With over 80 percent (26 of 32 teams) of the NFL having multiple losses through the first five weeks of the season, this year promises to be filled with drama that will ultimately shape the landscape of the 2019 NFL Draft. But for now, this is the current draft order as dictated by the results to date.
No. 1 – New York Giants
PICK: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Just like David Gettleman planned it. After passing on choosing a QB with pick No. 2 in 2018, the Giants secure its QB of the future in Herbert. While there are rumblings that Herbert may stay in school, he's a top-5 lock which makes it insane for me to believe this isn't his final season in college. He has displayed impressive accuracy this season to complement his standout physical traits this season and is the clear-cut best QB in the rising draft class.
No. 2 – Indianapolis Colts
PICK: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
After years of dreadful roster construction under Ryan Grigson, current GM Chris Ballard is rebuilding the nucleus of Indy's roster. Bosa is a franchise-altering talent with game-changing pass rushing upside. His blend of size, technique, athletic ability and power makes him arguably the best prospect in the class.
No. 3 – San Francisco 49ers
PICK: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The 49ers have the unenviable task of competing with Sean McVay and his high-powered Rams offense in the NFC West. After investing heavily in recent years in the front seven, San Francisco needs more talent in the secondary and Williams has the upside to be a game-changing lockdown corner. He has rare athletic ability and flexibility for his size with plus ball skills.
No. 4 – Arizona Cardinals
PICK: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Arizona has its franchise QB in Josh Rosen and now its time to protect him. Williams is the best offensive lineman in the class and has the upside to become an NFL franchise left tackle. With a pocket passer like Rosen who isn't the most mobile quarterback, making sure he can stay upright is critical to his development.
No. 5 – Atlanta Falcons
PICK: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
What the heck is Atlanta doing picking in the top-5? A defense that is decimated by injuries and a tough schedule hasn't helped. Turning things around shouldn't be difficult and the silver lining in a lost season for Atlanta is it has an opportunity to add top talent to an already stacked roster. Oliver is a rare and special talent. His athletic ability and burst is special. His hand usage and power overwhelm opponents. His range and motor is otherworldly. His flexibility and agility don’t make sense for his size. Oliver has the upside to be the face of an NFL defense and become one of the top defensive playmakers in the NFL
No. 6 – Oakland Raiders
PICK: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Well... Oakland suddenly has a massive need to build an arsenal of pass rushers and Ferrell is an exceptional talent. He's long, athletic and nuanced with his handwork to soften rush angles and beat blocks. Ferrell is a perfect fit for Paul Guenther's defense and can help fill the void created by the Khalil Mack trade.
No. 7 – Dallas Cowboys
PICK: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Dallas needs playmakers in the passing game and Metcalf has special traits. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Metcalf has explosive burst and dominant play strength that make him difficult to cover. He features an outstanding above-the-rim game and a massive wingspan to win at the catch point. His foot and handwork alike in his release is exceptional and can give Dallas a dude like it once had when Dez was in his prime.
No. 8 – Houston Texans
PICK: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
In Deshaun Watson, Houston has one of the most exciting young QBs in football but he's getting killed out there! His offensive line is an embarrassment and Houston must commit to improving it in the offseason. Cajuste checks all the boxes required in terms of traits needed to win as a pass blocker in the NFL. He’s long, athletic and fleet of foot with a strong anchor. He frames rushers well and knows how to keep them at the end of his reach. He needs some technical work but has considerable upside as a blindside protector in the NFL.
No. 9 – Philadelphia Eagles
PICK: Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
What the heck are the Super Bowl Champions doing picking in the top-10? I've got a feeling that when it's all said and done, they won't be but if they are, adding a premier talent like Davis would be a nice consolation prize. In so many ways, Davis reminds me of 49ers standout DeForest Buckner. Davis is long, athletic and powerful which leads to him dictating reps and owning the line of scrimmage. He knows how to use his hands to control blockers and shed blocks. He is versatile and physically gifted
No. 10 – New York Jets
PICK: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
The Jets would love to add an offensive lineman to protect Sam Darnold but I'm afraid there are no options quite worthy of the pick in this scenario. Instead, adding a pass rusher like Sweat would vastly improve the Jets ability to affect opposing QBs. Sweat showcases good vision when reading the set of his opponent, hand usage and a variety of counters to complement his hot motor that makes him a highly effective pass rusher.
