I cannot believe that it’s finally here! It’s about that time of year where I start cooking up those NFL Mock Drafts and the people come to love them! Welcome to Version 1.0 of my 2019 NFL Mock Drafts, which I’ve newly improved with added analysis for all 32 first round projections. I’ve been scouting some of the top prospects over the last week or so and I’ve got a pretty good feel on who I like transitioning to the NFL more so than who I don’t like in that aspect.
This year’s draft class is loaded with interior defensive lineman as ten of them have first round grades from me, yet they all don’t even go off the board in round 1. Before we start, I’m going to discuss the elephant in the room. No, I didn’t put Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray in my board, because I feel like he’s still going to the MLB. But if Murray does choose football, he’d be the 1st or 2nd quarterback off the board in this draft class. NFL teams aren’t going to get their hopes up right now though as everything is merely just speculation.
With all of that said, it’s time to unveil the first version of my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, as we’ll start with the Raiders and end with the Packers, here we go!
1. Oakland Raiders (2-14):
Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa
Bosa was an absolute beast on the edge at Ohio State, and we would’ve gotten more of a glimpse of him if he hadn’t suffered a season ending injury earlier in the season. Bosa has the size, speed, and physical technique that should allow his game to translate quickly into the NFL stage and let him make an impact on whoever drafts him.
2. San Francisco 49ers (2-14):
Alabama DL Quinnen Williams
Williams is a guy who has jumped up everybody’s board with a tremendous breakout season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He’s been the leader of their defense and he can truly wreak havoc inside the line. He’s an impactful interior lineman with a bright future if the right team drafts him.
3. Arizona Cardinals (3-13):
Alabama OT Jonah Williams
Williams is a disciplined offensive tackle with a lot of experience at Alabama while protecting Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. He shows great technique for a tackle in this day and age of the league, and he is the strong, smart, and quick twitch tackle that an NFL team will love to have protecting the edge.
4. New York Jets (3-13):
Houston DL Ed Oliver
Oliver was a lot of people’s preseason number one pick, but he’s fallen a bit due to a sudden struggle to make an impact when rushing passers. Oliver makes his impact against the run and most NFL teams would drool at the Houston product as a guy to plug up the middle of the defensive line and shut down opposing running backs.
5. Detroit Lions (5-11):
Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen
Allen took home plenty of hardware in terms of the College Football Awards this past week, but let’s not act like it’s undeserved. Allen was a force on the Kentucky defense and was arguably the best defensive player in all of college football in 2018. He will be able to play as both an edge rusher or an outside linebacker if the team that drafts him needs it.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11):
Oregon QB Justin Herbert
Herbert could definitely shake up the draft class by returning to Oregon for 2019, but right now I’ve got him declaring for the draft. Therefore, he’s the best QB in the draft and it’s not really close. Herbert is a young passer who still has a lot of room to develop, but could be the next great quarterback in this league.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):
LSU CB Greedy Williams
Williams’ combination of great size at 6’3 with solid speed and high football IQ help him become the consensus top cornerback in the draft class. He’s smart in coverage and has consistently shown an ability to absolutely clamp down on opposing receivers. He’s a superstar shutdown corner in the making.
8. Atlanta Falcons (6-10):
Michigan DL Rashan Gary
Gary can play everywhere on the defensive line and the team that drafts him will get a big versatile player. He will make an impact in stopping the run game while also putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Despite some injury concerns, the Michigan star is a surefire first round selection as of now.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):
LSU LB Devin White
White is a Deion Jones type linebacker. He is the fastest linebacker in the draft class and shows some of the quickest instincts I’ve seen in quite a while from a linebacker. He is strong, powerful, and has improved every aspect of his game in the 2018 season. He’s a do it all linebacker who will immediately improve the defense of the team who drafts him.
10. Washington Redskins (6-10):
Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins
Haskins and the next quarterbacks selected are mildly apart, as Haskins is way more talented in terms of his arm strength and accuracy than anyone else in the draft besides Justin Herbert. Haskins still has a shot to be the first QB taken in the draft too, but we will have to watch the pre-draft process. He’s a legitimate quarterback with the tools to develop into a Patrick Mahomes type thrower of the football. Yeah, I said it.
