Written by Jason Feiner, @FeinerScores
Draft Day is finally here! Taking place at 8:00 Eastern time, the Cardinals will officially go on the clock. This is my first and only mock draft of the season representing film analysis, speculation and recent information that I became aware of over the last couple days. Did you see this years draft playing out quite like this? It’s certainly filled with a lot of smokescreens. Five total trades make up the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, Edge (Ohio State)
All signs have pointed towards the reigning heisman trophy winner, Kyler Murray. However, this is the first of many smokescreens. NIck Bosa will be paired with Chandler Jones creating one of the better pass rushing duos in the league. With high powered offenses making up the NFC West, a stout front seven is needed in Arizona. Nick Bosa gives them a pro-ready athlete ready to compete.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Allen, Edge (Kentucky)
The 49ers have been building their front seven for what feels like an eternity. Josh Allen will be paired with newly acquired pass rusher Dee Ford to give them a high powered tandem off the edge; however, this will also provide the versatility needed to move Arik Armstead to his natural position as 3-Technique defensive tackle. Now with Ford, Allen, Armstead, Buckner and Thomas, the 49ers have the makings of a feared defensive front. Josh Allen has the potential to be an All-Pro down the line, and that potential is to much for Lynch to pass up.
3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT (Alabama)
Quinnen Williams add an explosive presence to the middle of the Jets defensive line. He is a defensive freak who can dominate the trenches as run defender or provide pressure from the interior. The Jets will elect to take the best player available, and quite possibly, the best player in the draft. Leonard Williams gets a new running mate.
4. Oakland Raiders: Devin White, LB (LSU)
The Raiders entire defense needs a makeover and Devin White will be the first puzzle piece added. He is an athletic prospect that can play sideline-to-sideline and make plays in the backfield, while also possessing the talent to cover backs and tight ends out of the backfield. Oakland needs a defensive leader and Devin White can the playmaker that provides just that.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Washington Redskins
5. Washington Redskins: Kyler Murray, QB (Oklahoma)
Later than most expect, Kyler Murray falls into the lap of the QB needy Redskins who make an eye popping trade into the top 5. With the Heisman Trophy winner falling to five, the Redskins opt to trade the house in order to convince Jason Licht and Bruce Arians to move 10-spots down. The Redskins get a playmaker at quarterback, and the Buccaneers get a plethora of picks, providing an opportunity to build for the future. Licht has never been afraid to trade down.
6. New York Giants: Jonah Williams, OT (Alabama)
New York’s offensive line has been a work in progress for the last few years and adding Jonah Williams to the right side will provide stability and finally put an end to the Ereck Flowers era. Williams has the ability to move sides, keeping Nate Solder on the blindside and creating a high powered offensive line in the process. If he fails to produce, a move to the interior will still warrant the high price tag.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT (Florida)
The best tackle in the 2019 draft class has been linked to Jacksonville for the last few months of draft season. He will provide a needed boost in the run game while slotting in on the left side and protecting Nick Foles blindside. Back-to-Back offensive tackles? Could it create a trade up scenario?
Detroit Lions - Atlanta Falcons
8. Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver, DT (Houston)
Ed Oliver is a top talent in this class and a player who the Falcons have fallen in love with. Pairing him with Grady Jarrett on the interior will create mismatches along their defensive unit. Oliver is a dominating and athletic prospect that will provide an immediate impact to their defensive system, as his versatility will be hard to replace.
9. Buffalo Bills: Rashan Gary, DT (Michigan)
Gary is a defensive freak and his upside is through the roof. He will add versatile piece to an already potent defense, but how much of a reach is this? I haven’t been a fan of Gary’s since November and have gone as far to say he will be a bust if drafted this high… Will the Bills actually make this dire mistake?
