If you haven't already scrolled to find your favorite team, I implore you to read this brief introduction. I know you want to be triggered by where your team is picking in the draft order, but direct that anger to the Vegas Super Bowl Odds which were used to generate the order. For teams that have the same odds, I placed them in a hat and pulled them at random.
Secondly, it's August and the NFL Draft scouting process is fluid. Players will emerge while others illustrate notable flaws that heavily impact draft stock. A prospect's game tape is his resume and there is a defining season ahead to play. Use this mock as a starting point to learn the way I perceive some of the top talent in the 2019 class, which players fit what teams and where the team needs could fall.
Without further ado, dig into my first mock of the season and be sure to let me know what you think!
No. 1 - Arizona Cardinals (Super Bowl odds: 100/1)
PICK: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
With its franchise quarterback secured in Josh Rosen, Arizona would ideally love to start building around him with a skill player or offensive lineman. But if Arizona has the No. 1 overall pick, snatching up Bosa to rush the passer opposite Chandler Jones is a no-brainer.
Bosa is a technically-refined edge defender that illustrates advanced hand technique and nuance to beat blocks and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Outside of having great quarterback play, affecting quarterback play is the second most critical aspect in fielding a winning team. Bosa and Jones would immediately be in the conversation as the best pass rushing duo in the NFL.
No. 2 - Buffalo Bills (Super Bowl odds: 100/1)
PICK: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Just like Arizona at No. 1, Buffalo has its franchise quarterback and would ideally use its top pick on improving the offensive infrastructure around Josh Allen. With that said, picking at No. 2 and NOT picking Oliver is an unforgivable sin. Kyle Williams' career is winding down, and a glance at Buffalo's defensive tackle group does not reveal a penetration-style player to serve as a three-technique in Sean McDermott's 4-3 defense.
Problem solved by drafting Oliver who offers rare burst, strength, block-shedding skills and agility for an interior player. He has the upside to impact a defense like we've seen from Aaron Donald in LA.
No. 3 - Chicago Bears (Super Bowl odds: 100/1)
PICK: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
The Bears are a team on the rise and I love the work GM Ryan Pace did this offseason to improve the offense around Mitchell Trubisky. And the defense wasn't forgotten by any means, adding Roquon Smith who has the makings of Chicago's next elite linebacker. The next piece of the defense that needs to be solidified is edge rusher -- Leonard Floyd needs a complement on the opposite side.
Ferrell offers a translatable skill set as a pass rusher and features excellent burst, footwork, vision, and hand usage. His variety of moves should make him a high impact pass rusher in the NFL.
No. 4 - Miami Dolphins (Super Bowl odds: 100/1)
PICK: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
If the Miami Dolphins are picking this high in the draft, then it's unlikely that Ryan Tannehill is the long-term answer at the quarterback position. There were some rumblings that Miami could be in the QB market in last year's draft and in this scenario, Miami has its choice of quarterbacks.
Lock needs to become a more polished passer, but his physical tools are exceptional and he's shown steady improvement throughout his career to this point. He has plus arm strength and mental processing skills, with the ability to hit throws with anticipation.
No. 5 - New York Jets (Super Bowl odds: 100/1)
PICK: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
It's time for the Jets to build the offense around Sam Darnold and this scenario is one where need meets value. Protecting Darnold should be a priority and Williams has the makings of a franchise left tackle.
I love Williams' footwork, technique and tenacity as a blocker. He should be a high quality starter for a long time in the NFL and a pillar of his team's offensive line.
No. 6 - Cincinnati Bengals (Super Bowl odds: 100/1)
PICK: Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
Geno Atkins is in a contract year and Andrew Billings hasn't proved to be a viable option starting next to him. While I think Atkins will remain in Cincinnati, pairing him with a player like Davis would solidify the defensive line.
In terms of athletic profile, physique and hand usage, there are numerous similarities between Davis and 49ers' budding star defensive lineman DeForest Buckner. The best defenses in the NFL are those with a deep rotation of defensive lineman and Davis would help build that with the Bengals.
No. 7 - Cleveland Browns (Super Bowl odds: 66/1)
PICK: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Gregg Williams loves to be aggressive with his pressure packages, which requires strong man corners to hold up behind them. After using a top-five pick on Denzel Ward in 2018, completing the corner tandem with Williams would give Cleveland two high upside guys that are strong pattern matchers.
