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2019 NFL Mock by Rkacalski - 1.0 Post Regular Season
Published at 1/21/2019 7:03:35 PM
First mock of the year, plan on having at least 3 more. Next mock will be either post senior bowl or post combine.
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Bosa has solidified himself as the clear cut number one prospect in this draft class. Before his injury, Bosa was a machine for Ohio State and should continue that level of production at the next level. While Josh Rosen desperately needs protection, there isn't an O-Line prospect worthy of the number 1 overall pick. Dwayne Haskins may be in play here however I find that highly unlikely. At the end of the day by selecting Bosa, the cardinals have an excellent pass rush to take down the elite passers of the NFC west.
After a monster season, Williams surpasses Ed Oliver in my eyes as the best interior D-Line prospect. Williams has excellent hand movement and utilizes his body well for being slightly undersized (6'3", 285). Williams has an incredible motor and his first steps is one of the best if not the best in the entire class. While The 49ers have drafted D-Line the past four years some of those picks haven't worked out the way they've planned. By selecting Williams, the 49ers can move on from Arik Armstead and focus on solidifying the front 7. The ideal move for the 49ers would be a trade down to gather more assets in the later rounds in what is a fairly deep class. At this point the only other option for this selection is EDGE rusher Josh Allen from Kentucky.
Much like the Cardinals the Jets need to find some O-Line help for potential franchise QB Sam Darnold. However at 3 my top OT Jonah Williams still seems like a reach. With reports that the Jets may move on from Leonard Williams, the Jets draft his replacement here at 3. Ed Oliver at the start of the year was widely considered to be the top prospect in this years class. However after struggles and injuries Oliver has fallen down boards. While he may not be the elite pass rusher we thought at the end of last year, he takes double teams well and is still a pain to deal with for opposing offenses. What Oliver is elite at is run defense and shoots the gap with incredible efficiency. At this point the only other option for this selection is EDGE rusher Josh Allen from Kentucky.
John Gruden gets extremely lucky if the board falls this way. After a mind boggling decision to trade Franchise pass rusher Khalil Mack before the season, the raiders get a very good player in Allen. Allen has owned his craft during his 4 years at Kentucky and has become a dominate player off the edge. He is explosive out of his stance and bends very well. The best part about Allen is he is still growing and could truly become a special player if he learns more counters and masters his rushing moves. QB Dwayne Haskins very well could be in play here but Derek Carr hit his stride as the year ended and I think will get one more year to prove himself to Gruden and new GM Mike Mayock. Plus if Carr fails to impress or improve the Raiders will no doubt be drafting high next year in a loaded QB class. Another option for the Raiders here would be LSU LB Devin White who would be an immediate impact player, as Oakland's LB core is one of the worst in the league.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an incredible amount of holes on their roster and need to make sure they don't mess this pick up. This pick could change if the team decides to move on from Jameis Winston but for now it seems they are content with him going forward. Therefore we will turn our attention to the defensive side of the ball and select Greedy Williams. Tampa's secondary was historically bad this past year and need help at all phases. Greedy Williams can come in and be a day 1 starter and give them something to build around. Williams has great lateral speed and is able to stay hip to hip with some of the best receivers in the game. Another Option at this point would be QB Dwayne Haskins or EDGE rusher Clelin Farrell.
After trying to add Eli more help last year with the selection of Saquon Barkley it's clear the Giants need to address QB. After passing on Sam Darnold and Josh Allen (Both showed great potential this past year) GM Dave Gettleman can't pass on a QB of the future again. Dwayne Haskins is currently my favorite QB this year. He has a cannon of an arm and threw for 50 TD in a tough big 10 conference. While Haskins has only 1 year of starting experience, he has the luxury of sitting behind Eli Manning for at least the start of the 2019 campaign and has a plethora of offensive weapons to help ease him in. I don't see the Giants not selecting a QB here so the only other options for me at this point are QB's Daniel Jones from Duke and Drew Lock out of Missouri.
There is no way the Jags can move forward with Blake Bortles and with no decent option in free agency the Jags will need to address QB early in the draft. Enter Duke QB Daniel Jones. If I had to compare Jones to any current QB I would relate him to Eagles QB Carson Wentz. Much like Wentz, Jones is a big body but very athletic. He also reads the defense better then any QB in this class and fires the ball with good velocity and precision. The Giants front office is a little old school so I find it unlikely they would draft a small scrambling type of QB like Kyler Murray. Other possibilities would include Missouri QB Drew Lock or Dwayne Haskins if New York passes on him.
