2019 Mock Draft Pre-Combine
1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa (Ohio State) Edge
The Cardinals and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury will need to overhaul their offensive line and add some dynamic playmakers for QB Josh Rosen but they can’t pass up on Nick Bosa. Bosa will bookend Chandler Jones and help improve the Cardinals league worst run defense.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Josh Allen (Kentucky) Edge
The 49ers had a league low two interceptions last season and are in desperate need of a dynamic edge rusher to play the LEO role in their 4-3 cover three defense. Allen is a versatile edge rusher that can get after the quarterback or stand up in coverage. This versatility can help the Niners defense get their hands on more passes.
3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams (Alabama) Defensive Tackle
Edge rush is the bigger need for the Jets but they can’t pass up on one of the two best players in the 2019 class. Similarly to the selection of Leonard Williams a couple of seasons ago, Quinnen Williams falls into their laps. Gregg Williams’ defense will be scary for opposing offenses with the Williams’ duo on the inside.
4. Oakland Raiders – Clelin Ferrell (Clemson) Edge
The strength of the draft is along the defensive line which is perfect for a team that sacked the quarterback only 13 times last season, ranking dead last in sacks. Amazingly, the team with the 2nd lowest sack total had 17 more sacks than the Raiders! Ferrell uses a plethora of pass rushing moves and is at his best when he explodes out of his stance using his speed and length to get around offensive tackles.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jonah Williams (Alabama) Offensive Tackle
If the Bucs want to help their quarterback alleviate his turnover issues then selecting the most polished offensive lineman in the draft is paramount. Williams is a versatile lineman than can kick inside to guard or stay on the outside if Donovan Smith walks in Free Agency. He will not only help protect Jameis Winston but assist in getting that Bucs running game going.
6. New York Giants – Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) Quarterback
Although many Giants fans felt that Eli Manning was less of the problem last season and the issues were mostly due to their dreaded offensive line, why not improve both positions by drafting the elusive Murray? The statue that is Eli Manning didn’t help his line much as he was unable to get outside of the pocket to make plays down the field. The Heisman Trophy winner is a dual threat quarterback that has an electric arm and pinpoint ball placement. Murray, Saquon, and Odell would be a nightmare trying to contain.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Daniel Jones (Duke) Quarterback
There are mixed opinions on Daniel Jones’ NFL future. I’m on the side that Jones will be a good one as his pre-snap awareness and recognition is the best in the class. The Jaguars may be tempted to select Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State but they need a guy that’s ready to go immediately. Jones is a three-year starter with a high football IQ and will be mentally prepared for the NFL. Whatever the case is, the Jags cannot go into this season without a competent quarterback to compete with Blake Bortles.
8. Detroit Lions – T.J. Hockenson (Iowa) Tight End
A trade down or an edge rusher is a possibility here for the Lions, however let’s go grab a multi-dimensional tight end that can improve the run and passing game. Is he Gronk? Or George Kittle? Hockenson can help Matthew Stafford as a security blanket or open up lanes for Kerryon Johnson in the Lions’ attempt to establish some much needed balance.
9. Buffalo Bills – Ed Oliver (Houston) Defensive Tackle
The Bills will be tempted to go offensive line here to help out their young quarterback but passing up on a top 5 talent at a position of need in Oliver will be tough. The Bills have some big, physical bodies on the interior of their defense but they’re missing a 3-technique that has the juice to get after the quarterback. Oliver played out of position at Houston. I see him as a double digit sack guy at the next level if given the opportunity to one-gap and get after the quarterback.
10. Denver Broncos – Deandre Baker (Georgia) Cornerback
With the acquisition of Joe Flacco, the Broncos set themselves up to draft another position of need. Aqib Talib is not walking through that door and Bradley Roby is on his way out. Baker is my number 1 corner over Greedy Williams and Byron Murphy. Baker’s fluidity and ability to stay in the hip pocket of receivers is the best in the class. Vic Fangio will be ecstatic to add a top corner to play alongside Chris Harris.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin White (LSU) Linebacker
Offensive line is still an issue for Cincinnati but they also had a historically bad defense in 2018. The writing is on the wall for Vontaze Burfict which creates the need for White. Even if Burfict is retained, White’s ability to get after the quarterback and run sideline-to-sideline will be too much for the Bengals to pass up.
