We’re about an hour away from the 2019 NFL Draft and to celebrate, we’re publishing a mock draft from new contributor Tyler Forness.
1.1 Arizona Cardinals
The pick: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Even with Josh Rosen, this is the obvious choice. Kliff Kingsbury has loved Murray since his high school days when Kingsbury was recruiting him. Murray, while short in stature (5’10”, 207lbs), is not short on talent. He has a huge arm, accurate, and excellent mobility inside the pocket, essentially making his height issue obsolete. He will be perfect to run the air raid offense Kingsbury is bringing in and Rosen will bring in some trade value.
1.2 San Francisco 49ers
The pick: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The number one player in this class, Nick Bosa is a monster coming off the edge. Being able to utilize the speed rush, and utilize speed to power, he has all the tools to become a 10+ sack a year guy. The only concern with him is that he has had 2 season ending injuries in the last few years, but his talent outweighs that concern.
1.3 New York Jets
The pick: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Even with Quinnen Williams on the board, the Jets really want help on the edge more than another inside presence with Leonard Williams still on the team. Allen will provide what they were trying to sign Anthony Barr for: a good pass rush on the edge with the ability to stand up when needed.
1.4 Oakland Raiders
The pick: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississipi State
This is the first big surprise in the draft, and of course it’s Jon Gruden and the Raiders. While Williams is the better prospect, they have some good players on the interior and can’t go into the season with Arden Key as their best EDGE rusher. While Sweat has some worried with a heart condition, I don’t believe it will impact his stock at all, especially since he passed the combine health check and wasn’t asked to come back. Sweat will instantly bring credibility to that front 4 and provide a consistent pass rush.
1.5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The pick: Devin White, LB, LSU
Far and away the best off ball linebacker in this class, White goes to a Bucs team that is in desperate need of one after Kwon Alexander left in free agency. After tearing up the combine with a 4.42 40 yard dash, he will provide the sideline to sideline speed that they need in a MLB.
1.6 New York Giants
The pick: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Giants fans can rejoice that Gettelman didn’t blow this pick. Williams is the second ranked player on my board and he will be an excellent add to the Giants. Gettelman has always valued a deep rotation among his defensive line and this is no exception. Quinnen is a monster on the line with great penetration skills and has a knack for getting to the quarterback.
1.7 Jacksonville Jaguars
The pick: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
After making a 22 million dollar/year investment in Nick Foles, the Jaguars #1 priority is going to be to keep him upright. The best bet to do so in this years draft is Jawaan Taylor. A stalwart run blocker and capable pass blocker, Taylor has the skills to be a bookend tackle for the next ten years.
1.8 Detroit Lions
The pick: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
With their top pass rushers off the board, the Lions kill two birds with one stone by taking Hockenson. TJ is a great athlete who catches the ball well and does well in space, but really excels as a blocker. Having TJ on the field is like having a 6th offensive lineman, give Stafford both another weapon and protection to throw the football.
1.9 Buffalo Bills
The pick: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
If this mock had come out in September, everyone would have thought Oliver going any lower than second overall would have been pure lunacy. Fortunately for the Bills, Houston didn’t know how to use Oliver during this past season. Having faced constant triple teams playing out of position at NT, Ed still wreaked havoc on opposing offenses. He is a steal at 9 and will thrive under Sean McDermott.
1.10 Denver Broncos
The pick: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Desperate to find a franchise quarterback like he once was, John Elway takes his last shot with his job on the line in Drew Lock. A strong armed, dynamic passer, Lock struggled in college with accuracy, but can make every throw you need from a franchise QB. With Joe Flacco also being a tall, strong armed QB, Lock can learn from the former Super Bowl MVP to start before taking over.
1.11 Cincinnati Bengals
The pick: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
We have known for a few years that Andy Dalton wasn’t the answer at QB, and, with their first new coach since 2001, they are primed to select their first round 1 QB since Carson Palmer in 2003. Zac Taylor will like Haskins because he is a good decision maker with a strong arm and can move laterally in the pocket like Ben Roethlisberger to evade incoming pass rushers.
1.12 Green Bay Packers
The pick: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
After using free agency to sure up their edge rushers and the safety position, Brian Gutekunst continues the focus up the middle with LB Devin Bush. While short at 5’11”, he makes up for it with sub 4.5 speed and being super thick in the lower half. Thought of by some to be the best off ball LB in this class, he will be a solid player for the Packers for years to come.
1.13 Miami Dolphins
The pick: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
With their top options at QB all gone, the Dolphins can either go with OL or a pass rusher and they settle on the latter. Burns, while a little raw, has elite upside. Burns has the ability to bend around the edge like nobody else in this class other than Bosa. The real question with Burns is if he will be able to play with enough power after playing his junior year at only 230 lbs.
1.14 Atlanta Falcons
The pick: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
The first of the Clemson DL off the board, this is a dream scenario for the Falcons. After Grady Jarrett signed his franchise tender, pairing him with Wilkins will give offensive lines nightmares and provide a real interior presence for the Falcons.
The pick: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Coming out of Duke and having played for David Cutcliffe, there are some people comparing him to Peyton Manning. While he has a similar football IQ, he does not have the physical abilities of Peyton. He fits what Washington is looking for, as he is very similar to Alex Smith: smart decision maker, short throw accuracy and the ability to maneuver in the pocket. Personally, I wouldn’t touch Jones til the middle of round 2, but QB’s always get pushed up the board due to need, and Jones is no exception.