I don't know where to begin with this franchise. The lions are coming of an incredibly disappointing season and apparently are considering moving on from QB Matt Stafford (Which they should NOT do). With Matt Patricia leading this team, Devin White seems like a no brainier. White has the ceiling of a star in the NFL equipped with explosive range, hitting power and explosiveness. Paired with Jarrad Davis, The duo has range and explosiveness teams covet and could Detroit could build something special around the two. Other selections for the Lions include OT/OG Jonah Williams and EDGE rusher Clelin Farrell. Farrell would be the most likely selection in my eyes if the team moves on from Ziggy Ansah.
While many like to point out the flaws of QB Josh Allen, he is the only reason the Bills were somewhat competent offensively in the second half of the year and it should be their highest priority to get him more help. To start the Bills should focus on getting him some protection. Jonah Williams may lack the prototypical size of an NFL Tackle but his technique is near flawless. While many believe he is an all pro guard, to me his tape shows he is more then capable of playing Tackle at the next level. He anchors well and is the most polished and NFL ready in this class. Williams is a plug and play starter at RT next year or LT if the bills move Dion Dawkins. Other Selections for the Bills would be WR's N'Keal Harry (Arizona State) and D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss) or OT Greg Little out of Ole Miss.
Denver needs to figure out who the QB of the future is and with Case Keenum on the roster already Drew Lock is an ideal fit. While I'm higher on Lock then most he has just as much upside than any other QB in this class. Lock has a cannon of an arm and has steadily improved every year at Missouri. While his accuracy may be an issue, I don't feel it's as bad as many make it out to be but it still needs improvement. The biggest issue with Lock is his consistency and if he can improve in that area has chance to be a special player. Other options would most likely be on the defensive side of the ball. CB Byron Murphy (WASH) or DT Jeffery Simmons (Miss St.) would be good choices as well.
The Bengals would love to have Devin White fall to them here but the lions got him at 8. Instead Cincy should focus on finishing the O-Line. Jawaan Taylor has the physical tools teams drool over (6'5", 350). When he's on he is a monster in pass protection and anchors well against power. His biggest flaw is against speed rushers as sometimes he isn't all that explosive. That being said he does move quite smoothly. Other options for the Bengals include LB Devin White (LSU), Jeffery Simmons (Miss. St) or Cody Ford (Oklahoma). However , I feel the later to be a bit of a reach.
Green Bay needs a lot of help on defense and they should address it early with how much blue chip prospects are still on the board. While I would love to give them a CB, there just isn't one I feel worthy of taking at 12. Rashan Gary at 12 could be a huge steal for the packers. He has the ability to play nose tackle or DE in GB scheme. As of now Gary projects as a very good run blocker who knows how to use his leverage and shoot effectively at the line of scrimmage. As a pass rusher Gary has some improvements to make and needs to develop more secondary moves and counters. Other Selections for the packers would be CB Byron Murphy (WASH), EDGE rusher Brian Burns (FSU) or EDGE rusher Jachai Polite (Florida)
Miami is a franchise that always seems to be rebuilding. While many have a QB going here I feel the new staff will give Tannehill one more year as getting out of his contract next year is much easier on the cap. Instead Miami focuses in fixing their atrocious run defense. Simmons is almost a finished product and is a multi faceted player. He uses his long arms to shed his tackles and stuff gaps. He is also a very potent pass rusher and has multiple moves and counters at his disposal. While he may not have the upside of a Q.Williams or Oliver, he is still a very impressive prospect. Other options include QB Kyler Murray and DT Dexter Lawrence (Clemson)
Atlanta is a tough team to mock for cause they really don't have many holes they need to address. My gut feeling is they'll go defense. While Vic Beasly and Takkarist Mckinley are solid options, Beasly's contract is up next year and you can never have too many pass rushers. Burns has the upside to be one of the best pure pass rushers in the entire NFL. He has many pass rushing moves and has a plethora of counters that makes him a havoc. The main concern with Burns is he is not a complete player. He is average against the run and needs to bulk up (he only weighs 230) to not get pushed around by NFL tackles. Other options include DT Dexter Lawrence or EDGE rusher Jachai Polite (Florida)
Carolina is an interesting team. Defensively they are fairly sound at most positions with the exception of CB. But after the selection of Donte Jackson last year, it isn't a pressing need. Instead their focus should be on protecting Cam Newton, who may not play next year due injury. After signing Matt Khalil last year targeting the interior makes sense. Cody Ford is a versatile player that can line up anywhere on the offensive line. To me he projects better on the interior as his footwork isn't where it needs to be to play OT in the NFL. Ford is a huge upgrade at either guard position for the panthers. He also can play center if the team moves on from Ryan Khalil. Ford is very agile for a man of his size and anchors incredibly well (Good luck trying to power past him). Other possibilities include OT Greg Little (Ole Miss) or CB Trayvon Mullen