It’s that time of year again, a time where teams can make or break their season and their future, a time when teams make stupid decisions, and a time where teams find their guy to lead them to the top. It’s the NFL Draft. I don’t know why the draft is the giant spectacle it is now, since all it is when you break it down is reading names off a slip of paper, but it is. And hey, this is sure to get the clicks because it says “mock draft” in the title. So here is my mock draft right here for you. I’m probably going to be terribly wrong as I was with the NCAA tournament, but if I keep doing predictions on things, eventually I’m going to get it right (hopefully). I do know football way more than basketball though, so this should be better for me.
Without further adieu, here is my 2019 NFL Mock Draft.
1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Height: 5’10 Weight: 207 lbs
They shouldn’t. But they will. In my opinion, Kyler Murray shouldn’t even be near the top pick let alone near the top 10 maybe. But this mock draft is about what I think teams will do, not what they should do. If Arizona was smart they would take Bosa or Oliver or someone else. Nevertheless, Kyler Murray is the best QB for new coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. A quick explosive quarterback is what Kliff wants for his team, and we saw that when he coached Texas Tech. However he has a lot of work cut out for him if he wants to develop into an NFL quarterback.
2. San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
Height: 6’4 Weight: 266 lbs
The 49ers thank the Cardinals for their stupidity and draft a guy who’s quite possibly the best overall player in this draft. He did have that injury in college, but he chose to sit out the whole year to not risk aggravating it. This man is explosive, quick off the line, and a great all-around defensive player. Should greatly improve the Niner defense and bolster an already great D-line.
3. New York Jets: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Height: 6’3 Weight: 303 lbs
Another pass rusher comes off the board, and while it isn’t Bosa, I’m sure the Jets will be more than happy with this guy. Great at collapsing the pocket, and can stop the run and rush the passer really well. (He’s ranked #1 by Pro Football Focus in both categories out of all draftees) You could even argue that Williams should go first. Imagine him lining up next to leonard Williams, now that is one scary duo.
4. Oakland Raiders, DT Ed Oliver, Houston
Height: 6’2 Weight: 287 lbs
Once thought of as the consensus number one overall pick, Oliver has slipped down a tiny bit due to his knee injury last season. But after a great combine, Oliver has brought himself back into top 3 contention. Oakland’s pass rush was significantly weaker this year due to the loss of Khalil Mack, and Oliver should provide an adequate replacement. Williams and Bosa have slightly greater intangibles and skill, but you can’t go wrong with Ed.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Josh Allen, Kentucky
Height: 6’5 Weight: 262 lbs
Allen can both rush the passer and sit back in coverage, and with the loss of Kwon Alexander in free agency, Allen should fit nicely into a starting role. If there was anyone you could compare Khalil Mack to in this draft, it would be Josh Allen. He pretty much bulldozed everyone put in front of him last season, while single-handedly carrying Kentucky’s defense. Tampa Bay’s defense needs work, and Allen should bring a big boost to it.
6. New York Giants: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Height: 6’3 Weight: 231 lbs
I know the Giants want to hold onto Eli Manning for another 65 years, but they need to replace him. He has been on his last legs for a LONG time now, and it’s hurting the Giants tremendously. However, reports are surfacing that suggests the Giants might pull the trigger and take a QB with their 6th pick, and Dwayne Haskins is just the answer. He fits the NY offense well, is easily the best all-around QB in the draft, and even with a year under Manning (should they choose to go that route) he will succeed from day one. They might do defense here and take a QB at 17, but they can’t pass on this guy. It’s about time Dave Gettleman did some things right, and he can start here by taking Haskins.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: WR DK Metcalf, Ole Miss
Height: 6’3 Weight: 228 lbs
The Jaguars offense is, to put it nicely, complete garbage. Don’t get me wrong, Blake Bortles was bad, but he didn’t really have many people to throw it to. Nick Foles needs some weapons, and Jacksonville can provide one in DK Metcalf. He’s built like a superhero, and is insanely quick. Agility is a big concern, and he won’t do well in 1-on-1 coverage, but he does have a lot of strength, and can catch the ball well too. Their O-line needs help, but they can’t pass on DK.
8. Detroit Lions: TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa
Height: 6’5 Weight: 251 lbs
One of the top 10 players in the draft, Hockenson is getting comparisons to Travis Kelce, and for good reason. He can block well and does well going up and getting the ball. The Lions have needed a TE since they lost Eric Ebron, and Hockenson should fit well in the Lions offense.