10. Denver Broncos: Devin Bush, LB (Michigan)
The Broncos defense needs to be revamped and Devin Bush seems like the player to give their unit a spark. Bush is an athletic linebacker who can be utilized in each phase of the game. He is one of the premier linebackers and defensive athletes in this draft class. He has the capability to be a dominant run defender while possessing the talent to run with backs and cover tight ends. He will make an impact early in Denver's front seven.
11. Bengals: D.K. Metcalf, WR (Ole Miss)
The first receiver comes off the board in the form of the athletic, hulk-like freak from Ole Miss. Metcalf dominated the combine and competition while on the field. He is a big-bodied target with the speed and strength to win off the line and on the boundary. With A.J. Green failing to stay healthy and John Ross close to garnering the shameful bust title, Cincinnati elects to give receiver another look. Hopefully it pays off this time around.
12. Green Bay Packers: Brian Burns, Edge (Florida State)
One of my favorite prospects in this class will provide an immediate pass rushing presence off the edge. With long time defensive staple Clay Mathews leaving town, Brian Burns will pick up the pieces. Green Bay has focused on their defensive unit throughout the offseason and that won’t stop here. Burns is my early favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Miami Dolphins - Houston Texans
13. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT (Washington State)
The Texans number one priority is to keep Deshaun Watson upright and healthy. The early run on tackles prompts this trade. The Dolphins have been actively looking to trade down make for the perfect trade partner. Dillard is the best pass blocking tackle in this class, and he will provide immediate protection for their franchise quarterback. It’s an investment worth taking.
14. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE (Iowa)
The Lions traded down from the 8th pick and still acquired one of the premiere prospects in this class. Although the talented tight end hasn’t been linked to Detroit, he remains the best player on the board. Hockenson provides a dominant blocker and gifted receiver to a Lions offense that saw Golden Tate leave the nest. If still available, Hock will be heading to Detroit.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Greedy Williams, CB (LSU)
The Buccaneers need to address their secondary with this pick, and Greedy Williams fits the bill. After trading down and acquiring picks to set them up for future years, Williams will provide immediate assistance against the high flying offenses in the South.
16. Carolina Panthers: Dalton Risner, OT/OG (Kansas State)
With Dillard already off the board, the Panthers opt to work on the interior of their offensive line. Risner is a mean and angry blocker who will compete from day 1. He is a tough SOB and is relentless on every play. He will provide versatility and stability to the line.
17. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB (Duke)
This takes the second quarterback off the board and provides the *possible* successor to Eli Manning. He has had the right coaching and will have the ability to sit and learn for at least a year. Personally, I don’t understand what teams see in this quarterback class and I would want nothing to do with it. Have fun in mediocrity, New York.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C (N.C. State)
Bradbury is one of my “slam the table” prospects. He has All-Pro potential and will be a staple along their offensive line for the next decade. The Vikings need help on the interior and Bradbury offers that from the get-go.
19. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT (Clemson)
Wilkins is an athletic freak that projects to have a long and productive career terrorizing the middle of the field. He provides a big body up the gut for run defense and the burst and strength to create interior pressure. The Titans get a team leader and a defensive stud at 19.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, CB (Washington)
Murphy is the number 1 corner on my board and the Steelers need help in the secondary. Although Rock Ya-Sin has been linked here over the last week, Murphy is ready to help day 1. The Steelers are going to take the player who can help them win now, but don’t be fooled, Murphy’s upside is off the charts. He has in no way peaked.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Clelin Ferrell, Edge (Clemson)
Seattle just shipped away Frank Clark and now only has one player on the roster who eclipsed three sacks last season. They need pass rushers and one of the best is still sitting on the board. He fits their scheme to a T and will provide an impact in both the run and passing game. Ferrell has the upside Seattle needs along their front 4.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Cody Ford, OT (Oklahoma)
The Ravens need help on their offensive line and Cody Ford is ready to slot into the right tackle spot immediately. Protecting Lamar Jackson and clearing lanes for their high powered run offense is their top priority. The Ravens bring in a foundational piece of their offense with this pick.
