Rogers' 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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The tank war is officially on. The ability for the top ten to shake up is as close as ever, not to mention the fight for Nick Bosa being the main event.

Where will the quarterbacks fall? Can the Raiders rebuild their defense in one round? How will a weak wide receiver free agent class effect the draft?

Let's make all 32 picks of the first round for the 2019 NFL Draft.

1. San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

This pick has become an alley-oop. Not only is Nick Bosa the best player in this draft, San Francisco needs help on the edge. As we broke down on Stick to Football this week when fixing the 49ers, he can make the type of impact on their defense that would quickly turn things around.

Every few years a special pass rusher comes along: the Von Millers, Khalil Macks or Myles Garretts of the world. I think Nick Bosa is close to that group and the no-brainer choice here.

2. Oakland Raiders

Ed Oliver, DL, Houston

Second place for the Raiders in the tank race is less than ideal, but coming out of it with Ed Oliver as one of their three picks is far from a poor consolation.

The spotlight was on Oliver at the end of Houston's season for the wrong reasons: injury and a bizarre incident involved him, his head coach and a fight over a jacket. Somehow, that has taken away the special talent he is on the interior of the defensive line.

He's an elite athlete at his position winning with explosiveness off the snap that leaves him in the backfield in the blink of an eye. Scouts are going to raise questions about his size (sound familiar?), which I've heard projects to come in between 6-0 and 6-1, 275-285 pounds during measurements.

Don't overthink this one. Oliver is a phenomenal talent that should thrive at the next level, giving Oakland much-needed help on defense against the run and pass.

3. New York Jets

Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

The Jets would love to get Sam Darnold an elite playmaker with their projected top five pick, but that doesn't exist in this class right now. They could still explore the trade market for that, but at this point of the draft the value is at pass rusher.

Enter Clelin Ferrell who essentially checks every box coming out of Clemson. He's been productive for multiple seasons, has plenty of pro traits (athleticism, bend, power) and would solve a decade long issue for Gang Green.

The Jets need to go into the offseason targeting edge pass rush help, but they are so thin there it'd be wise to double dip. Heading into the 2019 season with one of Trey Flowers, Dante Fowler or Dee Ford along with Ferrell would round out the defense.

4. Arizona Cardinals

Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

The Cardinals have questions across their offensive line and must protect quarterback Josh Rosen next season. Jonah Williams started at right tackle as a freshman and has held down the left side for the past two seasons. On top of that, he could easily slide inside and thrive as well.

The point? Arizona needs to stockpile help on the offensive line. Williams is a plug and play starter at multiple positions that could keep Rosen upright for the next decade.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

I'm not expecting Oregon's Justin Herbert to declare, which turns all of the quarterback attention to Haskins. He has an important decision to make for himself: stay one more year as Ryan Day takes over the Ohio State program or make the jump to the pros now while his stock is soaring.

If he opts for the latter, the Heisman Trophy candidate has a very realistic chance of coming off the board in the top ten picks. His ability to operate from the pocket is unmatched in this class, hitting throws at every level of the field this season.

Haskins won't blow anyone away with athleticism, but he has the required arm to run a high powered aerial attack at the next level. With only one college season as a starter under his belt it may take time, but he's worth the gamble for a Jacksonville team desperately needing better play at the quarterback position.

6. Detroit Lions

Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Ziggy Ansah is simply unreliable, leaving edge help a pressing need in Detroit for Matt Patricia's defense. Picking in the top five gives them a tremendous opportunity to solve that issue, especially with Florida's Jachai Polite on the board.

After losing 20 pounds in the offseason and kicking outside he's blossomed into a star: 11 sacks and four forced fumbles in 12 games this season. Even crazier is that Polite is nowhere close to his ceiling, displaying pass rush traits that can make him a force at the next level. He's very similar to Melvin Engram, but without the injury concerns.

7. Atlanta Falcons

Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama

I'm not sure there is a player this year that has been as unblockable as Quinnen Williams. He dominated for the Tide defense, putting guards and centers on the ground week after week.

An eight sack season for an SEC interior defensive lineman is an impressive accomplishment for anyone, but especially for a first-year starter. The Falcons are most likely losing Grady Jarrett to free agency this offseason, making Williams a tremendous add.

8. New York Giants

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Picking outside of the top ten presents an interesting scenario for the Giants: will they once again remain patient on taking a quarterback early or will they aggressively move up?

Either way, if they stay this far back Greedy Williams adds to a key position of need. They moved on from Eli Apple this year and the future of Janoris Jenkins in New York is unclear.

Williams gives them a long, feisty press corner that would bring a lot attitude to a secondary already including Landon Collins.

9. Buffalo Bills

Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Josh Allen has put together a decent stretch in recent weeks, but he's working with very little in the Bills offense. Noah Fant is more than a tight end, often lining up in the slot as a seam stretching target. He's simply too fast for linebackers to cover, but too big for defensive backs.

