think one of the top rookie punters could match or even exceed Jones' play. Then you've got that player on the cheap for the next four seasons.

I would not predict that the Cowboys will spend a draft pick at either kicker or punter, but the point of all this is that you can't entirely dismiss it. 2019 presents the right mix of circumstances for Dallas to consider it more than they have in the past, especially considering how long Dan Bailey was a fixture on the roster.

Brett Maher doesn't enjoy that same status. Dallas could easily look at some of the top kickers available and think that an upgrade is possible.

Will that lead to the Cowboys spending a draft pick on special teams for the first time in a decade?

Draft Likelihood: 10%
Projected Round: *6th-7th

* The Cowboys don't currently have a 6th-round pick, but could acquire one in a potential trade.

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Potential CB Prospects Dallas Cowboys Could Target in Each Round

Brian Martin



Potential CB Prospects Cowboys Could Target in Each Round

It has somewhat flown a little bit under the radar, but Dallas Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard has been touring around the country working out several cornerbacks in this year's draft class. With Byron Jones and Anthony Brown entering into the last year of their contracts, it wouldn't be all that surprising if the Cowboys draft a CB at some point in the 2019 NFL Draft.

With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the cornerbacks the Dallas Cowboys could target in each round in which they hold a draft pick. In order to keep it as realistic as possible I tried to narrow it down to the potential CB prospects that fit Richard's parameters. We all know he likes those tall, lengthy defensive backs and that's what I tried to focus on.

Let's take a look…

Second Round

Joejuan Williams

Vanderbilt CB Joejuan Williams

Justin Layne, Michigan State

Justin Layne was a four-star wide receiver recruit coming at a high school, but ended up becoming a three-year starter on the other side of the ball at cornerback during his time at Michigan State. He has tremendous ball skills due to his background at receiver and has the size and length (6'1", 192) Kris Richard covets in his defensive backs. He needs to continue to improve is overall technique, but he has Day 1 starting potential.

Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt

Joejuan Williams was a two-year starter during his time at Vanderbilt and primarily played press and off-man coverage. At just a smidge under 6'4", Williams typically towers over the wide receivers he faces, which has allowed him to find success at this point because of his mere size and length. He has the skill set and athleticism to become an eventual starter in the NFL, but really needs to develop his mechanics and the mental side of his game a little more.

Third Round

Jamel Dean

Auburn CB Jamel Dean

Jamel Dean, Auburn

After overcoming three major knee injuries earlier in his career, Jamel Dean eventually became a two-year starter to finish his career at Auburn. He has elite size (6'1", 202), length (31 3/4" arms), and speed (4.3 40-yard dash), but his durability is a red flag moving forward. He also needs to play with a little better mean streak, especially in press man coverage. The talent is there though and he has a chance to develop into a really good starting CB if he can stay healthy.

Isaiah Johnson, Houston

Isaiah Johnson is another player with elite size (6'2", 208), length (33" arms), and speed (4.4 40-yard dash) at the cornerback position and is someone Kris Richard has met with and worked out on a number of occasions. Johnson was a former three-star wide receiver recruit coming out high school before making the switch to CB his final year in Houston. He played mostly bail technique for the Cougars and is still really raw as a CB prospect, but he has immense upside. He will likely need a year or two to further develop his craft before he can be relied upon.

Fourth Round

Lonnie Johnson Jr.

Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

Lonnie Johnson Jr., Kentucky

There are actually three Kentucky defensive backs the Dallas Cowboys could target, but Lonnie Johnson Jr. is the top-ranked prospect so far. He has the size, length the Cowboys are looking for, but he really needs to refine just about every aspect of his game before he's ready to compete at the next level. He has tremendous instincts which has gotten him to this point, but he's going to have to develop both technically and mentally if he wants to find any kind of success in the NFL. All of the tools are there though.

