Kelly’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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It’s still relatively early in the NFL season, so if you’re unhappy with where your team is currently drafting, tell them to win more games. If you’re a Chiefs fan who is upset that your team isn’t projected to win the Super Bowl, tell them to win in Foxboro and stay undefeated next time.

Here is your daily dose of Mock Draft Monday, Week 7 style. Please direct your hate mail to @BradKelly17 on Twitter:

1. San Francisco 49ers

PICK: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

San Francisco is currently in line for the No. 1 overall pick, despite a roster that seemingly could be winning games if they had a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo. If they find themselves in this position come draft time, it’s a great opportunity for them to add a blue chip prospect to the roster.

With the news that Nick Bosa will not be returning to Ohio State and entering the NFL Draft, he is now the favorite for the top pick. His well-rounded game as a pass rusher and edge setter would fit into any defense, but especially along a defensive line that already has Deforest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, and Arik Armstead. While this creates a bit of a logjam, Bosa is too talented and Thomas is a versatile enough piece to move inside on passing downs. The 49ers defensive line would become one of the most talented in the league.

2. Arizona Cardinals

PICK: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

It’s time to start talking about Brian Burns at the very top of the NFL Draft. This man eats Power 5 competition for all three meals of the day.

In Burns’ last 7 games against the Power 5, he has 12.5 sacks. Not only that, he’s had 1.5 sacks in each and every one of those games. The athletic pass rusher offers some of the best bend and explosiveness around the edge in the class.

Arizona would be able to pair Burns with Chandler Jones, creating a formidable presence on either side and taking some heat off of their all-pro. With a roster that’s in a complete rebuild, Burns offers value and upside at this stage.

3. New York Giants

PICK: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

There was a recent report about the possibility of Justin Herbert returning to Oregon. With the extra year of eligibility and his brother an incoming freshman for the Ducks, this idea makes sense. However, it’s so early in the game for a definitive answer, and Herbert would be passing up QB1 and relegating himself to a class with Tua Tagovailoa in it.

If Herbert enters the draft, there have already been rumblings about the Giants targeting him. It makes sense, as Eli Manning has been ineffective for a few years now. Herbert would come into an excellent situation as far as the surrounding talent on the Giants offense, and provide youth and promise to a team that has struggled for a season and a half.

4. Oakland Raiders

PICK: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Edit: Well, hello there Raiders fans. Last Draft season, I had the pleasure of bringing #RaiderNation Daily 7 round mock drafts. Now, Coach Gruden has made it so every first-round mock draft is basically a Raiders mock draft. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to google who the oldest players in the draft are.

Jon Gruden hates the incumbent defensive backs. While that may not be completely true, he has benched Gareon Conley and Karl Joseph in recent weeks. It’s obvious that Gruden believes the Raiders need talent on the backend.

Greedy Williams is a talented cornerback prospect who has lived up the the hype so far this season. With Denzel Ward flourishing in Cleveland after being selected 4th overall in 2018, teams may be more likely to pull the trigger on cornerbacks this early in the draft.

5. Indianapolis Colts

PICK: Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston

Indianapolis needs talent in a lot of places. Ideally, they continue to surround quarterback Andrew Luck with blockers or playmakers, but neither of those spots provide decent value at this stage.

You may have heard about how ridiculous this defensive line group class will be, and Ed Oliver will be at the forefront of it. Oliver is an interior disruptor who relentlessly works his hands and eats double teams. While a bit undersized for the position, he plays with great leverage. He has a legitimate shot at being the top rated prospect in the entire class.

At this stage, Oliver would provide value similar to when the Colts snagged Quenton Nelson at the 6th pick in 2018.

6. Buffalo Bills

PICK: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

Buffalo has missed on recent pass rushing selections in recent drafts, and currently lack production in that area. Similar to Indianapolis, they need to surround their young quarterback with protection and skill players, but that would likely come with multiple picks later on.

Ferrell is the best prospect on the Clemson defensive line, who offers an overall skillset. He’s up to 6 sacks on the season through 6 games played, and would provide an immediate upgrade to the Bills pass rush.

Ferrell isn’t quite “can’t-miss,” but he qualifies as a high ceiling, high floor prospect in my eyes.

