othing cures the pain of realizing you've just watched your last live NFL game until September quite like a mock draft. That is unless you hate your teams pick (you probably do), then you are just going to be even more triggered. No worries, take out your frustrations at me on Twitter. I spent eight hours penning this mock draft with hopes of your
Now that the New England Patriots are once again Super Bowl Champions, the draft order is at last finalized and all 32 teams are in off season mode. Welcome to the fifth iteration of my 2019 NFL Mock Draft!
1. Arizona Cardinals: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Woah!?!? Not Nick Bosa?!?! If Arizona doesn't trade back and makes a selection, it has to be either Williams or Bosa and I don't think the gap between Bosa and Williams is very wide, if there even is one at all. It could also be argued that Arizona's need on the interior defensive line is far greater than on the edge.
Williams was the most dominant defensive player I studied on film last season. It's not just that he features exceptional quickness, power, technique and urgency on the field, his football IQ is incredibly high. He processes play concepts rapidly, works through contact and lives in the backfield.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Williams going No. 1 overall and Bosa falling right into their hands is the dream scenario for the Niners. While San Francisco has used plenty of premium draft capital on its defensive line, the outside pass rush is still severely lacking. Enter Bosa who can immediately solve the issue.
Bosa is a refined technician with his hand usage, explosive mover and features exceptional play strength. He has the upside to become that next Myles Garrett, Von Miller or Khalil Mack caliber edge rusher in the NFL.
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Picking No. 3 overall, the Jets have a lot of flexibility with the selection. One year after trading up for Sam Darnold and parting with considerable draft capital, New York could easily slide back and acquire a good bit of that back. The Jets are also in prime position to snatch up a premiere talent if they stay put and make a selection which would be the case if Allen is the pick.
Allen ran circles around SEC offensive tackles all season long to the tune of 21.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks. Playing in a division that features quarterback Josh Allen, the story lines would write themselves with both dynamic athletes facing each other twice per season.
4. Oakland Raiders: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
The Raiders defense registered an NFL-low 13 sacks in 2018. 13 (THIRTEEN) SACKS! Not only was that mark the fewest in the NFL by 17 (SEVENTEEN!!!), 11 individual defensive players recorded at least 13 in 2018. Outside of some abysmal quarterback situations (Hi, Jacksonville), there is no greater team need in the entire NFL than pass rusher for the Raiders. The good news? This draft is loaded with pass rushing talent and Burns is a great one.
Burns' blend of length, flexibility, technical refinement, football intelligence and burst serve as a strong foundation for him to become a dynamic playmaking defender in the NFL. In his last 11 games against Power 5 competition, Burns recorded 20.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ed Oliver, iDL, Houston
Could we be seeing the end of Gerald McCoy in Tampa Bay? As it stands, the Bucs are on the hook for nearly $13 million in 2019, 2020 and 2021. He could also be cut with zero dead cap accumulated. Certainly feels like the writing is on the wall.
Oliver would pair nicely with last year's top pick Vita Vea and provide Tampa Bay with a dynamic interior penetrator. The Bucs made strides on defense last year, but more work needs to be done for Tampa Bay to field a competitive defense.
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Not sure if you're aware or not but current Giants' quarterback Eli Manning is 38 and New York passed on his successor in last year's draft in favor of a running back with pick No. 2 overall. Well, that running back just earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Honors and is primed to be one of the most dynamic and prolific weapons in the league for years to come. Now, New York finds itself picking in the top 10 and the need to identify its future at quarterback remains.
Completing 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, Haskins had a historically great season for a Big Ten quarterback in 2018. His ability to slot throws from the pocket to the dynamic Ohio State offensive weapons can transition to the NFL where Odell Beckham, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley would immediately be at his disposal. The Giants make sense for Haskins and I think it would be his best chance to reach his ceiling.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
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On one hand, Murray just doesn't have the makeup of a top-10 quarterback pick one would expect from Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone. On the other hand, Jacksonville's run-heavy identity would be terrific for Murray and Jacksonville could be looking to make a splash.