Williams offers an exciting blend of foot speed, fluid hips, length and coverage instincts that profile him as a No. 1 corner in the NFL. He needs to be more consistent and play to his physical gifts, but his ceiling is considerably high.
No. 8 - Washington Redskins (Super Bowl odds: 66/1)
PICK: Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
Josh Norman has been okay since singing his massive contract, and Quinton Dunbar has grown as a corner, but Washington keeps investing in the secondary to try and find the right mix. I don't see supplemental draft pick Adonis Alexander as a future starter and Boyd has the makings of a shutdown guy in the NFL.
Boyd is a long, athletic and physical corner that is ultra competitive at the catch point and working through contact in pursuit. He excels in nearly every technique including press, zone and off man, making him a universal scheme fit and a valuable piece in solidifying the Redskins' secondary.
No. 9 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Super Bowl odds: 66/1)
PICK: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
The Bucs invested heavily on the defense last offseason and that must continue moving forward to get the right mix of personnel in the building. The best way to improve a defense is to get better up front, and Simmons would be a welcome addition to pair with 2018 top pick Vita Vea. I know Gerald McCoy is in the fray but he can be cut after the season with zero dead cap and Tampa would avoid paying him nearly $13 million per season in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Simmons is an exciting prospect that plays with an unrelenting motor, outstanding play strength, technique and tenacity to get off blocks that will make him an impact interior player in the NFL.
No. 10 - Indianapolis Colts (Super Bowl odds: 66/1)
PICK: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
In Malik Hooker and Quenton Nelson, Indy has done well to start building a young nucleus of talent under GM Chris Ballard but it still has a long way to go. Gary is the type of player that can be that next young piece with major upside for Indy's rebuild.
Gary is a versatile defensive lineman that finds success both on the edge and working 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.
No. 11 - Seattle Seahawks (Super Bowl odds: 50/1)
PICK: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Superstar quarterback Russell Wilson deserves more weapons in the passing game. Doug Baldwin is a terrific option and Tyler Lockett is a potent slot guy but the arsenal is still lacking. Enter Metcalf who has rare 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. He's run a limited route tree to this point but his foot and handwork alike in his release is exceptional. When it's all said and done, Metcalf could become a top 10 pick next spring.
No. 12 - Detroit Lions (Super Bowl odds: 40/1)
PICK: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
After averaging less than two sacks per game over the last two seasons, it's time for the Lions to get serious about building its arsenal of pass rushers. With top pass rusher Ziggy Ansah playing under the franchise tag this season, his future with the team is uncertain beyond this year. Sweat would be a welcome addition to infuse the roster with a talented young pass rusher that produced 10.5 sacks in his first season in the SEC in 2017.
Sweat illustrates good vision, length, hand usage and a variety of counters to win as a pass rusher. While adding more play strength is needed, Sweat has a strong foundation of traits that Detroit desperately needs.
No. 13 - Tennessee Titans (Super Bowl odds: 40/1)
PICK: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
Veteran edge defenders Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are in contract years, creating uncertainty at the future of the position. I am excited about last year's second round pick Harold Landry and the impact he can have, but more is needed to replace Orakpo and/or Morgan.
There's so much to like about Burns' skill set as a pass rusher. He illustrates a variety of pass rush moves, footwork, burst and length. Burns and Landry would pair nicely as bookend rushers for years to come.
No. 14 - Oakland Raiders (Super Bowl odds: 33/1)
PICK: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Seriously, when was the last time the Raiders had an off ball linebacker worth getting excited about? Draft Wilson and they'll have one.
Wilson is an athletic linebacker that has sideline-to-sideline range, strong instincts in coverage and the physicality to play into the line of scrimmage. His game translates perfectly to today's NFL and he has the makings of Alabama's next great second level defender.
No. 15 - Carolina Panthers (Super Bowl odds: 33/1)
PICK: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
Matt Kalil stinks and Daryl Williams is injured and his contract expires at the end of the season. Meanwhile, former NFL MVP quarterback Cam Newton is still taking hit after hit. Carolina must get this offensive line right.
Edwards is one of my favorites in the 2019 class and is deserving of more hype. A mauler in the run game, Edwards is an athletic and controlled pass blocker who is always square to his opponents. A converted tight end, Edwards has a high ceiling.