7. Atlanta Falcons

PICK: Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama

When Atlanta has a healthy roster, they are entirely too talented to be selecting in the top 10. With injuries and a slow start to the season, they could dig their way back into the playoff race with a win tonight. For now, they’re also the beneficiary of the excellent defensive line class.

Quinnen Williams has possibly been the biggest “riser” among prospects this season. Being stuck behind Da’Ron Payne last year, Williams didn’t have a chance to showcase his ability. I don’t say this lightly: Williams might be the best Alabama defensive line prospect we’ve seen in recent memory. He’s that’s good.

A tireless worker who sheds blocks with ease, Williams is a force on the interior. Sound in his run discipline and built with an ideal frame, Williams might climb all the way to the top of the interior defensive line rankings when all is said and done.  

8. Cleveland Browns

PICK: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Cleveland struck gold with Denzel Ward, and will likely look to round out their defensive back group with another cornerback in the Draft. They’ve showed that they have no fear of “reaching” for talent, and Murphy has the makings of a first-round prospect.

Murphy has excellent ball skills, and plays the catchpoint with anticipation and hand placement. His sticky coverage skills would give the Browns two plus starters at cornerback for the foreseeable future, and make their secondary dreadful to throw against.  

9. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas)

PICK: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

With the unfortunate news of D.K. Metcalf’s neck injury, it’s unclear whether or not he will enter the Draft. This is going based on the premise that Metcalf will be returning to campus, and it pushes Kelvin Harmon directly into the WR1 conversation.

Edit: How ironic is it that I mocked the first receiver of the Draft to the Cowboys, only for them to flip the pick for a former first-round wide receiver later that day? The thing is, I could see Oakland targeting Kelvin Harmon as well. The Raiders current top wide receiver is 33 year-old Jordy Nelson. Martavis Bryant is facing a possible year-long suspension. The rest of the depth chart consists of Seth Roberts, Dwayne Harris and Brandon Lafell, the trio currently have 18 combined receptions on the season.

There is now an obvious need for a young receiver on the roster. Oakland lands one here.

10. Tennessee Titans

PICK: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

Tennessee made my favorite selection of the 2018 NFL Draft when they took Harold Landry, and they could continue their rebuild of the pass rush by taking Montez Sweat.

Explosive and violent, Sweat uses his physical tools and active hands to regularly get home against SEC offensive tackles. Pairing him with a player like Landry gives Tennessee a young duo who are relentless in disrupting the pocket. With Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo’s contracts expiring, it’s likely time for the Titans to move on from the older duo and explore a young EDGE in the Draft.

11. Jacksonville Jaguars

PICK: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Did we seriously see Cody Kessler take meaningful snaps yesterday? The Jaguars have a talented defense, but their team is held back by the quarterback play. Despite giving Blake Bortles a healthy contract, it’s long overdue to seek other options at the position.

I truly believe that Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins will return to campus next year. Despite the tools, he likely doesn’t have QB1 upside and has a long way to go in his development against pressure.

Drew Lock is the best senior quarterback at this stage, and has upside because of his arm talent. Playing in the SEC, Lock still has opportunities to impress NFL scouts and solidify a first round grade.

12. New York Jets

PICK: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Mack Wilson has seemingly been overlooked as Alabama’s embarrassment of riches at the linebacker spot grows deeper and deeper. However, Wilson is my favorite linebacker prospect in the class at this juncture. With his anticipation, sound run fits and consistent tackling, Wilson makes up yet another elite linebacker prospect for the Tide.

The Jets seem comfortable with their secondary, and will eventually need to help Sam Darnold with weapons. But at this stage, Wilson’s value is too good to pass up at a position of need.

13. Philadelphia Eagles

PICK: Kris Boyd, CB, Texas

The Eagles likely have questions about the future of the left tackle position. However, they seemingly have multiple questions about cornerback, with Ronald Darby’s expiring contract and Jalen Mills inconsistent play.

Kris Boyd is one of my favorite players in the Draft, and I believe he has a future as a lockdown presence no matter the defensive scheme. Long, fluid and aggressive, Boyd could start right away for whichever team drafts him.