12. Green Bay Packers – Brian Burns (Florida State) Edge
Pass Rusher! Pass Rusher! Pass Rusher! Enter the best pass rusher on the board for the Packers at pick 12. Burns is my guy here as he has an array of pass rushing techniques and moves. Burns has no problem winning with his length and bend on the edge which fits perfectly with what the Packers will be looking to attain in the draft.
13. Miami Dolphins – Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State) Quarterback
The third quarterback comes off the board here as the Miami Dolphins are in need of a new signal caller due to Ryan Tannehill’s inability to stay healthy. Haskins is the best pocket passer in the draft due to his pocket presence and understanding of defensive coverages. New head coach Brian Flores and offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea (former Patriots coaching staff) will be looking for their Tom Brady.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Greedy Williams (LSU) Cornerback
The Falcons have swung and missed under Dan Quinn drafting tall, athletic corners. “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourselves off and try again.” Williams is exactly what the Falcons are looking for. A turn and run, athletic corner with solid ball skills; that has the desired size/speed combo and ability to close quickly.
15. Washington Redskins – Marquise Brown (Oklahoma) Wide Receiver
Injuries got the best of the Washington Redskins offense last season. Alex Smith, Derrius Guice, and so many more spent time on the injury report. A position that was also hit with the injury bug was the wide receiver. Even when healthy, the trio of Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, and Paul Richardson failed to muster up any consistency. Enter Hollywood Brown who would give Jay Gruden a versatile chess piece that opposing defenses will have to game plan for. A talent like Brown would make it easier for the other receivers on the roster as well.
16. Carolina Panthers – Jachai Polite (Forida) Edge
The Panthers need help in the trenches on both sides of the ball. If Ron Rivera wants the Panthers to be contenders once again then getting the front four right is key. Future Hall of Fame defensive end Julius Peppers is no longer in the league, therefore selecting Polite would be an astute pick. Polite is like a point guard with handles, hard to stay in front of. His change of direction ability is elite which makes it easy for him to hunt the quarterback.
17. Cleveland Browns – Jawaan Taylor (Florida) Offensive Tackle
Last season the Browns contemplated moving All-Pro guard Joel Bitonio to tackle due to the void left by Joe Thomas. This season they should look at drafting one. Taylor is a beast in the run game which would benefit Nick Chubb and the Browns’ backs. The only issue I have with Taylor is his wide hand placement in pass protection but that should be an easy fix with the right coaches. Home run pick for the Browns.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Cody Ford (Oklahoma) Offensive Line
The Vikings could use a versatile offensive lineman that can win in both pass protection and in the running game. Providing more time for Kirk Cousins to find Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs should be the Vikings priority. Ford plays with a nice base and uses his hands effectively which makes it hard for pass rushers to go through or around him.
19. Tennessee Titans – Noah Fant (Iowa) TE
I believe Marcus Mariota is at his best when he has a dynamic tight end to target in the passing game. Delanie Walker dislocated his ankle last season and will be 35-years-old once the 2019 regular season starts. Fant can step in immediately and be a mismatch in the passing game due to his explosiveness and ability to gain huge chunks of yardage after the catch.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Byron Murphy (Washington) Cornerback
The offensive side of the ball has been in a bit of a turmoil lately with their two best players Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown disgruntled. However, the Steelers have drafted well at those two positions, so they can afford to address their defense in the first round. Inside linebacker is a concern but cornerback is as well. Some folks (CPGM Drew) have Murphy as their number 1 corner in the draft so getting him at 20 can be a steal. I like his quick feet, instinctive nature, and ball skills. The Steelers need a young player like this in their secondary STAT.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Rashan Gary (Michigan) Defensive Line
Is he a edge rusher? Or an interior defensive lineman? Personally I like him on the inside but Michigan and many other draft prognosticators would rather play him on the edge. Whatever the future holds for Gary, I can say that he is a superior athlete that can get after the quarterback and play stout defense against the run. His heavy hands and ability to disengage from offensive lineman would be an asset for the Seahawks.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Nasir Adderley (Delaware) Safety
Drafting the top running back in the class will be tempting option for the Ravens but their biggest need is adding a versatile safety to Don Martindale’s defense. Eric Weddle is getting older and Tony Jefferson is more of a box safety. Adderley is the top free safety in the class as his versatility, ball-hawking nature, and cover skills show up on tape. Adderley is today’s new age safety that can also cover wide receivers.
