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Real 2019 NFL Mock Draft
Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB/WR, Oklahoma
I'm going to project 10 trades in this special mock draft, but this won't be one of the picks that will be dealt. It seems as though the Cardinals will be staying put because they want Kyler Murray. The Cardinals wouldn't even make Josh Rosen available to the media recently, which is an indication that they're attempting to trade him.
San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
I don't think this pick will be dealt either. The 49ers know that they're on the cusp of reaching the playoffs, and that one elite stud on their defense can help them get there. So, why would San Francisco eschew that possibility by moving down? That doesn't make any sense to me. I imagine that they'll remain at No. 2 and select Nick Bosa.
New York Giants: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
*** Trade 1: Giants acquire No. 3 overall from Jets for No. 6, second-round pick (No. 36) ***
Here's our first of 10 projected trades. The Jets want to move down because they don't have a second-round pick as the result of the Sam Darnold trade. This is their chance to recoup that selection.
I've seen people speculate that a team will move up for a quarterback, but I don't think that'll be the case; at least not in the top three. Outside of Murray, there's no signal-caller worth this selection. Quinnen Williams is, however. Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher would love having a Calais Campbell-type presence, and that's what Williams would offer.
Oakland Raiders: Josh Allen, DE/LB, Kentucky
With three first-round picks, it doesn't make sense for the Raiders to trade down from No. 4. They'll remain in this slot and select one of Josh Allen or Quinnen Williams to help their atrocious defense.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
*** Trade 2: Jaguars acquire No. 5 overall from Buccaneers for No. 7, third-round pick (No. 69) ***
The Jaguars spent big money on Nick Foles. It would be foolish not to upgrade his offensive line. Jawaan Taylor is the best tackle in the class, so I have to believe that Jacksonville will strongly consider him at No. 7. In fact, I could see the Jaguars, with two third-round picks, moving up a couple of spots to leap either the Giants or Jets (in this scenario), as both could easily snag Taylor.
New York Jets: Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan
Quinnen Williams would be a fine pick for the Jets because of how talented he is, but he doesn't fill a need. Rashan Gary would make more sense after trading down. The Jets are desperate for pass-rushing help, and Gary would certainly help them in that regard.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
I have the Buccaneers selecting Ed Oliver in my real 2019 NFL Mock Draft at No. 5 overall, so of course they would do the same with the seventh-overall choice. Oliver would replace Gerald McCoy, who is likely to be traded because of Tampa's poor salary cap situation.
Washington Redskins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
*** Trade 3: Redskins acquire No. 8 overall from Lions for No. 15, third-round pick (No. 76) ***
We all know that the Redskins are desperate for a young quarterback. They've been linked to Josh Rosen, and I think there's a very good chance that trade occurs. However, they could also use their first-round pick on Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if they moved up to leap the Broncos and Bengals for the quarterback of their choosing. They have an extra third-rounder to deal to make it happen.
Buffalo Bills: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Bills could trade down, but I couldn't find a match for them. As I wrote in my real mock, this might be a bit high for T.J. Hockenson, but the Bills need to build around Josh Allen, and Hockenson would give him a tremendous intermediate target.
Denver Broncos: Devin White, LB, LSU
The Broncos could take a quarterback, but perhaps they'll give Joe Flacco all the help he needs to succeed and then wait until the 2020 NFL Draft to nab a successor. Help could come in the form of an elite defensive player to give Flacco more possessions. The Broncos have needed linebacker help since losing Danny Trevathan, so Devin White is in strong consideration for the No. 10 overall pick.
Cincinnati Bengals: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Andy Dalton is as mediocre as it gets; he turns 32 during the upcoming season; and he's due an average of about $17 million per season over the next two years before his contract expires. Unless this new Cincinnati regime loves Dalton, I believe it will move on from Dalton in the next year or so. If Dwayne Haskins falls to the Bengals, it's very realistic that they'll select the Ohio State product, much like the Ravens did with Lamar Jackson last year.
Green Bay Packers: Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State
The Packers acquired two high-paid edge rushers in Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith, but I don't think that'll preclude them from selecting Montez Sweat. He's the best player available, and he would really help solidify Green Bay's defense.
Minnesota Vikings: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
*** Trade 4: Vikings acquire No. 13 overall from Dolphins for No. 18, fourth-round pick (No. 120) ***
The Vikings would love to land Jonah Williams, but there's a good chance he won't be available at No. 18 overall. They may have to move up for him, which they'll probably be willing to do because they have to protect Kirk Cousins at all cost. The Dolphins, meanwhile, have more holes than any other team, and only five picks in the first six rounds, so they're likely to trade down.
Atlanta Falcons: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Atlanta attempted to bolster the offensive line in free agency with a pair of new guards, but that's not enough. The Falcons need a new right tackle, and they should be able to obtain a good one at No. 14 overall, even if two tackles are already off the board.
Detroit Lions: Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida State
It would be a reach to take Brian Burns at No. 8, but this is more of a logical spot for the Florida State product. The Lions did well here, picking up a third-round choice in the process.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
*** Trade 5: Steelers acquire No. 16 overall from Panthers for No. 20, fourth-round pick (No. 122) ***
The Steelers have two third-round picks, so they could make a move up in the 2019 NFL Draft. I imagine that they would love to obtain Devin Bush to replace Ryan Shazier, but they may believe that they'll have to leap the Giants to get him. A fourth-rounder is a small price to pay for a stud defensive player.
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