Written By: Roy Countryman @PreacherBoyRoy
After three different variations, it’s time to unveil the final installment of my mock draft for this season...For all those Draft enthusiasts like myself, Happy Draft Day!
Arizona gets: Case Keenum, QB and 1st Rd pick #15.
Washington gets: Josh Rosen, QB and 2nd Rd pick #33.
1. Arizona Cardinals-Kyler Murray: QB, Oklahoma
The Cardinals go get their man. Murray is a perfect fit for Kingsbury’s offensive system and, behind a reinvented OL, should get a chance to make plays early and often. With the Cardinals announcing the trade of Josh Rosen to the Redskins just prior to the draft, it paves the way for Murray to become a dual-threat phenom in the NFL and the face of the high-flying Cardinals offense.
2. San Francisco 49ers- Nick Bosa: EDGE, Ohio State
Yes, the 49ers traded for talented pass rusher Dee Ford, but they need to continually add playmakers on the front seven. When given the chance to bookend Bosa with Ford, it puts offenses on notice that they are coming to get the QB. It also allows them to utilize former 1st rounder Solomon Thomas as a chess piece pass rusher rather than just as an outside pass rusher.
3. New York Jets- TRADED to Buffalo Bills- Ed Oliver: DT, Houston
NYJ get: 1st Rd. #9, 2nd Rd #40, 4th Rd #131, and 2nd Rd. Pick in 2020.
BUF get: 1st Rd. #3
The Jets find a taker for the #3 pick and restock the cupboard somewhat after trading up for Sam Darnold last year, and also not dropping down too far in this year’s draft that they can still add a high-quality OL. The Bills keep being aggressive when they identify a difference maker and add this versatile and dangerous pass rusher to their staunch front seven.
4. Oakland Raiders- Quinnen Williams: DT, Alabama
The Raiders have made some monumental moves this offseason, and now they add the best interior defensive presence in the draft. Williams consistently puts OL on their heels with a dynamic package of quickness and strength and will boost the Raiders front seven with a force from the interior.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Josh Allen: EDGE, Kentucky
With the loss of Kwon Alexander, by all accounts they seriously consider taking Devin White here. However, with the mini fall of Allen, Bruce Arians and company immediately scoop up one of the best edge rushers in this class and give Todd Bowles a new weapon to deploy in wreaking havoc on QBs.
6. New York Giants- Daniel Jones: QB, Duke
HOF scout Gil Brandt recently came out with a statement about Jones saying after watching his tape, comparing it to Peyton Manning when coming out of Tennessee. That is high merit from a very respected talent evaluator, and it shows the sentiment of how high ranking officials feel about Jones. Gettleman pulls the trigger on a QB that has a ton of similarities to his now franchise signal caller, even down to the college coach that groomed them.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jawaan Taylor: OT, Florida
The Jaguars splurged in free agency to upgrade upon Blake Bortles under center with Nick Foles, and now they add some needed talent up front to keep him clean.
8. Detroit Lions- TRADED to Pittsburgh Steelers- Devin White: LB, LSU
DET get: 1st Rd. #20, 2nd Rd #52, 6th Rd #175, and a 2020 3rd Rd Pick.
PIT get: 1st Rd. #8.
Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn trade this pick to the highest bidder with star LB Devin White still on the board, and the Steelers jump at the opportunity to add a true star and difference-making talent to their defense that has lacked a certain punch since the Ryan Shazier injury.
9. Buffalo Bills- TRADED to New York Jets- Jonah Williams: OL, Alabama
The Jets pass on a pass rusher early, add a great deal of draft capital, and still come out of the draft with one of the top OL in the class. Williams gives the Jets the flexibility to play him anywhere along the OL and has all the makings of being a long time starter.
10. Denver Broncos- Dwayne Haskins: QB, Ohio State
Yes, John Elway traded for Joe Flacco to be his starter, but he is not the long-term answer under center. Insert Haskins into the equation, who can sit behind Flacco for a season or two and refine his craft in this offense.
11. Cincinnati Bengals- Devin Bush: LB, Michigan
Zac Taylor and his staff are disappointed to see Haskins go with the pick right before them, but they regroup and select one of the best LB in the class and add some needed playmaking ability to this position.
12. Green Bay Packers- Drew Lock: QB, Missouri
BOOM! There goes the neighborhood! Yes, the Packers see an opportunity to add a talented QB into the equation. This situation has a ton of similarities to when Aaron Rodgers was selected and sat behind the legend, Brett Favre, and the man in charge was a scout back when that happened, so he knows the value of having foresight into adding to a position of strength.
13. Miami Dolphins- Jeffery Simmons: DT, Mississippi State
We all know the Dolphins are not giving a 100% effort to compete in 2019, especially after seeing four QBs come off the board in the top-12 picks. Instead, they see an opportunity to add an absolute menace to their defensive line, even if it means having to redshirt him this season.
14. Atlanta Falcons- Andre Dillard: OT, Washington State
The Falcons complete their OL facelift with the addition of one of the best pass blocking OT in this class, and he will get a chance to be a day one starter at RT and keep Matt Ryan upright.
15. Washington Redskins- TRADED to Arizona Cardinals- Marquise Brown: WR, Oklahoma
After trading their former QB of the future in Josh Rosen to the QB-starved Redskins in a deal where they land a high-quality backup in Keenum, they land the playmaker Hollywood Brown. He gets to continue to play with his friend Kyler Murray, and with Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald, and David Johnson, this offense out in the desert just got scary!
16. Carolina Panthers- TRADED to New England Patriots- T.J. Hockenson: TE, Iowa
CAR gets: 1st Rd #32, 2nd Rd #64, and 3rd Rd #97.
