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FINAL Mock Draft by The Champ - 4.25
Published at 4/9/2019 8:10:20 PM
Just sneaked this in. Three full rounds. The Cards just went on the clock and I will not make any more changes!
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Kliff Kingsbury is in love with Murray, and he's going to be the pick here. If the Cards were bowled over with a gigantic offer, maybe they'd trade the pick, but in that case the acquiring team would be selecting Murray as well.
Back and forth we go with this pick. Now I'm back to Bosa. It could totally be Quinnen Williams. Flip a coin, but I think the 49ers may want to pair Bosa with Dee Ford.
If the Niners go with Williams, I think the Jets would make the easy choice and go with Bosa. This makes things a bit more complicated. Do they go with Williams or Oliver, even though their need to (finally) find a pass rusher is a big one, especially with Anthony Barr changing his mind in free agency? Do they go with pass rusher Allen, whom they may not have rated quite as highly as Bosa or Williams? Do they trade down? All are possibilities, especially a trade, but for the first time, I'm going to slot them Oliver, based on reports that Gregg Williams likes him more than Quinnen.
If the board fell like this, it's hard to imagine that the Raiders would pass on Williams.
White has been commonly mocked to the Bucs at 5, and now that Oliver is off the board, it would make a lot of sense. The Butkus Award-winner will be an immediate upgrade on the departed Kwon Alexander.
Switching this again for the Giants. I had Daniel Jones here in my last update, as I think they have him as their top-rated QB. Having said that, Allen is available and fills a huge need. They may not be able to pass him up, and they still have the ammo to trade up from #17 to get Jones if necessary. And though Dave Gettleman doesn't trade down, he most definitely has a history of trading up.
The Jaguars still view themselves as contenders, and yes, they would be well-served to improve the offensive line for new QB Nick Foles and for RB Leonard Fournette. But Foles was also highly-comfortable throwing to TE's in Philadelphia, and the current TE atop the depth chart in J'ville is Geoff Swaim. Think that has to change? Uh, yeah, and Hockenson not only could give Foles a security blanket option, but he's great in the run game as well, and you know that is something that is important to Tom Coughlin.
TRADE! I'm still of the belief that the Lions will trade down, but now I'm changing from the Giants to the Redskins as their trade partner. If it's the Redskins, the Lions only drop 7 spots instead of 9 spots, and I think Daniel Synder is desperate enough to cough up a 2020 1st Rounder too. With the pick, the Redskins take their top QB on the board in Haskins.
Sean McDermott likes to have strong defensive lines, and it's possible that he could view Wilkins as the BPA. So while the offensive line remains a need, that's still something that they can address in the 2nd Round.
I had Devin White in this spot in my previous updates. But he's gone in this mock, and with a big drop-off after Bush, I'll switch gears and slot the Michigan product here. Like White, Bush also fits the profile of a tackling machine LB who can play all three downs, and one that fits new coach Vic Fangio's scheme. Yes, it's possible that a QB could be the selection, but for now I'll keep one of the draft's top two LB's in this spot.
Zac Taylor comes from the Rams, and saw that the Rams offense worked best with a strong investment in the O-line. As RT Bobby Hart was a disaster last year, Williams offers an immediate upgrade there, while also offering the versatility to play guard.
Yes, the Packers addressed their pass rush in free agency. But if the team doesn't trade up (it has the ammo to do so), they could simply be looking for the BPA in this spot. If Sweat's medicals are indeed OK, he offers a stunning package of size/length (he goes 6'6) and speed (4.41 wheels) that you rarely see.
TRADE! Here's where the G-Men make their move up for Jones. There are connections aplenty: Jones was coached by David Cutcliffe at Duke, and Cutcliffe worked with both Peyton and Eli Manning while both were in college. (For the record, I think this is a massive reach by the Giants.) As for Miami, they should be stockpiling picks, and moving down 4 spots makes sense. The Giants part with a 2020 2nd rounder, in addition to #17 overall.
The Falcons' O-line situation has become a mess, and it's very important that they address this issue with early picks. Taylor should offer an immediate upgrade at RT over Ty Sambrailo.
The Lions are on the clock here after the trade down. Even after bringing in Trey Flowers in free agency, the Lions can stand to inject their D-line with some pass rush juice. Enter Burns, who has the character (he was a team captain at FSU) to match his off-the-charts athletic testing as a 91st-percentile athlete at his position.
If the Panthers don't do a better job protecting Cam Newton--AKA their franchise--his career is going to be shortened. Dillard is quite possibly the best pass-blocking offensive lineman in the draft.