Buffalo should jump at the chance to get a mismatch weapon for their young quarterback, making Fant an ideal fit here.

10. Green Bay Packers

Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

The Packers haven't picked in the top ten since 2009 when they took B.J. Raji out of Boston College. As frustrating as their season has been, selecting this high gives them an opportunity to fill a dire need up front.

It's rare to see a player return for their senior season and improve their draft status in the dramatic fashion Kentucky's Josh Allen has. He had 14 sacks this season with four forced fumbles, arguably the most dominant singlehanded effort from any defender in the country.

Green Bay has the ammo to move up for a premier player such as Ferrell or Polite, but if they stay pat Allen's floor would most likely be too good to pass up. He'll make an impact and come as one of the more pro-ready defenders in this class.

11. Cleveland Browns

Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State

Browns general manager John Dorsey is not afraid to take players with a troubled past and Simmons falls into that category this year. Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi look like stellar picks for the Browns, but they could still use one more game changing presence upfront.

Simmons has that kind of talent with reliable run stopping ability but more-so a knack for disrupting the pocket. Combine interviews will be enormous for the Mississippi State star defensive lineman, but I don't see him sliding very far in this draft.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

It's been a brutal year for Tampa Bay's secondary after being one of the many teams to pass on Derwin James in last year's first round. Fortunately with the 12th overall selection a premier corner in Byron Murphy is staring them right in the face.

His ability to mirror, click and close as well as playing the ball in the air are tremendous. Don't let his wiry 5-11 frame fool you either, he's more than willing to play smash mouth football.

13. Cincinnati Bengals

Devin White, LB, LSU

A very simple best player available approach here for the Bengals as they land a potential superstar linebacker in Devin White. The former running back checks a ton of boxes of the ideal modern day linebacker with incredible acceleration, pursuit and speed.

Most importantly his instincts and recognition at the position vastly improved in 2018, where he's looked more like a linebacker than just an elite athlete playing linebacker.

14. Miami Dolphins

Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

Cam Wake will turn 37 this offseason, Charles Harris has offered nothing and Robert Quinn's double digit sack days are well behind him. The Dolphins need more juice to their pass rush and they land one here with arguably as much upside as any.

Gary came to Michigan as a top recruit and while he had a nice career, he never reached the absurd expectations set for him. He just turned 21 years old this week and with his combination of size and athleticism, the sky is the limit. The middle of the first round is where NFL teams should roll the dice on his ability and the reward could be huge for Miami.

15. Indianapolis Colts

Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State

It's hard to argue that Andrew Luck isn't the comeback player of the year, one where things are really starting to turn around for the Colts. General manager Chris Ballard came in with his hands full, but the early returns on his 2018 draft class looks like a grand slam.

Now before I get carried away, there's plenty of work left to be done. That starts with surrounding Luck with an abundance of skill talent. While Eric Ebron has had a tremendous career year and T.Y. Hilton is still productive, adding another wideout could change Frank Reich's offense.

That's where Kelvin Harmon comes in. At 6-3, 215 pound he's a physical presence before and after the catch. He might not be the fastest target, but consistently generates separation through good route running and a reliable, big catch radius. On top of that he's the best blocking receiver in this class.

There might not be a Julio Jones, A.J. Green or Odell Beckham in this year's group but Harmon still has star potential. That could breakout if he lands in Indy.

16. Washington Redskins

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

There are serious questions about the future of Washington's quarterback position (get well, Alex Smith) but I'm not sure they press for that solution in this draft. Whoever is under center needs a playmaker and they don't come much better in this class than D.K. Metcalf.

Assuming his medicals checkout (lost his season to a neck injury) he'll be high in demand. He can win the ball in the air, get over the top of the defense and dominate the red zone. Josh Doctson hasn't made the impact the Redskins hoped for, but Metcalf can makeup for that miss.

17. Carolina Panthers

Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

There's no excuse, the Panthers need to protect Cam Newton at all costs. Cajuste is a superb athlete that has been extremely reliable in pass protection for the high octane Mountaineers passing attack. Scouts love the idea of him potentially moving inside, but I think he'll have more value on the outside in the NFL.

18. Denver Broncos

Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

Let's get a little crazy here. The Broncos need a quarterback of the future and it's not Case Keenum. He still has one year left on his deal, but I don't think this team will be bad enough in 2019 to be in contention for the top guys in 2020.

John Elway crushed the draft last year (and the undrafted, hello Phillip Lindsay), replenishing the Denver roster in quite a few spots. Grier is going to rise through the process as he will wow teams in interviews and display a lively arm in workouts. I would especially love this scenario if Denver can move back a few spots and take Grier there.

19. Philadelphia Eagles

Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

A nasty, physical corner for the ailing Eagles secondary. With Ronald Darby injured and headed towards free agency, Philadelphia needs to add to this group.

