The 9th Inning Column: The London Series, Race for NL MVP, and Brendan McKay’s fantastic debut

Welcome back to the 9th Inning. This is the third edition of this in the 2019 MLB season. This is a monthly column on Pro Sports Fandom in which I roundup the month’s biggest happenings in the baseball realm. I’ll discuss what teams are hot and what teams are not. I will also give my personal thoughts on a few notable baseball-related events as well as giving out monthly awards for team of the month, players of the month, and rookies of the month. It’s basically a baseball podcast squeezed into an article that happens near the end of every month. This is the second article of this season and I hope for some immense success with this column. If you’d like, be sure to share with your friends, social media, and family! I’d love my column to reach as big a global outreach as possible.

I’m going to start the 9th Inning Column for June with a few rounded-up thoughts in recap of the biggest stories recently, both on the field and off.

The London Series

What a wild two game series it was in London this weekend between the Red Sox and the Yankees. The two teams combined for 50 runs, a two-game record between the two clubs. It was an offensive showdown on both days, as neither starting pitcher made it out of the first inning in Game 1, and the bullpen for both teams proved to be shaky at times. The Yankees had three innings in the series in which they scored six or more runs, and the Red Sox had two of these innings. When the MLB returns to London next season, hopefully they can give the fans a pitcher’s duel to remember.

The race for NL MVP

Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger are in a tight race for the National League MVP award at the moment. Both of these young outfielders are having fabulous seasons and Yelich is looking to win his second MVP in a row. Both are All-Star starters, so how do we separate them? Bellinger has a better batting average, RBIs, and WAR, while Yelich has more home runs and stolen bases. It’s extremely close at the moment, but Bellinger would be my pick if I had to choose between these two.

McKay’s fantastic debut

The Tampa Bay Rays had an exciting weekend by taking a series with the Texas Rangers, but also with the debut of highly touted prospect Brendan McKay, who came up as a pitcher who still has two-way potential. He was ranked as the 23rd best prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline and he was the second best prospect in the Rays system. He retired the first 16 batters of his MLB career and finished a terrific outing by pitching six innings of one-hit shutout baseball with only one walks and three strikeouts. This is a sign of things to come for McKay, who has an extremely bright future in the big leagues.

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not?

The New York Yankees have been on the hot section of this list for all three columns thus far in 2019, and it seems to be with good reason. Since losing two in a row to the White Sox on June 13th and 14th, the Yankees rattled off eight consecutive victories and have gone 13-1 overall, with series wins over the Rays, Astros, and Red Sox. Chad Green has found success as an opener as he pitched to a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings during the month. The offense was ruthless throughout the month, led by D.J. LeMahieu’s clutch hitting, Gleyber Torres balanced approach, Gary Sánchez’s pop, and the returning Aaron Judge. They are undoubtedly the best team in baseball right now, and they’ve shown no signs of slowing down.

The Oakland Athletics have once again gotten extremely hot near the end of the month, similar to how the month of May concluded. They’ve gone 7-3 in their past 10 games, climbing within a half game of the second AL Wildcard spot. Matt Olson was a big contributor for the A’s, hitting 9 homers and notching 20 RBIs. Ramon Laureano also showed significant increases in his power hitting abilities, hitting 7 home runs in the month. It certainly hurts to lose Frankie Montas to a PED suspension, but the Athletics are still hungry to make the postseason for the second straight season.

The Washington Nationals were struggling to win not too long ago, but recently they’ve found something that’s clicked. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games and still find themselves in the thick of the hunt for the NL Wildcard spots. Anthony Rendon continued to prove why he’s going to get paid this fall, as he batted .311 with 9 homers and 24 RBIs in the month. Max Scherzer was also phenomenal in June, but we’ll discuss that later. All this stretch did was prove that the Nats won’t sell and why would they?

The New York Mets were expected to contend in the NL East in 2019, but instead they looked like they’ve built an utter disaster. They just ended a seven game losing streak and have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games. The roster was built to win but it simply has not done that, as they now sit 12 games back of the first place Braves. Barring a massive hot stretch, it doesn’t look like Queens will be able to see their hometown Mets play in October this season.

The Boston Red Sox have simply not looked like a great baseball team this season. The defending champs have serious issues with the bullpen and getting run support for Chris Sale. The London Series was pretty embarrassing to be quite frank with you, as Rick Porcello and the bullpen got slaughtered. They’ve fallen 11 games back of the Yankees in the AL East standings amid a three game losing streak and a 4-6 stretch in their last 10 games.

The Monthly Awards:

Team of the Month is…

The Atlanta Braves (20-8)

Despite losing to the Mets on Sunday Night Baseball in difficult fashion, the Braves had a phenomenal month in June, going 20-8 and building a 5.5 game lead in the NL East Standings over the Philadelphia Phillies. They joined the 50 win club yesterday, becoming the fifth team to do so thus far in 2019. Freddie Freeman is unbelievable, Ronald Acuña Jr. is one of the game’s brightest young stars, and Mike Soroka has been unbelievable in his rookie season. Even if they don’t win the World Series this year, the Braves can rest assured that they have one of the brightest futures of any team in the MLB.

Hitter of the Month is…

New York Yankees 2B D.J. LeMahieu

LeMahieu was an absolute superstar for the unstoppable Yankees offense in June, and he is climbing his way up the AL MVP contenders list because of it. LeMahieu batted .395 in the month with six homers and 29 RBIs with a 1.092 OPS. He continues to be one of the most (if not, the most) valuable signings from the offseason. In fact, he’s been rewarded for his outstanding play by being named as the AL Starter at Second Base in the 2019 All-Star Game. He undoubtedly deserves the hitter of the month award for his performance in June.

Starter of the Month is…

Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer

Frequently being talked about as a long shot trade deadline target for a few clubs, Max Scherzer’s dominant month of June has been a huge reason why the Nationals are right back in the NL Wildcard hunt. He broke his nose and pitched a gem against the Phillies the next day. Not to mention, he made 6 starts in the month, getting the victory in all 6, and pitching 45 innings with a 1.00 ERA. He only gave up 25 hits, 5 runs, and had 68 strikeouts against only 5 walks in the month. Opponents were hitting just .156 against him and he had a 0.67 WHIP as a result.

Reliever of the Month is…

Oakland Athletics RHP Liam Hendriks

Used as an opener near the end of the 2018 campaign, Liam Hendriks has reestablished himself as one of the better relief pitchers on the Oakland Athletics roster. He pitched 15 innings of one run baseball in June, good for a 0.60 earned run average. He gave up only 10 hits, struck out 22, and walked four batters. Opposing hitters batted just .192 against him in the month and struggled against him all month long.

Rookie Hitter of the Month is…

New York Mets 1B Pete Alonso

Despite being apart of a struggling Mets ball club, first baseman Pete Alonso coasted his way to his second Rookie Hitter of the Month award for my column. In June, the newly announced NL All-Star batted .309 with 9 home runs, 19 RBIs, and a 1.097 OPS. He also had an impressive on-base percentage of .437, as he walked 17 times compared to striking out 22 times. If he continues to hit like this, he’ll be the unquestioned NL Rookie of the Year.

Rookie Pitcher of the Month is…

Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Merrill Kelly

You might be questioning how a 30 year old can be a successful rookie, but Merrill Kelly fits the bill. An eighth round draft pick of the Rays in the 2010 draft, Kelly pitched in the minors until 2015, when he went to the KBO to play baseball. After three years there, Kelly has made his MLB debut in 2019. He was phenomenal in June, making six starts and pitching 39.1 innings with a 2.75 earned run average. He only walked five batters all month and opponents were hitting .212 with a .238 on-base percentage against him in the month.

Thanks for reading the June edition of the 9th Inning column! I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to share with your friends, family, and on social media! Feel free to contact me on my Twitter @TBeckmann24 if you have any questions! I’ll be back next month! Peace!

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The 9th Inning Column: MLB Draft Week, Jose Ramirez’ struggles, and RIP Bill Buckner

Welcome back to the 9th Inning. This is the second edition of this in the 2019 MLB season. This is a monthly column on Pro Sports Fandom in which I roundup the month’s biggest happenings in the baseball realm. I’ll discuss what teams are hot and what teams are not. I will also give my personal thoughts on a few notable baseball-related events as well as giving out monthly awards for team of the month, players of the month, and rookies of the month. It’s basically a baseball podcast squeezed into an article that happens near the end of every month. This is the second article of this season and I hope for some immense success with this column. If you’d like, be sure to share with your friends, social media, and family! I’d love my column to reach as big a global outreach as possible.

I’m going to start the 9th Inning Column for May with a few rounded-up thoughts in recap of the biggest stories recently, both on the field and off.

It is almost time for the MLB Draft!

We are less than a week away from the 2019 MLB Draft and there’s a lot of speculation swirling about the first few rounds. Firstly, nearly everybody in the business believes that the Orioles have to take Adley Rutschman with the top pick. Rutschman, a catcher for Oregon State, is a switch-hitter with solid power and great defensive skills behind the plate. Secondly, a lot of people believe that the Royals will take Bobby Witt Jr. with the second pick. Witt Jr. is a five-tool shortstop coming out of Colleyville Heritage High School in Texas, and he’s the son of a former big league starter. Overall, we are looking at a draft class that is somewhat weak on quality arms but more than makes it up for it with high potential position players.

What is wrong with Jose Ramirez?

In the past few seasons, Jose Ramirez gave the Cleveland Indians another budding star to put alongside Francisco Lindor. Yet in 2019, Ramírez looks to be well off his game. He doesn’t look like he’ll achieve a three peat of third place AL MVP finishes. In 55 games, the 26 year old third baseman is batting a mere .211 with only 4 home runs and 17 RBIs. He’s striking out more, walking less, and seems to have lost his touch at the plate. A good thing for Ramirez is that he’s been playing well lately, batting .357 in his last three games. Still though, the Indians are struggling as a team and falling way back in the race for the AL Central, and they’ll need Ramírez to start putting up the numbers that he’s capable of if they want to get back in it.

Former batting champ Bill Buckner passes away

An MLB legend passed away on Monday after a battle with dementia. Bill Buckner played in the big leagues for 22 seasons and totaled 2,715 hits on a career .289 batting average. Buckner was a great teammate and was highly valued as a utility player during his time in the MLB. In 1980, he batted .324 and was the National League Batting Champion. In 1981, he made his only All-Star team. Buckner deserves respect across the league for his great career. Rest In Peace, Bill Buckner.

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not?

The New York Yankees were the best team in baseball throughout the month of May and I’ll discuss them later, because they won one of the column’s awards.

The Minnesota Twins were certainly in the mix for the team of the month award in May, but they were just edged out by the Yanks. They’re pulling away from the Indians in the AL Central, as they currently have a 9.5 game cushion. Newfound ace Jake Odorizzi was phenomenal in May, pitching his way to a 0.94 ERA in five starts. First baseman C.J. Cron led the high powered Twins offensive attack in May as he hit eight home runs, batted .301, and tallied 21 RBIs. The Twins continue to surprise folks and they are seriously one of the top five teams in baseball right now, without any doubt.

The Oakland Athletics have recently gotten themselves firmly back in the hunt for the AL West crown with a 10-game winning streak and an 8-2 stretch over their past ten games. They are alone in second place in their division and sit 7.5 games back of the Houston Astros. The Athletics were led by Frankie Montas strong pitching (2.64 ERA in 30.2 IP) and the offense was helped a lot by Josh Phegley (4 HRs and 20 RBI). With franchise cornerstone Matt Chapman and a solid pitching staff, last year’s second AL Wildcard team could be well on their way to another postseason appearance.