No. 11 – Seattle Seahawks
PICK: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
I've got a feeling that we've seen the last of Earl Thomas in a Seahawks uniform, leaving a glaring hole at the safety position. Thompson is an exceptional talent that offers elite range, ball skills and coverage instincts to complement his size and athletic ability. He has Thomas-like upside.
No. 12 – Buffalo Bills
PICK: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
The Bills invested heavily in Josh Allen as its franchise QB but his weapons are arguably the worst in the NFL. Buffalo must commit to surrounding Allen in the coming offseason and Harmon would give the Bills a receiver with the upside to become a No. 1 guy. Harmon isn’t a burner but he dominates at the catch point with exceptional ball skills and suction cups for hands. He is a true route salesman that knows how to create separation with nuanced technique in his release and stems.
No. 13 – Detroit Lions
PICK: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Detroit has been lacking in terms of interior penetration skills along its defensive line and Williams would instantly solve that problem. Williams offers dominant play strength, nuanced hand usage and a relentless motor that makes him a threat on every down, offering a skill set Detroit simply doesn't have.
No. 14 – Denver Broncos
PICK: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Denver has seen its share of off-ball LBs depart in recent years and haven't truly replaced them. The Broncos defense needs talent on the second level and Wilson is a perfect fit for today's game. He is an explosive linebacker with sideline-to-sideline range, strong instincts in coverage and the physicality to work into the line of scrimmage. He’s the next great Bama linebacker.
No. 15 – Green Bay Packers
PICK: Devin White, LB, LSU
Blake Martinez is a fine LB but the rest of Green Bay's off-ball options fail to excite. White is a maniac on the second level. He's an urgent, rangy and physical linebacker that plays like his hair is on fire. He's showcased an impressive ability to play through contact and win with athletic ability in space. His blend of speed, range and physicality is perfect for today's game.
No. 16 – Minnesota Vikings
PICK: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Sheldon Richardson has been a great addition to Minnesota's defensive line but what is the realistic chance the Vikings can retain him this offseason? It seems unlikely. Simmons is an exciting interior defensive line prospect that plays with an unrelenting motor, impressive play strength, nuanced technique and the tenacity needed to beat blocks and make plays near the line of scrimmage. He’s an ideal 4-3 three-technique where he can be used in an attacking role.
No. 17 – Cleveland Browns
PICK: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
This is weird. Aren't the Brown supposed to be picking in the top-5? Well, Cleveland has a QB and defense that has them on the rise so we need to get used to the Browns competing. After moving on from Josh Gordon, Baker Mayfield needs more options at receiver outside of Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway ain't it. Harry is a massive receiver that excels down the field with his outstanding ball tracking skills and ability to elevate for the ball. His wingspan and body control are impressive and would provide a dynamic outside for Mayfield.
No. 18 – Pittsburgh Steelers
PICK: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
Pittsburgh's defense needs all kinds of help and in this scenario, bolstering the pass rush is the way to go. The Steelers have an intriguing young piece in TJ Watt who is still developing as a pass rusher but Bud Dupree has given Pittsburgh no reason to commit to him longterm and Anthony Chickillo is a replacement level free agent after the season. Burns has explosive quickness, ridiculous flexibility and a variety of pass rushing moves that would make him a welcome addition to the Steelers defense.
No. 19 – Jacksonville Jaguars
PICK: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Having a tight end with athletic ability, size and ball skills of Fant is exactly what a power-running offense needs to be effective working the seam and in the play-action game. Fant would provide an exciting option in two TE sets and secure the position long-term after Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a free agent after 2019.
No. 20 – Miami Dolphins
PICK: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Miami is in deep levels of QB purgatory with Ryan Tannehill and will remain there until he is replaced. Hello, Dwayne Haskins who has showcased exceptional accuracy and the ability to win from the pocket this season. A RS Sophomore, Haskins needs to build up his resume but is flashing an exciting skill set that will put him in the first-round conversation should he declare.
