The 2019 draft sets up to be one of the more interesting ones of late, because we are missing some bigger lock names to dominate the NFL. This is a tremendous draft to nag some high upside defensive edge players. There could be as many as four going within the top ten. This draft doesn’t offer a Saquon Barkley or top tier quarterback. Wide receivers are also in abundance, but not many are looking to go in the first round. This is not a knock on their talent, as there are a few studs that could blossom into strong NFL caliber wideouts.
With Justin Herbert staying for his senior season, this makes the quarterback class interesting. He was a top draft pick, but now Dwayne Haskins headlines the quarterback class for this season. Kyler Murray has also joined the class, after there was some debate on whether he would continue in baseball or football. There are several teams with quarterback needs, although those teams have several positions they need to fill, so they could opt to go with the best player available in the draft.
Quinnen Williams – DL – Alabama
Lineups Analysis: Arizona starting number one could shake up the next few picks depending on who they choose. If they end up selecting Quinnen Williams over Nick Bosa, this leaves Bosa for the 49ers. If they end up drafting Bosa, then Josh Allen will likely be selected by the 49ers given their need of an edge rusher. Williams is a tremendous talent, who blossomed in 2018. He had 71 tackles, and 20 for a loss. Williams would be an excellent plug against a division with steady running games.
Nick Bosa – EDGE – Ohio State
Lineups Analysis: Nick Bosa is a polished NFL prospect, and will jump in helping any defense immediately. San Francisco is in need of a defensive playmaker, and they have a chance to also add more within free agency. Bosa had a core muscle injury during the season which limited him. His stats are a bit limited because of him changing out with other players and also the injury. Bosa knew he was going pro and as a high pick. Bosa has a bright future, just like his brother.
Josh Allen – EDGE – Kentucky
Lineups Analysis: The Jets have a handful of needs, but Josh Allen is a game changer on the defensive side. Allen improved on his pass coverage during his senior year, and is a lock for being a top five pick. Allen dominated over some talented SEC competition, and ended up generating over 15 sacks. The Jets defense struggled at times last season, and were below average in pressuring the quarterback. Allen will be an instant help.
Rashan Gary – EDGE – Michigan
Lineups Analysis: Oakland is in full rebuild mode, and you can name every position as a need. Getting one of the many talented edge rushers in the draft would be a wise move. Rashan Gary went to Michigan, finishing with 43 tackles, and 7.5 of them going for a loss. Gary missed a few games, so the stats are a bit depleted. He might not have blown away on his college tape like the names above, but the upside is there. He is 6’5 and over 275 pounds. His athletic profile doesn’t match his size.
Jeffery Simmons – DT – Mississippi
Lineups Analysis: If for some reason Quinnen Williams slips to five, Tampa will have an easy selection taking him. I have him off the board already, and the next best option to plug up their defensive line is Jeffery Simmons. Tampa needs a handful of spots, but taking the floor and ceiling of Simmons seems like the right move. Simmons has had 60+ tackles in each of the last two seasons, and is extremely athletic for being 300+ pounds. Simmons has had off the field issues, but likely won’t stop him from being a top 10-15 pick.
Dwayne Haskins – QB – Ohio State
Lineups Analysis: The Giants do not have to take a quarterback in this draft, given the four that are likely going top two rounds have a lot of red flags and question marks. Haskins has a limited sample size, but has the looks to be an above average pocket passer. The Giants could go on looking at a Daniel Jones or Drew Lock as well, as all quarterbacks should be looked at with their desperate need of a new quarterback.
Daniel Jones – QB – Duke
Lineups Analysis: Daniel Jones was a redshirt junior at Duke, and completed 61% of his passes in 2018. He had 2,600 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. Jones is a big 6’5 quarterback, which differs from some of the smaller quarterbacks coming out over the last few seasons. The Jaguars have some core pieces already, but they are in dire need of a quarterback. Using Blake Bortles another season, they might as well relocate the team to try and sucker in a new fanbase.
Montez Sweat – EDGE – Mississippi State
Lineups Analysis: The Lions will be looking to replace Ezekiel Ansah, who is unlikely to sign in Detroit. Sweat had a terrific Senior Bowl week which hypes him up a bit, but he has a lot of upside as a pass rusher. In 2018, Sweat had 11.5 sacks, and 53 total tackles. This was the second season in a row where he had over double-digit sacks. Detroit is in need of a lethal pass rusher, and Sweat has that potential.
Jonah Williams – OT – Alabama
Lineups Analysis: You could make the case for Buffalo taking a defensive lineman or even a wide receiver in this spot. Neither position would be a shocker, but after sporting a below average offensive line, Jonah Williams would help strengthen it up. Williams is a strong tackle, who could move around as well.
