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The order of the first 20 picks are set with the remaining 12 coming solidified as we work our way through the postseason. The Arizona Cardinals are now on the clock.
And with the 1st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select....
1. Arizona Cardinals
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The Cardinals will have endless options when it comes to what it can do with the No. 1 overall pick, but the smartest thing it can do is secure the best player in the draft. Bosa is a blue chip talent that has the makings of a dynamic edge rusher in the NFL. He can be that Khalil Mack/Von Miller/Myles Garrett type of game-changing presence.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Racking up 18.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and 5 forced fumbles for Kentucky this season, Allen ran circles around SEC offensive tackles. His burst and bend off the edge is special and his ceiling is incredibly high given the growth he can have in terms of developing pass rush counters. He would fill a massive need at edge rusher for San Francisco.
3. New York Jets
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Sam Darnold had some exciting peaks as a rookie and improving the infrastructure around him is critical for his development. Williams is the best offensive lineman in the draft and his polished technique and play strength should make him an immediate starter.
4. Oakland Raiders
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
The Raiders' pass rush has been nowhere to be found after trading away Khalil Mack and Oakland must prioritize building a potent arsenal of pass rushers. Ferrell has 27 sacks across the last three seasons at Clemson and his length, power, hand technique and variety of moves profiles him as an impact pass rusher in the NFL.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams is a game-changing defensive tackle with rare physical gifts that would pair perfectly alongside last year's top-pick Vita Vea. Gerald McCoy can be cut with zero dead cap and Tampa would avoid paying him nearly $13 million per season in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Williams can immediately fill the void.
6. New York Giants
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
This is a dream scenario for the Giants and one that I love. Haskins had a historically great season at Ohio State and showcases top arm talent and the ability to make accurate throws to every level of the field. He can step in and facilitate the football to New York's loaded arsenal of weapons and serve as that surgeon in the pocket.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Jones is a dual-threat passer with a sturdy frame that would blend nicely with Jacksonville's run-heavy, play action offense. He’s developed as a vertical passer this season while his bread and butter at Duke has been operating quick game. While this is a reach in terms of where I value Jones and the growth he’ll need to become a legitimate NFL starter, Jacksonville is in a peculiar position and taking a chance on a quarterback with upside might be a risk worth taking.
8. Detroit Lions
Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Thompson is the clear-cut best safety prospect in the class and offers top skills in every technique but his best usage comes as a single-high centerfielder. Offering exceptional range and ball skills, Thompson's presence on the defense would allow Matt Patricia more scheme diversity and help solidify things on the back-end.
9. Buffalo Bills
DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Josh Allen took major strides throughout the course of his rookie season and making sure his weaponry is loaded in Year Two is critical for his development. Metcalf offers exceptional physical traits and exciting nuance for a prospect that is just 20-years-old. He has the upside to become one of the NFL’s premier receivers and is the type of game-changing playmaker Buffalo's offense needs.
10. Denver Broncos
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
With Patrick Mahomes and the dynamic Chiefs’ offense in the division, loading up on defensive talent to slow him down should be a priority for Denver. Shoring up the cornerback position with a high-upside talent like Williams would be a welcome addition. Williams needs to develop some consistency, but his physical traits are exceptional.
11. Cincinnati Bengals
Devin White, LB, LSU
Preston Brown ain’t it, Vontaze Burfict gotta go and the Bengals linebacking woes continue. Cincy needs its quarterback of the defense and White has the kind of upside. White is a tone-setter on the second level but also offers the ability to win in space and provides excellent range.
12. Green Bay Packers
Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
The Packers have taken some strides defensively this season but still lack any sort of dynamic edge rushing presence despite having an exciting interior group that consistently generates penetration. Investing assets at edge rusher would be a wise move this offseason and Burns has the toolbox to become a highly prolific pass rusher in the NFL.
13. Miami Dolphins
Tyler Biadasz, iOL, Wisconsin
The Dolphins offense has been limited by inept interior offensive line play for several seasons and Biadasz is the type of talent that can be a game-changer for a front five. With the coveted Wisconsin pedigree, Biadasz offers outstanding play strength, mobility and football intelligence that destines him for a career littered with Pro Bowl Honors.
14. Atlanta Falcons
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
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 true blue chip prospect and is a dynamic interior penetrator. Whether Grady Jarrett is brought back or not, Oliver would be a tremendous addition.
15. Washington Redskins
N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The Redskins are in desperate need of an alpha receiver and that’s exactly what they would get in Harry. He's a big-bodied target that has the ability to win vertically down the field but is also elusive to create after the catch. Harry would nicely round out Washington's weaponry.
16. Carolina Panthers
Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
The Panthers are in desperate need of more speed off the edge defensively and Polite can immediately fix 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.
17. Cleveland Browns
Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Continuing to add weapons in the passing game around rookie sensation Baker Mayfield should be a high priority for Cleveland and Ridley offers exciting traits. His ball skills, body control, route running and length are top traits that should make Ridley a dynamic NFL playmaker.