If you haven’t heard about Cody Bellinger’s stellar start of a 2019 campaign, then you’ve been living under a rock. Combine that with a dominating pitching staff and you can see why the Los Angeles Dodgers are continuing to build a sizeable lead in the NL West Standings. They either won or split every series in the month of May, proving that they can compete in every single game. Sitting at a 38-19 record, the Dodgers look to be well on their way to another NL West crown.

The St. Louis Cardinals were very good in the first month or so of 2019, but they’ve fallen off to a below .500 record as we turn the calendar to June. They are 4-6 in their last ten games and now sit 4.5 games back of the first place Cubs in the NL Central. The Cardinals play in perhaps the toughest division in all of Major League Baseball, so they’ll need to stop skidding before they find themselves in too big of a hole.

Remember when the Seattle Mariners were hitting all sorts of bombs every day and were in first place in the AL West? Yeah, I do too, and those days are long gone as the Mariners have the worst record in all of Major League Baseball in the month of May at 6-21. They’ve struggled as a pitching staff and had tough offensive nights, leading to their fall to dead last in the AL West standings. It looks like the Mariners have run out of magic.

In last month’s column, I talked extensively about what the San Francisco Giants should do if they didn’t start winning soon. Well, the Giants haven’t done any better and are still in last place in their division as they’ve been extremely cold as of late. They’re in the midst of a 2-8 stretch in their last ten games and they are on their way to being an early seller on the summer trade market.

The Monthly Awards:

Team of the Month is…

The New York Yankees (19-7)

The New York Yankees have surged to the top of the American League East recently due to a continued stretch of dominance. They’ve gone 12-3 since May 12th and that includes series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays (twice) and the San Diego Padres. Masahiro Tanaka had been dominant in May until his start on Tuesday, having a 2.80 earned run average in 35.1 innings of work. Gleyber Torres (.308 AVG and 9 HRs) and Gary Sanchez (.288 AVG and 9 HRs) have carried the load offensively for the Yanks throughout the month. The bullpen is starting to round into form as well, proving it is as good as advertised with Chapman, Britton, Kahnle, and Ottavino all in peak form right now. With so many injuries, the Yankees performance has simply been impressive.

The Hitter of the Month is…

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Josh Bell

One of the best hitters in all of the majors through the season thus far, Pirates first baseman Josh Bell has been absolutely smoking baseballs left and right. He is undoubtedly the hitter of the month of May, as he hit at a .389 batting average with a .444 on-base percentage and an .814 slugging percentage. He also has hit 12 homers in the month and has racked up 30 RBIs. He’s shown considerable improvements in the 2019 campaign so far, as he’s close to reaching previously career high numbers already. Bell is the unquestioned leader in Pittsburgh and if he continues hitting like this, he will be in Cleveland as an All-Star this summer.

The Starter of the Month is…

Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu

Garnering praise as a “left handed Greg Maddux”, the 32-year old veteran Ryu is off to a Cy Young-esque start in 2019. In May, he was nearly unhittable, going 5-0 and pitching his way to a 0.59 ERA in 45.2 innings on the mound. Opposing hitters had just a .177 batting average against him in his six starts and he continues to provide great outings for the dominating LA Dodgers club. If Ryu continues to control the strike zone and limit walks, I could easily see him being named the Cy Young award winner for the National League in the fall.

The Reliever of the Month is…

New York Yankees RHP Adam Ottavino

Adam Ottavino has started off his 2019 campaign still right in his dominant 2018 form. The veteran reliever was superb in May, appearing in 13 games and not giving up any runs. Since April 21st, Ottavino has not given up a run. Thus far in 2019, the former Rockie has a 2-1 record with 12 holds and a 1.37 ERA in 26.1 innings pitched. He’s been exactly the guy that the Yankees wanted him to be when they signed him in the offseason. He undoubtedly deserves the reliever of the month award for his performance in May.

Rookie Hitter of the Month:

Boston Red Sox 2B Michael Chavis

The third best prospect in the Boston farm system, Chavis has immediately come up into the big leagues and helped provide a stable bat in the lineup. In May, he batted .255 with seven home runs and he’s showing off his advanced hitting tool. With other rookies struggling, Chavis has climbed his way up near the top of the American League Rookie of the Year award race.

Rookie Pitcher of the Month:

Atlanta Braves RHP Mike Soroka

Mike Soroka has been more than just a valuable contributor for the Braves rotation this season. He’s been dominant and looks to be firmly in the mix for the NL Rookie of the Year award. If the award was won in May, Soroka may have just clinched it. He pitched his way to a 0.79 ERA in 34 innings during the month. He only gave up three earned runs and opponents hit just .145 against him in the month. Soroka has been just as good as his prospect evaluation hyped him up to be, and he’s on his way to becoming the ace of the Braves already.

Thanks for reading the May edition of the 9th Inning column! I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to share with your friends, family, and on social media! Feel free to contact me on my Twitter @TBeckmann24 if you have any questions! I’ll be back next month! Peace!

Complete 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Breakdown

So let me guess, since the NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket was just unveiled yesterday, you’re here because you want to make sure of each and every single one of your picks for your $5 bracket group. Or maybe you’re just here to look at some college basketball analysis for fun. No matter what you are looking for, my analysis can help you expand your knowledge about the sleepers, cinderellas, high seeds who are most vulnerable, players to know, and potential upsets in each and every region.

All of this is besides the point and I’m going to help you as best I can. I’ve watched college basketball a lot during the regular season and I know a lot of information that could put your bracket into the winner’s circle. I’m here to give you a full breakdown of the entire bracket. Out with the weekly Bracketology updates and in with the bracket preview, this is March and its the most exciting time of year! Let’s get into it!

Before you start reading, here is the official bracket.

Table of Contents:

Page 1: Introduction

Page 2: East Region

Page 3: West Region

Page 4: South Region

Page 5: Midwest Region

Page 6: Final Four Predictions

Tristan Beckmann’s 2019 Post-Combine NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Four Rounds)

The time for NFL Mock Drafts is in full swing as we have wrapped up the NFL Draft Scouting Combine and are getting ready to go into the prospects pro days. After reading this article, you’ll have a glimpse of hope for the future and perhaps you’ll be extremely excited for the NFL Draft. All 32 teams have gained a sense of identity into which they will ride by in the upcoming offseason. The final draft positioning has been sorted out, and compensatory picks have been awarded.

Welcome back to my NFL Mock Draft Version 5.0, in which I’m going to project four rounds in the draft for the third time ever on this website. I’ve been scouting a ton of collegiate prospects over the last few months 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. I’ll even provide brief analysis on the first round prospects.

I watched most of the NFL Draft Combine and have re-evaluated plenty of prospects on my board based on their performance. For me, the biggest winner out of combine week was Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who took over the top receiver spot on my board. Metcalf, a 6’3 monster, dominated in Indy, running a 4.33 second 40 yard dash, going for 27 reps on the bench press, and having a 40+ inch vertical leap. He did struggle with his footwork in the three cone drill and 20 yard shuttle, and reports surfaced that Metcalf has 1.6% body fat. While I think his body fat is probably low, 1.6% isn’t realistic or healthy and it cannot possibly be that low.

The biggest loser of combine week is definitely Florida edge rusher Jachai Polite, who I had as a first round pick in Mock Draft 4.0. Polite, who was a force in the SEC on the Gators defensive line, struggled during the drills that he participated in before he pulled out because of an injury that NFL teams believe he made up. Polite also said he didn’t enjoy the interviews with teams, as most of them were spent bashing his game. This was definitely something that pushes Polite down to a Day 2 selection at best.

This year’s draft class is loaded with interior defensive lineman as eight of them have first round grades from me, yet they all don’t even go off the board in round 1 or even round 2. All of this and more remains to be played out as we inch closer towards the 2019 NFL Draft in late April, but enough talk, let’s get into the fifth version of this year’s mock draft.

1ST ROUND:

1. Arizona Cardinals:

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:

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. New York Jets:

Michigan EDGE 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 former Michigan star is a surefire early first round selection as of now.

4. Oakland Raiders:

Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen

Allen took home plenty of hardware in terms of the College Football Awards this past season, 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.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

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.

6. New York Giants:

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

The story of this year’s draft class, Murray ended up choosing football over baseball. The Heisman Trophy winner dominated in the past year as a starter for the Sooners and led them to the College Football Playoff. He’s got a tremendous baseball like arm (similar to Patrick Mahomes arm), and he’s still improving as a consistent accurate thrower of the football. Plus, you can’t say enough about Murray’s abilities to stretch plays outside of the pocket with his quick feet and electric mobility. He could be a Week 1 starter next season in the league!

7. Jacksonville Jaguars:

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.

8. Detroit Lions:

Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat

In a class full of dominant defensive line players, Sweat was near the early second round ranks for me before he absolutely tore it up in Indy. He ran a ridiculous 4.41 forty yard dash and looked solid in drills. Those are great numbers for a guy who dominated his whole career at Mississippi State as a 6’6, 260 pound edge rusher. Sweat has certainly grabbed everyone’s attention now.

9. Buffalo Bills:

Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf

Metcalf is as close as Calvin Johnson as they come, and I haven’t seen a player like him in years. He’s got the lovable combination of size and speed as he’s 6’3 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 his QB really needs him to, and hearing that’ll be something coaches will love the sound of. Despite his tremendous combine, teams will be wary of his injury history, so be on the look out for that.

10. Denver Broncos:

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.

11. Cincinnati Bengals:

Florida OT Jawaan Taylor

Jawaan Taylor was unable to participate in most of the drills at the Scouting Combine, but he’s risen quickly in a draft class that’s become surprisingly strong at offensive tackle. The Florida product slots in as a right tackle in the pros and he is a good pass protector and developing run blocker. He’s got strong hands and his frame (6’5 and 328 pounds) is excellent for his position. Taylor may climb into the top ten of the draft when it’s all said and done.

12. Green Bay Packers:

Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell

Ferrell is always the guy that everyone tends to forget about on that historic Clemson championship 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.

13. Miami Dolphins:

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Jr.

Haskins is in a battle with Kyler Murray for the title of best player in this draft at the quarterback position right now. As Haskins is way more talented in terms of his arm strength and accuracy than anyone else in the draft. Haskins has a great 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.

14. Atlanta Falcons:

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.

15. Washington Redskins:

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.

16. Carolina Panthers:

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.

17. Cleveland Browns:

Clemson DL Christian Wilkins

I saw my fair share of Wilkins in his career at Clemson when they played my Louisville Cardinals. He’s a big inside guy who plays tough against the run, and is quickly developing into being an every down pass rusher. He has an excellent combination of size at 6’4 and 315 pounds with some incredible game-wrecking power. He still needs to work on his moves to generate pressure as well, but he’s a great bet to develop into a Pro Bowl defensive lineman.

18. Minnesota Vikings:

Oklahoma OG Cody Ford

For a 6’4, 330 pound lineman, Ford displays tremendous agility and balance, two rare traits these days for guys that size. He played right tackle at Oklahoma but will probably be better off inside as a guard in the NFL. He’ll need to work on his footwork but he’s got tremendous strength that will sell to the scouts.

19. Tennessee Titans:

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.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Michigan LB Devin Bush Jr.

Bush is a physical, fast linebacker who manned the middle of the strong Michigan Wolverines defense in his tenure there. He’s a guy that can help lead a defense and help out a team at any linebacker spot. He can drop back in coverage but he’s not bad at rushing the passer either, making him an easy first round projection here.

21. Seattle Seahawks:

Washington State OT Andre Dillard

Andre Dillard has certainly climbed up my board since I first made it. He has now entered first round NFL starter caliber territory for me. He’s 6’5 and weighs in at 315 pounds which is a good size for his position, and he ran an amazing 4.96 forty yard dash, which is good for a player his weight. He looked very good in drills at the combine, adding to his film at Washington State where he was a four year starter who dominated with power, athleticism, and blocking abilities.

22. Baltimore Ravens:

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 here at number 22.