No. 21 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
PICK: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
For all that Tampa did to improve its defense last offseason, a whole lot more is required to field a competitive unit. Parting ways with defensive coordinator Mike Smith would be a good start and so would adding a pass rusher like Polite. Polite offers explosive burst, tremendous flexibility and an array of counters to win as a pass rusher off the edge.
No. 22 – Tennessee Titans
PICK: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
There's a lot to like about Tennessee's defense but not its ability to stop the run. The Titans can be had up front so adding a 340 pound monster in Lawrence would go a long way in fixing that. Lawrence moves fairly well for his size with the upside to develop into a pass rushing threat.
No. 23 – New England Patriots
PICK: Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
Boyd has the makings of a shutdown corner in the NFL. He’s long, athletic, physical and ultra competitive at the catch point. He’s an alpha in everything he does, particularly when the ball is in the air and playing through contact. He tackles and offers upside in every technique which is something New England can use opposite of Stephon Gilmore.
No. 24 – Washington Redskins
PICK: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
Arcega-Whiteside is a power-forward type receiver that illustrates physicality, ball skills and body control to win at the catch point. He isn’t a burner but he dominates in the air with his alpha mentality. His long strides eat up turf and he is a nuanced route runner that knows how to sell his breaks and get open. He would complement Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson nicely in Washington's offense.
No. 25 – Los Angeles Chargers
PICK: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
As exciting as the Chargers are in terms of pass rush and pass defense, stopping the run and interior penetration are issues. Brandon Mebane is a replacement level player and a free agent after the season, with Corey Liuget’s contract expiring after 2019. It's time for an infusion of talent at DT for LA and Tillery is blossoming into a playmaking force this season.
No. 26 – Baltimore Ravens
PICK: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
Baltimore can't be serious about James Hurst as a starting offensive tackle so upgrading that position should be a priority this coming offseason. Edwards is a road grader as a run blocker while showcasing good control, posture and balance in pass pro. A converted tight end, Edwards has considerable upside and has developed nicely at the position.
No. 27 – Oakland Raiders (Via Chicago Bears)
PICK: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Gary offers versatility to work along the defensive front and has found success functioning as both and end and attacking on the inside. He has impressive burst, strength and tenacity to beat blocks but is still not a finished product which makes him all the more appealing given the impact he’s already making in the Big Ten. He has some freaky athletic moments on tape. The Raiders have to get serious about improving its defense and a first-round pairing of Ferrell and Gary would be tremendous.
No. 28 – Carolina Panthers
PICK: Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College
There has been so much instability along Carolina's offensive line with more to come. Darryl Williams is a free agent, Ryan Kalil is retiring and Matt Kalil is awful. Taylor Moton and Trai Turner are good building blocks but more is required to stabilize the Panther's front five for Cam Newton. A four-year starter for the BC’s highly prolific rushing attacks, Lindstrom is a powerful people-mover with a nasty mean streak. His anchor is powerful and his experience working at tackle should lend itself favorably as an interior pass protector
No. 29 – Green Bay Packers (Via New Orleans Saints)
PICK: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Risner is as consistent and technically refined as they come. He is always square, fits his hands and secures his base while executing his assignments. He offers experience, position flexibility and should immediately become a quality NFL starter. Risner could immediately upgrade the right guard spot where Justin McCray is scheduled to become a free agent after the season.
No. 30 – Cincinnati Bengals
PICK: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The Bengals have done so much to improve its offensive line but one final move is required: replace Bobby Hart. Little might be the most physically gifted blocker in the 2019 class. His blend of size, mobility, length and power serves as a strong foundation of traits. He does need some technical work but he has an extremely high ceiling to become a fixture on an NFL offensive line.
No. 31 – Kansas City Chiefs
PICK: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Chiefs are getting torched through the air this season and upgrading the secondary is a must. Murphy is a smooth cover man that plays above his weight class and offers great ball skills. He is capable of winning in off-man coverage and pattern matching to all levels of the field.
No. 32 – Los Angeles Rams
PICK: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Challenging business decisions will have to be made regarding who to keep on a loaded Rams roster. With that said, investing draft picks on prospects at premium positions is a wise move to keep the talent replenished. Allen is a gifted pass rusher that is enjoying a breakout senior season that would add a needed outside pass rushing presence to LA's defense.