2019 NFL Mock Draft Round 1

#1 Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray (QB, Oklahoma)

Kliff Kingsbury is an unconventional hire for head coach so it only makes sense they draft an unconventional quarterback. Last year, Cleveland surprised everyone when they drafted Baker Mayfield but proved his doubters wrong winning rookie of the year. I believe Murray will be electric and extremely fun to watch like he was in college. HIs ability to run will improve Arizona’s offense, especially since they don’t have anyone in front that blocks well.

#2 San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa (Edge, Ohio State)

Real simple, he’s the safest pick in the draft and plays the most valuable defensive position.

#3 New York Jets

Josh Allen (Edge, Kentucky)

Many would say Quinnen is the better player, but the Jets lack an edge rusher and I believe they take Allen for that reason. Him coming off the edge would allow Henry Anderson and Leonard Williams more one on one opportunities to rush the passer.

#4 Oakland Raiders

Quinnen Williams (D-Line, Alabama)

He’s the best player available and he’ll replace Khalil Mack as the Raiders primary pass rusher.

#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Devin White (LB, LSU)

They didn’t find a replacement for Kwon Alexander in free agency, and White may potentially be an upgrade for Tampa.

#6 New York Giants

Christian Wilkins (D-Line, Clemson)

The Giants didn’t replace Olivier Vernon in free agency, and I believe Dave Gettleman will draft the best pass rusher that he feels fits the Giants culture. Not only was Wilkins a productive player for national champion Clemson, but he also boasts extremely high character. Adjusting to cold weather shouldn’t be a problem either as he grew up in New England.

#7 Jacksonville Jaguars

Jonah Williams (Tackle, Alabama)

I believe this makes a ton of sense. He started every season he played at Alabama and developed a work ethic there that is second to none. In Jacksonville, he’ll get to reunite with former teammate Cam Robinson and start across from him at Right Tackle. PFF also views him as the drafts most pro-ready offensive linemen which would be a huge benefit for Leonard Fournette and new quarterback Nick Foles.

#8 Detroit Lions

Rashan Gary (D-Line, Michigan)

Not the drafts most productive player, but I believe he could be a great fit developing alongside Damon Harrison and newcomer Trey Flowers. Pass rushers will always be a premium in a division with Aaron Rodgers, and Gary could be scary to block one on one alongside “Snacks” and Flowers.

#9 Buffalo Bills

Ed Oliver (D-Line, Houston)

This could be Buffalo’s chance to find Kyle Williams’ replacement, and Oliver could potentially be a more explosive player as well. Interior pressure is usually the best way to pressure Tom Brady and Oliver is another go-to guy to block one on one.

#10 Denver Broncos

TJ Hockenson (TE, Iowa)

This should be a steal for Denver as Joe Flacco did a great job of getting the ball to a myriad of tight ends the ball in Baltimore. This pick should make his transition to Denver much more comfortable.

#11 Cincinnati Bengals

Devin Bush (LB, Michigan)

The Bengals defense could improve at all levels, so why not draft a player that could blitz, cover, and tackle at a really high level.

#12 Green Bay

Marquise Brown (WR, Oklahoma)

Aaron Rodgers could use a playmaker to complement Adams, and Brown was the top playmaker for two Heisman trophy winning quarterbacks. In the NFL, he could help a former MVP rebound from a tumultuous offseason, and give new head coach Matt LaFleur arguably the drafts best deep threat.

#13 Miami Dolphins

Dwayne Haskins (QB, Ohio State)

The Dolphins don’t have a long term plan at quarterback, and they could draft the quarterback many view that possesses the best long term traits. Hopefully, Miami doesn’t rush him if Ryan Fitzpatrick struggles early on.

#14 Atlanta Falcons

Greedy Williams (CB, LSU)

Atlanta could use another corner after losing Robert Alford. Greedy fits the prototype of tall corners Dan Quinn’s had success within the previous defenses he’s coached. Atlanta would be smart to take a defensive playmaker as their defense struggled once Deon Jones went down.

#15 Washington Redskins

Montez Sweat (Edge, Mississippi State)

The Redskins have many quarterbacks they currently owe money too on their salary cap, and with Haskins gone they could draft a pass rusher to go opposite Ryan Kerrigan. Philly and Dallas also have strong offensive lines, so drafting an athletically gifted pass rusher wouldn’t be a bad idea.

#16 Carolina Panthers

Andre Dillard (Tackle, Washington State)

Cam Newton hasn’t gotten effective blind side protection throughout most of his career, and this would be a great match because many think Dillard is the draft’s best pass blocker. If Newton had extra time in the pocket, Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore would have more time to get open.

