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2019 NFL Mock Draft by ismileback13 - 2.18
Published at 2/25/2019 10:06:33 PM
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Until a QB prospect becomes a favorite for a trade-up, I'll stay with the general consensus of Bosa going #1. Despite sitting out much of the 2018 season, there is no doubt that Bosa is one of the top talents in this draft. His technique and physical abilities set him apart from the rest of the EDGE prospects, and even though Arizona has Chandler Jones, you can never have enough (young) pass rushers in today's pass-first NFL.
The first curve ball of my pre-combine mock draft. I know there are reports that Metcalf will run a slower-than-optimal 40 yard dash, and his agility drills are not expected to be superb either. But, what if he does kill it? He is a large, jacked up WR in the mold of a Julio Jones if his speed checks out. Maybe not quite Julio, but I mention him as Shanahan had Julio as his #1 WR in ATL. So, unless Brown comes to SF, this pick makes a lot of sense.
The Jets are a difficult one to mock here. Initial logic says they take Q. Williams, as he is the best player on the board. However, they are also in desperate need of a good EDGE player, as they haven't had one since Jon Abraham. Allen is a personal favorite of mine, as I think he can play just about nay position in any front-7 formation (sans 0-tech NT). If Allen shows out at the combine, he may even go as high as #2 to SF.
They may not have gotten Bosa, but Williams is a great consolation prize. The Raiders have one of the worst rosters, so they need to just take whoever is the best talent available. William sis an unstoppable force in the middle, and creates havoc on nearly every snap. His technique and speed are amazing, and I can easily see him remind Gruden of Warren Sapp from his days down in Tampa Bay.
*TRADE* Boom goes the dynamite. There have been reports that the Redskins like Daniel Jones from Duke, but since it is so early, I have a hard time believing it. Also, I am just not that high on Jones, and I think the pre-draft process will show him to be what he is: just OK. Murray on the other hand has the potential to be something very special. Yes, he is undersized, and yes I have concerns about that. But I have no concerns assuming Bruce Allen will make a polarizing decision. Murray is accurate, mobile, and as long a she can withstand an NFL-sized hit, could be what the Redskins need to reemerge in the NFC East following Smith's unfortunate injury.
The G-Men are going to start Eli Manning in 2019. That is just my hunch. But, that does not mean they will choose to pass on a QB again. You can say it is because Gettleman went against the owners' wishes and passed on Darnold for Barkley last year, but I believe it is because they do not expect to pick this high (again) next year. And since Gettleman does not usually trade up, this is their chance to geta QB. Haskins only has 1 year of starting experience, so sitting behind Manning can help him develop. But his accuracy at multiple levels of the field is undeniable.
I believe that once the combine has come and gone, Jawaan Taylor and Cody Ford will be at the top of many draft boards regarding OTs. The Jags have a need at QB, but they could opt for a veteran (Foles, Bridgewater, Keenum, etc.) and draft a developmental prospect in the later rounds. They have several questions on their offensive line, and Taylor is a large man with good feet and has shown improvement each year at Florida.
The Lions drafted Jarrad Davis to be the linchpin in the front 7 a few years ago, but his lack of top-end athleticism doesn't bode well for his future as a 3 down LB in a pass-happy league. White, on the other hand, is expected to test incredibly well and could be drafted higher than 8. Here, Patricia gets a potential captain for his defense.
*TRADE* There is some spoke regarding the Raiders liking Kyler Murray, and this is quite possible. But I don't think they love his as much as the media is letting us believe (at least not as of now). However, Gruden got to coach Lock up close and personal at the Senior Bowl, and when you combine his arm talent with the fact that Carr's contract makes a rebuild difficult, you get Gruden hitting the reset on a QB with a nice arm, but questions between his ears.
The Broncos O-Line is in shambles, and they just traded for one of the least mobile QBs in the league. If they want to afford him any time to throw to Sanders and the rest of the young receivers in Denver, they need to strengthen the trenches. They loves Bolles for his athleticism, and that is what will attract them to Ford. Cody will show out at the combine and become one of the favorites for a lot of O-Line needy teams.
Dre Kirkpatrick is due a lot fo money, and while he has been the best CB on the Bengals, that doesn't mean he has been great by the general standard. William Jackson has been solid, and the Bengals could opt to extend him and move on from Dre. If so, they will need another CB, and even if they don't, Murphy has the quickness and aggressiveness to dominate in the slot. The Bengals still need to improve on the front 7 (especially LB), but Murphy is too good to pass up here.
Clay Matthews is coming to the end of a great career, and it is time to find his replacement. Fortunately for GB, this draft is filled with potential candidates. Burns may not be the best run defender, but his upside as a pass rusher is arguably tops in this class. Burns combines great length and bend around the edge, and will get to pick the mind of one of the greats during his rookie year.
The Dolphins have neglected O-Line for several years, opting to draft Tunsil and James (over the past 5 years), but either retreading old Gs, or forcing Ts to play inside. That may be Jonah Williams' future pending his measurables at the combine, but whether he plays on the inside or the outside, his polish will make him an instant upgrade for Miami's O-Line. Add in the fact that you have a new coach, and building an infrastructure for a rumored run at a 2020 QB makes sense.
Bradbury is an interesting case, as he was a TE coming into college and over his tenure at NC State became oneof the best Cs in the country. Going to Atlanta is a great place for Bradbury, as his athleticism is a great fit for what they do. Additionally, he will be able to either start at G (while Mack is still on the roster), while learning from Mack to eventually take over the pivot in the near future.
The Bucs and new DC Todd Bowles will be implementing a new, 3-4 defense. While teams do not spend all that much time in their base formation due to the pass-happy nature of the league, the DE and OLB room needs improvement. Polite is one of those rare 3-4 OLBs who is solid against the run and pass, and with him attending University of Florida, Bruce Arians will be able to get a really good look at this Florida-based prospect.
Julius Peppers has finally hung up his cleats, and the next time we see him will be in Canton. Unfortunately, that does not help the Panthers. What does help is the deep EDGE class that is the 2019 draft. Ferrell was a highly touted prospect last year, but returned for a (successful) attempt at a National Championship. With a title now in hand, Ferrell can slide in as an effective DE in the Panthers 4-3 scheme, and hopefully assist a sub-par defensive back group against superior receiver talent.