With the 2018-19 NFL season approaching it’s final week with Super Bowl Sunday coming up, it’s time to take a look ahead to the offseason. Most draft slots are set and teams are starting to look at who will best improve their team in 2019. While I’m sure there will be some moves to change these draft positions, here is what I see happening in the 2019 NFL Draft with the way things stand right now.
1. Arizona - Nick Bosa, EDGE (Ohio State)
Although there has been proof that new coach Kliff Kingsbury likes Kyler Murray and speculation that he might take him at this selection, he already has a young quarterback in Josh Rosen. With that being said, they will take the top prospect on most draft boards. Bosa will be a huge addition to the Cardinals’ defense and will give them much needed help off the edge as a pass rusher.
2. San Francisco - Josh Allen, EDGE (Kentucky)
Even though Bosa will be the top prospect on most boards, I believe Allen has the most potential out of any prospect in this draft. The 49ers need help in many areas, especially on defense Allen gives them a proven force off the edge as a pass rusher while also giving them an outside linebacker who can drop in coverage.
3. New York Jets - Jonah Williams , OT (Alabama)
With the top two pass rushers off the board, I could see the Jets trading out of this spot. However, if they decided to stay, their young quarterback Sam Darnold could use some protection. Williams is the best offensive lineman in this class and will give the Jets a reliable option at tackle and also possesses the talent to move inside if needed.
4. Oakland - Quinnen Williams, DL (Alabama)
The Raiders’ front office should be thrilled to see that Williams is still on the board at this selection. With the departure of Khalil Mack this past season, they need a new young face of their defense. Williams will provide them with this as he is a force as a pass rusher and against the run.
5. Tampa Bay - Greedy Williams, CB (LSU)
Tampa needs some much needed help in the secondary, especially at the corner position. With Brent Grimes getting up there in age and his level of play declining, they need a new young corner to take over. Williams is one of the best corners in this class and will have great success at the next level.
6. New York Giants - Dwayne Haskins, QB (Ohio State)
With Eli Manning’s career coming to an end, the Giants will be in the market for their quarterback of the future. Haskins is by far the best quarterback in this class and is fully capable of being the future franchise quarterback that the Giants need. He has received many impressive pro comparisons, including Ben Roethlisberger. I could see the Giants even trading up to ensure that they get him but I think that he will still be on the board unless another team tries to jump ahead of them.
7. Jacksonville - Kyler Murray, QB (Oklahoma)
The Jaguars have been a team that has had tremendous potential but has never been able to reach it. This is mainly due to the struggles of their offense, which starts with the quarterback. I think this is the year that they move on from Blake Bortles. While I was very surprised that Murray chose football over baseball, he will be a very intriguing prospect for many teams. His dual threat ability will bring some much needed excitement to Jacksonville’s offense.
8. Detroit - Rashan Gary, DL (Michigan)
After a rough season for the Lions, they will definitely need to improve their defense, especially on their defensive front. With Gary playing his college ball in Michigan, I’m sure that the Lions have kept a close eye on him. He will be the best available prospect at this selection and gives the Lions many options for where to use him as he can play inside or on the edge.
9. Buffalo - D.K. Metcalf, WR (Ole Miss)
Although the Bills struggled this season, they have some help as rookie quarterback Josh Allen showed that he has potential to be the franchise quarterback they have been looking for. With the quarterback position taken care of, they will need to find him a go-to target. Metcalf is the best receiver in this draft and will provide the Bills with the big, speedy deep threat that they need.
10. Denver - Drew Lock, QB (Missouri)
When the Broncos signed quarterback Case Keenum last offseason, they thought that they had found their answer at the position. Unfortunately, they have been proven wrong so far as their passing game struggled tremendously this season. With that being said, I believe they could be in the QB market in the draft. Lock would give them a quarterback of the future with great talent both as a passer and a runner. He may not start right away but he will push Keenum for his job and eventually take it. I could see Denver moving up to take a player like Haskins or Murray but I believe Lock would be a safe pick as well.
11. Cincinnati - Devin White, LB (LSU)
As you can see with their record, the Bengals have many problems to fix this off season. Linebacker is one of those issues. Due to multiple injuries and the problems that he has given this coaching staff, I think it is time for the Bengals to move on from Vontaze Burfict. If they decide to do so, they will need a new face for their defense. White is the best linebacker in this class and I believe he has great potential to be an All-Pro caliber player.
