21. Seattle Seahawks
Nasir Adderley, CB/S, Deleware
It was tough sledding in Dallas for the Seahawks, who, for whatever reason, continued to try to run the ball when it absolutely was not working, and barely made it a game because Russell Wilson is a gift from the football gods that we should all cherish.
On the defensive side, Seattle just is not what it used to be, but drafting a player like Adderley on the back end could be the perfect way to start bringing back the glory days of a feared secondary. Adderley, at 6-foot, 200 pounds, can play both cornerback and safety with aggression and good ball skills.
22. Baltimore Ravens
Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
I do understand why the Ravens chose to not pass as much as they did down the stretch this season. They were making life as easy as they could for rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, and that meant allowing him to win where he most comfortably does: running the ball.
But Jackson will need to progress as a passer to stick around in the NFL, and to make things easier on the punishment his body might take, too. For that, he’ll need a go-to wide receiver that will be there as long as he is.
That is Kelvin Harmon.
23. Houston Texans
Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College
The Texans, like the Vikings, are in a situation where they just have to get offensive line help anywhere they can. They need help along the entire line, it seems, so they’ll have to take their pick of the best offensive lineman available when they get on the clock at No. 23.
For me, in this mock, that is Boston College’s interior offensive lineman Chris Lindstrom.
24. Oakland Raiders (via CHI)
Jeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississippi State
In their trade with Philly, I have the Raiders getting Nick Foles and the Eagles’ first round pick to send the No. 4 pick away.
With their first of a handful of late-round selections, I have them taking a monster interior defensive lineman in Jeffery Simmons. I know they just picked P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst last year, but here’s the thing: Hall might not be the guy they drafted him that high to be long-term, and who knows what might happen with Hursts’ health down the road.
With most of the top edge rushers off the board, I think they’ll just take the best defensive lineman left.
25. Oakland Raider (via PHI)
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Raiders stick with defense at No. 25 and select a cornerback who has a chance to go a lot higher than this.
Like when Greedy Williams fell to No. 17 in this mock, Murphy is a talented player who could fit with a number of teams in the Top 15, but if each of them prioritizes defensive line play first, he might wait a bit to hear his name called.
He won’t get past Oakland, though. Pairing him with Gareon Conley would be a covetted outside cornerback duo.
26. Indianapolis Colts
Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
My, oh my. What a story these Indianapolis Colts have become. With one of the least appealing roster in the NFL, the Colts finished the regular season 10-6 after a 1-5 start, and just went into Houston and won a playoff game on the road — convincingly.
Head coach Frank Reich is proving himself before our very eyes, and though he and quarterback Andrew Luck are making due with the roster they have, adding a polished, talented receiver like Riley Ridley can give this Colts’ train even more momentum over the next few years.
27. Oakland Raiders (via DAL)
N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
For their final pick of the first round, I have the Raiders flipping over to the offensive side to give their new quarertback Nick Foles a go-to target.
Harry is a true outside receiver in size, talent and attitude. Even if the Raiders don’t make any moves at the quarterback position and stick with Derek Carr, bringing in a player like Harry would be very helpful to their offense.
28. Los Angeles Chargers
Gerald Willis, iDL, Miami
It’s being proven before our very eyes that the Chargers have one of the most complete roster in all of football, but that doesn’t mean it can’t add more, even on a stout defensive line.
Willis had one heck of a season in Miami, and throwing him in the mix with Ingram and Bosa on the edges will give them a complete pass rushing force.
29. New England Patriots
Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
This just feels like a Patriots pick, doesn’t it?
Gary is one of the most talented players in this entire draft class, but he’s an edge player who can’t bend. He has unreal strength and burst in his lower body and some of the strongest hands I’ve seen this season when it comes to throwing off blocks and executing things like push-pull techniques. But, that being said, how much can I trust an edge guy that can’t bend the edge?
I think that makes Gary more of a tweener than people care to admit. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still talented, and if anyone can get the most of out him, it’s New England, I’m sure. But that’s why I have Gary lasting this long in the mock.
30. Los Angeles Rams
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Dante Fowler may have been just a rental for the Rams, and even if he wasn’t, their edge rushing unit needs an upgrade.
I’m not as high on the 6-foot-5 edge rusher Sweat, but he is still a solid prospect. He can pass rush and run defend, just not at a Top 15 level, I don’t think.
31. Kansas City Chiefs
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
To quote the Big 12: who needs defense?
Judging by the Kansas City Chiefs’ attempt — and I do mean attempt — at playing defensive this season, I’d say they’re putting that motto to the test in the NFL. Kendall Fuller played most of the season in the slot, and that’s why I think if they’re going to upgrade their secondary late in the draft, it will be with an outside cornerback.
Baker fits that bill.
32. Green Bay Packers (via NO)
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
With the final pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, I have the Packers dipping into a tight end class that is not only deep but talented.
Jimmy Graham just isn’t what he used to be, and Noah Fant is one of the most talented players in this class, not just for his position. He would be the best offensive addition Green Bay could ask for at No. 32 with this board the way it is.