2019 NFL Mock Draft: NBA Draft Edition

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The 2019 NBA Draft tips off this Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. ET, and there seems to be a lot of extra hype around this year's draft. Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and a handful of other household college basketball names will finally see their pro dreams come true when they get to walk across that stage, and there are many teams picking at the top who can't wait to make it official.

Though we here at The Draft Network specialize in the NFL Draft, our love for the draft process has no exclusivity. We will all be watching the NBA draft tonight, as well.

In the spirit of draft night, we thought it would be fun to imagine what a draft might look like if NFL teams had to pick from this current crop of NBA prospects -- including what would be crazy measureables and skillsets coming from a totally different sport.

Using the 2019 NFL Draft order, here's how last April's NFL draft may have looked if each team chose from a pool of basketball's best young athletes instead.

1. Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Zion Williamson, TE, Duke

Tight end, defensive end, wide receiver, linebacker; it doesn’t matter. Hell, they could even play Zion at quarterback if they really hated Josh Rosen that much.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Zion could play wherever he wants.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Pick: Brandon Clarke, WR, Gonzaga

Brandon Clarke is a 6-foot-8 wing man with an insane vertical jump, great feet and smooth hips. He would be an auto-mismatch as a wide receiver.

3. New York Jets

Pick: Rui Hachimura, TE, Gonzaga

Back-to-back Gonzaga players in the Top 3 would be the best crop of prospects Gonzaga has sent to the NFL since, well, ever. Hachimura, like Clarke, is 6-foot-8, but he has more size on him at about 230 pounds, so he can make a good TE/WR hybrid.

4. Oakland Raiders

Pick: Ja Morant, RB, Murray State

All you had to do was watch one NCAA tournament game of Ja Morant’s to know that this kid is a special athlete. With how he sees the court, I’d love to find out how well he'd see the field with the ball in his hands.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Cam Reddish, S, Duke

Reddish may not have developed into the consistent shooter we thought, but he’s long, smart and athletic. He would make a rangy, instant starter at safety as a playmaker on the ball.

6. New York Giants

Pick: Jarrett Culver, WR, Texas Tech

No Odell means the Giants need a big time, go-to outside receiver. At 6-foot-7, 200 pounds, Culver gives them that option.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Eric Paschall, TE, Villanova

The Jaguars need a combo tight end to help Nick Foles, and Paschall would’ve been a great choice with size in both height and weight at 6-foot-7, 255 pounds. He could lead the Jags in receiving touchdowns right now.

8. Detroit Lions

Pick: P.J. Washington, EDGE, Kentucky

6-foot-8 and 240 pounds? Yeah, I’ll take that length on the edge. Good luck.

9. Buffalo Bills

Pick: De'Andre Hunter, TE, Virginia 

I know Buffalo wanted Ed Oliver over T.J. Hockenson anyways, but the allurement of Hunter’s 7-foot wingspan would be music to Josh Allen’s ears.

10. Denver Broncos

Pick: Darius Garland, CB, Vanderbilt

6-foot-3 may be on the smaller side when it comes to the NBA, but in the NFL that would make you one of the biggest cornerbacks in the league. Garland has the physicality and quickness to keep up, too.

11. Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Nassir Little, LB, UNC

The Bengals need a linebacker, and I bet if you strapped some pads on the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Nassir Little that he could bring the pain.

12. Green Bay Packers

Pick: Naz Reid, EDGE, LSU

At 6-foot-10, 250 pounds, I might actually like this Naz Reid pick more than the Rashan Gary pick that actually happened.

13. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Coby White, RB, North Carolina

Speed, quickness, vision and great hair. Coby White would be a great playmaker at tailback. 

14. Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Tyler Herro, WR, Kentucky

The Falcons already have the best receiving unit in the NFL according to Brad Kelly, so why not make this ridiculous reality even more ridiculous with the 6-foot-5 Herro joining Julio & Company.

15. Washington Redskins

Pick: Romeo Langford, WR, Indiana

If you watched any of Romeo Langford this season, you know how much of a playmaker he can be. I’d love too see him get down at wide receiver with his aggressive style, strong hands and 6-foot-6 frame. 

