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2019 NFL Mock Draft by ScottyCyclone2 - 4.24
Published at 4/24/2019 12:07:33 AM
At long last, the 2019 NFL Draft is finally here. As we sit just one day away from draft day, April 25th 2019, so many burning questions pertaining to the future of football are about to be answered in Nashville. Another unpredictable Thursday night dawns on us, but if there's one thing we know it's that we're due for a lot of surprises. Will it be Kyler at #1, or will it be one of the defensive linemen from this goldmine class instead? No mock draft is perfect, but hopefully this one you're about to venture into provides some clarity for what directions all 32 teams may choose to walk. So grab a seat and get comfortable... the Arizona Cardinals have just a few more hours on the clock.
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The rumors that the Arizona Cardinals will pick quarterback Kyler Murray keep getting louder and louder, but I still believe that they should stick with Josh Rosen and select the best player available in Nick Bosa. Murray may be the best quarterback in his class, but he'd be an incredibly gutsy selection for Arizona. Remember they traded up five spots to select Rosen in 2018 with the expense of their first, third, and fifth round picks that year. We also haven't been able to fairly judge Rosen based on his rookie year alone with an incompetent offensive line and injuries all around the roster. He deserves the chance to show that he's a franchise quarterback; writing him off after one professional season is almost unfair. On the other hand, the Cardinals do in fact need a defensive lineman, so it would be foolish to pass on arguably the best player overall in the class of 2019.
The 2019 Draft is filled with promising defensive linemen and edge rushers, and there are expected to be a ton of them going high in this draft. The 49ers could choose a few different routes, but the opportunity is too great to pass on at second overall. That’s why they should go with Quinnen Williams out of Alabama. San Francisco’s defensive line consists of three former first rounders in Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, and Solomon Thomas, and they’re one piece away from having a devastating unit. Williams, who had arguably the best combine out of any prospect, could be just the man they seek to put their pass rush on a new level.
TRADE ALERT: WAS Redskins trade 2019 first round pick (#15), 2019 second round pick (#46), one 2019 fifth round pick (#153) and 2020 third round pick for NY Jets' #3 pick overall.
The New York Jets are an open book in this draft. With the third pick overall, they could select a franchise defensive lineman or they can trade down to appropriately select one of the offensive linemen/wide receivers without reaching too high up to get them while reaping in valuable draft picks in the process. If Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams falls to #3, I don't see a trade happening. If both men are off the board at 1 and 2, then the decision to trade down seems a lot easier. They have to know that there are going to be teams clawing their way up to get Kyler Murray, so I'd imagine that they strike a deal with an out-of-conference team like the Redskins to punch in Murray's one way ticket to a new home. It's no secret that Washington is in need of a new quarterback after Alex Smith's leg blew up and the only others on the roster are Case Keenum and Colt McCoy. The Redskins are in for another sub-par year if they don't press the restart and make a decision on taking a franchise quarterback. It's hard to believe that Washington hasn't had a first round quarterback stay on their roster past their rookie contract since Sammy Baugh, their Hall of Fame first round QB selected in 1937(!!!), but that's reality. This organization has to find a way to turn that around, and it starts with taking the most attractive prospect at the position.
You want your Khalil Mack replacement? You got him. One of the most talented players in all of college football last year was Kentucky's own Josh Allen, one of the most terrifying edge rushers in this year's draft. The Raiders are in desperate need of an edge rusher as they produced only 13 sacks in 2018, which ranked dead last among all 32 teams. Looking at all Oakland's signings- from Trent Brown, to Antonio Brown- it's as if they focused on bringing in all types of positional needs except for edge rusher specifically so they could land a premier talent via the draft. Allen would without a doubt be their man if manages to fall to the fourth overall pick. As an entire unit, the Raiders' defense is far from being great again, but having Josh Allen makes them look a whole lot better.
On one hand, trading down could be pretty ideal for the Buccaneers. With the Giants one pick in front of them, they could jump back for a few picks. On the other hand, the new head coach for Tampa Bay Bruce Arians is pretty hard-nosed and willing to make decisions that may go “against the grain” so to speak. Is #5 too early to be picking a linebacker when more great defensive linemen are still on the board? Not if he’s the best prospect at his position. Devin White out of LSU is high and above all other linebackers in his class, so I can absolutely see Arians take a shot like this. White would fill in for the recently departed Kwon Alexander (another middle linebacker from LSU), and right away show excellent promise and potential at the center of the team’s defense.
Everyone is expecting the Giants to take a quarterback with one of their first round picks, and it's widely assumed that they'll end up targeting one with their second selection: the pick they got from Cleveland for Odell Beckham. If Kyler Murray was on the board, I think New York would take him but that probably won't be the case. With so many star-potential linemen in this draft, they'll likely end up bolstering up their own defensive line that's now missing Snacks Harrison and Olivier Vernon. One of the next big names coming off the board has to be Rashan Gary, a fast and powerful defensive lineman out of Michigan. There are tons of needs by the Giants that can wait, but there won't be any players as good as Gary when it's their turn to pick again at #17. Rather than reach on a quarterback, offensive lineman, or wide receiver in the top ten, it'd be way more practical to select one of the best remaining talents available and shorten out the team's rebuilding process.
If the Jaguars want their new quarterback Nick Foles to succeed, they're going to need to give him more protection. They signed Cedric Ogbuehi in the offseason to play right tackle, but he's barely an option to start. Selecting Jawaan Taylor out of their home state Florida seems like the perfect marriage. Taylor just might be the best overall OL prospect in his class, so he's absolutely a player that's on Jacksonville's radar. A better offensive line means a better Foles, and there's proven evidence that a better Foles could result in a Super Bowl championship.