Jordan Brown, South Dakota State

Jordan Brown was a three-year starter at South Dakota State, playing primarily press and off-man coverage. He has the size, length to play as a boundary corner in the NFL, but only has average top end speed. He is a competitor with a scrappy mentality that unfortunately runs a little hot and cold at times. He plays with good balance when making his transitions, which allows him to stick with receivers. Overall, he is a solid developmental mid-round pick with starting upside.

Fifth Round

Michael Jackson

Miami CB Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, Miami

Michael Jackson was a two-year starter at Miami on the right side, playing mostly press man. He is a good-sized athlete with the kind of length and athleticism Kris Richard is looking for in his cornerbacks, but he has shown a tendency to struggle against savvy route runners. He's not the most fluid of athletes and will struggle in his transitions, so he might fit best in a defensive scheme that plays a lot of zone or cover 2.

Kris Boyd, Texas

Kris Boyd was a three-your starter during his time in Texas and played on both the right and left side, often times shadowing the opposing team's best wide receiver. He plays with the desired competitive nature and checks all the boxes as far as size, speed, and athleticism are concerned for a starting caliber cornerback. But, he plays undisciplined and doesn't trust his eyes, often times causing him to arrive late with his reads. If he can become more disciplined he could be a steal this late in the draft.

Seventh Round

Chris Westry

Kentucky CB Chris Westry (Photo By Donald Page)

Chris Westry, Kentucky

Chris Westry was a three-year starter at Kentucky, but gradually started to see his playing time decrease with the emergence of Lonnie Johnson Jr. and Derrick Baity Jr.. At 6'4", 199 pounds and legitimate 4.35 speed, Westry has extremely rare size and speed for the cornerback position. Unfortunately, he is a better athlete than he is a football player right now and might be nothing more than a developmental project.

Derrick Baity Jr., Kentucky

Derrick Baity Jr. worked his way into the starting lineup at Kentucky as a freshman and ended up becoming a four-year starter. He has excellent size for the position (6'2", 197) and is light footed with good ball skills, but he doesn't play with the kind of physicality you'd think from my player his size. He is an untrustworthy tackler and undisciplined with his fundamentals. His size and ball skills should get him drafted, but he might be nothing more than a developmental project.

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Cowboys Draft: Will A Quarterback Be Considered?

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft: Will A Quarterback Be Considered?

Dak Prescott is the current and future starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Let's make that clear.

Prescott has done more than enough over the first three years of his career to earn this "franchise quarterback" title, and the contract he will eventually receive from the Cowboys' front office.

But that doesn't mean the Cowboys shouldn't consider drafting a quarterback this year. Or next year. Or the year after that.

Quarterback is the game's most important, and highest paid, position. It's the position where a player can most greatly effect a game individually, both positively and negatively.

And it's the position you must make sure is accounted for heading into any new season. Yes, the Cowboys clearly trust now fourth-year quarterback Dak Prescott, but adding talent to your QB room is never a bad thing. In fact, it's typically a great thing.

Behind Prescott are Cooper Rush and Mike White. Rush beat out now-offensive coordinator Kellen Moore for the backup job during the 2017 preseason, and then held off rookie Mike White in 2018 to maintain the job.

When the Cowboys drafted White, however, they had dreams of a new backup quarterback in mind. White didn't perform as well, or progress as quickly, as some had hoped leaving Cooper Rush as the unquestioned QB2, however.

Is Cooper Rush good enough, though?

This is a question which really is yet to be answered. And if the Cowboys have it their way, it will never be truly answered. He was excellent during the 2017 preseason, no doubt about it. But he was, well, bad last year. Rush and the offense struggled mightily during the preseason, and while lack of offensive line depth didn't help him, Rush's play didn't spark much optimism or excitement either.

The Cowboys would be wise to consider drafting a quarterback later in the 2019 NFL Draft, but they shouldn't spend too much time worrying about it either way. The backup quarterback, especially behind Dak Prescott, will bring his value in terms of game-planning and aiding Prescott, rather than with his actual arm talent.

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