No. 16 - Baltimore Ravens (Super Bowl odds: 33/1)
PICK: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
In Lamar Jackson and a pair of zone- and seam-busting tight ends in Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst, there is finally some offensive direction in Baltimore. Strides have been made to improve the receiving corps but more work is required there, as well as in the offensive line. But with the defense fairly set, continuing to improve the offense should be the priority in Baltimore.
It's not close; Anderson is the best RB prospect in the 2018 class. He is a dynamic blend of size, speed, physicality, vision and elusive traits that should make him a highly productive NFL starter. A backfield of Jackson and Anderson would be a strong foundation to build the offense on.
No. 17 - Denver Broncos (Super Bowl odds: 33/1)
PICK: Levonta Taylor, CB, Florida State
Aqib Talib is gone, Bradley Roby is a free agent after the season, Chris Harris is a free agent after 2019. It's time to starting thinking about the future of the cornerback position in Denver. Adding Taylor would be a great start.
A consensus 5-star recruit and the No. 1 corner coming out of high school, Taylor was dominant in 2017 during his first season as a starter. He has lightning quick feet, fluid hips and outstanding coverage instincts. He is perfect for duties in off man coverage.
No. 18 - Kansas City Chiefs (Super Bowl odds: 25/1)
PICK: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
I am worried about Kansas City's secondary. Eric Berry is a stud and Kendall Fuller is a terrific slot option, but what else do they have worth getting excited about? Thompson would be something.
A physical specimen, Thompson is physical playing forward and has outstanding range to roam the secondary as a centerfielder. He has some processing work to do but he has the makings of an impact starter who would pair nicely with Berry.
No. 19 - Dallas Cowboys (Super Bowl odds: 25/1)
PICK: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
With Jason Witten retiring and there being no exciting options on the roster, get used to seeing Fant mocked to the Cowboys. Having experienced 15 years of Hall of Fame caliber play from Witten, Dallas knows first-hand the impact a quality tight end can have.
Fant is an exciting pass-catching option that has the ability to win at all three levels of the field. A big play threat, Fant averaged 16.5 yards per reception in 2017 with 11 of his 30 catches resulting in touchdowns.
No. 20 - New York Giants (Super Bowl odds: 25/1)
PICK: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Giants forwent the first round caliber quarterback prospects in 2018 but with Eli Manning aging, they can only afford to overlook talented QB prospects for so long. While Herbert is certainly capable of going much higher than No. 20 given how QBs are valued in today's NFL, he does need notable work to solidify that status.
Herbert is physically gifted in every way. His size, mobility and arm strength are what the NFL is looking for. Becoming more consistency with accuracy, his mechanics and reading coverage are all areas that need to improve. There will also be schematic adjustments that stem from the Oregon offense to the NFL.
No. 21 - Houston Texans (Super Bowl odds: 20/1)
PICK: Trey Adams, OT, Washington
As it stands, this Texans offensive line is littered with question marks, which is exactly the opposite of what is desired for a team with a budding star quarterback in Deshaun Watson who is coming off his second major knee injury.
Adams is a massive blocker who moves surprisingly well for his size. He is a balanced pass blocker that does well to frame pass rushers and has the play strength needed to win as a run blocker. Adding Adams would be a nice start to building Houston's front five.
No. 22 - San Francisco 49ers (Super Bowl odds: 20/1)
PICK: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Pierre Garcon is 32 and the 49ers have a club option at the end of the season on whether or not to pick up the final three years of his 5-year, $47.5 million deal. Methinks there is a good chance they don't. If so, San Francisco will be in the receiver market for an alpha target and Harry fits the bill.
Harry is a massive receiver that excels down the field with his outstanding ball tacking skills and ability to elevate for the ball. His wingspan and body control are impressive. Harry, Goodwin and Pettis would be an exciting trio to work with Jimmy Garoppolo moving forward.
No. 23 - Los Angeles Chargers (Super Bowl odds: 20/1)
PICK: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
As exciting as the Chargers are in terms of pass rush and pass defense, stopping the run and interior penetration are issues. Projected starter Brandon Mebane is a replacement level player and a free agent after the season, with Corey Liuget's contract expiring after 2019.
Part of an exceptional defensive line at Clemson, Wilkins profiles nicely as a 3-technique, where his ability to penetrate and defend a single gap are accentuated.