NE gets: 1st Rd #16.
One of the top-10 talents in the overall draft falls out of the top-15 due to a run on QBs, and the opportunistic Patriots jump at the chance to land a high-quality complete TE who can immediately step into the starting lineup and try to make up for the loss of Rob Gronkowski.
17. New York Giants (F/ CLE)- Brian Burns: EDGE, Florida State
After grabbing their QB of the future at pick #6, they come back and get defensive coordinator James Bettcher an exciting pass rusher to add to his front seven. Burns is one of the most refined pass rushers in this class and stands a chance to put up quality sack numbers in Year One with the G-Men because of their lack of pass rushers.
18.Minnesota Vikings- Cody Ford: OG/OT, Oklahoma
Ford is a legit nasty presence in the trenches and has the athleticism to play as an OG or outside at RT, and it gives them another piece to the puzzle to try and keep last year’s big-ticket free agent addition, Kirk Cousins, upright.
19. Tennessee Titans- Jerry Tillery: DL, Notre Dame
Tillery has been slept on somewhat during the draft process, but he blew up the Combine with his numbers. What made it even more impressive is he did it with a torn labrum. He would be an excellent addition to the Tennessee front that has been Jurrell Casey and a bunch of serviceable players for too long.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers- TRADED to Detroit Lions- Montez Sweat: DE, Mississippi State
The Lions trade back, pick up a ton of draft capital, and still get the opportunity to select one of the players they were interested in at 8 in Montez Sweat. They only get this chance due to a health issue of an enlarged heart, and they jump at the opportunity to bookend Sweat with their big-ticket free agent addition, Trey Flowers.
21. Seattle Seahawks- Clelin Ferrell: EDGE, Clemson
With Frank Clark playing on the franchise tag and the uncertainty of knowing if they will get a long term pact hammered out, they select one of the most feared edge defenders college football has had to offer for the last few seasons.
22. Baltimore Ravens- D.K. Metcalf: WR, Ole Miss
The Ravens are sprinting to the podium to select this athletic specimen, and think he is an ideal WR to pair with their young QB. His size, speed, and catching radius gives Jackson a larger target to hit with his accuracy woes.
23. Houston Texans- Byron Murphy: CB, Washington
Houston lost two key secondary pieces through free agency in Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson. The thing they lost most from those two players is versatility and Murphy could be a terrific addition to this defense because he can be utilized from a number of positions and represents one of the best ballhawks in this draft class.
24. Oakland Raiders (F/ CHI)- Greedy Williams: CB, LSU
With all the additions Gruden and Mayock have made over the course of this offseason, they haven’t added a ton to the CB room, so they take a tremendously talented CB who understands how to be a pest at the catch point but needs to tighten up his tackling and pursuit effort.
25. Philadelphia Eagles- Tytus Howard: OT, Alabama State
Philadelphia is paying close attention to this athletic big man, and look to add him to the equation to be the LT of the future. He would be afforded the opportunity of sitting behind one of the best LT of the past decade in Jason Peters, with whom he shares some size and skill similarities and then get thrown out as the blind side protector in 2020.
26. Indianapolis Colts- Josh Jacobs: RB, Alabama
What, selecting a RB? But the Colts have Marlon Mack, and selected two RBs last year...Count me as skeptical, and when given the opportunity to add a dynamic RB to the equation with Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton, sign me up!
27. Oakland Raiders (F/ DAL)- Rashan Gary: EDGE, Michigan
The Raiders jump at the opportunity to pick up one of the most versatile pass rushers in this draft and add to this vicious and ferocious front seven they are building. Gary told Gruden while being interviewed at the Combine, “I am the guy who will solve your pass rushing problems”. Well, now we will see if he’s right. A number of injury questions seem to have suppressed his stock somewhat from the hype he was receiving initially in the draft season.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Kaleb McNary: OT, Washington
One of the best stories of the draft, McGary has survived a health scare that involved his heart in high school to become one of the least talked about quality OL in this draft. McGary is a nasty temperament RT who has the athleticism to pass protect the edge against quality pass rushers and can gain some movement in the running game. He would be a quality addition to a Chargers OL that needs reinforcements.
29. Kansas City Chiefs- Garrett Bradbury: C, N.C. State
After seeing Mitch Morse leave for greener pastures in Buffalo, the Chiefs strike gold with the best C in the class falling into their laps. Teaming him up with Mahomes for the next decade will be an ideal scenario come draft day for Kansas City due to his intelligence and rare athleticism from the C position.
30. Green Bay Packers (F/ NO)- Noah Fant: TE, Iowa
After selecting their QB of the future in Drew Lock at 12, they scoop up a dynamic pass-catching talent to help out Aaron Rodgers in the here and now. Fant will help make up for any deficiencies in the red zone with his size and speed.
31. Los Angeles Rams- Dexter Lawrence: DT, Clemson
With Ndamukong Suh leaving town because of not enough cap space to go around, the Rams select a terrific player not only on the gridiron but off it. He is a staunch run defender and will thrive rushing the passer opposite of Aaron Donald.
32. New England Patriots- TRADED to Carolina Panthers- Christian Wilkins: DT, Clemson
After seeing their main targets of trying to improve their OL be selected, the Panthers trade back and pick up tremendous value in Wilkins, finalizing the first round with a handful of picks in this year’s draft be quality OL.
And there you have it, Draft followers. My final Mock Draft predictions are official. Let me know what you think of my final mock draft of the season, but don’t forget to check out Blitzalytics on Thursday as we will be covering the first night of the draft live via social media, with pick reactions and live analysis!