10. Denver Broncos
Drew Lock – QB – Missouri
Lineups Analysis: Denver is in need of a quarterback, and John Elway has whiffed on the last few. Case Keenum has already been explained as the bridge quarterback, but Denver would rather address it sooner than later. While I would love Kyler Murray here in Denver, and could easily see a few teams above taking a chance on him, Denver will likely opt for a bigger quarterback.
Jawaan Taylor – OT – Florida
Lineups Analysis: Cincinnati has a few areas of need, but adding to their offensive would be a better start. Jawaan Taylor has been playing right tackle for Florida the last two seasons, and could play left tackle as well. Sources have Taylor as the top lineman in the draft, which means he could sit higher leaving the Bengals searching elsewhere.
Jachai Polite – EDGE – Florida
Lineups Analysis: Jachai Polite is a prolific edge rusher, and could work in either defensive system. He finished with 11 sacks and had six forced fumbles last season. He is extremely athletic, and while on the smaller side, there really isn’t a knock against him. His speed makes up for his size, and he should end up being a strong outside linebacker. Green Bay is in need of some playmakers on the front seven.
13. Miami Dolphins
Kyler Murray – QB – Oklahoma
Lineups Analysis: Kyler Murray is the most interesting name in the draft, and there are a few teams in need of quarterbacks above the Dolphins that could easily select Murray. In terms of being dynamic and fun to watch, Murray tops the list of quarterbacks. Miami is in need of a quarterback given they are moving on from Ryan Tannehill. Murray is 5’10, which is also the big talking point because he is undersized as an NFL quarterback. If he slips to Miami, they should take the chance to revive a very dull team and fanbase.
14. Atlanta Falcons
Greg Little – OT – Mississippi
Lineups Analysis: This is somewhat of a risky pick for the Falcons, but Greg Little has potential as a long term tackle option for the Falcons. They do need some help on the defensive line, but could wait till the next round to do so. This is also a spot where Andre Dillard could go, who I have going two picks later to Carolina.
D.K. Metcalf – WR – Washington
Lineups Analysis: The first wideout I have off the board is D.K. Metcalf, and that goes for a lot of people. However, where they see him going is a wide range. The Alex Smith news is unfortunate, and Washington is going to have to look elsewhere. Metcalf is an athletic wideout, also sitting at 6’4. Both him and his teammate A.J. Brown are top wideout picks heading into this draft. Washington lacks a big time playmaker, and really just pass-catching options in general. They signed Paul Richardson, and have Josh Doctson, but a presence like Metcalf would be big with the right QB.
Andre Dillard – OT – Carolina
Lineups Analysis: Carolina is in need of some offensive line help, and Cam Newton might not even be under center because of the offensive line play of late. Dillard is a strong pass protector, and would fit right into Carolina’s needs for the next several seasons. There are better defensive talents out there to be drafted at this point, but offensive line help is more of a priority.
17. Cleveland Browns
Greedy Williams – CB – LSU
Lineups Analysis: Cleveland is in need of a linebacker, but Greedy Williams is a high upside cornerback that could complete a very good secondary. Denzel Ward was a success, and Jabrill Peppers is showing upside as well. The Browns could go a number of ways here and not be wrong. Devin White, which is one of Williams teammates would be a strong pick as well.
Cody Ford – OG – Oklahoma
Lineups Analysis: We all know what Minnesota needs, and they will address it with their first pick. I don’t see any other position going to the Vikings in the first round. Cody Ford is an upside tackle that would help pass protection for Kirk Cousins instantly. Ford is a red shit junior out of Oklahoma, who will need some adjusting, but projects to be a strong offensive guard.
19. Tennessee Titans
A.J. Brown – WR – Ole Miss
Lineups Analysis: Teams will have a tough time deciding whether to draft offensive skill players over some of the defensive studs left on the draft board. Tennessee will be one of those teams, but the Titans need a playmaking WR. Corey Davis has flashed potential, but overall Marcus Mariota does not have a true number one. Brown had 85 receptions for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns in 2018. Over 36 games, Brown had 189 receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Devin White – LB – LSU
Lineups Analysis: Devin White sliding to pick number 20 might be a stretch, but if some offensive weapons go off the table first, White will still be here unless someone jumps the gun and snags up one of the better linebackers in the draft. He is a speedy linebacker with big play upside. In 2018, White had over 120 tackles, and three forced fumbles. White is a tremendous option that could start for a number of teams.