23. Houston Texans – Andre Dillard (Washington State) Offensive Tackle
The Texans gave up the most sacks in the NFL in 2018. Part of the issue is Deshaun Watson holding the ball a little longer because his secondary receivers weren’t getting open, but the primary issue is a woeful offensive line. Dillard has the best pass blocking upside of all the tackles in the 2019 draft. This pick will be a no-brainer if Dillard is on the board at 23.
24. Oakland Raiders – Montez Sweat (Mississippi State) Edge
Here is a dream scenario for the Raiders to add another pass rusher to their roster. After drafting Clelin Ferrell with the fourth pick, why not double down with another guy that can get after the quarterback. They had 13 sacks last season. I repeat 13 sacks!!!
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Dexter Lawrence (Clemson) Defensive Tackle
What has been a position group of strength for the Eagles, all of a sudden will be getting weaker this off-season. Brandon Graham, Chris Long, Tim Jernigan, and Haloti Ngata might be gone next season due to retirement or loss to free agency. Time to replenish some of that talent. Lawrence a big body run stuffing defensive tackle with underrated pass rushing chops would be an excellent addition to Fletcher Cox to the interior of Philly’s defense.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Christian Wilkins (Clemson) Defensive Tackle
Disclaimer…Wilkins may not fall this far down the board but in the event that he does, the Colts will run to the podium to add the disruptive defensive tackle. The Colts defense was much improved last season and drafting Wilkins will add yet another dynamic playmaker to that side of the ball. Wilkins is a quick penetrating DT that utilizes his solid base and leverage to play through contact.
27. Oakland Raiders – Devin Bush (Michigan) Linebacker
With the Raiders third 1st round pick, they add another game changing defensive player. Bush is one of my draft crushes and although he is undersized, he plays with a swagger and instincts that can’t be coached. Bush’s tape flashes a high upside player on the second level who is a heat seeking missile ready for all the smoke. Exactly what the Raiders have been missing for a while.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Dalton Risner (Kansas St.) Offensive Tackle
The Chargers will be taking a hard look at improving their linebacking core but passing up on Risner will be tough to do. I like what the Chargers have done revamping their offensive line over the last couple of seasons, why not complete that transformation by adding Risner. The right side of the line struggled a bit last season so the polished Risner would be an upgrade.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Rock Ya-Sin (Temple) Cornerback
New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is an aggressive play-caller that loves to manufacture pressure on the quarterback. This strategy will not be successful unless he has the horses on the back-end. Rock Ya-Sin embodies his name as his physicality and toughness shows up on every snap. Ya-Sin is one of the better man-to-man cover corners in the class and could be a starter out of the gates for a struggling Chiefs secondary.
30. Green Bay Packers – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Safety/Nickel
Gardner-Johnson is listed as a safety but he will make his money as a nickel corner at the next level. He plays with his hair on fire and will be an absolute upgrade for the Packers in the slot. Gardner-Johnson is always around the football and is a competitive guy who mixes it up, screams off the edges on blitzes, and finds the football utilizing his instincts and ball skills.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Jaylon Ferguson (LA Tech) Edge
The Rams may not retain edge rusher Dante Fowler come free agency and even if they do, they still need another pass rusher. Ferguson is the all-time NCAA leader in sacks so he has the pedigree to be an immediate contributor. The level of competition will be much different however, but the Rams won’t have an issue with rolling the dice on Ferguson.
32. New England Patriots – D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss) Wide Receiver
Hey, if Josh Gordon can’t stay clean then draft the guy that’s being compared to him. The Patriots are in need of an outside receiver and Metcalf has the big play ability that’s missing in that offense. Metcalf wins easily off the line of scrimmage with quickness or power, and has top notch run after the catch ability.