We’re only a month away from the 2019 NFL Draft. The biggest wave of free agency is behind us. Let’s take a look at a first-round mock draft based on what issue(s) each team still needs to address.
- Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa – Edge – Ohio State
I’m a firm believer in taking the best player available with the number one overall pick and Bosa is the best player in this draft. Until the Cardinals trade Josh Rosen, I can’t fathom them taking Murray with the first overall pick. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cardinals make a trade here (rumors are the Giants could be a possible trade partner). But for now, if everything stays as is, I see Bosa going #1 overall.
- San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams – DT – Alabama
Virtually every 49ers fan is hoping the Cardinals take Murray so that they can hop on Bosa. There is a good chance of that happening, but as of today, I don’t think it will happen. If Rosen gets traded, 49ers fans will rejoice as Bosa will then most likely be available here at #2. For now, though, the 49ers will have to “settle” for the best DT in the draft who could have been a #1 overall pick in previous years.
- New York Jets: Josh Allen – Edge – Kentucky
The Jets are in a good spot at #3. Either Josh Allen, Quinnen Williams or Nick Bosa (albeit highly unlikely) will be available at this spot, whichever one is available, Allen or Williams, the Jets will gladly scoop up. Allen’s athleticism and coverage skills give him the chance to be a game changer.
- Oakland Raiders: Rashan Gary – Edge – Michigan
The Raiders have three first-round picks and it should be all defensive players. The Raiders have already met with Gary on multiple occasions and seem to be interested in him. Gary’s speed, size and athleticism make him worthy of this pick. Although he still needs to finish developing his raw talent, there is a lot of upside to be had with this pick.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White – LB – LSU
Greedy Williams was my second choice here but I think the Bucs would rather address the linebacker spot first. White fits the style of defense that Todd Bowles likes to run, so while this pick may seem like a reach, it could end up being a perfect fit down the road.
- New York Giants: Kyler Murray – QB – Oklahoma
I know, I probably have Murray going later than 98% of the people who have ever watched football, but until Rosen is out of Arizona, I think Murray falls a little bit. The Giants hit the jackpot here and didn’t have to trade up to get Murray. After seemingly losing interest in Dwayne Haskins, this pick couldn’t be better for the Giants. Time to move on from Eli Manning.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor – OT – Florida
With Nick Foles in town, its time to protect their new leader. The best offensive lineman in the draft at the 7th pick is a steal for a team like Jacksonville. Not only are they protecting Foles, but they are solidifying their run blocking and improving their run-first offense.
- Detroit Lions: Greedy Williams – CB – LSU
After signing Trey Flowers in free agency the Lions focus now shifts to their secondary. Greedy Williams falling this far is a gift. A 6’2” corner that runs a 4.37 40-yard dash is hard to pass up, especially at this position.
- Buffalo Bills: Montez Sweat – Edge – Mississippi St.
Sweat’s heart condition has been talked about non-stop, we all know about that. That issue aside, Sweat has been destroying the combine and that heart seems to be holding up just fine. A 4.41 40-yard dash is beyond impressive, he is too skilled to pass up and I expect the Bills gamble on his heart issue to pay off.
- Denver Broncos: Drew Lock – QB – Missouri
Lock has been moving up the draft board lately, and I feel like he is going to surpass Haskins in terms of quarterback rankings. Lock’s arm talent will attract Elway and the idea of him learning from a Super Bowl-winning quarterback like Joe Flacco only makes this pick seem better. Let Lock sit one year and learn, then let him become the new franchise quarterback, Patrick Mahomes style.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Dwayne Haskins – QB – Ohio State
The Bengals hop on Haskins as the Giants and Broncos pass him up. Clearly, Andy Dalton isn’t working in Cincy and the team can actually move on from him in the next two years without taking on any dead money against the cap. A Dwayne Haskins-A.J. Green connection could be dangerous.
- Green Bay Packers: D.K. Metcalf – WR – Ole Miss
Speaking of scary QB/WR duos, can you imagine Aaron Rodgers throwing to both Davante Adams and D.K. Metcalf. This pick would easily make the Packers offense better by a staggering amount and would perhaps give them the best WR duo in the NFL. Metcalf may be gone by this pick, but if he is available, I don’t see how the Packers could pass up such a freak athlete. We’ve all seen the picture of Metcalf at the gym, damn.
- Miami Dolphins: Clelin Ferrell – EDGE – Clemson
The Dolphins may hope that Haskins is still available here, but I don’t see it happening. With no other quarterback available worthy of being drafted in the spot, the Dolphins will look to their next biggest need, an edge rusher. Ferrell will be the best available and has shown his ability to get to the quarterback. The Dolphins could use a player who is accustomed to being a winner his whole career.
- Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver – DT – Houston
Oliver was projected as a potential top pick last year. Him falling this late should have the Falcons jumping all over him. Injuries were a concern this past season, but a healthy Oliver teamed up with Grady Jarrett makes for a scary defensive line in Atlanta.
- Washington Redskins: Marquise Brown – WR – Oklahoma
I could see the Redskins trying to trade up for a QB in this draft with Alex Smith’s status still in question. Assuming they remain in the 15th spot and the top three quarterbacks in Murray, Haskins and Lock are all gone, the Redskins will turn to the WR position. Many believe Brown is the best WR in the draft, and the Redskins could be getting a steal with the 15th pick.