23. Houston Texans:

Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson

Hockenson has emerged as the best tight end in this class over his own teammate Noah Fant, in part due to his blocking skills being far more advanced at this point. Fant is more athletic but Hockenson is not a slouch in terms of his athleticism. Combine this with above-average hands and tremendous football IQ, and this kid could climb up draft boards in an instant!

24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago):

Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry

Harry is a playmaking freak of nature, and he is easily one of the best WRs 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.

25. Philadelphia Eagles:

Alabama RB Josh Jacobs

I didn’t even have this kid on my draft board two months ago. But now, he’s a top five talent and a future star running back in the NFL. Jacobs checks every box that NFL teams look for in a running back, combining a gift of elusiveness, a big frame, power running ability, and strong football IQ. At Bama, Jacobs showed his hard-working ability as a player who played at maximum effort on any play he was on the football field. This dude is an all-around stud!

26. Indianapolis Colts:

Georgia CB DeAndre Baker

DeAndre Baker is 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. He should probably be drafted higher than he will be, but that’s due to this draft being insanely stacked with defensive talent.

27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas):

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.

28. Los Angeles Chargers:

Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons

Simmons had some off the field concerns that NFL teams may not like, and now he’s dealing with a knee injury that could keep him out for a good portion of his first NFL season. Despite this, 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.

29. Kansas City Chiefs:

Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin

When I first saw this guy’s name, I laughed because it’s just an odd name, and he was a fourth rounder at that point. Now, after watching his tape and combine performances, I love Rock Ya-Sin as a late first round pick. The Temple product is six feet tall and weighs 192 pounds, which is solid size for a corner in today’s NFL. He excelled in combine drills and showed why he’s one of the best all-around cornerbacks in this draft class. He’s definitely going to need to work on his press coverage and overall techniques, but this is good value.

30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans):

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.

31. Los Angeles Rams:

Boston College OG Chris Lindstrom

A former three star recruit, Lindstrom was one of the best offensive linemen in the ACC in 2018, which is reflected by the success of the Boston College rushing attack. He played in the Golden Eagles run-heavy offense, but displayed great potential and power when put into pass blocking situations. He’s an agile guy as well, showing great movement all across the field.

32. New England Patriots:

Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler

Hakeem Butler is the biggest receiver in this draft class, but has been slept on thus far in the pre draft process. At 6’5 and 227 pounds, Butler impressed scouts by running a 4.48 forty. He did well in other drills and certainly helped his stock by excelling in interviews. He’s a matchup problem waiting to break out in the NFL with his size and abilities as a wide receiver. Butler would be a steal in the late first round or early second round.

2ND ROUND:

33. Arizona Cardinals

Kansas State OL Dalton Risner

34. Indianapolis Colts (via New York):

NC State WR Kelvin Harmon

35. Oakland Raiders:

Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen

36. San Francisco 49ers:

Virginia S Juan Thornhill

37. New York Giants:

Ole Miss OT Greg Little

38. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Washington S Taylor Rapp

40. Buffalo Bills:

Ohio State DL Dre’Mont Jones

41. Denver Broncos:

Iowa TE Noah Fant

42. Cincinnati Bengals:

Duke QB Daniel Jones

43. Detroit Lions:

Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye

44. Green Bay Packers:

South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

45. Atlanta Falcons:

Florida EDGE Jachai Polite

46. Washington Redskins:

Ohio State WR Parris Campbell

47. Carolina Panthers:

NC State C Garrett Bradbury

48. Miami Dolphins:

Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence

49. Cleveland Browns:

West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste

50. Minnesota Vikings:

NC State LB Germaine Pratt

51. Tennessee Titans:

Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines

52. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Notre Dame CB Julian Love

53. Philadelphia Eagles (via Baltimore):

Central Michigan CB Sean Bunting

54. Houston Texans (via Seattle):

Alabama State OT Tytus Howard

55. Houston Texans:

Mississippi State C Elgton Jenkins

56. New England Patriots (via Chicago):

Louisiana Tech EDGE Jaylon Ferguson

57. Philadelphia Eagles:

Wisconsin OG Michael Deiter

58. Dallas Cowboys:

Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.

59. Indianapolis Colts:

Delaware S Nasir Adderley

60. Los Angeles Chargers:

Texas LB Gary Johnson

61. Kansas City Chiefs:

Notre Dame DL Jerry Tillery

62. New Orleans Saints:

Georgia WR Mecole Hardman

63. Kansas City Chiefs (via Los Angeles):

Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram

64. New England Patriots:

Miami (FL) DL Gerald Willis

3RD ROUND:

65. Arizona Cardinals:

Georgia WR Riley Ridley

66. Oakland Raiders:

Florida S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

67. San Francisco 49ers:

Penn State OG Connor McGovern

68. New York Jets:

Wisconsin OT David Edwards

69. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Alabama EDGE Christian Miller

70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Notre Dame LB Te’Von Coney

71. New York Giants:

*SELECTION FORFEITED*

72. Denver Broncos:

Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

73. Cincinnati Bengals:

Florida LB Vosean Joseph

74. New England Patriots (via Detroit):

Stanford TE Kaden Smith

75. Buffalo Bills:

Ohio State OT Isaiah Prince

76. Green Bay Packers:

Ohio State OG Michael Jordan

77. Washington Redskins:

Texas A&M C Erik McCoy

78. Carolina Panthers:

Buffalo LB Khalil Hodge

79. Miami Dolphins:

Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin

80. Atlanta Falcons:

Michigan CB David Long

81. Cleveland Browns:

Michigan State CB Justin Layne

82. Minnesota Vikings:

Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt

83. Tennessee Titans:

Arizona State DT Renell Wren

84. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich

85. Seattle Seahawks:

TCU EDGE LJ Collier

86. Baltimore Ravens:

Oklahoma OG Ben Powers

87. Houston Texans:

Iowa State RB David Montgomery

88. Chicago Bears:

Iowa S Amani Hooker

89. Detroit Lions (via Philadelphia):

Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin

90. Indianapolis Colts:

Kansas DL Daniel Wise

91. Dallas Cowboys:

Miami (FL) DE Joe Jackson

92. Los Angeles Chargers:

Oklahoma OT Bobby Evans

93. Kansas City Chiefs:

Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven

94. New York Jets (via New Orleans):

Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

95. Los Angeles Rams:

USC S Marvell Tell III

96. Cleveland Browns (via New England):

Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson

97. Washington Redskins:

Boston College EDGE Zach Allen

98. New England Patriots:

Clemson LB Tre Lamar

99. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles):

West Virginia QB Will Grier

100. Los Angeles Rams:

Texas Tech LB Dakota Allen

101. Carolina Panthers:

Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping

102. New England Patriots:

Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham

103. Baltimore Ravens:

Alabama C Ross Pierschbacher

4TH ROUND:

104. Arizona Cardinals:

Vanderbilt CB JoeJuan Williams

105. San Francisco 49ers:

NC State WR Jakobi Meyers

106. New York Jets:

Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill

107. Oakland Raiders:

UCLA TE Caleb Wilson

108. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Miami S JaQuan Johnson

109. New York Giants:

Ohio State CB Kendall Sheffield

110. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger

111. Cincinnati Bengals:

LSU TE Foster Moreau

112. Detroit Lions:

Kentucky S Mike Edwards

113. Buffalo Bills:

TCU EDGE Ben Banogu

114. Baltimore Ravens (via Denver):

Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards

115. Green Bay Packers:

Georgia LB D’Andre Walker

116. Carolina Panthers:

Ole Miss WR DaMarkus Lodge

117. Miami Dolphins:

Texas CB Kris Boyd

118. Atlanta Falcons:

New Mexico State LB Terrill Hanks

119. Green Bay Packers (via Washington):

Stanford OG Nate Herbig

120. Cleveland Browns:

LSU OG Garrett Brumfield

121. Minnesota Vikings:

Missouri DL Terry Beckner Jr.

122. Tennessee Titans:

Colorado State WR Preston Williams

123. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Washington OT Kaleb McGary

124. Baltimore Ravens:

Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr.

125. Seattle Seahawks:

Miami CB Michael Jackson

126. Denver Broncos (via Houston):

Wisconsin OG Beau Benzschawel

127. Chicago Bears:

Auburn CB Jamel Dean

128. Philadelphia Eagles:

South Carolina OT Dennis Daley

129. Dallas Cowboys:

Cincinnati DL Marquise Copeland

130. Indianapolis Colts:

Oregon EDGE Jalen Jelks

131. Los Angeles Chargers:

Mississippi State OG Darryl Williams

132. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City):

Alabama DL Isaiah Buggs

133. New York Giants (via New Orleans):

Maryland S Darnell Savage Jr.

134. Los Angeles Rams:

West Virginia LB David Long Jr.

135. New England Patriots:

James Madison CB Jimmy Moreland

136. Indianapolis Colts:

BYU LB Sione Takitaki

137. Dallas Cowboys:

Alabama OG Lester Cotton

138. Atlanta Falcons:

Jacksonville State OG B.J. Autry

139. Philadelphia Eagles:

San Diego State OT Tyler Roemer

Tristan Beckmann’s College Basketball Bracketology (3/4/2019)

Welcome back to the sixth edition of my College Basketball Bracketology, where I project the NCAA Tournament field and matchups as we lead up to Selection Sunday. We are counting down the last few days to the biggest week of the college basketball season. Teams are rising, conference tournament seeding is starting to become clear, and the bracket is as well! It’s time to run through the procedures and get into my sixth bracket of the season!

In this edition, per usual, I’ve projected seeding and matchups for all tournament teams. College basketball fans and experts abroad have all gained a decent understanding of the contenders and pretenders in each college basketball conference, and I’m as big of a college hoops fan as you’ll find. Some teams are continuing to distance themselves from the bubble, some teams continue to remain clustered around it, and some teams are watching as their bubble hopes vanish by the minute.

During the weekend, the bubble became a lot less crowded as some teams won their way off of it, and some had their bubble pop. UCF sealed a signature win on the road against Houston, while Georgetown outlasted Seton Hall in a Big East two overtime bubble battle. Indiana upset Michigan State to get itself back on the radar, for now, and Tennessee got its revenge on Kentucky by absolutely showing them up in Knoxville. It was a really fun weekend of college hoops and it looks to be just a small taste of what’s to come here in March this year!

My process of bracketing is pretty simple actually. Firstly, I’ve compiled a list of college basketball teams who realistically still have a chance at making the NCAA Tournament. Secondly, I’ve used the brand new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) Rankings as a seeding criteria for all teams, which will also be heavily used by the actual selection committee. Lastly, I’ve looked at every team’s current record, strength of schedule, and used the NCAA’s Quadrant Wins System to analyze the quality of their respective wins and losses.

After I have made a judgment on all teams, I begin to seed the 68 chosen teams from 1 to 68. Ranking them this way allows me to separate them into seed lines (#1 to #16). Finally, I place the teams into regions based on their respective seeds, conferences, and game location (for the top 16 seeds). I tried my best to keep conference opponents from playing until at least the Sweet 16, but there may have been situations where this wasn’t realistically possible.

There are three rules that I assure are being followed. Firstly, I tried to make the top four seeds in each region add up to similar overall region numbers, to make the regions competitive and balanced. With this in mind, there was a two-number differential between all four regions. I also made sure I never put teams from the same conferences on the same top four seed line. And lastly, I assured that the number one overall seed Virginia would not have the best two seed in their bracket.

All in all, the process I went through definitely isn’t easy, but it’s fun to look at the possibilities already. I’ve tried my best to simulate what the actual selection committee would be doing if the tournament had to be seeded today. So before we start a crazy final week in regular season hoops, let’s check into my sixth and final regular season Bracketology projection!

