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Patrick Teehan - 2019 NFL Mock Draft - 1.0
Published at 8/30/2018 7:37:45 PM
Patrick Teehan - 2019 NFL Mock Draft - 1.0
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The Jets just are an overall bad team. They probably fixed their long line of QB issues with Darnold, but their defense could use some work. Sure, they have some stars like Leonard and Adams, but their pass rush has been decimated in the past few years when they lost both Richardson and Wilkerson. Bosa is one of the best pass rushers in the college football world. An instant impact, and even a DROY candidate right off the bat. Those Bosa boys are something else.
Ed Oliver is a DT whose name is mentioned as a Heisman candidate. Again, I say as a Defensive Tackle! He's a game changer on the D-Line. Although the Bengals signed Atkins and Dunlap to multi-year contracts this off-season, those two Pro-Bowlers will both be in their 30s by the time the draft rolls around. Grabbing one of the best DTs since Aaron Donald will be a blessing for the Bengals for years to come.
The Bills lost Cordy Glenn, Eric Woods, and Ritchie Incognito within the span of a few months. They are now dangerously sparse along the O-Line, and with a young QB, Josh Allen, under center, they need a good line to help his development. Williams is a top end OT, coming out of Alabama of course. He's big, fast, and can lock down the blindside for Allen. An immediate upgrade along their line.
This pick is pretty much dependent on if Tannehill can finally hold his own as a franchise QB in the NFL. If he performs like a capable QB can, or if he can stay healthy all season, the Dolphins will go with a pass rusher, like Gary. Gary is a solid disruptor along the D-Line who can try and fill the hole Suh left after he went to LA.
The Colts haven't had anyone get consistently to the QB since Mathis retired. They did have Erik Walden who posted 11 sacks in 2016, but they released him. Davis is an athletic specimen at Alabama (no surprise) who will make the Colts defense better instantly. They don't have a lot of play makers on the defensive side of the ball, so the rebuild starts with Davis. They drafted Hooker a few years ago, but he's been off the field for a majority of his career. Davis could come in and immediately put up 7-10 sacks in his rookie campaign.
The Browns improved drastically this past off-season, however, not that much. They will probably win more than ZERO whole games, but they still land in the top 10 of the draft. I was not a fan of the early second round selection of Austin Corbett who they drafted to play OT, but he can't. Corbett is an OG, which they learned, so they moved their Pro-Bowl caliber OG out to OT, where I think he won't perform to his fullest potential. Drafting a real tackle in Little helps the Browns here. They can move Bitonio back inside and have Corbett as a great back-up O-Lineman. Little is anything but, measuring at 6'6 325, and is terrific in the run game. This is an instant plug and play player with easy Pro Bowl potential.
I feel like Winston redeems himself this year. Coming off a 3 game suspension to begin the year, he can either light it up or play mediocre, like he's done plenty of times throughout his career. If he does play well, the Bucs will protect him with Adams, a big bruiser in the trenches. He's a mauler who will protect Jameis for as long as he's running the Tampa.
Williams had 6 picks and 10 PDs in this redshirt freshman year at LSU. Six INTs at the collegiate level is a great stat that not many top DBs accomplish. He's a true ballhawk who can learn a thing or two from All Pro Patrick Peterson.
Alex Smith is 34 years old, and although coming off one of the best seasons of his career, he's old. The Redskins roster is in now way ready to compete at a playoff level, so beginning the rebuild with a young QB is a good start. Herbert is a good athlete and has a big arm, and coming out of a storied program like Oregon gives him a head start on his development.
The Ravens aren't as competitive as they have been in years past. Joe Flacco is average, Lamar Jackson needs time to develop, and the offense is just an "OK" unit. The defense should be fine with most of their major pieces returning, but I feel like they have just a "meh" year as a team. One glowing concern that Baltimore has faced for countless years is WR. They haven't had a young, go-to guy for as long as I can remember. Brown is the best receiver in this class. He's big, fast, and a freak of nature to put it kindly. Comp: Michael Thomas, Saints
The Lions got a stud when they picked Jarrad Davis a few years back. He's shown a real step up and will probably be a future perennial Pro Bowler. But there's always room to improve. Pairing White and Davis could be a special combination. The Lions lost Levy a few years back and Whitehead to Oakland, so they put White at OLB and they have a run stopping nightmare in the second level. White is fast, athletic, and has great instincts (played RB in high school). A really special talent.
Everyone is on the Bears hype train. Unfortunately, I'm not, although I'd like to be. I feel like they will do well, but their roster hasn't matured enough to take the next step just yet. The Bears snag Ferrell at the 12th spot in this draft, pairing him with Leonard Floyd to form a truly monstrous (midway) pass rush.
The Broncos' Super Bowl Run was because of their defense (Sorry Peyton). They had a consistent pass rush on both sides, which they got back with Chubb, but they also had lock down corners on both sides as well. They lost Talib this offseason, so pairing Chris Harris Jr with a young CB could be the beginning of a new era of the No Fly Zone.
I'm 98% sure that Davis Webb and Kyle Lauletta aren't going to be starting caliber QBs in the NFL. However, Drew Lock will be. He's got a cannon as a right arm and is athletic enough to get some ground yardage. He has some accuracy and decision making concerns, but he threw FORTY FOUR TDs for the Tigers in 2017 (An SEC record). The possible 2018 Heisman candidate lands in Big Blue where he'll succeed Eli and have OBJ, Saquon, and Engram to help him out (not too bad of a gig if you ask me).
The Raiders released Obi Melifonwu, a young, former 2nd round S. Jon Gruden also has had a draft pattern of taking some head scratching picks in the first round. This fits the bill for need and questionable. Denis is a grinder as Gruden would point out. He doesn't come from a top D1 school, but he makes plays nonetheless. He could have the potential to be something in the NFL.
The Seahawks have a lust for picking defensive lineman. After losing Sheldon Richardson, and with Malik McDowell never playing a snap, the DT spot of Seattle's front could use some beefing up. Lawrence has already drawn comparisons of Bucs' McCoy and Rams' Suh, which is obviously some good company. A game wrecker; a great player against the run and getting pressure on the QB.