The 2019 NFL Draft is upon us. And to commemorate the moment, I'm ready to bring you all my final 2019 NFL mock draft. The objective of this mock? To try to predict as many correct 1st round players and picks -- as is the scoring dictated by The Huddle Report's annual competition.
I hope you all enjoy this weekend's festivities!
Pick No. 1 - Arizona Cardinals
QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Oh the tangled web we've weaved. I've believed the Cardinals would never draft a top quarterback in 2 straight seasons, then I believed it was a lock. And now? Flip a coin. I think with enough smoke here, this has legs. There's also some motivation to flip the script and get an exciting dual threat quarterback in the building to help the Cardinals build interest in the organization.
Pick No. 2 - San Francisco 49ers
EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
This one feels pretty straight forward. The 49ers need outside pass rush and Bosa is a pro-ready EDGE who can play a very high snap percentage. His health appears to be squared away, so there's little concern here.
Pick No. 3 - New York Jets
DL Ed Oliver, Houston
This pick has picked up some heat in recent days and I'm a pretty big fan of the optics of the move. Of course that comes with the potential of passing over Quinnen Williams, but if the Jets prefer Ed Oliver, I'm hard pressed to find any gripes with them -- Oliver is a stud in his own right.
Pick No. 4 - Oakland Raiders
DL Quinnen Williams, Alabama
We like to pick on the Raiders from time to time, but this is a no brainer pick if it comes down to it for Oakland. The math here is pretty simple. Williams is my top rated player in the draft. If you can land him at 4, even with more pressing needs, you have to do it.
Pick No. 5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LB Devin White, LSU
The Bucs are taken with White and the expectation here is that he'll be called upon to be the new quarterback of their overhauled defense.
Pick No. 6 - New York Giants
LB Josh Allen, Kentucky
The Giants have been teasing a pick of QB Daniel Jones here, but realistically that's such a rich price for a quarterback who will have a hard time living up to that investment. Instead, the Giants add versatility on defense and will use Allen to help replace Olivier Vernon, who they traded away this of-season.
Pick No. 7 - Jacksonville Jaguars
OL Jonah Williams, Alabama
The Jaguars have no one proven at Right Tackle and Cam Robinson is coming off a season ending injury in 2018. Last year proved the Jaguars aren't shy about doubling down on the trenches and Jonah Williams will help this team continue to dictate the point of attack.
Pick No. 8 - Washington Redskins (Trade)
QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
SURPRISE! The Redskins - Haskins connection got hot on Wednesday and there's enough dots here to connect that suggest it's a legit possibility. Aiding this move is the fact that the Lions -- who like Jonah Williams quite a bit -- miss out with the Jaguars' pick right in front of them. Trade back and regroup for Detroit, a young franchise quarterback for Washington.
Pick No. 9 - Buffalo Bills
TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa
The Bills' tight end room is ugly. Tyler Kroft and Jason Croom are the headline names, so it's high time the team picks up some help here. With Hockenson, the Bills get a pro-ready TE who should be able to help QB Josh Allen by being a reliable, big body in the middle of the field.
Pick No. 10 - Denver Broncos
LB Devin Bush, Michigan
Speaking of ugly positional groups, have you seen the Broncos middle linebackers? The Broncos have apparently had eyes on Bush for quite a while and getting him at 10 -- ahead of the Bengals -- is a win for Denver. This could come down to if the Bengals want to jump up and how willing Buffalo is to slide down and risk missing Hockenson.
Pick No. 11 - Cincinnati Bengals
QB Drew Lock, Missouri
Andy Dalton entering the building after this pick will resemble the bitter faced meme guy that's been making the rounds -- but you know what? Enough time has passed that we know exactly what Dalton is. And that fresh blood is needed in the QB room.
Pick No. 12 - Green Bay Packers
OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
The Packers have no shortage of options here. And after an off-season that flies in the face of the "Packer" way, it's time to return to the roots. Draft the trenches early! And in Dillard, the Packers get a sweet footed pass protector who can provide depth and eventually step in and help this offense not skip a beat.
Pick No. 13 - Miami Dolphins
DL Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Wilkins is a "New Miami" kind of guy -- he's versatile, violent and a high football character. Wilkins' motor is one of the hottest in this class, bar none, getting him to help provide more playmaking up front for a pedestrian Dolphins defensive line.
Pick No. 14 - Atlanta Falcons
OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
The Falcons have a bit of a buzzkill on their hands. They miss Oliver. They miss Wilkins. And although this team signed Ty Sambrailo to a contract this off-season, he's no reason to not jump at a high quality tackle like Taylor, who can be a major upgrade.
Pick No. 15 - Detroit Lions (Trade)
EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
So to summarize, the Lions trade back and then subsequently still land one of their short list targets for picking at 8? That's a win, folks. The Lions like long-armed, heavy-handed defensive linemen and despite Sweat's medical concerns (a heart condition), most teams have left him as is on their draft boards.
