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2019 NFL Mock Draft by Gridiron Blitz Podcast - 2.10
Published at 2/10/2019 8:08:04 PM
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There’s a very real possibility that the Cardinals trade back here with a QB needy team that falls in love with Dwayne Haskins or someone of that nature. I don’t predict trades in my mock drafts though, so if they stay put then they’ll go with the consensus #1 player on almost everyone’s board at the moment. You can never have too many pass rushers in this league and Nick Bosa would pair nicely with Chandler Jones to form an amazing pass rush in a division with Jimmy G, Russell Wilson and Jared Goff.
Even with the 49ers spending first round picks on d-lineman over the last few years, they still need help getting to the QB. Solomon Thomas appears to be a bust, so the 49ers fill a need here and grab the best pure pass rusher in the draft. The 49ers run a 4-3 scheme, so some may have concerns about how he’d fit in, but I believe he’d make the same type of adjustment Khalil Mack did coming out of college.
I badly wanted to mock Jonah Williams or Jawaan Taylor here seeing as how the Jets would love to get a franchise blindside protector for Sam Darnold, but I felt like it’d be a little bit of a reach here. Instead I went with the best DT in the draft who also happens to fill a need and be the best player available. With Greg Williams coming in as the new defensive coordinator, they’ll be switching to a 4-3 scheme. Quinnen Williams will slide in next to Leonard Williams and for the Williams Wall, possibly becoming one of the best interior lines in the league. Interior pressure is a must when you play in the same division as Tom Brady.
The Raiders roster looks like a slice of swiss cheese right now. Outside of DT, they could pick almost any position here and be able to easily justify it. The Raiders finished with an abysmal 13 sacks on the season. Clelin Ferrell is the next best pass rusher and a consensus top 10 pick, so this one is practically a no-brainer.
The Bucs have spent three top picks in the last two drafts on CBs and all of them appear to be busts. Greedy Williams is the best CB in this draft and should finally end this drafting cold streak they appear to be on. Note: While it may be a little early to declare those young CBs as busts, you cant feel confident as a Bucs fan with them matching up against Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Michael Thomas and DJ Moore several times a year.
It’s very possible that Giants might have to trade up to land their franchise QB. Dwayne Haskins has already come out and said that he’d love to play for the Giants and it’d honestly be the perfect scenario for him. There are already good weapons in place and he wouldn’t have to start right away. I’m sure the Giants will do everything in their power to try and redshirt him for a year, but the noise will eventually get too loud and they’ll be pressured into benching the over-the-hill Eli Manning by mid-season.
I’m in the camp that believes that Nick Foles will be in Jacksonville come free agency. John DeFilippo is the new OC there and he also happens to be the former QB coach for Nick Foles. With that being said, no QBs would be in play for them at this point in the draft. The Jaguars have a lot of bad contracts on their front four with Malik Jackson and/or Marcell Dareus being possible cap casualties. Calais Campbell will also be 33 by the start of the season, so the Jaguars grab an athletic monster in Rashan Gary. Even though his production wasn’t there in college, a lot of that can be contributed to him being played out of position at Michigan. His physical tools are off the charts and he’ll certainly cement his status as a top 10 pick after the combine.
Even with Ziggy Ansah’s eventual departure leaving a void at edge rusher, there are none other available that warrant consideration here. Instead, the Lions opt to improve their abysmal linebacking core. Devin White is one of my favorite players in the draft and recorded 133 tackles last season. It’s even more impressive when you consider the fact that he was recruited out of high school as a RB and is still learning the MLB position. In my eyes, he has the potential to become one of the best LBs in the league.
Priority number one for the Bills is protecting their franchise QB who was constantly running for his life throughout the course of the season. It was tempting to mock a WR here, given their lack of playmakers at that position and the weak market for them in free agency this year, however maybe they can grab a veteran guy like Golden Tate and hold off on taking one until the second or third round. The Bills o-line is abysmal and Jawaan Taylor would easily slide in as the blindside protector from day one.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the Paxton Lynch experiment has spooked Elway enough to prevent him from drafting a QB in the first round. Either way, there’s no chance of Elway being able to sell another year of Case Keenum to their fanbase, so he opts to go for the most experienced QB in this class. In any other draft, Drew Lock would be a second round QB at best, but lack of talent at the position will elevate his draft status. Lock has a lot of experience as a starter, but has constantly struggled against the elite teams in the SEC. He has all the physical tools, but needs to work on his accuracy and his traits as a field general.
The Bengals have finally done the unthinkable and fired Marvin Lewis. They need to turn good decision making into a hot streak and move on from the inefficient Andy Dalton. In my first mock draft I had the Bengals taking a QB here, but with reports coming out that the Bengals will be extremely interested in Ryan Tannehill upon his release from Miami, I opted to give them a player that should help improve a pass defense that finished dead last in the league last season. It only makes more sense when you consider that Darqueze Dennard is scheduled to be a free agent.
The Packers are another team that are in desperate need of a pass rusher. Clay Matthews isn’t getting any younger and the Packers grab his heir apparent here. Montez Sweat recorded 10.5 sacks last season and had arguably the best performance throughout the week of the Senior Bowl, thus cementing his status as a top half of the draft player.
The Miami dolphins are in football purgatory. They haven’t had a real franchise QB since Marino and will continue to be a middle of the road team until they do so. They fired Adam Gase and now it’s time for them to do the right thing and replace the highly inadequate Ryan Tannehill. In comes Kyler Murray, easily the hardest player to mock since Johnny Manziel. I don’t know too much about Kyler Murray’s plans for the future, but what I do know is that Dolphin’s owner Stephen Ross loves his celebrities. Drafting Kyler Murray would put butts in the seats and inject a desperately needed spark into this franchise that’s been void of a franchise QB since Dan Marino. It’s also worth noting that I think Kyler Murray will play baseball if he doesn’t get drafted in the first round.
The Falcons have a huge need at the DT position. With Vic Beasley having taken a step back this year, the Falcons desperately need some help getting to the QB. Ed Oliver was once considered the best DT in the draft, but fell due to some of his struggles with fighting off double teams against lower tier talent and a recent injury. He still has Aaron Donald type potential and that’ll keep him in the upper tier of team’s draft boards.
I wanted to mock a QB here, but with the remaining QBs available it just wasn’t feasible at this point. I know a lot of people will say Daniel Jones from Duke, but with this possibly being Jay Gruden’s last season, I don’t believe Dan Snyder will allow him to draft their new franchise QB and I also don’t believe that Gruden would be willing to risk his job on a rookie. I’m looking at the Redskins to make a run at Joe Flacco or Teddy Bridgewater in free agency to fill the void left by the injured Alex Smith. With Josh Doctson surprisingly being a bust thus far, the Redskins are in desperate need for a true #1 WR. AJ Brown is the type of player that can run the entire route tree and his excellent in yards after catch.
The Panthers need to protect Cam Newton in the worst way, if he even play this year, and Jonah Williams would be able to slide it at either tackle position and help solidify one of the edges on their line. Jawaan Taylor has overtaken him as the best OT in the draft as the evaluation process has continued, but he’s still bound to go somewhere before the 20s in the first round.