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This is our 10th-annual backward mock draft. It's what it sounds like: What would the 2019 NFL Draft look like if the order were reversed? Who would the Eagles take with the first pick? My annual Backward NFL Mock Draft is listed below.
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New England Patriots: Kyler Murray, QB/WR, Oklahoma
Kyler Murray or Nick Bosa? That's the question the Patriots would have to answer if they had the first pick. Sound familiar? Bosa makes a ton of sense for a team that lost its best edge rusher, Trey Flowers, in free agency. However, how often does a team have the opportunity to land a franchise quarterback? I have to believe that the Patriots would opt to obtain a successor for Tom Brady, who turns 42 in August.
Los Angeles Rams: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Rams have a great defense, but their stop unit is missing two things: stellar cornerback play and a consistent edge rush. They re-signed former Jaguar Dante Fowler to a 1-year deal this offseason, but he's far from the answer they need on the outside. Nick Bosa would take their defense to an entire new level, so I imagine the other NFC West teams are thankful that the Rams don't have the second pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Green Bay Packers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Packers signed Muhammad Wilkerson last offseason. He played very well for them for a few games, but then was lost for the season with an injury. Wilkerson is now a free agent, and I imagine there's a chance he's retained if the Packers don't find a younger, better replacement in the defensive line-heavy 2019 NFL Draft. I'd have to imagine that Quinnen Williams would qualify as such.
Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Allen, DE/LB, Kentucky
The Chiefs are desperate for defensive help across the board, which is what made their decision to jettison their top two edge rushers quite puzzling. They may not find a viable replacement at No. 29 in the 2019 NFL Draft, but Josh Allen would be available with the fourth pick, making that course of action much more logical.
Los Angeles Chargers: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Much like the Patriots, the Chargers could find their successor for their old quarterback in this backward mock draft. It might be tempting for them to select someone like Jawaan Taylor to solidify Philip Rivers' protection, but how often are the Chargers going to be in a position to obtain a franchise quarterback in the next few years?
Oakland Raiders: Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State
If the Raiders are fine with Montez Sweat's heart condition - which doesn't sound nearly as serious as Maurice Hurst's - they'll certainly consider him at No. 4 overall if the top three picks are Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen. Sweat would make sense in this scenario, as the Raiders have a non-existent pass rush that must be addressed.
Indianapolis Colts: Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan
Indianapolis' defense made great strides last year compared to what it looked like in prior seasons. One of their remaining major holes was on the edge, as the Colts didn't get to the quarterback very often. Rashan Gary would help in that regard if he lives up to his tremendous athletic ability.
Philadelphia Eagles: Devin White, LB, LSU
It's been a very long time since the Eagles spent a first-round pick on a linebacker. They just don't value the position as much as other teams. However, I think it would be very difficult for them to pass on an absolute stud like Devin White. Philadelphia has a big weakness at the position in the wake of Jordan Hicks' departure, and White would be a great replacement.
Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
I think this is what the Raiders imagined when they traded their players for two first-round picks. Two top-10 selections sounds a lot better than two choices in the 20s. At any rate, the Raiders can continue to strengthen their defensive line, as Ed Oliver is the best player available. Pairing Oliver and Sweat together would be a great start to rebuilding a horrible defense.
Houston Texans: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Texans have a terrible offensive line that must be addressed. I have them doing that in my real 2019 NFL Mock Draft by selecting Andre Dillard. In this backward mock, they can obtain the top tackle in this class rather than watching Jawaan Taylor go to the rival Jaguars.
Baltimore Ravens: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Ravens lost John Brown and Michael Crabtree in free agency. They have a huge void at receiver, which they could fill with Parris Campbell, my pick in the real 2019 NFL Mock Draft. Baltimore would have the luxury of getting a receiver with even greater upside in this backward version.
Seattle Seahawks: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Here's another instance in which a team makes a pick at the same position, but obtains a better prospect. The difference between the 21st and 12th picks is being able to select T.J. Hockenson over Noah Fant to fill a huge hole at tight end.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
This is the first instance in which a team makes the same pick that it would in a regular order. I'm not sure if Devin Bush will make it to Pittsburgh's selection at No. 20, but he would probably be available at No. 13 if he makes it past Cincinnati. The Steelers are desperate to fill their void at linebacker, so they'd draft Bush in this scenario.
Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Mike Vrabel attempted to recruit Christian Wilkins when he was coaching at Ohio State. The Titans have met with Wilkins on several occasions, and I imagine that they would draft him if he fell to No. 19 overall.
Minnesota Vikings: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Vikings overpaid for Kirk Cousins, so now they have to transition from a defensive team to an offensive one. An improved offensive line will allow Cousins to survive until Week 17, when he can once again choke with a playoff bid on the line. I have the Vikings taking Cody Ford in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, so here's a better blocker.
New York Giants: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Giants are going to pass on the quarterbacks at No. 6 overall because they want an elite pass rusher from this great defensive line class. However, they could be singing a different tune at No. 17 if one of the first-round quarterbacks still happens to be available. In this case, two are.
Go to 2019 Backward NFL Mock Draft: Picks 17-32
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