Using the run to set up the pass, Murray thrives on play-action and roll out passes where he can get deeper drops to expand his ability to see the field and take advantage of his arm talent and mobility. The Jaguars are a championship-caliber roster everywhere except where it matters most - quarterback. Let's see if a
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8. Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
Detroit, you are a challenging team to pick for. Well maybe not since the needs are pretty clear, but the passionate Lions' fan base is always ready to pounce on picks they don't prefer from us draft gurus. I probably didn't do myself any favors slotting a Michigan defender to the Detroit Lions and I already calculated the inevitable gripes from the Lions den about how "lazy" I am for going in this direction.
With that out of the way, hear me out. Gary to the Lions makes a lot of sense. There is a clear need at edge rusher for Detroit and Gary has top-10 caliber athletic ability and physical traits. While he needs technical improvements, I can see Matt Patricia believing he can be the one to develop Gary to reach his potential. Gary can be a game-wrecker.
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9. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
With glaring needs at wide receiver, offensive line and the defensive line, Buffalo is in position to go in a number of different directions that make sense. Picking just ahead of QB-needy teams in Denver and Miami, No. 9 could be an attractive trade up spot for a team like the Bengals or Redskins (or any of the aforementioned teams) to move up for Drew Lock. General Manager Brandon Beane loves his draft picks and flexibility so things could get interesting on draft day. Whether Buffalo picks at No. 9 or slides back a bit, Taylor would be a sensational pick.
I recently studied Taylor and fell in love with his game. His size, mobility, strength and length are plus traits that led to a dominant junior season for the Gators. You just don't see guys as big as Taylor slide their feet as smoothly as he does with as much body control and ability to connect with defenders in space. He could immediately start at right tackle opposite of Dion Dawkins and provide Buffalo two exciting bookend tackles to protect franchise quarterback Josh Allen while blasting open holes in the run game.
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
There is almost too much smoke when it comes to the grumblings about John Elway liking Drew Lock that I'm starting to doubt them. Isn't it a touch early for that? Maybe it's Buffalo or Detroit putting information out there to entice a team to move up...
But it makes sense. Denver will be below average until it gets the quarterback position right and Lock has an exciting skill set. He features a sturdy frame, big arm and good mobility while taking major strides forward in Derek Dooley's progression-style offense for Missouri in 2018. He had an impressive week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
A mock draft that doesn't have Devin White as the Bengals pick at No. 11? That was a tired idea and I wanted to go in a different direction this time.
Cincinnati made strides to improve its offensive line last offseason but there is still work to be done. The Bengals cannot continue to trot out Bobby Hart as its right tackle, and with his contract expired, the time is now to move on. Ford is a rare dude. He is a massive man with rare mobility for his size and the type of power expected for his frame.
12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Calm down, Wisconsin. Your edge rusher comes at pick No. 30. And while you may prefer to see it with pick No. 12, Hockenson to the Packers is a match made in Heaven.
Green Bay has never truly provided Aaron Rodgers with a tight end like Hockenson. He combines all of the qualities found in a throwback tight end that can block and catch with the versatility to serve as a modern day weapon that is moved across the formation. Every team wants to have a good tight end but very few are actual difference makers. Hockenson has the upside to be a game-changing presence that can take Green Bay's offense to new heights.
13. Miami Dolphins: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Dolphins are headed towards a total rebuild and that's exactly what needs to happen. Stuck in perpetual mediocrity, Miami must build a new nucleus and establish a new course. Doing so with a young quarterback would be ideal but Miami is in no-man's land picking at No. 13 when it comes to quarterback options and I wouldn't be so eager to trade up in this year's class.
Among the reasons Ryan Tannehill never panned out for Miami was the Dolphins' inability to fortify the starting offensive line in front of him. A three-year starter for Alabama, Williams can step in at tackle or guard and become a much-needed building block up front and help solidify things for whenever the next franchise quarterback is identified.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Jeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississippi State
With glaring needs on the interior offensive and defensive lines, the strength of the 2019 Draft aligns wonderfully with what Atlanta needs. Whether or not Grady Jarrett is re-signed, Atlanta needs to get better up the middle defensively.
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.
15. Washington Redskins: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
If you follow my work, you should know what I think about Metcalf. I believe he has the highest ceiling of any offensive prospect in this year's class and he's an absolute freak. He has been fully medically cleared from his neck injury and all I can really say is, "You're welcome, Hogettes!'
Washington needs a true alpha in the passing game and Metcalf has rare traits. He 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 has every trait needed to develop as a route runner and become one of the NFL's premiere receivers.