11. Cleveland Browns (6-9-1):
Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry
Harry is a playmaking freak of nature, and he is neck and neck with AJ Brown for the title of best WR in this draft class. Harry has unreal size at 6’4, and it seems like he can jump up and go get the ball from anywhere. He’s no slouch running either, as he’s displayed solid speed at Arizona State that should allow him to separate from some of the league’s best cover corners.
12. Buffalo Bills (7-9):
Ole Miss WR AJ Brown
Brown is the type of deep threat and playmaker that NFL teams are looking for nowadays. He’s got a solid frame at 6’1 and 230 pounds but doesn’t lack in the speed department. He’ll be a redzone threat immediately in the NFL on any team with his tough hands and outstanding route-running ability. He can fight through traffic as well, which is why he comes off the board early at number 12.
13. Miami Dolphins (7-9):
West Virginia QB Will Grier
Will Grier faces a lot of question marks due to playing against poor Big 12 defenses, but he’s got the potential to be a really good quarterback in this league. He’s likely a project for the first year, but with the way teams throw their first round QBs into the fire nowadays, I wouldn’t be surprised if Grier’s a Week 1 starter.
14. New York Giants (7-9):
Missouri QB Drew Lock
Drew Lock probably is the most further developed along out of the quarterbacks in the draft class, but his potential just doesn’t compare to theirs. He’s got pocket passer type size at 6’4 and 225 pounds, and he’s got an incredible arm with strength and accuracy always on display. He’s not afraid to hurl one deep and he’s certainly what NFL teams would call an aggressive deep ball thrower.
15. Carolina Panthers (7-9):
Alabama S Deionte Thompson
Thompson is one of the best all around players in this draft class. He’s been the center fielder for the Crimson Tide defense for a few seasons now and he’s ready to make the jump to the NFL. He has an unruly combination of speed, range, length, and instincts that should allow him to dominate on the back end of any defense in the pros.
16. Green Bay Packers (7-8-1):
Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell
Ferrell is always the guy that everyone tends to forget about on that historic Clemson defensive line. He’s experienced and has been a leader for the Tigers throughout his career. He’s got the length at 6’5 to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL and he also displays outstanding power to move around the offensive line.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8):
Ole Miss OT Greg Little
Little is a bit of a more raw offensive tackle prospect than most would expect from a guy going in the first round, but he’s shown flashes of his great potential at Ole Miss that cannot be overlooked. He’s a competitor and a dominant run blocker who will need to improve in the pass blocking aspect of his game. But Little’s outstanding athleticism, frame, and strength should help him become a weekly starter in the NFL.
18. Tennessee Titans (8-8):
Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown
Marquise Brown is a well-known commodity in college football perhaps due to his dominance at the WR position but also to his nickname Hollywood. He’s probably the fastest wideout in the draft, and he’s earned the Hollywood tag. He will be a popular pick in the new age NFL and he will undoubtedly be a day 1 deep threat in the league. He’s the closest thing to Tyreek Hill in this draft and a lot of teams would love that type of player on their team.
19. Indianapolis Colts (9-7):
Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons
Simmons has some off the field concerns that NFL teams may not like, but he’s one of the most talented players in this defensive line heavy draft class. He’s a great impact pass rusher from the interior of the defensive line and he could develop into a future All-Pro if drafted by the right team.
20. Baltimore Ravens (9-7):
Alabama LB Mack Wilson
Yet another Alabama player goes off the board as linebacker Mack Wilson is selected. Wilson is fast, strong, and agile enough to cover nearly any tight end in the NFL. He’s a great player against the run, but Wilson can also step back into coverage and make plays in the passing defense as well. He will immediately slot into a significant role for the team that selects him.
21. Minnesota Vikings (9-6-1):
Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence
I saw my fair share of Dexter Lawrence in his career at Clemson when they played my Louisville Cardinals. He’s a big inside guy who plays tough against the run, but he’s still developing into being an every down pass rusher. He has an excellent combination of size at 6’4 and 340 pounds with some incredible game-wrecking power. He still needs to work on his moves to generate pressure as well, but he’s a good bet to develop into a Pro Bowl defensive lineman.