Pick No. 16 - Carolina Panthers
OT Greg Little, Mississippi
Seeing Jonah Williams, Andre Dillard and Jawaan Taylor drop off prior to the Panthers hurts. So, too, does the loss of Sweat off the board immediately before Carolina's pick. This is a bit of a surprise move, given Cody Ford is still available -- but we get a few of these weird ones every year and Little plays on the left, where they're much less proven than what Carolina has back in Daryl Williams on the right.
Pick No. 17 - New York Giants
QB Daniel Jones, Duke
Ah. There it is. The heir apparent to Eli Manning finally comes after 12 months of joking at Dave Gettleman's expense. Is this a bad move? It's not an ideal one -- but time will tell if it's the right one.
Pick No. 18 - Minnesota Vikings
IOL Garrett Bradbury, NC State
Minnesota needs help on the interior, this is well established. And despite the concerns surrounding Minnesota wanting to keep Pat Elflein at Center, Bradbury is the most talented option for their outside zone.
Pick No. 19 - Philadelphia Eagles (Trade)
WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
The Eagles brought in Desean Jackson this off-season via trade, but more speed and talent at the wide receiver position will help to keep the spacing of this offense challenging for defenses. Add in the potential trade of WR Nelson Agholor and Jackson's age? This is a necessary addition -- as is getting aggressive and trading up with a potential wide receiver run looming at any pick.
Pick No. 20 - Pittsburgh Steelers
CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
Pittsburgh has a type at corner. Apparently Ya-Sin is it -- as this pairing has been very popular over the last 48 hours. I'd argue there are more talented corners on the board, but if Ya-Sin fits the desired skills for Pittsburgh's coverage tendencies, I get it.
Pick No. 21 - Seattle Seahawks
CB Greedy Williams, LSU
Is there a more fitting pair in this year's class? Seattle's secondary has been a key fixture of their identity ever since they pushed into the upper echelon of NFL franchises. Adding Greedy opposite CB Shaq Griffin would help them counter growing passing threats in the NFC.
Pick No. 22 - Baltimore Ravens
WR DK Metcalf, Mississippi
The Ravens need a wide receiver. Metcalf is a terrifying combo of size and speed. Lamar Jackson thrived at Louisville throwing downfield to a bigger body receiver in Jaylen Smith, Metcalf is exponentially more explosive and his physical play meshes well with Baltimore's team mentality.
Pick No. 23 - Houston Texans
OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Offensive line. No matter what.
Pick No. 24 - Oakland Raiders
CB Byron Murphy, Washington
The Raiders have a great opportunity to infuse more talent across several positions. Murphy is a great value here and would be an immediate upgrade opposite Gareon Conley.
Pick No. 25 - Tennessee Titans (Trade)
EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
Surprise! The Titans have Harold Landry at their disposal and signed Cameron Wake this off-season but they need more long-term fixtures in the pass rush department. Ferrell is a physical rusher who has great length and is effective stacking the line of scrimmage.
Pick No. 26 - Indianapolis Colts
DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
This is a high-upside selection for GM Chris Ballard. The Colts are in beautiful position with their roster and while it'd be terrific to get an immediate return, this is the kind of a long-term mindset that will have the Colts contending for years to come.
Pick No. 27 - Oakland Raiders
RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
With the pending retirement of RB Marshawn Lynch, the Raiders need a lead back candidate. Jacobs runs angry, much like Lynch did for so many years. With another pick coming up at 35, the Raiders will have one more pick coming up to add a day one starter.
Pick No. 28 - Los Angles Chargers
DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
The Chargers need to boost the defensive line to keep whoever plays linebacker clean next year. Lawrence has been a personal favorite pairing of mine with LA for several months and I'm not backing down now.
Pick No. 29 - Seattle Seahawks
DL Rashan Gary, Michigan
Much like Greedy, this one is a match made in heaven. The Seahawks have traded away Frank Clark and in the headline pick they got in return, they draft his potential replacement. Gary has a shoulder issue, which has pushed him down a bit. But his buzz holds enough water for me to think he's still a RD1 target.
Pick No. 30 - Green Bay Packers
S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
I thought very long and very hard about making this pick Maryland's Darnell Savage. But the late push of Savage up boards this late in the game? I'd tend to lean towards a more established "NFL favored" prospect. We've been told for a while that the league likes Abram a lot and the Packers have a notable need here.
Pick No. 31 - Los Angeles Rams
EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State
The Rams managed to bring back Dante Fowler, but his deal isn't a long-term one and the team needs to ensure they sustain their pass rush. Burns is a little light but he's added weight and sustained explosiveness effectively -- plus he might be the best pure pass rusher in the class.
Pick No. 32 - New England Patriots
TE Noah Fant, Iowa
The Patriots need to replace Rob Gronkowski. Fant this late in the game is a total steal.