14. Denver Broncos

PICK: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

Case Keenum was never more than a stop-gap option for Denver. With his contract expiring at the end of next season, the Broncos would be wise to look into a successor that they can develop for a year before taking over the starting reigns.

Will Grier has been a bit up and down this season, but he is a smooth operator who can spray the ball to all areas of the field. If he can develop his pocket presence, the drive he places on passes will be more than adequate for the NFL. Likely the next quarterback option after Lock, Grier could have a future as the face of a franchise.

15. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago)

PICK: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

Remember when I said the Raiders need help in the secondary? With the selection they gained from the Khalil Mack trade, they are in excellent position to do so. Deionte Thompson is the best safety prospect in the draft, showing absurd sideline to sideline range.

Pairing his talent with Greedy Williams would potentially give the Raiders the best young secondary in the league. Thompson could very well be selected earlier than this, so he provides tremendous upside and value for pick 15.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

PICK: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

Just like Seattle, I knew the position of need right away for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: defensive back. With the three cornerbacks that I currently like as first round talents already selected, Oruwariye would be the next man up.

Having a stellar season to this point, Oruwariye has excellent size and tools for the next level. Smooth with solid ball skills, he could become the long-term starter at cornerback opposite rookie Carlton Davis.

17. Seattle Seahawks

PICK: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

The first thing I did when piecing together this mock draft was write “offensive line” next to Seattle. The Seahawks need to protect Russell Wilson, and to their credit, have done a better job of it this season. However, the talent on the offensive line still leaves a lot to be desired.

Some analysts have projected the Alabama left tackle as more of a guard, but truthfully I don’t think it matters here. Williams would provide an upgrade at tackle or guard for Seattle, and go a long way into extending the health and career of their signal-caller.

18. Detroit Lions

PICK: Jeffery Simmons, IDL, Mississippi State

A long stretch without a defensive line prospect being drafted would be a surprise, and in this case provides value for Detroit at pick 18. The Lions lack talent up front, and head coach Matt Patricia will likely look there to continue the rebuild of his defense.

Jeffery Simmons is another physical and violent presence on the interior with excellent size. Though he hasn’t produced the pass rush numbers from a year ago, he is gap sound and tough to block one on one. 

19. Miami Dolphins

PICK: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

The Miami Dolphins have played 7 games this season, and have only accumulated 11 sacks. Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn are an older pass rush duo who have struggled to stay healthy this season. The Dolphins will almost assuredly look for an injection of talent through the Draft.

In this case, they can keep Jachai Polite in the Sunshine State. Polite has 6 sacks through 5 SEC games this season, showing the necessary athleticism and burst to corner. He provides value at this point, as his play this season resembles more of a top 15 selection.

20. Baltimore Ravens

PICK: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Baltimore found their quarterback of the future in Lamar Jackson, and could now use help holding down his future offensive line.

Risner is a plug and play right tackle who has excellent mobility to mix with a nasty streak. Risner is as consistent as they come in pass protection, with multiple effortless sets that keep defensive lineman off balance and a step behind. Risner’s initial punch will often knock a defensive lineman off balance. He provides positional need and value in the second half of the first round.

21. Houston Texans

PICK: Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College

One of the best true offensive guards in the class, Lindstrom is a day one starting lineman in the NFL. Houston has the necessary weapons for Deshaun Watson, but now it’s time to get the protection right.

Lindstrom provides plus ability as a run blocker as well as a pass protector, and fits a positional need for the Texans. Though likely a late first to early second round player, the Texans need justifies the small reach.

22. Cincinnati Bengals

PICK: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Cincinnati has seemingly looked for a wide receiver across from A.J. Green for years. With the emergence of Tyler Boyd, they likely at least have a sidekick for Green, but lack size elsewhere. Cody Core has never produced at wide receiver, and despite showing promising flashes Auden Tate was recently waived.

Denzel Mims could provide size and athleticism right away for the Bengals, bringing pressure off of Green and allowing space over the middle for Boyd. Mims is a master with his body control and ball skills, and is beginning to play to his world class potential.

23. Green Bay Packers

PICK: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Green Bay has kicked the tires on a few rookie linebackers this season, but would solidly the position by drafting Devin Bush. The intense, physical presence in the middle of the defense, Bush is a shock and shed animal and run stuffer.

