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We’re excited to guide you through the draft process with comprehensive coverage and a ton of big plans coming your way in the coming months. For now, sit back and let’s talk about what prospects your team could be targeting so they can be playing football beyond Week 17.
The order of the first 20 picks are set with the remaining 12 coming solidified as we work our way through the postseason. The Arizona Cardinals are now on the clock.
And with the 1st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select….
1. Arizona Cardinals
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The Cardinals will have endless options when it comes to what it can do with the No. 1 overall pick, but the smartest thing it can do is secure the best player in the draft. Bosa is a blue chip talent that has the makings of a dynamic edge rusher in the NFL. He can be that Khalil Mack/Von Miller/Myles Garrett type of game-changing presence.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Racking up 18.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and 5 forced fumbles for Kentucky this season, Allen ran circles around SEC offensive tackles. His burst and bend off the edge is special and his ceiling is incredibly high given the growth he can have in terms of developing pass rush counters. He would fill a massive need at edge rusher for San Francisco.
3. New York Jets
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Sam Darnold had some exciting peaks as a rookie and improving the infrastructure around him is critical for his development. Williams is the best offensive lineman in the draft and his polished technique and play strength should make him an immediate starter.
4. Oakland Raiders
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
The Raiders’ pass rush has been nowhere to be found after trading away Khalil Mack and Oakland must prioritize building a potent arsenal of pass rushers. Ferrell has 27 sacks across the last three seasons at Clemson and his length, power, hand technique and variety of moves profiles him as an impact pass rusher in the NFL.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams is a game-changing defensive tackle with rare physical gifts that would pair perfectly alongside last year’s top-pick Vita Vea. Gerald McCoy can be cut with zero dead cap and Tampa would avoid paying him nearly $13 million per season in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Williams can immediately fill the void.
6. New York Giants
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
This is a dream scenario for the Giants and one that I love. Haskins had a historically great season at Ohio State and showcases top arm talent and the ability to make accurate throws to every level of the field. He can step in and facilitate the football to New York’s loaded arsenal of weapons and serve as that surgeon in the pocket.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Jones is a dual-threat passer with a sturdy frame that would blend nicely with Jacksonville’s run-heavy, play action offense. He’s developed as a vertical passer this season while his bread and butter at Duke has been operating quick game. While this is a reach in terms of where I value Jones and the growth he’ll need to become a legitimate NFL starter, Jacksonville is in a peculiar position and taking a chance on a quarterback with upside might be a risk worth taking.
8. Detroit Lions
Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Thompson is the clear-cut best safety prospect in the class and offers top skills in every technique but his best usage comes as a single-high centerfielder. Offering exceptional range and ball skills, Thompson’s presence on the defense would allow Matt Patricia more scheme diversity and help solidify things on the back-end.
9. Buffalo Bills
DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Josh Allen took major strides throughout the course of his rookie season and making sure his weaponry is loaded in Year Two is critical for his development. Metcalf offers exceptional physical traits and exciting nuance for a prospect that is just 20-years-old. He has the upside to become one of the NFL’s premier receivers and is the type of game-changing playmaker Buffalo’s offense needs.
10. Denver Broncos
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
With Patrick Mahomes and the dynamic Chiefs’ offense in the division, loading up on defensive talent to slow him down should be a priority for Denver. Shoring up the cornerback position with a high-upside talent like Williams would be a welcome addition. Williams needs to develop some consistency, but his physical traits are exceptional.