9. Buffalo Bills: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
Height: 6’5 Weight: 312 lbs
Buffalo’s number one priority should be to protect their young QB Josh Allen, and they can do that by taking Taylor. The best O-lineman in the draft, the has great positioning along with great fundamentals and intangibles. The Bills need to beef up their O-line, and they seem like they want to go that route. Taking Taylor would be a big upgrade.
10. Denver Broncos: QB Drew Lock, Missouri
Height: 6’4 Weight: 228 lbs
The Broncos did trade for Joe Flacco, but he’s on the wrong side of 30 and beginning to collapse. Elway loves drafting QBs, and he’s been eyeing Drew Lock for a long time. Great all-around QB with a good combination of size and arm power. He’s also got great footwork alongside great mobility and accuracy. Elway doesn’t have the best record when drafting QBs (Hi Paxton Lynch), but Lock is NFL-ready, and will do great in Denver if they take him.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Height: 6’6 Weight: 260 lbs
Coming off a college career in which he had a total of 30 sacks over two season, Montez Sweat could be a big sleeper pick in this draft. He’s been overlooked due to the talent above him at his position, but Sweat is no joke. He’s got a long frame, alongside great power and leverage. His medical record might scare off some teams, but the Bengals need to upgrade their aging defense. They’ve also lost a few key pieces, so Sweat should be a good replacement.
12. Green Bay Packers: LB Devin White, LSU
Height: 6’0 Weight: 237 lbs
Devin White is a steal at 12. You could argue he should be higher on this list, and while that is a definite possibility. Only one team so far needs a linebacker, and that was the Bucs, and Josh Allen is better so they take him. White has speed and versatility that any team would like to have, and Green Bay needs a linebacker to pair with Jake Ryan and Clay Matthews. Should be an instant starter from day one.
13. Miami Dolphins: OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
Height: 6’4 Weight: 302 lbs
You can never go wrong with upgrading your O-line, and new coach Brian Flores wants to protect his new QB in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Pure fundamentals guy. Quick, powerful, and adjusts well to defenders. A solid player.
14. Atlanta Falcons: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Height: 6’4 Weight: 264 lbs
The Falcons are looking for help on their D-line, and why not go with a guy from the best D-line in the country last year. Wilkins isn’t one of the top D-linemen in the draft, but he isn’t that far behind. He can stop the run and rush the passer (ranked #2 in both categories by PFF), along with efficient movement and flexibility on the line. This is a good pickup for Atlanta if they grab him.
15. Washington Redskins: QB Daniel Jones, Duke
Height: 6’5 Weight: 221 lbs
In any other situation, this guy goes in the second round. However, Washington needs to get their QB situation sorted after going through a carousel at that position after the Alex Smith injury. They can’t risk a guy like Jones being taken before their 2nd round selection. So they must take him here. The most underrated QB in the draft, Jones is consistent with a high football IQ. With the right development, he can become a quality starter in the league.
16. Carolina Panthers: DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
Height: 6’4 Weight: 247 lbs
Carolina needs help with their pass rush. Even though most of the good ones are gone by this point. You can’t go wrong with Rashan Gary. He was a stud at Michigan, gaining First Team All-Big Ten honors last year. He can set a good strong edge and can establish a sturdy base. Also has a good combination of speed and power. Panthers will be happy with this pick.
17. New York Giants: LB Brian Burns, Florida State
Height: 6’5 Weight: 249 lbs
The Giants haven’t had a solid, consistent pass rusher since Jason Pierre-Paul, and Brian Burns can be a real under-the-radar pick for a pass rushing linebacker. He had his breakout year last year at Florida State, recording 52 tackles and 10 sacks. Should be a nice two-in-one player for New York, and should improve that defense by a ton.
18. Minnesota Vikings: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
Height: 6’5 Weight: 315 lbs
The Vikings O-line isn’t really the best in the league, and that’s one of the reasons why Kirk Cousins struggled last year. Getting him some solid protection in Dillard wouldn’t hurt.
19. Tennessee Titans: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Height: 6’4 Weight: 342 lbs
Don’t be fooled by the giant frame of Dexter Lawrence, the man is an incredible athlete. Part of that monstrous D-line at Clemson, Lawrence uses his strength and incredible athleticism to get by defenders and plug gaps on run plays. The Titans need some interior lineman help, and Lawrence could provide that fully.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Greedy Williams, LSU
Height: 6’2 Weight: 185 lbs
The Steelers desperately need some help in the secondary, and while they could use a wide receiver to replace Antonio Brown, they need to get someone here first. Greedy Williams is the top corner in the draft in my opinion. Yes, he’s another personality that could add to the giant cancer that is the Steelers locker room, but he would help out more than he would harm.