21. Seattle Seahawks
Clelin Ferrell – EDGE – Clemson
Lineups Analysis: Clemson brings us a lot of talented defensive players that have the ability to get to the quarterback. Seattle has a few spots to fill, but Clelin Ferrell would give Seattle a player that is familiar with getting to the quarterback. He had 11.5 sacks in 2018, and 9.5 in 2017. There are a lot of edge players in this draft, which is why Ferrell is pushed down to the end of the first round.
22. Baltimore Ravens
N’Keal Harry – WR – Arizona State
Lineups Analysis: Yes, I am reaching here with N’Keal Harry going to Baltimore. They invested in the position with Michael Crabtree, and took shots on Willie Snead and John Brown. The issue I have is that numbers fell off with Lamar Jackson under center. Either way Baltimore should be looking for a big playmaking wide receiver, and Harry fits that mold.
23. Houston Texans
Dalton Riser – OL – Kansas State
Lineups Analysis: Houston has one of the worst offensive lines in football, and a young franchise quarterback that desperately needs protection. Dalton Riser is a step in right direction. Riser can float around the line playing different positions, and his versatility adds to his draft stock. Even though Houston needs some defensive help, the offensive line play is in shambles. We must protect Watson at all costs.
24. Oakland Raiders (Via Chicago)
Devin Bush – LB – Michigan
Lineups Analysis: Oakland has three first rounders because they sold half their team. As mentioned prior they have a lot of different needs. Adding Devin Bush would start to build a weakened linebacker core. Bush is another quick linebacker who has some potential in coverage against tight ends as well. Jon Gruden will likely be looking to gear up on the defensive side, even though their offense is a mess.
Deionte Thompson – S – Alabama
Lineups Analysis: Philadelphia had a banged up secondary last season, but overall they still need help. Deionte Thompson would be a step in the right direction. He is one of the top safeties in the class, and a number of teams will be looking at him as their last line of defense. Even with Jonathan Abram on the board, Thompson fits in well here.
Deandre Baker – CB – Georgia
Lineups Analysis: After a surprising and successful season, Indy will continue to build on the defensive side. They played extremely well on that side of the ball, but Chris Ballard is focusing on the defense still. He is looking to build an elite defense, and because the secondary is somewhat thin, taking a safe corner like Deandre Baker makes sense. While they should be in the market for a wide receiver, there are a few that could slip to their next pick at 34 or even 59.
27. Oakland Raiders (Via Dallas)
Jonathan Abram – S – Mississippi State
Lineups Analysis: Oakland is up again, and now they go to their secondary for improvement. Jonathan Abrams is coming in as a top two safety in the draft, and recorded 99 tackles in his 2018 season. He is a big and physical defender that Oakland would love at the back half of their defense. Abram screams to be a Gruden type player. Because there is a pick at 35 and 66, you have some offensive options to still attack with in the draft.
Ed Oliver – DT – Houston
Lineups Analysis: Ed Oliver projects fairly high for some other mock drafts, but I believe he slips come draft day due to his size. There is growing concern because he played a bit heavier, but also is not as big as he plays. Los Angeles could use a defensive tackle, and can take a slight risk on Oliver in terms of his potential upside. The Chargers are a well balanced team overall, so they don’t have any drastic holes that need filling.
Mack Wilson – LB – Alabama
Lineups Analysis: The Chiefs have everything you could possibly ask for on the offensive side, and now it is time for them to add defensively. Mack Wilson had 71 tackles as the Alabama inside linebacker, and he is ranked inside the top five of the class. Devin White and Devin Bush both beat him out, which has him third off the board. Kansas City also would be shopping for a cornerback, and Byron Murphy is on the board per my mock.
30. Green Bay Packers (Via New Orleans)
Dexter Lawrence – DT – Clemson
Lineups Analysis: This is the second first round pick for the Packers, and they could go a number of ways here. They need to improve their pass-catching option, despite taking a handful of wideouts in the last draft. Dexter Lawrence is a big defensive tackle that missed the championship game due to a PED suspension. He is one of the best run stoppers in the draft, and he should fall to the Packers who could take a strong defensive presence.
Christian Wilkins – DT – Clemson
Lineups Analysis: New England picks where they usually do, and taking Christian Wilkins is a move that would help the Patriots line. Wilkins had 50 tackles, with 14 of them going for loss in 2018. He also had 5.5 sacks. He is another prospect from Clemson that should have a promising career in the NFL. New England would be a great spot for him to blossom into one of the league’s better defensive tackles.
32. Los Angeles Rams
Byron Murphy – CB – Washington
Lineups Analysis: The Rams will have some question marks with some looming free agents due up on the roster. Adding a cornerback here makes sense, and Byron Murphy would likely be the first round talent left standing. Murphy played his college ball at Washington, where he had four interceptions and 58 tackles. He is extremely quick, and has a very good athletic profile.