16. Carolina Panthers: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Carolina can go in a number of different directions. The offensive line needs work and the safety position has been a question mark for several seasons. For the Panthers, it should be about prioritizing areas of concern and outside of quarterback play, being able to get after the opposing quarterbacks is paramount for fielding a winning team. The Patriots were the only team ranked in the bottom 10 of the NFL in sacks recorded on defense in 2018 that finished the season with a winning record. With Julius Peppers announcing his retirement, the need could not be greater for Carolina.
Racking up 50.5 tackles for loss and 27 sacks across the last three season at Clemson, Ferrell was one of college football's most prolific EDGE rushers. He has prototypical size, excellent play strength, length and the technical refinement needed to be an impact rusher in the NFL.
17. Cleveland Browns: Christian Wilkins, iDL, Clemson
Cleveland has improved its roster so much in recent years and the core nucleus of building blocks has never been easier to identify for the Browns. Adding Wilkins to the mix would continue that trend of acquiring culture-changing players to the roster.
A mainstay on Clemson's dominant defenses in recent years, Wilkins is a dynamic interior defender that can rush the passer and remain stout against the run. The defenses Steve Wilkes was part of in Carolina were top-tier units largely because the Panthers had a wrecking ball in Kawaan Short up front. Wilkins can be that type of player at the next level and pair nicely with Larry Ogunjobi to give the Browns one of the most exciting young defensive tackle duos in the league.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, iOL, NC State
The days of the offensive line holding back the Vikings offense must come to an end and I expect Minnesota to make considerable investments to fortify things in front of franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins. With Gary Kubiak in the mix as the Associate Head Coach, Minnesota figures to transition to a zone-heavy run scheme and Bradbury is the perfect fit.
Bradburry shows advanced technique for a tight end convert and his rare lateral mobility that leads to hitting reach blocks on three techniques is unbelievable. His range and ability to work in space are top traits. While he isn’t the most powerful blocker, he has a knack for finding leverage points on defenders and creating movement in the run game while offering silky smooth footwork in pass protection.
19. Tennessee Titans: Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College
Hello Titans, fans. We get it, you don't think you need a cornerback despite Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan and to a lesser degree, Adoree' Jackson getting torched repeatedly in coverage last season. Let's hope they all have bounce back years in 2019 and turn the attention to the interior offensive line where Tennessee also needs help.
A four-year starter for the Eagles dominant rushing attacks, Lindstrom has the play strength needed to create movement in the run game and his experience outside at tackle lends itself favorably to his ability to pass protect. Lindstrom can help fortify an NFL interior offensive line right away.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
With Artie Burns continuing to get torched left and right and Joe Haden's contract expiring after next season, Pittsburgh needs to get the cornerback position right in a hurry. Coverage blunders became the norm for Pittsburgh last season and it has to stop.
Murphy is the best cornerback in the coming draft. He has lightning quick feet, fluid hips, explosive burst, ball skills and the overall coverage skills needed to become a lockdown guy in the NFL.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Seahawks secondary ain't what it used to be. After a promising rookie season, Shaquill Griffin regressed in 2018 and the options outside of him on the outside are all question marks.
While Williams has some consistency issues that must be cleaned up, his physical skill set is exactly what teams are looking for in an outside guy. He features good length, fluidity, foot quickness and vertical speed to become a top cover guy in the NFL. His raw physical talent is something I can see Seattle gravitating towards.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
The need to add weapons around Lamar Jackson at wide receiver is clear for Baltimore and I really like all the things Harmon can bring to Baltimore's offense and how he would mesh with Jackson.
First off, his receiving ability is exciting. He features blue chip play strength and can truly over-power defensive backs. He is an alpha at the catch point, has good length and dominant ball skills. And don't sleep on his ability to run smooth routes and separate. Saying he can't because he is big is a lack of awareness to the traits he illustrates on tape. While that in and of itself is exciting, Harmon is a dominant blocker. Given the quick passing game and running ability of Jackson, having Harmon in the mix to secure blocks on the perimeter and down the field makes him an even more enticing option for the Ravens.
23. Houston Texans: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Yo, Brian Gaine... offensive line no matter what, sir. We can't have Deshaun Watson getting sacked 62 times in a season ever again. It was painful to watch, much less be the guy taking the hits. And we don't need a project, we need a guy that can step in right away. Enter, Risner.