The promising aspects of his game is that he’s improved in pass coverage and with range this season, showing the tools to suggest he fits the more modern role of a linebacker.

24. Minnesota Vikings

PICK: Yodny Cajuste, OL, West Virginia

Minnesota’s biggest need in the previous draft was interior offensive line, and they seemingly didn’t fully answer for it. They’ll likely look towards that spot early in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Yodny Cajuste has experience as both a tackle and guard, and could project back inside by NFL teams. A sturdy pass protector with physical tools and upper body strength, Cajuste would bring a complete game to Minnesota’s interior.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers

PICK: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Last season, Baker had some issues matching vertical routes with his long speed. However, Baker’s transitions and hand usage have improved this season and he has clamped up competition as a result.

Likely playing himself into first round contention, Baker fits a need for Pittsburgh as Artie Burns has been a bust to this point in his career.

26. Washington Redskins

PICK: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

The Redskins’ wide receiver core is, in a word, uninspiring. Josh Doctson has been a disappointment to this point, and Crowder, Thompson, and Richardson better project as role players.

A.J. Brown is an interesting projection, but seemingly fits the mold of what Washington looks for in their receivers. Despite outside wide receiver traits, Brown operates in the slot. He has shown improvement on the fluidity of his routes, with crisp cuts and acceleration. Additionally, Brown has high-point ability and physicality up the seam.

Washington needs an influx of talent around Alex Smith, and the idea of A.J. Brown and Jordan Reed’s athleticism over the middle would be an enticing projection.

27. Carolina Panthers

PICK: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

With the rate the Panthers are going, Cam Newton isn’t going to have the longest NFL career. With his physical style of running and refusal to go down, Carolina needs to limit the amount of hits he take as he delivers passes.

Their offensive tackles haven’t gotten it done to this point, but David Edwards would provide a boost to the unit.

Edwards is a prototypical Wisconsin offensive lineman, with consistency in his technique and play strength. Though currently playing on the right side, he offers versatility. At this stage, Edwards fits value and positional need.

28. Los Angeles Chargers

PICK: Jerry Tillery, IDL, Notre Dame

Tillery has been quite the riser so far this season, and falling this far would provide incredible value to teams in the latter portion of the first round. Los Angeles already has excellent edge play, and adding Tillery would potentially place their defensive line as the class of the league.

Tillery has been on a tear this season, showing pass rush ability from his defensive tackle position. A relentless worker, he is quickly climbing up draft boards.

29. New England Patriots

PICK: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

New England loves versatility in their defensive lineman, and Gary can provide that with experience on the interior and edge. Potentially fitting nicely alongside their youth, Gary can be a nightmare to block with one offensive lineman.

Likely lacking the elite explosiveness and bend to play EDGE full time, landing spot will be critical for Gary as he needs to be with a team that will use him to expose matchups.

30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans)

PICK: Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin

Green Bay has committed only modest money to their interior offensive line, and Biadasz would provide an upgrade of talent at that spot. Protecting Aaron Rodgers needs to always be a priority, especially at this stage of his career and with his injury history.

Biadasz would likely become a fan favorite due to the Wisconsin effect, but also because of his versatility on the interior. A stout player with an anchor in pass protection, he is a plus run blocker as well.

31. Kansas City Chiefs

PICK: Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama

It was difficult to find a place for Davis to this point, but he would provide incredible value at this stage of the first round. A freak of nature athlete, David is built like a Greek God.

He has been a disruptive force for Alabama, eating alive solo blocks and playing beyond the line of scrimmage. Kansas City needs to add defensive talent at all levels, and Davis would help instantly.

32. Los Angeles Rams

PICK: Devin White, LB, LSU

Los Angeles has talent throughout it’s skill positions, but their linebackers have left something to be desired this season. Devin White can lay the wood when he’s able to read and react downhill, and his physical nature will likely entice franchises in the first round.

With the Rams seemingly set on the offensive side, look for them to add defensive players early on in the NFL Draft.

Written By:

Brad Kelly

NFL Draft Analyst

NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Wide Receivers Coach at Salve Regina University. Salve Regina Football ‘15.

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