21. Seattle Seahawks: CB Byron Murphy, Washington
Height: 5’11 Weight: 193 lbs
Seattle needs to replace all the losses they’ve had on defense in the past couple years. Their secondary is a more important need as they need heirs to the Legion of Boom. I was torn between this guy or Deandre Baker from Georgia, both could potentially go in the first round. But Murphy is the overall better athlete and cover guy. He posted 7 interceptions last year at Washington, and with a great football IQ alongside good body control and toughness, Murphy could be a great corner in the NFL.
22. Baltimore Ravens: LB Devin Bush, Michigan
Height: 5’11 Weight: 234 lbs
This guy could be a top-15 pick, and if he’s available by the time we get to this point in the draft, Bush is a steal for any team that picks him. Can rush the passer and play in zone coverage well due to his speed and blitzing abilities. The Ravens need to find their next great linebacker to take the torch from Lewis and Suggs, and Bush can be that guy.
23. Houston Texans: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
Height: 6’3 Weight: 306 lbs
Another team that needs to protect their QB some more, Bradbury should fit right in as the anchor of the Texans O-line.
24. Oakland Raiders: RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
Height: 5’10 Weight: 220 lbs
With Marshawn Lynch retiring, the Raiders have a giant gap at running back. Jacobs has a nice mixture of both size and speed, and can be used in the passing game as well. Just the type of player that coach Jon Gruden wants.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Height: 6’5 Weight: 312 lbs
Carson Wentz has been injured in both his seasons in the NFL, so it’s important that the Eagles get some help to replace their aging O-line and protect their golden goose. Risner should do well in in Philly, and become the QB protector that the Eagles need.
26. Indianapolis Colts: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Height: 5’9 Weight: 166 lbs
The Colts need to give Luck another weapon; they can’t just rely on T.Y. Hilton all the time. Why not go after the flashy playmaker in Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. He has the potential to be a real game-changing athlete in the NFL with the ability to do most things with his blazing speed. Should be a fun player to watch.
27. Oakland Raiders: TE Noah Fant, Iowa
Height: 6’4 Weight: 229 lbs
The Raiders should really go defense here, as they have a lot of holes to fill on that side of the ball, but they won’t. You know why? Because Jon Gruden is an idiot; an old relic that should've never even been considered for Oakland’s head coaching job. He doesn’t know how to identify talent to save his life, and when he does find some he trades it away (Hi Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper). Nevertheless, the Raiders could use Fant as a replacement for Jared Cook, who they lost in free agency. He’s a big athlete who’s hard to contain. If I were Oakland though I’d try to draft two defensive players in the first round, but that’s just me.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Height: 6’6 Weight: 295 lbs
The Chargers only need to fill one gap on their already loaded defense, and that’s at DT. Tillery has good raw strength along with quick hands and an explosive first step. Imagine him alongside Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, what a D-line that can be. That’s scary.
29. Seattle Seahawks: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
Height: 6’3 Weight: 315 lbs
This is one of the picks that Seattle acquired from Kansas City in exchange for Frank Clark in a recent trade, and they almost surely will use this pick to replace him, Ferrell should be a solid replacement, as he plays with toughness and uses his long arms to easily move past defenders. He can plug gaps very quickly. This could be a good pick for Seattle and should help rebuild their defense.
30. Green Bay Packers: WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss
Height: 6’0 Weight: 226 lbs
If the Packers pick up a defensive player with their first pick, then they need to fill up some holes at skill positions with this one, and AJ Brown is a guy that can instantly come in and make an impact. Arguably the best receiver in the draft, Brown has insane footwork and is a very efficient route runner. Could be the number one guy in Green Bay if he ends up there.
31. Los Angeles Rams: OG Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Height: 6’4 Weight: 329 lbs
The Rams O-line is mediocre at best, and Ford is a very athletic guy despite being 329 pounds. He’s quick, powerful, strong, and can play both guard and tackle. He’s everything you want in an offensive lineman, and the Rams would be fools to not pick him if he’s available, or any O-lineman for that matter.
32. New England Patriots: N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
Height: 6’2 Weight: 228 lbs
The Patriots can turn dust to gold 9 times out of 10, and with their many losses on offense, they need another playmaker. The athletic N’Keal Harry should do it for the Pats. He has a big frame and is a big target, and does very well in 1-on-1 coverage, especially in breaking off the press.