23. Miami Dolphins: Dwayne Haskins, QB (Ohio State)
This is a twist; the Dolphins traded down in the draft, acquired more picks and still found what could be their franchise signal caller. Haskins has the potential to develop into a solid NFL quarterback and Miami is currently sitting with Ryan Fitzpatrick atop the depth chart. This will give Haskins a year to sit and could give new coach Brian Flores stability in a fire-stricken organization.
24. Oakland Raiders: Montez Sweat, Edge (Mississippi State)
Oakland won’t be scared off by the heart condition that was deemed minor in Indianapolis. Sweat is a freak athlete and will add their second defensive player of the first round. The Mississippi State product has the immense potential, but may not live up to it with his play on the field. Nonetheless, Oakland needs pass rushers, and Sweat is the best one available. If he doesn’t develop, the Raiders get a good run defender at the very least.
Philadelphia Eagles - New England Patriots
25. New England Patriots: Jeffery Simmons, DT (Mississippi State)
The Patriots have been known to take players with injury history early, and Jeffery Simmons value on the defensive line is too much to pass up. In 2012, New England made two trades (27-21 and 31-25) to bolster their defensive unit taking Chandler Jones and Donta Hightower. Simmons would slot in as the next defensive stalwart in New England. Simmons will enter the year on the PUP list and will have the opportunity to play in week 8 giving the Patriots another playmaker for their run to another Lombardi.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Abram, S (Mississippi State)
This marks the third Mississippi State prospect selected in a row. Marked as the number 1 safety on many boards, Abram is a hard hitter who can play in the box or utilize his physicality in coverage. He will pair with Malik Hooker to make one of the best safety duos in the league.
27. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB (Alabama)
Marshawn Lynch is not expected to play a third season in Oakland and Jalen Richard doesn’t look like the answer to the Raiders backfield. Enter Josh Jacobs, who is a physical runner and explosive playmaker. Jacobs would enter the backfield as a feature back capable of running on early downs and contributing as a receiver or pass blocker on third downs. Jacobs would be the Raiders third selection of the first round and first on the offensive side of the ball. Adding Jacobs will take pressure off Derek Carr providing the opportunity to drain the clock late in games. His character and leadership traits are a plus.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Rock Ya-Sin, CB (Temple)
It became apparent that the Chargers need to add help on the boundary following the loss to the Patriots. Yes, they have other needs, defensive tackle among them, but the Temple product has the potential to develop into a number 1 cornerback. Given recent reports, this selection makes sense for their defensive scheme.
29. Seattle Seahawks: Nasir Adderley, S (Delaware)
Losing Earl Thomas early last season was a dire hit to the team and defense. Now in Baltimore, the Seahawks are in need of a new playmaker in the backend of their defense. Nasir Adderley has the range and instinctive nature to make an immediate impact in Seattle's secondary. Adderley is capable of playing single high, in the slot or in the box providing versatility to the defense.
30. Green Bay Packers: Mack Wilson, LB (Alabama)
Mack Wilson is a hard hitting linebacker who will make his name in run defense. Green Bay has already addressed their defense with Brian Burns and now they find their linebacker and possible future leader of the defense. The Packers have heavily invested on the defensive side of the ball during the offseason and add two playmakers early in this draft.
Los Angeles Rams - Denver Broncos
31. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB (Missouri)
The Broncos find a trade partner and grab the quarterback that has been linked to them for the better part of draft season. Drew Lock will be given the opportunity to sit and learn behind Joe Flacco and the Broncos get their guy while securing the coveted fifth year option in the process.
32. Philadelphia Eagles: A.J. Brown, WR (Ole Miss)
Adding additional picks to move down 6 spots will be a decision the Eagles likely explore. AJ Brown is the most complete receiver in the 2019 draft class and would give Carson Wentz another weapon in his arsenal. Adding Brown to the likes of Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert and Josh Howard gives the Eagles a high powered offense to compete in the NFC East.