East Region (Washington, D.C.:

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Virginia vs. #16 Prairie-View/#16 Norfolk State

#8 Auburn vs. #9 Oklahoma

Salt Lake City, Utah

#4 Wisconsin vs. #13 Old Dominion

#5 Nevada vs. #12 Belmont

Des Moines, Iowa

#3 Texas Tech vs. #14 South Dakota State

#6 Cincinnati vs. #11 NC State

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#2 LSU vs. #15 Georgia Southern

#7 Louisville vs. #10 Ohio State

Midwest Region (Kansas City, MO):

Jacksonville, Florida

#1 Tennessee vs. #16 Campbell

#8 Baylor vs. #9 UCF

Hartford, Connecticut

#4 Florida State vs. #13 Vermont

#5 Maryland vs. #12 Clemson/#12 Georgetown

Tulsa, Oklahoma

#3 Houston vs. #14 UC Irvine

#6 Villanova vs. #11 Texas

Columbus, Ohio

#2 Michigan vs. #15 Colgate

#7 Wofford vs. #10 Utah State

West Region (Anaheim, CA):

Salt Lake City, Utah

#1 Gonzaga vs. #16 Iona/#16 Fairleigh Dickinson

#8 Syracuse vs. #9 Washington

San Jose, California

#4 Kansas vs. #13 Hofstra

#5 Virginia Tech vs. #12 Lipscomb

Hartford, Connecticut

#3 Michigan State vs. #14 Yale

#6 Mississippi State vs. #11 TCU

Jacksonville, Florida

#2 North Carolina vs. #15 Loyola-Chicago

#7 Iowa vs. #10 St. John’s

South Region (Louisville, KY):

Columbia, South Carolina

#1 Duke vs. #16 Sam Houston State

#8 VCU vs. #9 Ole Miss

San Jose, California

#4 Marquette vs. #13 New Mexico State

#5 Kansas State vs. #12 Minnesota

Des Moines, Iowa

#3 Purdue vs. #14 Montana

#6 Buffalo vs. #11 Florida

Columbus, Ohio

#2 Kentucky vs. #15 Northern Kentucky

#7 Iowa State vs. #10 Temple

The Bubble:

Last Four In:

Arizona State (20-9, 11-6 Pac 12, 69th NET, 3-3 Quadrant 1, 74th SOS, 27th Non-Conference SOS)

Minnesota (18-11, 8-10 Big Ten, 56th NET, 2-8 Quadrant 1, 49th SOS, 147th Non-Conference SOS)

Clemson (17-12, 7-9 ACC, 40th NET, 1-9 Quadrant 1, 37th SOS, 125th Non-Conference SOS)

Georgetown (18-11, 8-8 Big East, 72nd NET, 3-6 Quadrant 1, 83rd SOS, 246th Non-Conference SOS)

First Four Out:

Furman (24-6, 13-5 Southern, 44th NET, 1-5 Quadrant 1, 192nd SOS, 271st Non-Conference SOS)

Alabama (17-13, 8-9 SEC, 53rd NET, 2-7 Quadrant 1, 24th SOS, 42nd Non-Conference SOS)

Indiana (15-14, 6-12 Big Ten, 54th NET, 6-9 Quadrant 1, 28th SOS, 188th Non-Conference SOS)

Seton Hall (16-12, 7-9 Big East, 63rd NET, 4-7 Quadrant 1, 46th SOS, 84th Non-Conference SOS)

Next Four Out:

Murray State (25-4, 16-2 OVC, 50th NET, 0-2 Quadrant 1, 273rd SOS, 191st Non-Conference SOS)

St. Mary’s (20-11, 11-5 West Coast, 38th NET, 1-6 Quadrant 1, 50th SOS, 39th Non-Conference SOS)

Butler (15-14, 6-10 Big East, 60th NET, 2-9 Quadrant 1, 19th SOS, 70th Non-Conference SOS)

UNC Greensboro (26-5, 15-3 Southern, 59th NET, 1-5 Quadrant 1, 141st SOS, 154th Non-Conference SOS)

Conference Count-Ups:

American Athletic Conference (4 Teams): #12 Houston, #24 Cincinnati, #33 UCF, #40 Temple.

Atlantic Coast Conference (9 Teams): #1 Virginia, #3 Duke, #6 North Carolina, #14 Florida State, #17 Virginia Tech, #27 Louisville, #32 Syracuse, #41 NC State, #49 Clemson.

Big 12 (8 Teams): #9 Texas Tech, #13 Kansas, #18 Kansas State, #25 Iowa State, #29 Baylor, #36 Oklahoma, #42 Texas, #44 TCU.

Big East (4 Teams): #16 Marquette, #21 Villanova, #38 St. John’s, #50 Georgetown.

Big Ten (8 Teams): #5 Michigan, #10 Purdue, #11 Michigan State, #15 Wisconsin, #19 Maryland, #26 Iowa, #39 Ohio State, #48 Minnesota.

Mountain West (2 Teams): #20 Nevada, #37 Utah State.

PAC-12 (2 Teams): #34 Washington, #47 Arizona State.

SEC (7 Teams): #4 Tennessee, #7 Kentucky, #8 LSU, #22 Mississippi State, #35 Ole Miss, #30 Auburn, #43 Florida.

Singular Bid League Teams (24 Teams): #2 Gonzaga, #23 Buffalo, #28 Wofford, #31 VCU, #45 Belmont, #46 Lipscomb, #51 New Mexico State, #52 Old Dominion, #53 Vermont, #54 Hofstra, #55 UC Irvine, #56 Yale, #57 Montana, #58 South Dakota State, #59 Georgia Southern, #60 Northern Kentucky, #61 Loyola Chicago, #62 Colgate, #63 Campbell, #64 Sam Houston State, #65 Iona, #66 Fairleigh Dickinson, #67 Prairie-View, #68 Norfolk State.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed. If you have any insight, opinions, or questions about my Bracketology projection, feel free to contact me on Twitter @TBeckmann24. Have a great rest of your day and peace!

Tristan Beckmann’s 2019 Pre-Combine NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Four Rounds)

The time for NFL Mock Drafts is in full swing as we have wrapped up the Super Bowl and head into the week of the NFL Draft Scouting Combine. After reading this article, you’ll have a glimpse of hope for the future and perhaps you’ll be extremely excited for the NFL Draft. All 32 teams have gained a sense of identity into which they will ride by in the upcoming offseason. The final draft positioning has been sorted out, and compensatory picks have been awarded.

Welcome back to my NFL Mock Draft Version 4.0, in which I’m going to project four rounds in the draft for the second time ever on this website. I can finally have compensatory picks in my draft so there will be more picks in end of the third and fourth rounds. I’ve been scouting a ton of collegiate prospects over the last few months 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. I’ll even provide brief analysis on the first round prospects.

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 or even round 2. All of this and more remains to be played out as we inch closer towards the 2019 NFL Draft in late April, but enough talk, let’s get into the fourth version of this year’s mock draft.

Round 1:

1. Arizona Cardinals:

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:

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. New York Jets:

Michigan EDGE 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 former Michigan star is a surefire early first round selection as of now.

4. Oakland Raiders:

Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen

Allen took home plenty of hardware in terms of the College Football Awards this past season, 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.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Alabama RB Josh Jacobs

I didn’t even have this kid on my draft board two months ago. But now, he’s a top five talent and a future star running back in the NFL. Jacobs checks every box that NFL teams look for in a running back, combining a gift of elusiveness, a big frame, power running ability, and strong football IQ. At Bama, Jacobs showed his hard-working ability as a player who played at maximum effort on any play he was on the football field. This dude is an all-around stud!

6. New York Giants:

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

Haskins is the clear cut best player in this draft at the quarterback position right now. As Haskins is way more talented in terms of his arm strength and accuracy than anyone else in the draft. Haskins has a great 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.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars:

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.

8. Detroit Lions:

Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell

Ferrell is always the guy that everyone tends to forget about on that historic Clemson championship 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.

9. Buffalo Bills:

Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry

Harry is a playmaking freak of nature, and he is easily the 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.

10. Denver Broncos:

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.

11. Cincinnati Bengals:

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.

12. Green Bay Packers:

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.

13. Miami Dolphins:

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

The story of this year’s draft class, Murray ended up choosing football over baseball. The Heisman Trophy winner dominated in the past year as a starter for the Sooners and led them to the College Football Playoff. He’s got a tremendous baseball like arm (similar to Patrick Mahomes arm), and he’s still improving as a consistent accurate thrower of the football. Plus, you can’t say enough about Murray’s abilities to stretch plays outside of the pocket with his quick feet and electric mobility. He could be a Week 1 starter next season in the league!

14. Atlanta Falcons:

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.

15. Washington Redskins:

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.

16. Carolina Panthers:

Florida OT Jawaan Taylor

Jawaan Taylor won’t be able to participate in most of the drills at this week’s Scouting Combine, but he’s risen quickly in a draft class that’s become surprisingly strong at offensive tackle. The Florida product slots in as a right tackle in the pros and he is a good pass protector and developing run blocker. He’s got strong hands and his frame (6’5 and 328 pounds) is excellent for his position. Taylor may climb into the top ten of the draft when it’s all said and done.

17. Cleveland Browns:

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 his QB really needs him to, and hearing that’ll be something coaches will love the sound of. But teams will be wary of his injury history, so be on the look out for that.

18. Minnesota Vikings:

Oklahoma OG Cody Ford

For a 6’4, 330 pound lineman, Ford displays tremendous agility and balance, two rare traits these days for guys that size. He played right tackle at Oklahoma but will probably be better off inside as a guard in the NFL. He’ll need to work on his footwork but he’s got tremendous strength that will sell to the scouts.

19. Tennessee Titans:

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.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers:

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. Seattle Seahawks:

Florida EDGE Jachai Polite

Jachai Polite may be undersized compared to other edge defenders in this draft class, but he’s one of the best and quickest of them all. He’s got a great technique and uses his hands to make a great advantage when rushing the passer. A lot of scouts have said that Polite reminds them of Titans legendary edge rusher Jevon Kearse, who was a first round pick and great player in his own right.

22. Baltimore Ravens:

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.

23. Houston Texans:

Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson

Hockenson has emerged as the best tight end in this class over his own teammate Noah Fant, in part due to his blocking skills being far more advanced at this point. Fant is more athletic but Hockenson is not a slouch in terms of his athleticism. Combine this with above-average hands and tremendous football IQ, and this kid could climb up draft boards in an instant!

24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago):

Georgia CB DeAndre Baker

DeAndre Baker is 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. He should probably be drafted higher than he will be, but that’s due to this draft being insanely stacked with defensive talent.

25. Philadelphia Eagles:

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.

26. Indianapolis Colts:

NC State WR Kelvin Harmon

Harmon is a strong, physical receiver who’s shown some limitations with his speed and elusiveness. Yet, he’s been a consistent playmaker at NC State. He’s got great ball skills and hands, while being able to run routes with the best of them in this draft class. Oh and did I mention Harmon is an absolutely dominant run blocker and a guy who will get it done on the perimeter.

27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas):

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.

28. Los Angeles Chargers:

Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons

Simmons had some off the field concerns that NFL teams may not like, and now he’s dealing with a knee injury that could keep him out for a good portion of his first NFL season. Despite this, 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.

29. Kansas City Chiefs:

Clemson DL Christian Wilkins

I saw my fair share of Wilkins in his career at Clemson when they played my Louisville Cardinals. He’s a big inside guy who plays tough against the run, and is quickly developing into being an every down pass rusher. He has an excellent combination of size at 6’4 and 315 pounds with some incredible game-wrecking power. He still needs to work on his moves to generate pressure as well, but he’s a great bet to develop into a Pro Bowl defensive lineman.

30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans):

Boston College OG Chris Lindstrom

A former three star recruit, Lindstrom was one of the best offensive linemen in the ACC in 2018, which is reflected by the success of the Boston College rushing attack. He played in the Golden Eagles run-heavy offense, but displayed great potential and power when put into pass blocking situations. He’s an agile guy as well, showing great movement all across the field.