18. Minnesota Vikings
Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Vikings offensive line continues to be a weakness and with what division rival Chicago is building on defense, getting things right up front must become a priority for Minnesota. Ford is a gigantic tackle with dominant play strength and rare mobility for his size.
19. Tennessee Titans
Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Tennessee took major strides in building the front 7 last offseason and that should continue in the coming months. 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.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The coverage blunders for the Steelers defense have been completely out of control and it’s time to for those to end. Murphy is a smooth corner with explosive athletic ability, ball skills and route recognition skills needed to become a shutdown guy in the NFL.
21. Philadelphia Eagles
Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
Cajuste has exciting potential as a blindside protector in the NFL given his foot speed, anchor, length and power. 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. Philly would be well-served to once again tap into the West Virginia talent pipeline.
22. Indianapolis Colts
Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
Under the outstanding leadership of head coach Frank Reich and the succesful return of Andrew Luck, Indy’s offense has been impressive this season but more weapons are needed in the passing game. Harmon is a big-bodied target that pairs perfectly with Ty Hilton to provide Luck an alpha at the catch point.
23. Seattle Seahawks
Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Figuring out what Seattle might do on Draft Day is a near impossible task but we do know that they love versatile players with freaky athletic traits. 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 flashes he made in the Big Ten.
24. Baltimore Ravens
Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
Building around Lamar Jackson is critical for the Ravens this offseason and Butler would be a perfect addition. His size and vertical receiving skill set would provide Jackson with a true alpha receiver and go-to option to add an important layer the Baltimore's offense.
25. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys)
Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
With a clear need to improve the corner spot opposite of Gareon Conley, Oruwariye offers and exciting skill set. Versatile to play at a high level in any coverage technique, Oruwariye has impressive length, strength, body control and ball skills.
26. Houston Texans
David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
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. He offers a high ceiling and would be a great addition to start solidifying things up front offensively for Houston.
27. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears)
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Fant is an exciting talent that offers dynamic upside as a receiver. He has a long, muscular frame with fluid and explosive movement skills. His ball skills, hands, route running and ability to win post-catch are really exciting. Jared Cook was an important component to Gruden's offense in 2018, but he is 31 and set to hit the free agent market. Fant has a high ceiling to duplicate and exceed what Oakland got out of Cook.
28. Los Angeles Chargers
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
There are some exciting elements to the Chargers defense but the defensive tackle situation is concerning. Brandon Mebane is a replacement level player and a free agent after the season, with Corey Liuget’s contract expiring after 2019. An infusion of talent is needed at DT for LA and Wilkins would be a great addition. He's a dynamic penetrator and high-character prospect.
29. New England Patriots
Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
New England features one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL and with 22 sacks over the last two seasons in the SEC, Sweat can be of assistance. Sweat illustrates good vision, length, hand usage and a variety of counters to win as a pass rusher.
30. Los Angeles Rams
Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
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, physically gifted and the type of presence that could thrive playing alongside Aaron Donald.
31. Kansas City Chiefs
DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Chiefs' offense? Exciting. The Chiefs' defense? Bad. The Chiefs’ pass defense has been suspect this season and reinforcements are needed on the back end in Kansas City. Baker is a highly productive SEC corner that blends outstanding route anticipation skills with the ability to disrupt at the catch point.
32. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans Saints)
Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Green Bay made progress defensively compared to where it was at the close of 2017, but more work is needed. Adderley is a versatile safety that excels in every technique which offers scheme multiplicity because of his presence. He is physical playing forward but also provides outstanding range and ball skills to play in deep zones. He does everything.
33. Arizona Cardinals: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
34. Indianapolis Colts (via NY Jets): Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas
35. Oakland Raiders: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
36. San Francisco 49ers: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
37. New York Giants: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
40. Buffalo Bills: Garrett Bradburry, C, NC State
41. Denver Broncos: Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College
42. Cincinnati Bengals: Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
43. Detroit Lions: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
44. Green Bay Packers: Dru Samia, OL, Oklahoma
45. Atlanta Falcons: Ben Powers, G, Oklahoma
46. Washington Redskins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
47. Carolina Panthers: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
48. Miami Dolphins: Gerald Willis, DT, Miami
49. Cleveland Browns: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
50. Minnesota Vikings: Michael Deiter, G, Wisconsin
51. Tennessee Titans: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
52. Pittsburgh Steelers: Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
53. Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
54. Houston Texans (via Seattle Seahawks): TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
55. Philadelphia Eagles (via Baltimore Ravens): Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
56. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
57. Dallas Cowboys: Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss
58. Houston Texans: Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma
59. Los Angeles Chargers: Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
60. New England Patriots (via Chicago Bears): AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
61. New England Patriots: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
62. Kansas City Chiefs (via LA Rams): Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
64. New Orleans Saints: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State