22. Denver Broncos (10-6):
Georgia CB DeAndre Baker
DeAndre Baker shouldn’t be available at 22, but Denver will be oozing if he is. He’s a physical man coverage cornerback who can compete with the best of the best. He’s an agile 5’11 guy with good tackling abilities as well as the instincts to match up with a lot of guys in the league.
23. Seattle Seahawks (11-5):
Iowa TE Noah Fant
Fant is a modern NFL tight end, with the ability to take the field on all three downs as a blocker and pass catcher. He is still developing into being an effective blocker at his position, but he’s miles ahead of any other tight end in the class. He shows flashes of great speed and looks like a complete red zone threat on the tapes he has at Iowa. Fant will be an easy choice for a team looking for a tight end on Day 1.
24. Los Angeles Chargers (11-5):
Ohio State DL Dre’mont Jones
Often overshadowed by Nick Bosa, Jones is a beast in his own right who would be gone way earlier if not for being in the midst of a defensive line heavy class. He’s a great inside pass rusher with solid technique and has a good amount of athleticism for a big man. In the long run, he could be a steal at #24 for the Los Angeles Chargers.
25. Oakland Raiders (via DAL) (9-7):
Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf
Metcalf is as close as N’Keal Harry as they come, yet he’s coming off the board 14 picks later. He’s got the lovable combination of size and speed as he’s 6’4 and 230 pounds. He’s a true outside receiver who has a tremendous nose for the football. He can go up and get it when Derek Carr really needs him to, and hearing that’ll be something Jon Gruden will love the sound of.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1):
Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen
Trayvon Mullen is a poor man’s Greedy Williams. He’s got solid size at 6’1 and shows great quickness on the field in tape. He could easily be off the board in the first ten picks or still be on the board during the last ten picks, but I think Mullen is definitely not falling out of the first round, barring a disappointing NFL combine showing.
27. Oakland Raiders (via CHI) (11-5):
Washington CB Byron Murphy
Murphy was also a breakout player in 2018 who a lot of people did not have ranked highly on their draft boards. After watching his tape, I can see why he’s now so highly touted. Murphy is going to play more slot than outside due to his small frame at 5’11 and 182 pounds, but he’s not to be messed with. He makes plays and can shutdown opposing wideouts if asked to do so. He’s got great fundamental cornerback techniques that should help him ease into a starting role in Week 1.
28. Houston Texans (12-4):
West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste
Cajuste is a guy who helped protect Will Grier for a long time at WVU, and he’s another guy who looks like he’s ready to make the jump to the pros, at least according to his tape. He’s powerful and big, but he can still move well like some of the best tackles in the league. He displays tremendous technique and should be able to dominate opposing edge rushers with all of this on his side.
29. Kansas City Chiefs (13-3):
Florida State EDGE Brian Burns
Brian Burns was a disruptive edge defender at Florida State and a lot of that has to do with his outstanding 6’5 frame. He’s not a thick bodied edge defender like most, as he only sits at 235, but he more than makes up for it with his generational athletic abilities as an impact player off the edge. He should do well rushing the passer in the NFL.
30. Los Angeles Rams (14-2):
Clemson DL Christian Wilkins
The Rams defensive line hasn’t been all of what was expected of it in the preseason, but Wilkins is the type of player billed to help patch those troubles up. He’s a versatile defensive lineman who has consistently shown an ability to disrupt the run game and pass game with his interior technique. He’s a proven winner out of college as well, which is always a nice bonus for NFL teams.
31. New England Patriots (13-3):
Alabama DL Raekwon Davis
Raekwon Davis is a physical freak of nature at 6’7 and 316 pounds. He has a lot of room for growth as player and a person but he’s developed a ton already under Nick Saban. He’s a solid defender against the run and he’s becoming a top flight interior pass rusher as we speak. He’s got the speed that will help set him apart from this loaded interior defensive line class.
32. Green Bay Packers (via NO) (14-2):
Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
Arcega-Whiteside is the final pick in the first round but he’ll step into a role alongside Davante Adams where he’s bound to get looks from Aaron Rodgers. He’s not the fastest receiver in the class, but he’s long at 6’2 and he can go get the ball anywhere. He’s got a terrific catch radius, and he’ll need to use that to his advantage if he wants to keep up in this league.