No. 24 - Jacksonville Jaguars (Super Bowl odds: 20/1)
PICK: Brian Lewerke, QB, Michigan State
Jacksonville has a Super Bowl caliber defense, bullies on the offensive line, a bell cow back in Leonard Fournette and very little excitement in the passing game. While the receivers could certainly use an upgrade, Blake Bortles limits the passing game so much. It's time for the Jaguars to replace him and go win a Super Bowl.
When it's all said and done, Lewerke could be a top five pick. With a game resembling that of Mitchell Trubisky, Lewerke offers accuracy to all levels of the field and impressive mobility. He has some decision making issues to improve upon but Lewerke has the makeup of a franchise quarterback in the NFL.
No. 25 - Green Bay Packers via New Orleans Saints (Super Bowl odds: 16/1)
PICK: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State
With Randall Cobb's contract set to expire after the season, keeping the arsenal of weapons loaded for elite quarterback Aaron Rodgers should be a priority. Pairing Harmon with Davante Adams would provide Green Bay with two alpha receivers who dominate at the catch point.
Harmon may not be a burner, but he is a fluid mover that runs crisp routes and knows how to separate. His hands and ball skills are outstanding.
No. 26 - Atlanta Falcons (Super Bowl odds: 16/1)
PICK: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Flacons defense is fast, explosive and quite frankly...small. While the unit is predicated in speed, it still needs some beef. Enter Lawrence who is 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds.
Lawrence is a load up front who is fairly stout at the point of attack. When he gets moving forward, his bull rush is capable of walking back interior blockers and compromising the depth of the pocket. He'd be an ideal complement alongside the explosive Grady Jarrett.
No. 27 - Green Bay Packers (Super Bowl odds: 14/1)
PICK: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
The depth of Green Bay's offensive line has been stressed recently and it's proven to be very costly. With Justin McCray currently slotted as the team's starting right guard, more than just the depth needs to be upgraded.
Risner is a delight to study on film. He is a powerful man that can win as a drive blocker and features a strong anchor. He wins in space and excels as a vertical blocker with the mobility to stay square in pass pro. He has the makings of a long-term NFL starter.
No. 28 - Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl odds: 12/1)
PICK: Devin White, LB, LSU
The starting off-ball job along Vince Williams in Pittsburgh is one that needs major attention given the unfortunate injury to Ryan Shazier. It was a surprise that Pittsburgh didn't even try to address the need in last year's draft.
Today's second level defenders must be fast, rangy, urgent and physical. That's White. He does have some processing and block shedding improvements needed but he has considerable upside in a pursuit-style role.
No. 29 - Minnesota Vikings (Super Bowl odds: 12/1)
PICK: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
How long is it going to take Minnesota to get its offensive line right? With the pricey Kirk Cousins at QB and a budding star in Dalvin Cook at running back, fortifying the front five has to become a priority.
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. 30 - Philadelphia Eagles (Super Bowl odds: 10/1)
PICK: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
I thought Philly would be more intentional about finding Jason Peters' successor in last year's draft. Neither the couple of late round projects nor Halapouvlivaati Vaitai are going to replace a franchise left tackle like Peters.
Cajuste has exciting potential as a blindside protector in the NFL given his foot speed, anchor, length and hand usage. Philadelphia is so multiple with its offensive scheme that it requires a foundation of mobility to execute, and Cajuste has the physical traits needed to fit. Oh, and the Eagles seem to have an affinity for players from WVU.
No. 31 - Los Angeles Rams (Super Bowl odds: 9/1)
PICK: Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
The Rams roster is loaded seemingly everywhere except when it comes to outside linebacker position. There, Matt Longacre (expiring contract) and Samson Ebukam are slated as the starters.
Jennings isn't overly explosive but is a powerful technician who excels as a run defender and when using his hands to soften rushing angles. A disciplined rusher like Jennings perfectly complements the strong interior penetrators already on the roster.
No. 32 - New England Patriots (Super Bowl odds: 7/1)
PICK: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Braxton Berrios, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater and Darren Andrews are the only four receivers New England has under contract beyond this season. It probably doesn't matter as long as Tom Brady is playing quarterback, but he could certainly use some potent weapons to distribute the ball to.
Samuel is such a polished receiver who runs great routes with terrific technique during his release. He has outstanding hands and ball skills with the ability to create after the catch that make him a threat at all levels of the field. He is the type of detail-orientated receiver that meshes perfectly with Brady.