Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.
2019 NFL Mock DRAFT
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New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
TRADE!!! The Cardinals trade down with the Giants as the Giants grab their replacement for Eli Manning. The Giants know that Manning is declining and that they have to find a successor. While there is talk of veteran quarterbacks, the team has a ton of other needs to address on the roster and veteran quarterbacks are extremely expensive. Having their starting quarterback on a rookie contract would allow the Giants to spend elsewhere and fill needs. After passing on taking a franchise quarterback last year, Dave Gettleman has put the Giants in a desperate spot to get a championship-caliber quarterback while his offensive supporting cast is in their prime.
Haskins (6-3, 220) flashes the ability to be a NFL quarterback with the skill set of pocket passer, but he needs to become more consistent. After only starting for one season at Ohio State, Haskins' NFL team needs to be patient with his development due to his a serious lack of experience. Given the 2019 NFL Draft's weak quarterback class, Haskins could easily be the first quarterback off the board.
San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The 2017 NFL Draft was a huge failure for John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan. They ignored the off-the-field and injury concerns with Reuben Foster, and he did not last two seasons before getting cut. They also reached on Solomon Thomas. Many teams across the league had Thomas graded as a late first-rounder, and he has been a big disappointment having been benched in the pass rush. Even after taking Thomas, Lynch said the 49ers need more pass-rush talent. With the trade up for Haskins, San Francisco has the best player in the draft available, and Williams could be an incredible interior player to go with DeForest Buckner. There are plays when Williams reminds me of Warren Sapp, and I'm sure John Lynch will see a lot of his Hall of Fame former teammate in Williams.
WalterFootball.com was the first in the media to report and project that Williams could be a high first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Sources from multiple teams, including two general managers, were raving about Williams to me before the other media caught on to him. Williams is the best prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft and is worthy of being a No. 1-overall pick.
New York Jets: Nick Bosa, DE/3-4OLB, Ohio State
The Jets' big needs are for an edge rusher, wide receiver, and some offensive line help. The best talent available at one those positions is Bosa, and he would immediately upgrade the pass rush for New York. There is not a wide receiver or offensive lineman worthy of being taken over Bosa or some of the other defensive prospects.
Oakland Raiders: Rashan Gary, DE/3-4DE, Michigan
Reggie McKenzie blew a lot of picks on bad defensive players. Thanks to Jon Gruden and the talented coaching staff he brought in, the most recent draft class has some promise with Kolton Miller, Arden Key, P.J. Hall, Maurice Hurst and Nick Nelson, but a lot more help is needed. The Raiders fielded a terrible defense in 2018, so they should take the best defensive player regardless of position in the 2019 NFL Draft. Here's an end to go across from Key.
Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
TRADE!!! The Broncos move up to get their quarterback of the future in a trade with Tampa Bay. Drew Lock has a big arm and gunslinger mentality to go with athleticism. He has a quiet, nerdy personality, and some team sources have said he has the skill set of Jay Cutler with the manner of Eli Manning. I think that personality will mesh well in Denver, which already has a lot of strong personalities in the locker room and in the front office.
Arizona Cardinals: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
It would be a travesty and absolutely absurdity if Steve Wilks is fired but the Cardinals retain Steve Keim, one of the worst general managers in the NFL. Robert Nkemdiche is one of the many regrettable draft picks made by Keim. Here is a difference-maker for the point of attack and a true replacement for Calais Campbell.
Philadelphia Eagles: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
TRADE!!! The Jaguars have has missed out on the quarterbacks, so they move down and can target a quarterback like Ryan Finley, Clayton Thorson, Will Grier or Jarrett Stidham on Day 2. The Eagles have two second-round picks, and Howie Roseman always is creative with his wheeling and dealing to get his team prime talent. Philadelphia has to improve its protection for Carson Wentz as Jason Peters is aging. Here's a tackle to go with Lane Johnson.
Detroit Lions: Josh Allen, 3-4OLB/OLB/ILB, Kentucky
The Lions grab a versatile edge defender to help them pressure the quarterback. Allen would give Matt Patricia a chess piece who he could use at linebacker, defensive end, and play different spots in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
TRADE!!! The Bucs move down with the Broncos. When Jason Licht became the Bucs' general manager, Tampa Bay was the worst team in the NFC South. Five years later, the Bucs are still the worst team in the South because Licht has made many regrettable moves like taking Vita Vea instead of Derwin James, or Vernon Hargreaves instead of Laremy Tunsil or Leonard Floyd. Donovan Smith has been a weakness at left tackle, and the lazy player is entering free agency. Additionally, Demar Dotson is aging. Here's a long-term starter at left tackle.
Buffalo Bills: Jeffery Simmons, DT/3-4DE, Mississippi State
Buffalo has a ton of needs and should desperately try to move down. The Bills grab the best player available with a long-term building block for their defensive line. Marcell Dareus is gone, while Kyle Williams is aging. The Bills need a difference-maker up front for their defense, and Simmons is an excellent interior defensive lineman. He can stop the run and get after the quarterback with a lot of disruption at the point of attack.
Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, ILB, LSU
The Bengals need some young talent at linebacker. They would be fortunate to land Devin White. The 6-foot-1, 255-pounder is a big inside linebacker who possesses excellent instincts. He has good athleticism with the ability to cover in the passing game while also being a terrific run defender.
Green Bay Packers: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
The Packers need a safety to replace HaHa Clinton-Dix. Landing the best safety in the 2019 NFL Draft in the teens would be good value for Green Bay. Abram is a physical run defender with good instincts and a safety with very good coverage skills.
Miami Dolphins: Raekwon Davis, DT/3-4DE/NT, Alabama
The Dolphins grab a replacement for Ndamukong Suh. This is an underrated prospect who is impossible to move in the ground game and can get after the quarterback as he had 8.5 sacks in 2017.
Indianapolis Colts: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
TRADE!!! The Colts have extra ammunition to move up, and the Falcons could draw on the defensive tackle depth while moving down. Indianapolis could use a dynamic interior pass-rusher, plus Oliver would be a great scheme fit. Here's a three-technique who could be tough to block on Indianapolis' home turf.
Washington Redskins: Jachai Polite, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Florida
The Redskins have built up a young talented defense, but they could use more young edge-rushing talent. Here's a rusher to go across from Ryan Kerrigan.
Carolina Panthers: Clelin Ferrell, DE/3-4OLB, Clemson
The Panthers need to get younger on the edge. Here's a rusher to replace Julius Peppers and go across from Mario Addison.
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