Week 1 of the NFL season is (mostly) in the books. Half of the league is 1-0 and thinking Super Bowl, while half of the league is 0-1 and might already be looking towards the NFL Draft. Somewhere in the middle are the Browns and Steelers, but let’s be honest Browns fans, you’re always looking ahead to the Draft. What better time for a 2019 NFL Mock Draft?
The order: Putting out a mock draft on the first #OverreactionMonday of the year can be tricky when it comes to choosing the order. To give a potentially realistic listing of teams, I made slight changes to the Las Vegas betting lines for each team to win the Super Bowl before they played games on Sunday. The small changes included moving up or down teams that won or lost on Sunday, but no more than three spots. In a sense, the draft order you see below is the inverse of the projected Vegas odds to win the Super Bowl that we’ll see after Monday Night Football. It is not indicative of how good or bad I believe your team is.
No. 1 – New York Jets
Pick: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
With Sam Darnold already in place as quarterback of the future, the Jets can go after other areas of need. While protecting Darnold should be a priority, there isn’t an offensive lineman worth taking this high. Enter Ed Oliver.
Oliver is an elite interior disruptor with high-end athleticism, technique and motor. Putting him on a defensive line along with Leonard Williams and Nathan Shepherd would allow them to dominate the line of scrimmage on a weekly basis.
No. 2 – Cleveland Browns
Pick: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Cleveland is another team with their future quarterback already set, so they are able to take the best player available. Nick Bosa is capable of being the top pick in the draft because of his refined pass rush ability.
Placing him across from former #1 overall pick Myles Garrett is a scary thought for AFC North quarterbacks.
No. 3 – Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
If the Bengals are drafting this high, it’s safe to assume that Marvin Lewis will be fired. Then again, I feel as though I’ve said that before, so who knows.
With a new regime would surely come a new quarterback, as Andy Dalton has proven to be just average throughout his career.
Drew Lock is a talented downfield passer who has dominated competition early this college football season. The thought of Lock throwing deep balls to A.J. Green and John Ross would be too much to pass up for the new Bengals staff.
No. 4 – Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
It’s feels as though Arizona has been looking for a high-end cornerback to pair with Patrick Peterson for the length of his career. How about a fellow former LSU Tiger?
Greedy Williams is as talented as they come at the position, and has the athleticism to continue improving. With some big matchups ahead for him, he will have a chance to improve his stock to top-5 status.
No. 5 – Buffalo Bills
Pick: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
The Bills are a bit lacking in talent on the offensive side of the ball, but the defensive line class is hard to pass over. Buffalo would be wise to look heavily toward the offensive side later in the draft if they choose a defensive player the first round.
Raekwon Davis is talented enough to justify this, thanks to his otherworldly build. While the Bills have missed on some defensive line selections in recent years, the versatile Davis could come in and change the outlook of that front in a hurry.
No. 6 – Indianapolis Colts
Pick: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Colts were fortunate enough to get Andrew Luck back healthy, and recognized a need in protecting him during the 2018 NFL Draft while selecting Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith.
That trend needs to continue, and Jonah Williams is likely to be the first offensive tackle taken in the class. With Anthony Castonzo only under contract through next season (and, frankly, an average starting tackle), it would be wise to choose his successor in Williams.
No. 7 – Miami Dolphins
Pick: Brian Burns, EDGE, FSU
Cameron Wake is an ageless wonder, but he has to slow down at some point. While Robert Quinn is still more than serviceable, the Dolphins need to look at an EDGE defender early in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Brian Burns has the tools to be the top EDGE taken, and has established himself as an elite prospect early this college football season.
No. 8 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
Tampa Bay is pretty set at their skill positions, so searching for more protection for Jameis Winston should become a priority. David Edwards is a powerful offensive tackle prospect from Wisconsin who should be considered for a first-round pick.
No. 9 – Oakland Raiders
Pick: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
The Raiders made it a point to surround quarterback Derek Carr with talent this past offseason, so mission accomplished there, even if it is aging players. But without Khalil Mack in the fold, their defensive front needs a lot of work.
Simmons is almost a luxury pick, but he is a versatile defensive lineman to pair next to Maurice Hurst, P.J. Hall, Arden Key and Bruce Irvin. The Raiders wanted to improve their interior pass rush, and he can provide that ability as a rookie.
No. 10 – Washington Redskins
Pick: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Redskins have a glaring need for talented pass catchers for quarterback Alex Smith, especially considering Jordan Reed’s injury history.
A.J. Brown has the potential to be the first wide receiver off the board, as the strength he has in his broad frame and run after catch ability give him a unique skillset. Brown will have to prove himself against press coverage, but his traits suggest a potentially dominant outside receiver at the next level.