Baker is the final corner in the upper tier of three and would give them a potential shutdown defender on the outside.

20. Tennessee Titans

Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Mike Vrabel invested in his defense at the top of the 2018 draft landing Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry, but let's get back to giving Marcus Mariota more help.

Brown is the best vertical threat in this class, winning his great acceleration, speed and tracking. This would give the Titans the big play threat they desperately need.

 

21. Minnesota Vikings

Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

The Vikings are a rare team without many pressing needs, but linebacker could become one if they let Anthony Barr walk in free agency. Landing Mack Wilson, who is a do-it-all threat at the position, would be a plug and play solution.

22. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys)

Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama

After landing Ed Oliver with their second overall pick, let's keep building this Oakland defense. With him up front disrupting the quarterback, it would open up a lot of opportunities on the back end for a playmaking safety.

That's where Deionte Thompson comes in. With his range and ball hawking presence, the Raiders would get back to forcing turnovers. I understand Raiders fans are frustrated with the rebuild, but there is hope to turn things around through these next two drafts. This is how you stack a defense.

23. Baltimore Ravens

A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

It's officially the (undefeated) Lamar Jackson era in Baltimore, but they can't run him into the ground. Brown does a marvelous job of working back to his quarterback and creating yards after the catch with a physical running style.

With Jackson's ability to escape the pocket, this is a pairing I'd love to see together. Brown is a very similar receiver to Quincy Enunwa, a quarterback helper that looks like a running back with the ball in his hands.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

The Bud Dupree era hasn't been what the Steelers hoped for. While they'd probably love for one of Devin White or Mack Wilson to fall here, that's not the case.

Burns is a terror on the outside, often to quick for offensive tackles on the outside. Most importantly, he's done a good job turning the corner to break back into the pocket. Him and T.J. Watt would be a solid pairing for the future.

25. Seattle Seahawks

Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

Seattle likes their cornerbacks long and athletic, making this pairing no surprise. Mullen, who is Lamar Jackson's cousin, certainly does not lack traits.

At 6-1 possessing very good speed, he has the ceiling of a true number one corner. He'll play physical at the line of scrimmage but can turn and run vertically as well. The Legion of Boom is gone, but Mullen would be another nice young piece for the Seahawks defense.

26. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears)

Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

If you were expecting any offense for Oakland here, I apologize. I'm simply chasing value for a team that needs as many impact players as possible right now. With Oliver on the inside, Sweat would have the one on one matchups he needs to thrive.

His length and first step off the snap jump out on film, where he posted a whopping eight sacks this season for the Bulldogs.

27. Houston Texans

Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

The Texans need to find offensive line help for Deshaun Watson (who looks incredible coming back from a torn ACL), but no clear solution presents itself this late in round one. If they can look to swing a trade for a player like Cajuste that would be a huge win, but what if they do get stuck this late?

Smith has been a tremendous weapon for Tua Tagovailoa this season. Much like Fant, he has the mismatch size and speed to thrive all over the field. Relying on Will Fuller to stay healthy isn't fair to Watson, making it wise to add another weapon for him in this spot.

28. Los Angeles Chargers

Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

The Chargers landed the future defensive rookie of the year in Derwin James with the 17th(!) overall pick last year, giving their defense the dynamite it needed on the back end. Landing Devin Bush could have the same impact in the middle of the field, where his alpha male attitude and ferocious play style sets the tone. These two together would be a ton of fun to watch for a long time, especially in today's NFL where speed at every defensive position is more important than ever.

29. New England Patriots

Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

In a relatively thin safety class, Rapp stands out. His tenacity coming downhill is a difference maker for the Huskies defense. It's been an up and down season for New England's defense, but adding a playmaker like Rapp gives them speed, attitude and youth in an area of need for the long-term future.

30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans Saints)

N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Mike McCarthy is out, but this show is all about Aaron Rodgers. Outside of Davante Adams, the franchise quarterback doesn't have a ton to work with.

One of these receivers is going to slide and in this case it's Harry, a gigantic target out of the Pac-12 that will go up and make a play for his quarterback over defenders. Even better is that Harry often finds a way up-field with the ball in his hands, turning small gains into home runs.

With a pairing of Adams and Harry, Aaron Rodgers should be quite satisfied.

31. Kansas City Chiefs

David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

The Kareem Hunt era is rightly over in Kansas City, but now this offense needs a dynamic workhorse runner to fill the void. Montgomery is physical, tough and has the pass catching ability to be a three down player in the Chiefs electric offense. I'd take the over on him getting 1,200 all purpose yards as a rookie if he landed in this spot.

32. Los Angeles Rams

Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

Ndamukong Suh signed a one year deal with the Rams this offseason, leaving a big question mark of who will lineup next to Aaron Donald next year. If Raekwon Davis fell this far because of a deep defensive line class, this would be a pretty simple solution for Wade Phillips' defense.