16. Carolina Panthers

Pick: Jaxon Hayes, WR, Texas

All of the Panthers' wide receivers are of the smaller stature, so Hayes, if nothing else, would be hilarious next to them at 6-foot-11.

17.New York Giants (from CLE)

Pick: Tremont Waters, LSU, CB

I know this is a light-hearted, fantasy article, but I would actually love to see the 5-foot-10, 170-pound speedy Waters at cornerback. I honestly think he could start in the league.

18. Minnesota Vikings

Pick: Admiral Schofield, EDGE, Tennessee

I didn’t get to watch a ton of Tennessee basketball this season, but I saw enough to know that the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Schofield could absolutely do some damage on the edge as a pass rusher. 

19. Tennessee Titans

Pick: Kevin Porter Jr., WR, USC

Porter Jr. can score from anywhere. He’s 6-foot-5, 200 pounds and is quick, fast and explosive. I could see him doing some serious damage with a diverse route tree to play in the slot or by the sideline.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick: Matisse Thybull, CB, Washington

Thybull was one of the best defenders in the Pac-12 this season, and at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, he would be a physical, long, shut down cornerback the Steelers have needed for years. 

21. Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Ty Jerome, S, Virginia

I love Jerome’s basketball IQ, and I bet that would translate very well to a single-high safety role in the NFL.

22. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, CB/WR, Virginia

NAW is a good two-way player, and that’s where I’d see him in he NFL. He’s quick, but not overly explosive as an athlete. He’d be a slot option on both offense and defense. 

23. Houston Texans

Pick: Grant Williams, OT, Tennessee

Look, I just picked the guy in the NBA Draft who I thought could make the best transition to offense tackle, because the Texans had one job this draft and did it poorly.

24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI)

Pick: Bol Bol, TE, Oregon

He’s 7-foot-2.

Seven. Foot. Two.

You think Gruden wouldn’t take this guy?

25. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Jordan Poole, CB, Michigan

Poole is a streaky playmaker, but that makes him perfect for the Eagles' secondary.

26. Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Bruno Fernando, TE, Maryland

Bruno Fernando is a 6-foot-10, 235 pound beast of a big man. He’s a great athlete for his size and is really strong, too. Imagine Andrew Luck having this guy over the middle and in the red zone.

I already want to draft him in fantasy football.

27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL)

Pick: Sekou Doumbouya, WR, France

How would Gruden follow up drafting a 7-foot-2 tight end? By drafting a 6-foot-9 wide receiver!

Plus, I could totally see Mayock getting fancy and drafting an international player.

28. Los Angeles Chargers

Pick: Chuma Okeke, EDGE, Auburn

Okeke’s 6-foot-8, 230-pound frame (which could put on even more weight) would be ideal on the edge or on the inside for the Chargers. A late ACL injury is what might cause him to fall in the NBA draft, but getting him this late would be good for any team — even an NFL team. 

29. Seattle Seahawks (from KC)

Pick: Miye Oni, WR, Yale

The Seahawks won the D.K. Metcalf sweepstakes later in the 2019 NFL Draft, so they could instead get their offensive playmaker here with Oni, who was a three-time All Ivy League selection for what he could do with the ball in his hands.

30. Green Bay Packers (from NO)

Pick: Jalen Lecque, S/CB, N.C. State

I just had to put Lecque in here because he’s 6-foot-4 with a 43 inch vertical and a 6-foot-7 wingspan. Teach this kid some press coverage technique and it’s over.

31. Los Angeles Rams

Pick: Carsen Edwards, CB, Purdue

If the name Carsen Edwards sounds familar, it’s because he was the guy who dropped a 40 bomb on Virginia and nearly knock the future champs out in the Elite 8.

At 6-feet tall, Edwards is a streak playmaker, but when he’s hot he’s one of the best there is. Such is the case with the Rams' secondary. They need players to take chances, get hot and create turnovers. Hell, I’d even play this kid both ways at running back, too.

32. New England Patriots

Pick: Ignas Brazdeikis, TE, Michigan

Oh, come on, you knew this was going to happen. The Patriots having the chance to draft a 6-foot-7 tight end who will run his mouth, come up clutch and whose name is “Ignas Brazdeikis”?

No better way to end this draft.

Written By:

Trevor Sikkema

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-Host of the Locked On NFL Draft Podcast.