31. Los Angeles Rams:

Michigan OLB Devin Bush

Bush is a physical, fast linebacker who manned the middle of the strong Michigan Wolverines defense in his tenure there. He’s a guy that can help lead a defense and help out a team at any linebacker spot. He can drop back in coverage but he’s not bad at rushing the passer either, making him an easy first round projection here.

32. New England Patriots:

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.

2ND ROUND:

33. Arizona Cardinals:

Ole Miss OT Greg Little

34. Indianapolis Colts (via New York):

Notre Dame CB Julian Love

35. Oakland Raiders:

South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

36. San Francisco 49ers:

Washington S Taylor Rapp

37. New York Giants:

Kansas State OL Dalton Risner

38. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Delaware S Nasir Adderley

40. Buffalo Bills:

Ohio State DL Dre’Mont Jones

41. Denver Broncos:

Duke QB Daniel Jones

42. Cincinnati Bengals:

West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste

43. Detroit Lions:

Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin

44. Green Bay Packers:

Ole Miss WR AJ Brown

45. Atlanta Falcons:

Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat

46. Washington Redskins:

Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines

47. Carolina Panthers:

Mississippi State C Elgton Jenkins

48. Miami Dolphins:

Notre Dame DL Jerry Tillery

49. Cleveland Browns:

Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye

50. Minnesota Vikings:

Wisconsin OT David Edwards

51. Tennessee Titans:

Louisiana Tech EDGE Jaylon Ferguson

52. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Ohio State OL Michael Jordan

53. Philadelphia Eagles (via Baltimore):

Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards

54. Houston Texans (via Seattle):

Penn State OG Connor McGovern

55. Houston Texans:

Texas A&M C Erik McCoy

56. New England Patriots (via Chicago):

Boston College EDGE Zach Allen

57. Philadelphia Eagles:

Iowa State RB David Montgomery

58. Dallas Cowboys:

Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.

59. Indianapolis Colts:

Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence

60. Los Angeles Chargers:

Washington OT Kaleb McGary

61. Kansas City Chiefs:

Buffalo LB Khalil Hodge

62. New Orleans Saints:

Ohio State WR Parris Campbell

63. Kansas City Chiefs (via Los Angeles):

Miami (FL) S JaQuan Johnson

64. New England Patriots:

Georgia WR Mecole Hardman

3RD ROUND:

65. Arizona Cardinals:

Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

66. Oakland Raiders:

NC State LB Germaine Pratt

67. San Francisco 49ers:

Texas CB Kris Boyd

68. New York Jets:

Ohio State OT Isaiah Prince

69. Jacksonville Jaguars:

West Virginia QB Will Grier

70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Notre Dame LB Te’Von Coney

71. New York Giants:

*SELECTION FORFEITED*

72. Denver Broncos:

Wisconsin OG Michael Deiter

73. Cincinnati Bengals:

Stanford TE Kaden Smith

74. New England Patriots (via Detroit):

Miami (FL) DL Gerald Willis

75. Buffalo Bills:

FAU RB Devin Singletary

76. Green Bay Packers:

Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram

77. Washington Redskins:

Georgia WR Riley Ridley

78. Carolina Panthers:

Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich

79. Miami Dolphins:

Mississippi State OG Darryl Williams

80. Atlanta Falcons:

Florida State DL DeMarcus Christmas

81. Cleveland Browns:

Arizona State DL Renell Wren

82. Minnesota Vikings:

Florida LB Vosean Joseph

83. Tennessee Titans:

Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson

84. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Vanderbilt CB Joejuan Williams

85. Seattle Seahawks:

Clemson LB Tre Lamar

86. Baltimore Ravens:

Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr.

87. Houston Texans:

Alabama RB Damien Harris

88. Chicago Bears:

Ohio State CB Kendall Sheffield

89. Detroit Lions (via Philadelphia):

Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

90. Indianapolis Colts:

Florida S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

91. Dallas Cowboys:

NC State C Garrett Bradbury

92. Los Angeles Chargers:

Texas Tech LB Dakota Allen

93. Kansas City Chiefs:

Texas EDGE Charles Omenihu

94. New York Jets (via New Orleans):

Alabama State OT Tytus Howard

95. Los Angeles Rams:

Texas LB Gary Johnson

96. Cleveland Browns (via New England):

Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt

97. Washington Redskins:

Alabama C Ross Pierschbacher

98. New England Patriots:

Kansas DL Daniel Wise

99. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles):

Miami (FL) EDGE Joe Jackson

100. Los Angeles Rams:

Virginia S Juan Thornhill

101. Carolina Panthers:

Georgia LB D’Andre Walker

102. New England Patriots:

Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham

103. Baltimore Ravens:

Wisconsin OG Beau Benzschawel

4TH ROUND:

104. Arizona Cardinals:

Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin

105. San Francisco 49ers:

Stanford OG Nate Herbig

106. New York Jets:

NC State WR Jakobi Meyers

107. Oakland Raiders:

Stanford RB Bryce Love

108. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping

109. New York Giants:

Miami (FL) CB Michael Jackson

110. Jacksonville Jaguars:

UCLA TE Caleb Wilson

111. Cincinnati Bengals:

Oklahoma OG Ben Powers

112. Detroit Lions:

Iowa S Amani Hooker

113. Buffalo Bills:

South Carolina OT Dennis Daley

114. Baltimore Ravens (via Denver):

New Mexico State LB Terrill Hanks

115. Green Bay Packers:

LSU OG Garrett Brumfield

116. Carolina Panthers:

Boston College S Lukas Denis

117. Miami Dolphins:

Texas WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey

118. Atlanta Falcons:

Missouri DL Terry Beckner Jr.

119. Green Bay Packers (via Washington):

West Virginia WR David Sills V

120. Cleveland Browns:

Oregon S Ugo Amadi

121. Minnesota Vikings:

Alabama DL Isaiah Buggs

122. Tennessee Titans:

Cincinnati DL Marquise Copeland

123. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Clemson EDGE Austin Bryant

124. Baltimore Ravens:

Georgia C Lamont Gaillard

125. Seattle Seahawks:

Arkansas OT Colton Jackson

126. Denver Broncos (via Houston):

Michigan CB David Long

127. Chicago Bears:

USC S Marvell Tell III

128. Philadelphia Eagles:

Oregon WR Dillon Mitchell

129. Dallas Cowboys:

Iowa EDGE Anthony Nelson

130. Indianapolis Colts:

Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven

131. Los Angeles Chargers:

Florida OG Martez Ivey

132. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City):

Alabama OLB Anfernee Jennings

133. New York Giants (via New Orleans):

Alabama OG Lester Cotton

134. Los Angeles Rams:

Jacksonville State OG B.J. Autry

135. New England Patriots:

James Madison CB Jimmy Moreland

136. Indianapolis Colts:

TCU EDGE Ben Banogu

137. Dallas Cowboys:

Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson

138. Atlanta Falcons:

Penn State RB Miles Sanders

139. Philadelphia Eagles:

Missouri OT Paul Adams

Tristan Beckmann’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Four Rounds)

The time for NFL Mock Drafts is in full swing as we close in on the Super Bowl. There’s still conference championship games left on Sunday and they’ll be great ones, but I’m here to help those people who support teams who either didn’t make the postseason or have been eliminated. After reading this article, you’ll have a glimpse of hope for the future and perhaps you’ll be extremely excited for the NFL Draft.

28 teams have gained a sense of identity into which they will ride by in the upcoming offseason, but four are focused on one thing and that is the Lombardi Trophy. Draft positioning remains to be played out and nothing is final as we head into the final few weeks of football.

Welcome back to my NFL Mock Draft Version 3.0, in which I’ll be going to project four rounds in the draft for my first time ever on this website. I can’t yet project compensatory picks so there will be more picks in end of the third and fourth rounds once they are announced. I’ve been scouting a ton of collegiate 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. I’ll even provide brief analysis on the first round prospects.

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 or even round 2. Before we start, I’m going to discuss the elephant in the room. For the first time this season, I did put Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray on my draft board. He could be the 1st or 2nd quarterback off the board in this draft class. But some NFL teams aren’t going to get their hopes up right now though as he could just be entering the draft to see what happens, and actually still have his eyes on playing baseball.

All of this and more remains to be played out as we inch closer towards the 2019 NFL Draft in late April, but enough talk, let’s get into my third version of this year’s mock draft.

First Round:

1. Arizona Cardinals:

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:

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. New York Jets:

Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen

Allen took home plenty of hardware in terms of the College Football Awards this past season, 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.

4. Oakland Raiders:

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.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

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.

6. New York Giants:

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Jr.

Haskins is the clear cut best player in this draft at the quarterback position right now. As Haskins is way more talented in terms of his arm strength and accuracy than anyone else in the draft. Haskins has a great 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.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars:

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.

8. Detroit Lions:

Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell

Ferrell is always the guy that everyone tends to forget about on that historic Clemson championship 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.

9. Buffalo Bills:

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.

10. Denver Broncos:

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

The story of this year’s draft class, Murray has a huge decision to make, but for now, I’m predicting he’ll choose football over baseball. The Heisman Trophy winner dominated in the past year as a starter for the Sooners and led them to the College Football Playoff. He’s got a tremendous baseball like arm (similar to Patrick Mahomes arm), and he’s still improving as a consistent accurate thrower of the football. Plus, you can’t say enough about Murray’s abilities to stretch plays outside of the pocket with his quick feet and electric mobility. If he wants, I think he’ll be a Week 1 starter at QB in the NFL next year.

11. Cincinnati Bengals:

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.

12. Green Bay Packers:

Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry

Harry is a playmaking freak of nature, and he is easily the 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.

13. Miami Dolphins:

Duke QB Daniel Jones

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe helped develop the Manning brothers, so you’ll hear a lot about that over the coming months. Daniel Jones is the next hyped up Cutcliffe guy, and he boasts the traits that scouts drool over. He has pro-style QB size at 6’5, but he isn’t a slouch running the football out of the pocket. Jones ran a quick passing offense at Duke, and he didn’t always show great abilities outside of that, but scouts understand that the potential is there for him to be a big league QB for years to come.

14. Atlanta Falcons:

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.

15. Washington Redskins:

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.

16. Carolina Panthers:

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.

17. Cleveland Browns:

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. Minnesota Vikings:

Oklahoma OG Cody Ford

For a 6’4, 330 pound lineman, Ford displays tremendous agility and balance, two rare traits these days for guys that size. He played right tackle at Oklahoma but will probably be better off inside as a guard in the NFL. He’ll need to work on his footwork but he’s got tremendous strength that will sell to the scouts.

19. Tennessee Titans:

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.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Georgia CB DeAndre Baker

DeAndre Baker is 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. He should probably be drafted higher than he will be, but that’s due to this draft being insanely stacked with defensive talent.

21. Seattle Seahawks:

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.

22. Baltimore Ravens:

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.

23. Houston Texans:

Kansas State OT Dalton Risner

Risner is clearly the most dominant pass protecting offensive lineman in the entire draft. He’s matched up against great pass rushers who don’t get anywhere against him. He’s a mauler at the point of attack and has attributes similar to Quenton Nelson coming out of Notre Dame last season. He’s a competitor and somebody who should become an instant upgrade as a tackle or guard for the team who drafts him.

24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago):

Florida EDGE Jachai Polite

Jachai Polite may be undersized compared to other edge defenders in this draft class, but he’s one of the best and quickest of them all. He’s got a great technique and uses his hands to make a great advantage when rushing the passer. A lot of scouts have said that Polite reminds them of Titans legendary edge rusher Jevon Kearse, who was a first round pick and great player in his own right.

25. Philadelphia Eagles:

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.