- Carolina Panthers: Andre Dillard – OT – Washington State
With Matt Kalil now playing for the Texans, the Panthers have a spot to fill on the offensive line. Protecting Cam Newton is priority number one, so getting an OT that is capable of being a Top 10 pick in Dillard, is a dream.
- New York Giants (from Cleveland): Christian Wilkins – DT – Clemson
Wilkins is a nice get at this spot in the draft. One of the best DT’s in the draft, Wilkins will be a nice foundation to a “rebuilding” Giants team. Maybe the Giants will be able to win during their rebuild after all?
- Minnesota Vikings: Jonah Williams – OL – Alabama
The Vikings biggest issue is their offensive line, hands down. If a Top 10 talent like Williams is still available, the Vikings may have this pick submitted before the clock begins to count down. Williams can play both tackle and guard, a very valuable asset to a team that needs help all over the line.
- Tennessee Titans: T.J. Hockenson – TE – Iowa
Hockenson is considered the top tight end in the draft and will be a great replacement to the aging Delanie Walker. A good run blocker who is a very athletic receiver is too good of a combination for the Titans to pass up. Don’t be surprised if Hockenson is long gone by this point and the Titans draft Noah Fant instead.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush – LB – Michigan
Linebacker and WR are the Steelers two biggest concerns at this point. While a WR is possible, I think the team resorts to its defensive roots and opts to go that route first and look for a receiver in the next round. Devin Bush is the best available and will be a Day 1 starter.
- Seattle Seahawks: Jeffery Simmons – DT – Mississippi State
Despite an ACL injury, Simmons is a Top 10 talent. The fact that he fell this far could be due to both the injury and an off-field arrest in 2016. The Seahawks have no problem dealing with a player with off the field issues and will benefit from Simmons falling this late.
- Baltimore Ravens: Brian Burns – Edge – Florida State
Brian Burns showed in the combine that he is one of the most explosive edge rushers in the draft. He would fit perfectly into the Ravens scheme and will be a big-name player on a team that prides itself on its defense.
- Houston Texans: Byron Murphy – CB – Washington
The Texans bringing in Matt Kalil lets them turn their focus from the offensive line to their next big concern, the secondary. Murphy is one of the best defensive backs in the draft and is an absolute ballhawk. The duo of Clowney and Watt pressuring quarterbacks and forcing passes would set Murphy up for a lot of interceptions during his rookie campaign.
- Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): Dexter Lawrence – DT – Clemson
The Raiders will continue to go defense in the first round. The addition of both Lawrence and Gary make the Raider defense start to look decent again. Maybe not Khalil Mack good, but still good. With one more first-round pick, the Raiders have a chance to “win” the first day of the draft.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Jacobs – RB – Alabama
The Eagles running back committee will continue with the addition of Jacobs. Now a two Josh backfield that includes Josh Adams, the Eagles offense just got a little scarier. Jacobs is capable of being a three-down back and is a serious threat in the passing game.
- Indianapolis Colts: Jachai Polite – Edge – Florida
The Colts get a little more dangerous with the addition of Polite, who certainly has first-round talent. A rough combine caused his stock to drop, but if he regroups and performs up to his potential, we could be looking back on this pick as the steal of the draft.
- Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): Noah Fant – TE – Iowa
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Raiders go defense (possibly Johnathan Abram) with all three picks in the first round. However, I feel that once the scenario plays out, the Raiders will look to address one issue on the offensive side. With Fant still available, the Raiders can’t pass up the chance at a great receiving option to go along with Antonio Brown. Fant is a Top 2 TE in the draft, along with Iowa teammate Hockenson.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Cody Ford – OT – Oklahoma
The Chargers should address the offensive line with this pick. Ford is the best available offensive lineman available and provides good value at the 28th pick. Helping your best player, Melvin Gordon, by adding to the line is the best way for the Chargers to improve with their first pick.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Deandre Baker – CB – Georgia
Depending on what happens with Tyreek Hill’s situation, the Chiefs could possibly go WR here if the right one is available, although, I expect them to go defense here. With Dee Ford, Eric Berry and Justin Houston all gone, the Chiefs will look to improve their defense with this pick.
- Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans): Irv Smith Jr. – TE – Alabama
The Packers added three nice defenders in free agency (S Adrian Amos, LBs Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith) and I think that was in order to add more weapons on the offensive side for Aaron Rodgers in the draft. They add another freak athlete in Smith Jr. to go along with Metcalf earlier in the round. An offense that features Davante Adams, D.K. Metcalf, Smith Jr., Jimmy Graham and Geronimo Allison catching passes from Rodgers makes for a nearly impossible task for any defense.
- Los Angeles Rams: Garrett Bradbury – C – NC State
The Rams may look to add to their offensive line with this pick. Bradbury is the best available option and is a smart lineman that moves well. Much like the Chargers did for Gordon, the Rams help out their best player Todd Gurley by adding a nice blocker.
- New England Patriots: N’Keal Harry – WR – Arizona State
Who knows what is going to happen with Josh Gordon, but the Patriots clearly want to add a big receiver for Tom Brady to finish out his career with and it appears Gordon may have burned his last bridge. If that is the case, Harry may be the best option at this point and the Patriots won’t want to pass up on him in the off chance that they can get a clean Gordon back, which seems unlikely at this time.