A four-year starter in college, Risner can play all 5 positions on the offensive line and has been incredibly consistent throughout his K-State career. While he has good mobility, Risner's tenacity and technique as a blocker are what truly stand out. He is a punishing blocker with dominant play strength and the type of competitive mentality team's are looking for in an offensive lineman.
24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears): Devin White, LB, LSU
When was the last time the Raiders had a true field general on the second level that was the leader of the unit? Ted Hendricks, Rod Martin and Matt Millen ain't walking through those doors.
While White has some issues to cleanup in terms of processing and playing through contact, he has the physical upside to become a star. He can cover ground and close down distances in a hurry and attacks the football with a tone-setting mentality.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
There are a number of short and long-term concerns for the Eagles secondary on a defense that gave up the most passing yards in the NFC last season. A versatile defender with dynamic playmaking upside, Adderley would be a welcomed addition.
Adderley's range, ball skills, coverage awareness, processing skills, physicality and tackling ability are all plus traits and he checks a lot of boxes. Adderley was an absolute joy to study on film and is a first-round safety all day long, assuming he tests where I believe he will.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Dexter Lawrence, iDL, Clemson
Al Woods and Margus Hunt played considerable snaps on the interior defensive line for the Colts in 2018. Both are 32 with expired contracts. Grover Stewart was up and down while Hassan Ridgeway and Jihad Ward (expired contract) had some flashes, but overall the position group needs an infusion of talent.
Lawrence is a massive man that is capable of dominating at the point of attack while also featuring good mobility relative to his frame. He can help keep the Colts defense stout and make sure star linebacker Darius Leonard is clean of blocks to make splash plays.
27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Jared Cook enjoyed the best season of his career in Jon Gruden's offense last year, but at 31, Cook is set to become a free agent and investing top resources in retaining him may not make sense for Oakland at this point in its rebuild.
Fant has the upside to become everything Cook was in 2018 and more. He is a dynamic receiving threat with exciting ball skills, hands, route running and the ability to win post-catch. He can be the x-factor for Oakland's offense.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
Sam Tevi is unlikely to be the long-term answer at right tackle and Russell Okung is 31 with two years remaining on his deal. The need for LA to invest at offensive tackle is clear and Cajuste is an appealing option.
Cajuste's foot speed, anchor, length, power and nasty demeanor are exciting traits that make him an exciting prospect. He needs some technical development but he has the makeup of an impact starter.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
The Kansas City Chiefs defense is a problem and one that they must address heavily in to get rid of the massive chink in the armor. Securing Thompson in the draft would be a great step in the right direction to secure the back end of the defense.
Thompson thrives a single-high centerfielder, offering exceptional range and ball skills, Thompson’s presence on the defense would allow Kansas City more scheme diversity with him lurking over the top.
30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans Saints): Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
I told ya the pass rush help was coming. While the Packers improved defensively compared to where it was after the 2018 season, the unit still lacks any sort of dynamic edge rushing presence despite having an exciting interior group that consistently generates penetration. Polite can help solve that problem.
Polite racked up 19.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 6 forced fumbles for Florida this year, showcasing impressive burst, hand usage and bend to beat offensive tackles. His explosiveness is capable of altering game plans.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
There are a ton of dynamic receiving backs in the NFC. Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley, Tarik Cohen, Zeke Elliott... the list goes on. While Cory Littleton had some success in coverage, his running mates leave much to be desired on the second level. The group needs an overhaul and Wilson projects perfectly to playing off the ball against today's NFL offenses.
Wilson thrives in space, featuring impressive fluidity and speed. His coverage awareness is strong and he can matchup with with backs and tight ends in man coverage. Wilson offers three-down upside in the middle of Wade Phillips' defense.
32. New England Patriots: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
While they improved as the season went along, New England's 30 sacks recorded on defense where the second-fewest in the league. With Trey Flowers a free agent after this season and Deatrich Wise's contract expiring after 2019, New England figures to invest in the defensive end position this off season.
Like Flowers and Wise, Sweat is a long-levered edge rusher that fits the Patriots' mold for the position. He has the technical refinement and pass rush variety I can see the Patriots gravitating towards.