26. Indianapolis Colts:

NC State WR Kelvin Harmon

Harmon is a strong, physical receiver who’s shown some limitations with his speed and elusiveness. Yet, he’s been a consistent playmaker at NC State. He’s got great ball skills and hands, while being able to run routes with the best of them in this draft class. Oh and did I mention Harmon is an absolutely dominant run blocker and a guy who will get it done on the perimeter.

27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas):

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 his QB really needs him to, and hearing that’ll be something coaches will love the sound of. But teams will be wary of his injury history, so be on the look out for that.

28. Los Angeles Chargers:

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.

29. New England Patriots:

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.

30. Los Angeles Rams:

Michigan LB Devin Bush

Bush is a physical, fast linebacker who manned the middle of the strong Michigan Wolverines defense in his tenure there. He’s a guy that can help lead a defense and help out a team at any linebacker spot. He can drop back in coverage but he’s not bad at rushing the passer either, making him an easy first round projection here.

31. Kansas City Chiefs:

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.

32. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans):

Washington S Taylor Rapp

Rapp is going to be a tremendous secondary prize for a team that misses out on Deionte Thompson. He’s got great football IQ and is an aggressive player on the back end of the defense. He excels in defending against the run and is one of the better tackling defensive backs in the entire draft. His physicality will also help him win leverage at the point of attack and he could be an NFL starter on Day 1.

Second Round:

33. Arizona Cardinals:

West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste

34. Indianapolis Colts (via New York):

Notre Dame CB Julian Love

35. Oakland Raiders:

Alabama RB Josh Jacobs

36. San Francisco 49ers:

Boston College OG Chris Lindstrom

37. New York Giants:

Florida OT Jawaan Taylor

38. Jacksonville Jaguars:

West Virginia QB Will Grier

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler

40. Buffalo Bills:

Iowa State RB David Montgomery

41. Denver Broncos:

Clemson DL Christian Wilkins

42. Cincinnati Bengals:

Ohio State DL Dre’Mont Jones

43. Detroit Lions:

Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye

44. Green Bay Packers:

Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat

45. Atlanta Falcons:

Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards

46. Washington Redskins:

Ole Miss WR AJ Brown

47. Carolina Panthers:

Mississippi State C Elgton Jenkins

48. Miami Dolphins:

Alabama DL Raekwon Davis

49. Cleveland Browns:

Notre Dame DL Jerry Tillery

50. Minnesota Vikings:

Wisconsin OT David Edwards

51. Tennessee Titans:

Ohio State WR Parris Campbell

52. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Buffalo LB Khalil Hodge

53. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore):

Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson

54. Houston Texans (from Seattle):

Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.

55. Houston Texans:

Miami (FL) S JaQuan Johnson

56. New England Patriots (from Chicago):

Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines

57. Philadelphia Eagles:

Ohio State OT Isaiah Prince

58. Dallas Cowboys:

Miami (FL) DL Gerald Willis

59. Indianapolis Colts:

Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram

60. Los Angeles Chargers:

Texas CB Kris Boyd

61. New England Patriots:

Texas Tech LB Dakota Allen

62. Kansas City Chiefs (from Los Angeles):

Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich

63. Kansas City Chiefs:

Texas LB Gary Johnson

64. New Orleans Saints:

Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Third Round:

65. Arizona Cardinals:

Georgia WR Riley Ridley

66. Oakland Raiders:

Delaware S Nasir Adderley

67. San Francisco 49ers:

Virginia S Juan Thornhill

68. New York Jets:

Washington State OT Andre Dillard

69. Jacksonville Jaguars:

Louisiana Tech EDGE Jaylon Ferguson

70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Notre Dame LB Te’Von Coney

71. New York Giants:

*FORFEITED SELECTION*

72. Denver Broncos:

Wisconsin OG Michael Deiter

73. Cincinnati Bengals:

Stanford TE Kaden Smith

74. New England Patriots (via Detroit):

NC State QB Ryan Finley

75. Buffalo Bills:

Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson

76. Green Bay Packers:

Ohio State OG Michael Jordan

77. Washington Redskins:

NC State C Garrett Bradbury

78. Carolina Panthers:

Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt

79. Miami Dolphins:

South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

80. Atlanta Falcons:

Ohio State CB Kendall Sheffield

81. Cleveland Browns:

Penn State OG Connor McGovern

82. Minnesota Vikings:

Clemson LB Tre Lamar

83. Tennessee Titans:

Boston College EDGE Zach Allen

84. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Wisconsin OG Beau Benzschawel

85. Seattle Seahawks:

Florida S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

86. Baltimore Ravens:

Alabama C Ross Pierschbacher

87. Houston Texans:

Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr.

88. Chicago Bears:

Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping

89. Detroit Lions (via Philadelphia):

Texas WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey

90. Indianapolis Colts:

Kansas DL Daniel Wise

91. Dallas Cowboys:

UCLA TE Caleb Wilson

92. Los Angeles Chargers:

Boston College S Lukas Denis

93. Cleveland Browns (via New England):

Georgia WR Mecole Hardman

94. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles):

LSU TE Foster Moreau

95. Kansas City Chiefs:

Ole Miss WR DaMarkus Lodge

96. New York Jets (via New Orleans):

Mississippi State OG Darryl Williams

Fourth Round:

97. Arizona Cardinals:

Miami (FL) CB Michael Jackson

98. San Francisco 49ers:

Georgia EDGE D’Andre Walker

99. New York Jets:

Stanford RB Bryce Love

100. Oakland Raiders:

Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson

101. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

South Carolina OT Dennis Daley

102. New York Giants:

Oregon S Ugo Amadi

103. Jacksonville Jaguars:

West Virginia WR David Sills V

104. Cincinnati Bengals:

Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu

105. Detroit Lions:

San Jose State TE Josh Oliver

106. Buffalo Bills:

Michigan CB David Long

107. Denver Broncos:

Washington OT Kaleb McGary

108. Green Bay Packers:

TCU EDGE Ben Banogu

109. Carolina Panthers:

Oregon WR Dillon Mitchell

110. Miami Dolphins:

Alabama RB Damien Harris

111. Atlanta Falcons:

Oklahoma OG Ben Powers

112. Green Bay Packers (via Washington):

NC State LB Germaine Pratt

113. Cleveland Browns:

Mississippi State CB Jamal Peters

114. Minnesota Vikings:

Missouri DL Terry Beckner Jr.

115. Tennessee Titans:

Boise State QB Brett Rypien

116. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Alabama DL Isaiah Buggs

117. Baltimore Ravens:

Penn State RB Miles Sanders

118. Seattle Seahawks:

Arkansas OT Colton Jackson

119. Denver Broncos (via Houston):

Florida LB Vosean Joseph

120. Chicago Bears:

USC S Marvell Tell III

121. Philadelphia Eagles:

Stanford OG Nate Herbig

122. Dallas Cowboys:

Georgia C Lamont Gaillard

123. Indianapolis Colts:

Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven

124. Los Angeles Chargers:

LSU OG Garrett Brumfield

125. New England Patriots:

Kentucky TE CJ Conrad

126. Los Angeles Rams:

Cincinnati DL Marquise Copeland

127. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City):

Alabama OG Lester Cotton

128. New York Giants (via New Orleans):

Texas A&M C Erik McCoy

Tristan Beckmann’s 2019 NFL Draft Big Board

Welcome back to another article in my series regarding the 2019 NFL Draft! I’m going to skip the long intro today and hop right into the content, which is basically my big board for the draft. I just finished it today and updated player grades while removing players who returned to school. It was a grind but now you can finally see what I base my mock drafts off of. Speaking of my mock drafts, you’ll probably be receiving one later tonight!

If there is anybody that I missed on my big board or if you have any questions about these rankings, feel free to contact me on Twitter @TBeckmann24. Without further ado, here is my current up-to-date 2019 NFL Draft Big Board.

Quarterbacks:

  1. Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins
  2. Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray
  3. Duke QB Daniel Jones
  4. West Virginia QB Will Grier
  5. Missouri QB Drew Lock
  6. NC State QB Ryan Finley
  7. Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu
  8. Boise State QB Brett Rypien
  9. Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham
  10. Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson
  11. Washington St. QB Gardner Minshew
  12. Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson
  13. Washington QB Jake Browning
  14. North Dakota State QB Easton Stick
  15. Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald
  16. Penn State QB Trace McSorley
  17. Northern Colorado QB Jacob Knipp

Running Backs:

  1. Iowa State RB David Montgomery
  2. Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson
  3. Alabama RB Josh Jacobs
  4. Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr.
  5. Stanford RB Bryce Love
  6. Alabama RB Damien Harris
  7. Penn State RB Miles Sanders
  8. Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill
  9. Texas A&M RB Trayveon Williams
  10. Washington RB Myles Gaskin
  11. Georgia RB Elijah Holyfield
  12. Michigan RB Karan Higdon
  13. FAU RB Devin Singletary
  14. Ohio State RB Mike Weber
  15. Florida State RB Jacques Patrick
  16. Miami (FL) RB Travis Homer
  17. Michigan State RB L.J. Scott
  18. Memphis RB Darrell Henderson
  19. Notre Dame RB Dexter Williams
  20. Kansas State RB Alex Barnes
  21. Maryland RB Ty Johnson
  22. Florida RB Jordan Scarlett
  23. Mississippi State RB Aeris Williams

Wide Receivers:

  1. Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry
  2. Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown
  3. Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf
  4. NC State WR Kelvin Harmon
  5. Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler
  6. Ole Miss WR AJ Brown
  7. Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
  8. Ohio State WR Parris Campbell
  9. Georgia WR Riley Ridley
  10. South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel
  11. Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson
  12. Texas WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey
  13. Georgia WR Mecole Hardman
  14. Ole Miss WR DaMarkus Lodge
  15. West Virginia WR David Sills V
  16. Oregon WR Dillon Mitchell
  17. Auburn WR Darius Slayton
  18. NC State WR Jakobi Meyers

Tight Ends:

  1. Iowa TE Noah Fant
  1. Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.
  2. Stanford TE Kaden Smith
  3. UCLA TE Caleb Wilson
  4. LSU TE Foster Moreau
  5. Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson
  6. San Jose State TE Josh Oliver
  7. Kentucky TE CJ Conrad
  8. Michigan TE Zach Gentry
  9. Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox
  10. Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger
  11. Georgia TE Isaac Nauta

Offensive Tackles:

  1. Alabama OT Jonah Williams
  2. Ole Miss OT Greg Little
  3. Kansas State OT Dalton Risner
  4. West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste
  5. Florida OT Jawaan Taylor
  6. Wisconsin OT David Edwards
  7. Ohio State OT Isaiah Prince
  8. Washington State OT Andre Dillard
  9. Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping
  10. Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt
  11. Washington OT Kaleb McGary
  12. South Carolina OT Dennis Daley
  13. Arkansas OT Colton Jackson
  14. Missouri OT Paul Adams
  15. Oklahoma OT Bobby Evans
  16. Rutgers OT Tariq Cole
  17. Alabama State OT Tytus Howard
  18. Louisville OT Lukayus McNeil
  19. Maryland OT Derwin Gray

Offensive Guards:

  1. Ohio State OG Michael Jordan
  2. Oklahoma OG Cody Ford
  3. Boston College OG Chris Lindstrom
  4. Wisconsin OG Michael Deiter
  5. Penn State OG Connor McGovern
  6. Wisconsin OG Beau Benzschawel
  7. Mississippi State OG Darryl Williams
  8. Stanford OG Nate Herbig
  9. Oklahoma OG Ben Powers
  10. LSU OG Garrett Brumfield
  11. Alabama OG Lester Cotton
  12. Florida OG Martez Ivey
  13. Penn State OG Ryan Bates
  14. Arkansas OG Hjalte Froholdt
  15. UNC-Charlotte OG Nate Davis
  16. Oklahoma OG Dru Samia
  17. USC OG Chuma Edoga