#17 New York Giants

Jawaan Taylor (Tackle, Florida)

I know many would want a quarterback here, but it seems the Giants want Eli to be their quarterback as long as possible. The Giants also have a high second round pick where they could potentially draft someone like Daniel Jones. Taylor could be an immediate starter at right tackle and hopefully give Saquon Barkley more room to run.

#18 Minnesota Vikings

Brian Burns (Edge, Florida State)

The Vikings could use another pass rusher to develop behind Everson Griffen as he struggled to stay healthy last year. They also lost Sheldon Richardson in free agency and Mike Zimmer is a defensive coach that values pass rush with high priority.

#19 Tennessee Titans

Chris Lindstrom (Guard, Boston College)

The Titans could use an upgrade at guard even though they’d probably like a pass rusher here. Most of the good ones have already been drafted by now, but the addition of Lindstrom could potentially make The Titans one of the NFL’s best offensive lines.

#20 Pittsburgh Steelers

Byron Murphy (CB, Washington)

The Steelers play a ton of zone and many view Murphy as the drafts top zone corner.

#21 Seattle Seahawks

Deandre Baker (CB, Georgia)

With the days of the Legion of Boom over, Seattle needs to get younger and better in the secondary. Baker was consistently productive against top SEC competition and should be serviceable alongside Shaq Griffin

#22 Baltimore Ravens

Clelin Ferrell (Edge, Clemson)

This could be Baltimore’s best way to try and replace Terrell Suggs. He has a long frame that defends the run and passes at an adequate level.

#23 Houston Texans

Garrett Bradbury (Center, NC State)

Houston had one of the worst offensive lines last season and Bradbury would be a great start at attempting to rebuild it.

#24 Oakland Raiders

Josh Jacobs (RB, Alabama)

Gruden whiffing on Cadillac Williams really hurt his draft reputation. But if he can redeem himself by drafting the hard working Jacobs, who should see plenty of two deep safeties with Antonio Brown on the perimeter

#25 Philadelphia Eagles

Rock Ya Sin (CB, Temple)

The Eagles could take a local guy to help improve their coverage unit, which is easily their rosters weakest unit.

#26 Indianapolis Colts

Dexter Lawrence (D-Line, Clemson)

Imagine if Quenton Nelson and Dexter Lawrence practiced against each other daily? It’d probably look more like an Olympic wrestling match than a football practice, and I believe that’s the identity Chris Ballard wants his team to embody. Since Lawrence weighs 340 pounds, offenses would be smart to double team him, allow Darius Leonard to flow to the football faster.

#27 Oakland Raiders

Noah Fant (TE, Iowa)

Oakland could replace Jared Cook with this pick as Fant is really fast and a great vertical threat for a tight end.

#28 Los Angeles Chargers

Cody Ford (Tackle, Oklahoma)

The Chargers are pretty solid on defense and skill position players, but their offensive line is still the team’s primary weakness. Ford could potentially be their starting right tackle and strengthen the weakest unit of an already strong roster.

#29 Seattle Seahawks

Johnathan Abram (S, Mississippi State)
Abram could aid come in and be the next Kam Chancellor. Abram is an intense competitor that make great plays in the middle of the field. If Seattle drafts Deandre Baker along with Abram, then the Seahawks could develop the next generation of the Legion of Boom.

#30 Green Bay Packers

AJ Brown (WR, Ole Miss)

Last year Green Bay doubled down on corners with their first two picks, and I believe they double down on receivers to help Matt LaFleur in his first year with Aaron Rodgers. A.J Brown could be a great slot weapon with Davante Adams out wide and Jimmy Graham at tight end.

#31 Los Angeles Rams

Jeffery Simmons (D-Line, Mississippi State)

Simmons was viewed as a top 10 talent before tearing his ACL early in the draft process. However, he could be active towards the end of the season and potentially replace Ndamukong Suh along the Ram’s interior D-Line. The Rams could get an elite pass rusher aiding Aaron Donald for another super bowl run.

#32 New England Patriots

Jerry Tillery ( D-Line, Notre Dame)

The Patriots could use more defensive linemen to combat the loss of Trey Flowers. Tillery could end up being a steal for New England as Pro Football Focus had him tied with Quinnon Williams for the highest pass-rushing grade among interior defender prospects. Back in 2015, PFF was very high on Trey Flowers who New England selected in the fourth round. It would be interesting if Belichick uses their expertise to replace him

  
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