12. Green Bay - Clelin Ferrell , EDGE (Clemson)
The Packers had a very disappointing 2018 season. This was mainly due to struggles on the defensive side of the ball. Drafting a young edge rusher like Ferrell will give them a much needed spark on that side of the ball. Ferrell’s ability to get to the quarterback will not only help this defense succeed but also take some pressure off of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense.
13. Miami - Jachai Polite, EDGE (Florida)
I could easily see the Dolphins being a team that trades up to draft a quarterback. If they decide to stay at this spot, I don’t see a quarterback that fits their scheme that would be good enough to pick here. With that being said, they could use some help on defense as well. Polite is an underrated prospect who will give the Dolphins a much needed force off the edge.
14. Atlanta - Ed Oliver , DT (Houston)
Going into this season, I would’ve had Oliver as a top five pick in this draft. Unfortunately, other players out performed him this season and have passed him up on draft boards. However, Oliver is still a very special player. With the struggles that the Falcons have had on the defensive interior, they should be sprinting this pick in to the commissioner if Oliver is still available.
15. Washington - Daniel Jones, QB (Duke)
Unfortunately for the Redskins, things aren’t looking good for Alex Smith to return any time soon from his very serious leg injury. With that in mind, they will have to find a replacement quickly. Jones is a very intriguing prospect as a passer and will be rising up draft boards, especially after receiving the MVP award at the Senior Bowl. He would give the Redskins a polished passer that can step up and be the Week One starter.
16. Carolina - Cody Ford, OG (Oklahoma)
With the amount of talent the Panthers possess on both sides of the ball, they should be a true contender. However, a struggling offensive line made things very hard on them this season. Cody Ford is the best offensive lineman available at this spot and would give the Panthers a solid blocker on the interior that will open up running lanes for Christian McCaffrey and help give Cam Newton more time to throw.
17. Cleveland - Hakeem Butler, WR (Iowa State)
Although they still didn’t make the playoffs, the Browns showed a lot of promise this season. They have found the franchise quarterback they have been searching for in Baker Mayfield but they need to give him some more weapons. Butler would be the best option available at receiver at this spot as he would give the Browns a huge weapon as a deep threat. The combination of him, Jarvis Landry, and Antonio Callaway would give Mayfield a nice trio of receivers to spread the ball to.
18. Minnesota - Jawaan Taylor, OT (Florida)
The Vikings were a surprising disappointment this season. Many people, including myself, expected them to compete for the NFC title. Unfortunately, they failed to even make the playoffs. You can point fingers at quarterback Kirk Cousins but his offensive line didn’t help him much. Taylor is an offensive tackle that has a high ceiling and could be a great young talent for this offensive line. Hopefully he can come in and help Cousins have a great comeback season in 2019.
19. Tennessee - Dexter Lawrence, DT (Clemson)
Tennessee had an up and down season this year as they came just short of winning the AFC South and making the playoffs. They have many areas of improvement that can help put them over the hump, including the defensive interior. Lawrence would be a much needed big body for their defensive line who can get to the quarterback and is a force against the run. His failed drug test will raise some eyebrows but I believe he is a player who is worth the risk and will still be a solid pro if put in the right system.
20. Pittsburgh - Byron Murphy, CB (Washington)
With a drama filled 2018 season, the Steelers failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Their biggest struggle this season as well as the past few seasons has been in the secondary. They brought in Joe Haden but he needs another solid corner on the opposite side. They thought they had their answer a few years ago with drafting Artie Burns in the first round but he hasn’t been near what they expected. Murphy would give them a tough, smart corner in coverage that can also come down and give support against the run.
21. Seattle - Christian Wilkins, DL (Clemson)
For as long as I can remember, the Seattle Seahawks have been known for their defense. However, things have changed as the Legion of Boom has moved on and they have struggled on the defensive interior. I believe that they have some young defensive backs who will give them great success moving forward so now they must sure up their defensive line. Wilkins would give them a solid lineman on the interior who has a knack for getting in the backfield and being disruptive both against the pass and the run.