Offensive Centers:

  1. Mississippi State C Elgton Jenkins
  2. NC State C Garrett Bradbury
  3. Alabama C Ross Pierschbacher
  4. Georgia C Lamont Gaillard
  5. Texas A&M C Erik McCoy
  6. Iowa C Keegan Render
  7. Boston College C Jon Baker
  8. Florida State C Alec Eberle
  9. Stanford C Jesse Burkett
  10. Indiana C Nick Linder
  11. Memphis C Drew Kyser

Interior Defensive Line:

  1. Alabama DL Quinnen Williams
  2. Houston DL Ed Oliver
  3. Michigan DL Rashan Gary
  4. Mississippi St. DL Jeffery Simmons
  5. Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence
  6. Ohio State DL Dre’mont Jones
  7. Alabama DL Raekwon Davis
  8. Clemson DL Christian Wilkins
  9. Notre Dame DL Jerry Tillery
  10. Miami (FL) DL Gerald Willis
  11. Kansas DL Daniel Wise
  12. Missouri DL Terry Beckner Jr.
  13. Cincinnati DL Marquise Copeland
  14. Alabama DL Isaiah Buggs
  15. Western Illinois DL Khalen Saunders
  16. LSU DL Ed Alexander

Edge Defenders:

  1. Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa
  2. Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen
  3. Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell
  4. Florida State EDGE Brian Burns
  5. Florida EDGE Jachai Polite
  6. Old Dominion EDGE Os. Ximines
  7. Mississippi St. EDGE Montez Sweat
  8. Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich
  9. LA Tech EDGE Jaylon Ferguson
  10. Boston College EDGE Zach Allen
  11. Georgia EDGE D’Andre Walker
  12. TCU EDGE Ben Banogu
  13. Alabama EDGE Anfernee Jennings
  14. Miami (FL) EDGE Joe Jackson
  15. Texas EDGE Charles Omenihu
  16. Iowa EDGE Anthony Nelson

Linebackers:

  1. LSU LB Devin White
  2. Alabama LB Mack Wilson
  3. Michigan LB Devin Bush
  4. Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards
  5. Buffalo LB Khalil Hodge
  6. Texas Tech LB Dakota Allen
  7. Texas LB Gary Johnson
  8. Notre Dame LB Te’von Coney
  9. Clemson LB Tre Lamar
  10. NC State LB Germaine Pratt
  11. Florida LB Vosean Joseph
  12. Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven
  13. West Virginia LB David Long Jr.
  14. USC LB Cameron Smith
  15. Kentucky LB Jordan Jones
  16. Utah LB Chase Hansen
  17. Duke LB Joe Giles-Harris
  18. Clemson LB Kendall Joseph
  19. Wisconsin LB Ryan Connelly
  20. Northern Illinois LB Sutton Smith
  21. Stanford LB Bobby Okereke
  22. Mississippi State LB Leo Lewis

Cornerbacks:

  1. LSU CB Greedy Williams
  2. Georgia CB DeAndre Baker
  3. Washington CB Byron Murphy
  4. Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen
  5. Notre Dame CB Julian Love
  6. Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye
  7. Texas CB Kris Boyd
  8. Ohio State CB Kendall Sheffield
  9. Miami (FL) CB Michael Jackson
  10. Michigan CB David Long
  11. Mississippi State CB Jamal Peters
  12. Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin
  13. Central Michigan CB Sean Bunting
  14. USC CB Iman Marshall
  15. Vanderbilt CB JoeJuan Williams
  16. Rutgers CB Blessuan Austin
  17. Stanford CB Alijah Holder

Safeties:

  1. Alabama S Deionte Thompson
  2. Washington S Taylor Rapp
  3. Miami S JaQuan Johnson
  4. Mississippi St. S Johnathan Abram
  5. Virginia S Juan Thornhill
  6. Delaware S Nasir Adderley
  7. Boston College S Lukas Denis
  8. Florida S Ch. Gardner-Johnson
  9. Oregon S Ugo Amadi
  10. Miami (FL) S Sheldrick Redwine
  11. Temple S Delvon Randall
  12. USC S Marvell Tell III
  13. Wisconsin S D’Cota Dixon
  14. Maryland S Darnell Savage Jr.
  15. Colorado S Evan Worthington
  16. Mississippi State S Mark McLaurin
  17. Boston College S Will Harris
  18. Kentucky S Mike Edwards
  19. Notre Dame S Alohi Gilman
  20. Texas Tech S Jah’Shawn Johnson
  21. Maryland S Antoine Brooks Jr.
  22. Texas S Brandon Jones
  23. Wyoming S Andrew Wingard

Tristan Beckmann’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0 (Three Rounds)

Mock drafts are in full swing as we close the regular season in the National Football League tomorrow. Most teams have gained a sense of identity into which they will ride by in the upcoming offseason, but some are focused on one thing and that is the Lombardi Trophy. Draft positioning remains to be played out and nothing is final as we head into the final week of the regular season.

Welcome back to my NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0, in which I’ll be going to project three rounds in the draft for my first time ever on this website. I can’t yet project compensatory picks so there will be more picks in end of the third round once they are announced. 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. I’ll even provide brief analysis on the first round prospects.

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 or even round 2. 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 second version of my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, as we’ll start with the Jets and end with the Jets, here we go!

Note: If a trade is indicated, the record on the same line is the original team’s record.

Round 1:

1. New York Jets (4-12):

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. Arizona Cardinals (4-12):

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.

3. San Francisco 49ers (4-12):

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.

4. Oakland Raiders (4-12):

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.

5. Denver Broncos (via Detroit) (5-11):

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.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

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.

7. Carolina Panthers (6-10):

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.

8. Detroit Lions (via Denver) (6-10):

Georgia CB DeAndre Baker

DeAndre Baker is 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.

9. New York Giants (6-10):

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.

10. 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.

11. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10):

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.

12. Buffalo Bills (6-10):

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.

13. Miami Dolphins (7-9):

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.

14. Atlanta Falcons (7-9):

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.

15. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry

Harry is a playmaking freak of nature, and he is neck and neck with multiple others 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.

16. Green Bay Packers (7-8-1):

Ohio State OG Michael Jordan

Not quite the basketball player, but I hear that this Michael Jordan guy really excels at protecting his quarterback. He displayed this in his time at Ohio State, being a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2017. He’s one of the top linemen in the 2019 draft class and is sure to be an early pick considering the value of strong linemen in the NFL these days.

17. Cleveland Browns (7-8-1):

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.

18. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

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. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7):

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.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1):

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):

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.

22. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas) (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 his QB really needs him to, and hearing that’ll be something coaches will love the sound of.

23. Houston Texans (10-6):

Boston College OL Chris Lindstrom

A former three star recruit, Lindstrom was one of the best offensive linemen in the ACC in 2018, which is reflected by the success of the Boston College rushing attack. He played in the Golden Eagles run-heavy offense, but displayed great potential and power when put into pass blocking situations. He’s an agile guy as well, showing great movement all across the field.

24. Indianapolis Colts (10-6):

NC State WR Kelvin Harmon

Harmon is a strong, physical receiver who’s shown some limitations with his speed and elusiveness. Yet, he’s been a consistent playmaker at NC State. He’s got great ball skills and hands, while being able to run routes with the best of them in this draft class. Oh and did I mention Harmon is an absolutely dominant run blocker and a guy who will get it done on the perimeter.

25. Seattle Seahawks (10-6):

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.

26. Baltimore Ravens (10-6):

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.

27. New England Patriots (11-5):

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.

28. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago) (11-5):

Michigan LB Devin Bush

Bush is a physical, fast linebacker who manned the middle of the strong Michigan Wolverines defense in his tenure there. He’s a guy that can help lead a defense and help out a team at any linebacker spot. He can drop back in coverage but he’s not bad at rushing the passer either, making him an easy first round projection here.

29. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4):

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 this draft position.

30. Los Angeles Rams (13-3):

Virginia S Juan Thornhill

Thornhill has really jumped out at me as I’ve watched more and more of his tape at Virginia. He’s a great defender against the run but could use some cleaning up in terms of his tackling and range. He played all over the place at Virginia, so the word “versatile” just might not do him justice. He’s got excellent size and potential but is still raw and has a lot to improve upon in the NFL.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4):

Florida EDGE Jachai Polite

Jachai Polite may be undersized compared to other edge defenders in this draft class, but he’s one of the best and quickest of them all. He’s got a great technique and uses his hands to make a great advantage when rushing the passer. A lot of scouts have said that Polite reminds them of Titans legendary edge rusher Jevon Kearse, who was a first round pick and great player in his own right.

32. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans) (14-2):

Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines

Ximines is a small school superstar at Old Dominion. He’s become a better pass rusher over his four seasons at ODU and he’ll continue to gain more recognition heading into and after the NFL Combine. While the competition wasn’t always powerful, Ximines is a raw pass rusher who can win at the point of attack, which is a must-have trait for any edge defender.

Round 2:

33. Arizona Cardinals (4-12):

Wisconsin OL Tyler Biadasz

34. Indianapolis Colts (via Jets) (4-12):

Notre Dame CB Julian Love

35. Oakland Raiders (4-12):

Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat

36. San Francisco 49ers (4-12):

Miami (FL) S JaQuan Johnson

37. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

Missouri QB Drew Lock

38. Detroit Lions (5-11):

Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam

39. Buffalo Bills (6-10):

Iowa State RB David Montgomery

40. Denver Broncos (6-10):

Kansas State OT Dalton Risner

41. New York Giants (6-10):

Texas CB Kris Boyd

42. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

Washington OT Trey Adams

43. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10):

Ole Miss WR AJ Brown

44. Carolina Panthers (6-10):

Ohio State OT Isaiah Prince

45. Atlanta Falcons (7-9):

Wisconsin OL Michael Deiter

46. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Duke QB Daniel Jones

47. Miami Dolphins (7-9):

Mississippi State C Elgton Jenkins

48. Cleveland Browns (7-8-1):

Wisconsin OT David Edwards

49. Green Bay Packers (7-8-1):

Washington S Taylor Rapp

50. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7):

Oregon OT Calvin Throckmorton

51. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence

52. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1):

Alabama CB Trevon Diggs

53. Minnesota Vikings (9-6-1):

Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards

54. Dallas Cowboys (9-7):

Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.