TRADE ALERT: DET Lions trade 2019 first round pick (#19), 2019 third round pick (#82), and 2019 fourth round pick (#121) for TEN Titans' #8 pick overall and 2019 fifth round pick (#146).
As valuable as the eighth overall selection is, I feel like there's a decent chance that the Lions trade down here. They have a lot of needs to fill on their roster, but not enough picks of value. Meanwhile, the Titans are a team that could truly need addition help in their front seven. That's where Clelin Ferrell comes in, arguably the best of the fantastic four defensive linemen on Clemson's 2018 starting unit. I like Ferrell on the Titans because he can come in either on the opposite side of interior defensive end Jurrell Casey, or possibly as an edge rusher in the shadow of Cameron Wake. Either way, he'll be a great rotational player to begin his career and eventually blossom into a 24/7 nightmare for offensive lines.
The Bills did an awesome job at bringing in a wide variety of offensive players, so I believe their first pick in the draft will be on defense while there are still a few top notch players available. Keeping in mind that Buffalo lost a phenomenal defensive tackle in Kyle Williams this offseason due to his retirement, their eyes may be on Ed Oliver, a freakish defensive tackle out of Houston. Oliver, with all of his glowing youth, could jump straight into an aging defensive line that consists of Jerry Hughes, Star Lotulelei, Trent Murphy, and Shaq Lawson. It’d be a great way to revamp for the Bills.
TRADE ALERT: NE Patriots trade 2019 first round pick (#32), two 2019 third round picks (#73, #97), and 2019 sixth round pick (#205) for DEN Broncos' #10 pick overall.
You know what's scary? The reigning Super Bowl champs have six draft picks within the first three rounds of the upcoming draft and they can do whatever they want with them. There's no chance in hell the Patriots actually use all six of those selections on six players; they're way more likely to use those picks to trade up for the player they want in the first round. I can see the Broncos being the team to trade down from their original tenth overall pick, and I can see New England taking their Gronk replacement in T.J. Hockenson out of Iowa. There really isn't a gaping need on the Patriots' roster except for tight end, so why no go out and pick him if they've got the ammunition to unload? Tom Brady could make my grandmother a 1000 yard 15 touchdown tight end, so imagine what he could do with the top rated tight end in this year's rookie class.
If you want to have an effective offense, you need to have a solid offensive line. The Bengals could have been so much better if they had better protection over the past few years. Luckily, the front office has taken note of this and took Billy Price in the first round of last year’s draft to improve their center position, and I’m sure they’re eyeing suitable O-linemen in all other positions. I’m not sold on Cincinnati locking up Bobby Hart to be their starting right tackle, so I’m betting on them drafting whoever the best tackle is on the board. In this case, it's Alabama's Jonah Williams who should provide an instant upgrade to Cincinnati's struggling offensive line.
The Packers have the luxury of selecting twice in the first round thanks to their trade in 2018 with the Saints that ended up being Marcus Davenport. They have the option of spending big on another receiver for Aaron Rodgers, but I believe a dark horse need for them will be on the offensive line, thus making Cody Ford an ideal choice. Ford was a mauler at Oklahoma and he presents himself as a versatile talent that could play at guard or tackle. Green Bay could essentially plug him in anywhere they need filling.
If the Dolphins really are tanking for a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft, then they will most certainly not be taking a quarterback in the 2019 Draft. If that’s the case, they should be drafting with a “best player available” type of mentality, so that should narrow their options to D.K. Metcalf and Montez Sweat. I'll stick with Metcalf just because when the time a quarterback is taken in 2020 a #1 receiver should already be established. He was one of the combine’s superstars notably recording a blazing 40 time of 4.33. Metcalf would snugly join a receiver room of Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson with the DeVante Parker experiment loudly coming to an end. Whoever the heck is throwing passes in Miami is going to love this pick.
Montez Sweat is talented enough that he could be a top ten pick, but teams might realistically be prudent when factoring in his health. Despite setting the record for fastest 40 yard dash time by a defensive lineman at the combine, Sweat was diagnosed with a previously undetected heart issue that could bump his stock down a little bit. I feel that right in the middle of the draft is where he's going to end up falling, and the Falcons could very well be the lucky team to get him. Atlanta ranked only 22nd in sacks (37), 30th in forced fumbles (8), and 30th overall in pressure rates (25.7%) in 2018. Those stats need to change if they want to make it back to the playoffs, and with the help of Sweat and his blazing speed coming off the line they should be able to get back into shape.
This would be a dream-come-true scenario for New York. Trading back to land one of the better offensive line prospects would be the most ideal outcome for them, and Andre Dillard seems like a great match. Going on a spending spree in free agency by signing some excellent free agents brought down New York’s desperation levels, but if there was any dire positional needs it still could be found on the offensive line. Dillard is an experienced blindside tackle that could step into the fold right away in protecting Sam Darnold and creating outside rushing lanes for Le’Veon Bell. The Jets would instantly have a better offense if they took a single offensive lineman in this draft, which is why drafting one with their first pick seems like the best course of action if they want to take the next step into becoming a serious contender in the AFC.
A lot of the bases are covered in Carolina, however the focus in this draft should go towards the defense. The choice for them should be between outside linebacker and safety, and at this point since there haven’t been any safeties selected, they should go with Johnathan Abram out of Mississippi State. Abrams is a very physical defender that is efficient in stopping the run and playing in coverage. There aren’t many playmakers on Carolina’s defense besides Luke Kuechly and Donte Jackson, so hopefully this pick can turn into something really special.