22. Baltimore - A.J. Brown, WR (Ole Miss)
The Ravens were a team who surprised a lot of people at the end of the season as they made their late push to win the AFC North. However, they were carried by a very good defense. Lamar Jackson is the future of the offense and we all know what he can do as a runner, but he lacks the weapons in the passing game. Brown would give Jackson an eventual #1 target to help him spread out defenses.
23. Houston - Greg Little, OT (Ole Miss)
The Houston Texans are a team on the rise that honestly doesn’t have too many major holes to fill. One area that they could use some improvement and depth at is on the offensive line. Greg Little would be the best available lineman at this spot and could quickly work his way into one of the starting tackle spots. A young lineman with the amount of potential that Little has would be a great fit to help protect Deshaun Watson.
24. Oakland (via CHI) - Deionte Thompson, S (Alabama)
As we all know, the Raiders acquired a large amount of picks in trades this past season. They gaines this selection in the trade which sent Khalil Mack to Chicago and I believe they will use it to improve their defense. Thompson gives them another Alabama product and some much needed help in the secondary as he is the best safety available in this draft. He will provide them improvement in coverage as well as give them a safety who can fill the lanes and give run support.
25. Philadelphia - David Montgomery, RB (Iowa State)
The Eagles are a team who came on late in the 2018 season and made a real push for the NFC title. One area that has been a mystery for them for the past two seasons is what to do at the running back position They have a wide variety of both young and veteran backs on their roster but they are looking for a true lead back. As the best running back in this class, Montgomery would give them just that.
26. Indianapolis - Deandre Baker, CB (Georgia)
Indianapolis was another team that came on strong at the end of the season to take the final Wild Card spot and win their first round game over the Houston Texans. While they have a lot of great young talent, they still have some areas of improvement, including in the secondary, Baker is the best corner available at this spot and he would give the Colts a much needed reliable option on the opposite side of Kenny Moore.
27. Oakland (via DAL) - Brian Burns, EDGE (Florida State)
Oakland will use their third first round pick that was acquired in the Amari Cooper trade to continue to improve their defense. Burns is an athletic edge rusher that could be drafted much higher than this but I have him lower than other experts for now. With that being said, I still believe he can be a solid player at the next level and help to begin filling the hole in the defense that was left behind in the departure of Khalil Mack.
28. Los Angeles Chargers - Jeffery Simmons, DL (Mississippi State)
The Chargers were a team that was a huge contender in 2018. With some small improvements, they will be right back in the conversation next season. An area that they can improve at is the defensive interior. Simmons is the best interior lineman left at this spot and he will provide a solid run stopper on the inside to go along with the Chargers’ outstanding edge rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
29. Kansas City - Amani Oruwariye, CB (Penn State)
As great as the offense of the Kansas City Chiefs was this season, it wasn’t enough to get them to the Super Bowl. The obvious struggles in the Chiefs secondary was one of the main reasons that they aren’t playing this Sunday. They need a young corner that can come in and provide an immediate spark. Oruwariye is a name that is rising up many draft boards and is a player that can come in and be a Week One starter and help to bring this defense to the next level.
30. Green Bay (via NO) - Nasir Adderley, S (Delaware)
As I mentioned earlier, the Packers have some much needed areas of improvement on the defensive side of the ball. With this pick that they acquired from the Saints, they will continue to improve their defense. Adderley is a small school product that has risen quickly up draft boards and would be a huge addition for Green Bay’s secondary. He is a big time playmaker in coverage that will come in and compete for a starting job right away.
31. New England * - N’Keal Harry, WR (Arizona State)
The Patriots came on strong per usual and have made it to the Super Bowl once again. Although they have done well with what they have, they could use some young talent in their receiver core. Harry would be the best available option at this point in the draft and would give the Patriots a true deep threat due to his size and speed.
32. Los Angeles Rams * - Zach Allen, EDGE (Boston College)
After an incredible 2018 season, the Rams won’t have many major holes to fill as far as starters go. However, they can still add depth to this already dangerous defense. Allen is a prospect that has potential but still has area to grow. He would benefit greatly from coming in and being a rotational player as a rookie for the Rams and improving his craft as a pass rusher. Eventually, if he takes advantage of learning from the veterans, Allen can be a very solid pass rusher in the league.
*Slots have not yet been determined due to playoffs