55. Indianapolis Colts (10-6):

Alabama DL Raekwon Davis

56. Houston Texans (via Seattle) (10-6):

Washington State OT Andre Dillard

57. Los Angeles Chargers (via Philadelphia) (10-6):

Mississippi State S Jonathan Abram

58. Houston Texans (10-6):

Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye

59. New England Patriots (via Chicago) (11-5):

Stanford TE Kaden Smith

60. New England Patriots (11-5):

Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich

61. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4):

Buffalo LB Khalil Hodge

62. Philadelphia Eagles (via Chargers) (12-4):

Notre Dame LB Te’Von Coney

63. Kansas City Chiefs (via Rams) (13-3):

LSU CB Kristian Fulton

64. New Orleans Saints (14-2):

Clemson LB Tre Lamar

Round 3:

65. New York Jets (4-12):

Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

66. Arizona Cardinals (4-12):

Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler

67. San Francisco 49ers (4-12):

Ohio State CB Kendall Sheffield

68. Oakland Raiders (4-12):

Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson

69. New England Patriots (via Detroit)(5-11):

NC State LB Germaine Pratt

70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

Boston College S Lukas Denis

71. New York Giants (6-10):

FORFEITED**

72. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

UCLA TE Caleb Wilson

73. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10):

LSU TE Foster Moreau

74. Carolina Panthers (6-10):

Oklahoma OL Ben Powers

75. Denver Broncos (6-10):

Clemson DL Christian Wilkins

76. Buffalo Bills (6-10):

South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

77. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Mississippi State OL Darryl Williams

78. Miami Dolphins (7-9):

NC State QB Ryan Finley

79. Atlanta Falcons (7-9):

Louisiana Tech EDGE Jaylon Ferguson

80. Seattle Seahawks (via Green Bay) (7-8-1):

Auburn DL Derrick Brown

81. Cleveland Browns (7-8-1):

Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson

82. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

Boston College EDGE Zach Allen

83. Detroit Lions (via Philadelphia) (9-7):

Texas WR Collin Johnson

84. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1):

San Jose State TE Josh Oliver

85. Minnesota Vikings (9-6-1):

LSU OL Garrett Brumfield

86. Dallas Cowboys (9-7):

Notre Dame DL Jerry Tillery

87. Green Bay Packers (via Seattle) (10-6):

Northwestern LB Paddy Fisher

88. Baltimore Ravens (10-6):

Alabama RB Damien Harris

89. Houston Texans (10-6):

Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt

90. Indianapolis Colts (10-6):

Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven

91. Cleveland Browns (via New England) (11-5):

Virginia CB Bryce Hall

92. Chicago Bears (11-5):

Alabama LB Anfernee Jennings

93. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4):

Miami (FL) LB Shaquille Quarterman

94. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4):

Stanford RB Bryce Love

95. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams) (13-3):

Penn State OL Connor McGovern

96. New York Jets (via New Orleans) (14-2):

Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson

Projected Trades:

Note: These trades are made in accordance to the NFL Draft Pick Value Chart. None are guaranteed or likely to happen, I’m purely speculating.

The Denver Broncos traded their 2019 first, 2019 fourth, 2020 second and fifth round selections (8th overall, 104th overall, unknown, unknown) to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Detroit’s first-round selection (5th overall).

The Los Angeles Chargers traded their 2019 second and fourth round picks (62nd, 124th) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia’s second-round selection (56th overall).

  • The Seattle Seahawks traded their 2019 third-round pick (87th overall), and a 2020 fourth-round pick (unknown) to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Green Bay’s third-round selection (80th overall).
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    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Awards: Winners, Review, and Analysis

    Yes, folks, it’s that time of year. It’s the time of year where the NFL turns the page into playoff football and caps off a season of terrific regular season football. When the playoff bracket is unveiled after the results from Week 17, we will be able to make our playoff predictions. But for now, many of the staff at Pro Sports Fandom collaborated on this beautiful project. Welcome to the 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Awards! We all submitted ballots and are ready to unveil the award winners for this season. From the MVP to the Play of the Year, we’ve got you covered. Now let’s sit back and enjoy as we look back at what a great regular season of NFL football it was! Before we get underway, I’d like to issue a special thanks to each of the following writers who participated in voting. You should give them a follow on their respective Twitter accounts! Thanks! We hope you enjoy!

    • Tristan Beckmann: @TBeckmann24
    • Eric Jensen: @eric18utah
    • Ian Cusick: @IanMCusick
    • Chris Chastain: @ChrisC_01
    • Brian Willis: @RealBrianWillis
    • Obstructed Viewer: @obstructedview2
    • Alex Levin: @TubaDeus

    Now without further ado, let’s get into the awards!

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is…

    New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley

    Why: Barkley’s gap over the field may have slimmed considerably due to the recent play of Baker Mayfield, but he’s just been way too good for him to not win this award. Barkley has been the kind of generational talent that the Giants expected him to be when they picked him at number two in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s nearing 1,200 rushing yards, has scored 10 rushing touchdowns, while making an impact in the passing game, catching 87 passes for 688 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Browns QB Baker Mayfield, Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay, and Colts OG Quenton Nelson.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year is…

    Indianapolis Colts OLB Darius Leonard

    Why: How on earth did Darius Leonard fall to the second round in the 2018 NFL Draft? I find myself asking the same question frequently. Leonard has been a freak on the Colts defense, and is one of the big reasons for their success. The South Carolina State alum has played in 14 games, racking up 155 combined tackles, 8 QB hits, 12 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception. Those are ridiculous numbers and they’ve pushed him over Derwin James in the Defensive Rookie of the Year race.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Chargers SS Derwin James, Cowboys OLB Leighton Vander Esch, and Broncos EDGE Bradley Chubb.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Game of the Year is…

    Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football in Week 11.

    Why: One of the greatest NFL games in recent memory, the Chiefs and Rams battle in Week 11 on Monday Night Football was an absolute showcase for the whole family. It was a shootout as we witnessed the future of the NFL collide in quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes II and Jared Goff. The two heavyweights slugged it out until the Rams used some fourth quarter turnovers by Mahomes to pull away victorious in a 54-51 thriller. This was an easy pick for the Game of the Year award.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Bears @ Packers in Week 1, Rams @ Saints in Week 9, Chargers @ Chiefs in Week 15.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Play of the Year is…

    The Miami Dolphins Miracle Last Second Touchdown versus the New England Patriots.

    Why: Down by five with seven seconds to play, the Miami Dolphins had virtually zero chance to walk away victorious in a Week 13 battle with their division rival New England Patriots. Ryan Tannehill threw a 16 yard pass to Kenny Stills, who threw a lateral to DeVante Parker. Parker quickly tossed a lateral to running back Kenyan Drake, who broke a tackle before running back into the middle of the field. Drake used some quick cuts to beat out Rob Gronkowski and score the miraculous game-winning touchdown as time expired.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Patrick Mahomes II left handed throw versus the Broncos, Derrick Henry’s 99 yard touchdown run against the Jaguars, and Baker Mayfield’s 2 point conversion catch against the Jets.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Most Valuable Player is…

    Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II

    Why: The internet constantly drools over this kid, and he undoubtedly deserves it, which is why he’s the favorite for NFL MVP. He’s taken the league by storm in his first season as a full time starter and is just as “Showtime” as his nickname describes him. He’s led the Chiefs to a 11-4 record and likely a first round bye if they beat the Raiders on Sunday. Mahomes has completed 66.4% of his passes for 4,816 passing yards and 48 passing scores compared to only 11 interceptions. He’s also added 271 yards on the ground with two scores. He’s a statistical superstar and will be a force to be reckoned with in the league for many years to come.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Saints QB Drew Brees, Colts QB Andrew Luck, and Rams RB Todd Gurley II.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offensive Player of the Year is…

    Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey

    Why: How is it that our pick for NFL Offensive Player of the Tear did not get invited to the Pro Bowl? We often wonder. Christian McCaffrey has broken out in his second season in the NFL and is the dominant workhorse in the Carolina offense, but he’s just not getting enough credit for the fantastic season he’s currently having. He hasn’t missed a game all season and has carried the ball 215 times for 1,080 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns, to a tune of 5 yards per carry. To make matters better, McCaffrey has broken NFL records by catching a whopping 106 passes for 845 receiving yards and 6 scores, some totals that are rare for running backs. He’s been the best all around offensive weapon in the entire league this season and he is truly deserving of this award.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II, Saints QB Drew Brees, and Rams RB Todd Gurley II.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Defensive Player of the Year is…

    Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald

    Why: Do you want me to really prove to you how good Aaron Donald has been in 2018? Well, he’s been frequently mentioned as an MVP candidate, which is undoubtedly rarely associated with defensive players. Donald has been dominating the league for years, but this campaign has been his most special to date. He’s forced four fumbles, recovered two, and racked up a league-leading 19.5 sacks. Plus, Donald has a total of 38 QB hits, 24 tackles for loss, and 55 combined tackles. Donald has a ridiculously high 95.3 grade on Pro Football Focus and made a tremendous impact in stopping the run and rushing the passer.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Bears EDGE Khalil Mack, Texans DE J.J. Watt, and Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Coach of the Year is…

    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy

    Why: The Chicago Bears have been arguably the league’s biggest surprise in the 2018 season, but to be fair, I’ve always believed in this team. Matt Nagy came in from Kansas City and used his tutelage from Andy Reid to steal the show in the Windy City. The Bears have the league’s most dominant defense and a developing young signal caller in Mitchell Trubisky. Nagy has surrounded him with a weapon-filled offense and that has helped lead the Bears to an 11-4 record and their first NFC North title since 2010. They are headed to the postseason and Nagy is one of the bright young minds on the NFL landscape.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Colts HC Frank Reich, Chiefs HC Andy Reid, and Seahawks HC Pete Carroll.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Comeback Player of the Year is…

    Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck

    Why: Nobody ever knew if Andrew Luck would be able to return to the success that he had before his nagging shoulder injuries arrived around 2015. The Captain has returned to his form however and his mother would surely be proud of it. Luck has helped put the Colts back into playoff contention in the AFC and they’ll be headed to Nashville for a chance to make the postseason on Sunday night. He’s played every game this year, completing 67.2% of his passes for 4,308 yards, 36 touchdowns, and only 14 interceptions. He’s definitely pushed aside any doubt upon whether he’d be able to return to success on the football field.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): Texans DE J.J. Watt, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., and Texans QB Deshaun Watson.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offensive Line of the Year is…

    The Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line

    Why: With Andrew Luck winning the Comeback Player of the Year award, not enough can be said about the stellar play of the revamped Colts offensive line, which looks like its going to be one of the best in the league for a long time. Anthony Castonzo is still a solid veteran left tackle, and he’s been paired with young guns in guard Quenton Nelson and right tackle Braden Smith. Ryan Kelly does a fantastic job of anchoring the line at the center position and they’ve done their main job in 2018, which was to protect Andrew Luck.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): The Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Rams Offensive Lines.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Offense of the Year is…

    The Kansas City Chiefs Offense

    Why: The Kansas City Chiefs offense has been a historic one that continues to put up ridiculous numbers behind the breakout season for quarterback Patrick Mahomes II. Tyreek Hill is one of the toughest receivers to cover in the entire National Football League and Travis Kelce is the consensus number one tight end in football. They’ve got an offense that’s rolling and sometimes it seems like it cannot be stopped. Andy Reid’s scheme has played out terrifically and it remains to be seen how this works out in the postseason for them.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): The New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Chargers offenses.

    The 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL Defense of the Year is…

    The Chicago Bears Defense

    Why: Khalil Mack changed the Bears franchise for the future when they acquired him late summer of 2018. He’s made their defense the best in the league and has arguably pushed them into the playoffs by a large margin. Eddie Jackson has been one of the top safeties in football and Vic Fangio’s defense seems like it’s capable of making a big play at any time, and it sure does make game changing ones when they really count. There’s so much talent on this Chicago defense that I can’t name them all, but this team has a bright future and possibly a Super Bowl or two calling it’s name.

    Others Receiving Votes (in order): The Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Chargers defenses.

    My 2018-2019 Pro Sports Fandom NFL All-Pro Team:

    OFFENSE:

    Saints QB Drew Brees

    Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey

    Rams RB Todd Gurley II (FLEX)

    Chiefs TE Travis Kelce

    Falcons WR Julio Jones

    Saints WR Michael Thomas

    Packers LT David Bakhtiari

    Browns LG Joel Bitonio

    Eagles C Jason Kelce

    Ravens RG Marshal Yanda

    Saints RT Ryan Ramczyk

    DEFENSE:

    Texans EDGE J.J. Watt

    Rams DL Aaron Donald

    Eagles DL Fletcher Cox

    Bears EDGE Khalil Mack

    Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner

    Colts LB Darius Leonard

    Panthers LB Luke Kuechly

    Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore

    Bears CB Kyle Fuller

    Bears S Eddie Jackson

    Chargers S Derwin James

    Jets S Jamal Adams (DB)

    SPECIAL TEAMS:

    Saints K Wil Lutz

    Seahawks P Michael Dickson

    Jets KR Andre Roberts

    Raiders PR Dwayne Harris

    Chargers ST Adrian Phillips

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