1.16 Carolina Panthers
The pick: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
One thing that Carolina needs to focus on this season is protecting Cam Newton and there is no better way to do so than Jonah Williams. Whether you project him as a tackle, guard or even a center, Williams is the kind of guy who will be successful anywhere you put him and could very well be an all pro someday.
1.17 New York Giants (CLE)
The pick: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
With all the QB’s gone by pick 15, Dave Gettelman doubles down on his love for a deep DL with the last great EDGE in this class. Ferrell has been overlooked due to him being on that great Clemson DL, but is an excellent athlete. Although he has a lower ceiling than the other elite EDGE’s in this class, he has the highest floor and will be great in the rotation for the Giants.
1.18 Minnesota Vikings
The pick: Andre Dillard, OL, Washington State
While it will be hard for the Vikings to pass on Noah Fant at this spot, Dillard is just too good to pass up here. After coming out of high school being known as a mauling run blocker, Dillard proved himself to be an elite pass blocker perfect for a zone scheme at the next level. His run blocking is hard to project, considering he played in an offense with 5 yard splits and no conventional rush plays, but he is athletic enough to excel with the right coaching.
1.19 Tennessee Titans
The pick: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
One of the most polarizing prospects in this draft comes off the board at 19 to the Titans, who are desperate to find Marcus Mariota a weapon. DK, while has some elite traits, massively struggled at the combine with short area quickness in the 3 cone. Along with coming off of a broken neck, DK is worth the risk considering his elite size, physicality and speed.
1.20 Pittsburgh Steelers
The pick: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
After whiffing on Artie Burns and only having Joe Haden as a solid CB, the Steelers are desperate to find some help at the position. Ya-Sin is a long corner who impressed at the combine and has no issues being physical, as he was also a 2 time state wrestling champ,
1.21 Seattle Seahawks
The pick: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Seattle is very likely to trade out of this pick, but as I am not doing any trades, I don’t think they pass on Greedy Williams. He fits their CB mold to a T. At 6’2″ with long arms and decent ball skills, he will slide into that defense similar to how Richard Sherman did. He does need work with his strength, but Greedy will be a day 1 starter.
1.22 Baltimore Ravens
The pick: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
This is ideal for the Ravens to land Ford at 22. Capable of playing both guard and tackle, Ford is a physical force in the trenches that will fit perfectly with what the Ravens are looking to do. Lamar Jackson need protection and he will get it with Ford.
1.23 Houston Texans
The pick: Garrett Bradbury, IOL, NC State
This is a worst case scenario for the Texans with all of the top tackles off the board, so they go with the next best OL in Bradbury. Bradbury is a pure center who is physical with above average athleticism who will be a solid piece to help protect Deshaun Watson.
1.24 Oakland Raiders (CHI)
The pick: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Jon Gruden is salivating at the idea of adding Fant to his already stacked assortment of weapons. Fant is a dynamic in line pass catcher with 4.51 speed and excellent in space. While he is not known for his blocking, he isn’t a liability and is willing to get his hands dirty.
1.25 Philadelphia Eagles
The pick: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
A team without a plethora of needs, this luxury pick fits the M/O of the Eagles, who love to have a deep defensive line. Simmons is a top 5 talent in this draft who falls because of the torn ACL. He does have the incident from high school, but from all accounts he has turned his life around and it won’t be an issue moving forward.
1.26 Indianapolis Colts
The pick: Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Colts, with 2 second round picks, were hoping that Simmons falls to them, but they turn their attention to getting Luck another weapon in Brown. While small in stature, Brown is electric with the ball in his hands and is a threat to score on any play. Opposite of T.Y. Hilton, Brown will thrive against single coverage and bring the Colts offense to the next level.
1.27 Oakland Raiders (DAL)
The pick: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Jon Gruden absolutely loves running backs and takes the most complete back in the draft with Jacobs. Even with his slow 40 time, the game tape shows that he plays much faster than that. A 3 down back, Jacobs has majorly flashed in college, while acquiring very little wear and tear, accumulating around 300 touches in college.
1.28 Los Angeles Chargers
The pick: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
A team with desperate needs at DL and CB, they go with Byron Murphy at this spot. Murphy did run a slow 4.55 40, but his film is excellent. With elite coverage and good ball skills, Murphy will be able to start day one and pair well with Casey Heyward.
1.29 Kansas City Chiefs
The pick: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Another team desperate for a corner, the Chiefs take the best corner on the board in Baker. With zero touchdowns allowed since 2017, Baker has been a beacon of consistency. While he will be able to start day one, Baker will have to work on his strength and physicality to truly excel at the next level.
1.30 Green Bay Packers (NO)
The pick: Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College
With an aging offensive line, the Packers take the best one on the board in Lindstrom. A pure zone scheme player, Lindstrom is excellent at getting to the second lever with elite quickness. While he will need to improve his overall strength, he will come in and start day one to help protect Aaron Rodgers.
1.31 Los Angeles Rams
The pick: Elgton Jenkins, IOL, Mississippi State
This is a little high for Jenkins, but the Rams have one of the oldest offensive lines in the league and need to make that a focus. With Sullivan gone, Jenkins will be able to step in on day one and start for the NFC champions.
1.32 New England Patriots
The pick: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
This is the biggest surprise in the first round, but the Patriots will value QB here with the ability for a 5th year option and having 2 second round picks. Grier is a very good passer that has all the intangibles that Belichick values. While does have his short comings, being able to sit behind the 41 year old Brady will give him time to develop and having 5 years will give them the successor to Tom Brady.