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.
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.
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
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):
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
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).
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